Tuesday, December 16, 2008

NINE MORE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!


Here we are, just nine more days till Christmas! The time is just flying by!

Today the painters moved down stairs. The upstairs turned out beautiful! It smells so clean, I love the smell of fresh paint!
My husband built our home from start to finish. We painted when we built, but it has been almost 5 years and was needing it again. Remember, I have 14 grandchildren and that makes 28 little hands with a total of 140 little fingers to make finger prints with! I have lupus and painting this whole house again was way too much for me to undertake.

I'm done with the shopping and wrapping gifts. It really feels good to have that part finished. Now I just have to clean up after the painters and put everything back where it belongs. I'm still not sure if they will be finished before Christmas! I told them they can paint till Friday and then its going to have to wait till after the first of the year.

Today I blogged a new recipe on my recipe blog. For dinner we had chuck roast and noodles, along with mashed potatoes and creamed peas. Since my dinning room and kitchen is all torn up (from the painters), we had to eat in the living room.

To end the evening my husband and I set down to enjoy the movie "Polar Express". It's a cute movie, it's been out for a long time but the first time that we ever watched it. After this gets over it will be time to go to bed! I hope you all had a great day!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

THINKING BACK ON CHILDHOOD DAYS

Today I found myself thinking back to yesteryear when I was a child all excited waiting for Christmas to come. How different it was back then.
My Dad was a farmer in Ohio in the summer and then we would winter in Florida, for my Moms health. We had a home both places and all my life until I was married that was our routine. To pack up our clothes around the first of October and head to Florida and then stay until April and head back to Ohio. We would start school in Ohio for the first month and then attend in Florida and then finish the last month in Ohio.
Christmas Day was always warm and we would play outside after opening gifts. Mom would have over our friends who were also wintering in Fl, as their families were in the north. Everybody would bring a dish while Mom would fix the turkey and ham. It was always a wonderful meal!
My Dad was very frugal with his money, I suppose that came from going through the depression.
There was 5 of us kids and we usually received one gift each probably not costing more than $5.00. There was always socks (usually our knee socks) hung and we would get a tangerine, pecans, and a candy cane and a pack of gum. Somebody would get a switch (off of a tree), we would never know who till Christmas morning.
Dad would go out in the country and cut a tree for free. Then we would get to help decorate it. We would string popcorn and there were pretty bulbs and lights and tinsel. We would rub it back and forth on our upper lip and make it look like we had mustaches! (the silver rubbed off)
We were very happy children with no burdens on our shoulders! My folks never talked about problems around us. If they had any we never knew.
It was a simple Christmas with out all the stress that we all seem to have now.
My wish for Christmas is that Families all over the world could have that stress free, safe, relaxing Christmas that I once knew as a child!
The world has changed, and our children and their children and on and on have so many more things to worry about. I PRAY for PEACE, COMFORT and JOY!!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER


Here we are coming in to the last few weeks before Christmas! My head is spinning! With 14 grandchildren to shop for and 9 children (including spouses), it becomes a real challenge to figure out what each person would really like! My husband says I worry about it tooooo much! Hes probably right!
The tree is up, most of the shopping is done. I just need to finish with my wrapping. And still waiting on the UPS orders to come. I love Internet shopping!
I need to start making candy and baking. And finish cleaning.
Today we are under Tornado watches until 3:00 pm. So strange for December! It started to rain yesterday and is still raining today. It's probably going to get colder after this front moves through! Well, I'll just keep burning my wood stove! We never used it much before this year and then our son talked us into starting it and now I love it! It's so much warmer heat, than our electric heat!
This year I took my grandchildren shopping for there families. It was so much fun! They really seemed to enjoy it. Now they have secret gifts under their trees that Mommy and Daddy has no idea whats in them! It lets them receive the gift of giving!
I hope you are enjoying this Holiday Season! And Remember the Reason of this Season, that Jesus was born on this Holy Night! Bless you all, take care, and be happy!