Friday, November 27, 2009
We did have a lovely Thanksgiving. We went to our neighbor's. It is a fun story.
They came over last week, "just chatting". They were nudging each other with their elbows, saying under their breath "YOU ask her" and "NO, YOU ask her".
Finally Ted and I got a bit restless watching this nonsense, and I said "Ok. Just come out with it. What do you want?".
Then Toby blurted out "Do you cook good turkeys and make good dressing and gravy?"
What a weird question. Ted responded with a loud "She sure DOES!".
Then they explained that they wanted to do Thanksgiving at their house, but they always make lousy turkeys, dressing and gravy. "So if we supply the turkey, would you cook it?"
It was after I agreed to it that they told us they would have a guest list of 14.
So I cooked turkey, dressing and gravy, our house smelled wonderful, and we packed it all up and across the road we go.
We walk in, carrying all our food, and there are these guests.....all sitting down in the living room, looking like they were starving, and not doing any conversation.
When they saw us, they all jumped up and cheered "The turkey is here!" and headed for the table.
Neither Ted nor I dropped the food we were hauling, even though we were laughing so loud.
Dinner was really good, the turkey was moist and cooked to perfection, the gravy without nary a lump and the dressing rich with flavor. The side dishes they supplied were wonderful.
It was one of the funniest thanksgivings we have ever had!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Well, here they are again. The Holidaze. Why are we always worrying about the Holidaze? I'll tell you why we worry about Holidaze.
EXPECTATIONS!! Expectations from ourselves, our kids, the rest of the bloomin family, friends, merchants, TV...........even the streets are decorated so we don't forget that their are expectations upon us!
We think we need to give gifts to everybody! We don't. We can't afford it, and neither can they!
We think we need to give our grown up kids what they ask for. We don't. They are GROWN UPS, for Pete's sake, and can jolly well buy the stuff they want for themselves.
We think we need to send Christmas cards to every member of the family, old neighbors, and others we haven't seen in years and years. We don't. Stamps and cards are expensive items. If you haven't seen these people in a zillion years, there must be a reason. Remember the reason!
We think we need to shop in every single store in the mall because the economy is down, and we don't want to be responsible for them going out of business. We don't. Yes, we would all love to save the economy, but the government is against that, and you "can't fight City Hall", especially when their idea is to simply borrow more money, and print all those new dollars at nano-speed.
Make a list of what you are going to shop for, where you are going to shop for it, and take your timer with you. Set it for 15 minutes each time you enter a store. You have drop whatever you are holding that you "might" buy that is on the list and head immediately to check-out when the timer goes off, and if you are not, You are over doing things. The secret?? THE LIST!! GET OUT OF THE STORE!!
We think we need to buy all that crap on TV in order for our children to be well adjusted. We don't. Remember, these people are highly paid to make you feel guilty or ugly or stupid if you don't invest in their products. You don't know these people, and you don't have to believe them! You can even turn them off!
We think we need to be politically correct. Let me assure you, WE DON'T!
Put up your lights if you want to, get the creche set up in the yard, and blare the Christmas music.
Say "Merry Christmas" to everyone you see, and don't forget the store clerks.
We think we need to make our "famous recipe for fudge" for everyone. We don't. They won't miss it. Chances are, YOU are the only one who will notice!
If you need to make the fudge, send it off to Iraq or Afghanistan to a soldier. You can bet he or she WILL notice! And if you don't have an address, call some churches and have them give it to a needy family.
Believe me, it will taste and feel better to you than that fudge ever could!
We think we need to buy presents for our grandchildren. We don't. Instead, we can take them to a store, let them pick out a toy, and then go straight to the Toys for Tots barrel run by the Marines, and let your grandchildren donate the toy(s) to a needy child who will have no Christmas otherwise. This is also a good thing to do for the kids still living with you. Take a photo of the toy being donated, and then, on Christmas day, give the framed photo to the donating child as their Christmas gift. It will mean more and more to them as the years pass, and they will look forward to giving toys to less priveledged children.
One year, before DH, it was just my daughter and I. We were very poor. There was no money for gifts. I took a piece of cloth and embroidered a clock face, then asked a friend to make me a frame for the clock. Another friend donated the clock workings, including the hands. While I was embroidering it, I pricked my finger, and a couple drops of blood spilled onto the clock face. I couldn't get it off.
The morning of Christmas, I was very worried and ashamed that that was all I could give my daughter for Christmas.
My DD opened her clock, and burst into tears. She came over and gave me the biggest hug ever. She instantly KNEW I had embrfooidered that clock face, and she also instantly saw the blood stains.
While sitting on my lap, hugging and crying, she said "Mom, this is the BEST gift I have ever gotten! You BLED to give me this."
She still has that clock, and it is still running. Neither one of us has forgotten that Christmas, and it is the best one I have ever had.
My husband and I have everything we need and then some. There is nothing left to WANT.
Each year, we individually choose a charity and then donate to it in the name of our spouse. Then we get a pretty Christmas card, and inside, it reads "This year you donated to ............charity, and they love you for it, and so do I". We keep the name of the charity secret from each other, and we only find out when we open the envelope.
These are just a few suggestions...........I am sure you all out there have many more.
Don't let the DAZE happen to you. Drop the expectations. Take your voice, whether you can sing or not, and head to a retirement home. Sing with the seniors! Play a game with them!
Leave a plate of cookies for someone who can't afford them on their door step.
If you live in snow country, go to a poor neighbor, and ask them to make a snow man with you. Leave them some cocoa to make hot chocolate.
If you see a stray animal that obviously is hungry, feed and shelter it.
Walk in the snow sticking out your tongue and see how many flakes you can catch with your mouth. It doesn't cost anything to be a kid again! You can even make snow angels. AND count points for the exercise!!
Find simple, old fashioned ways to celebrate the season, and spread your LOVE around. It is something that you cannot buy, but means the very most!
Expect to do Christmas YOUR way, and get to planning the fun.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here is the solution:
While discussing the upcoming Universal Health Care Program with my sister-in-law the other day, I think we have found the solution. I am sure you have heard the ideas that if you're a senior you need to suck it up and give up the idea that you need any health care. A new hip? Unheard of. We simply can't afford to take care of you anymore. You don't need any medications for your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, etc. Let's take care of the young people. After all, they will be ruling the world very soon.
So here is the solution. When you turn 70, you get a gun and 3 bullets You are allowed to shoot one senator and 2 representatives. Of course, you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head and all the health care you need! And we hear as a prisoner, you will also get a Swine Flu vaccination!! New teeth, great! Need glasses, no problem! New hip, knee, kidney,lung, heart? Well bring it on. And who will be paying for all of this. The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care. And, since you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any income tax.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Today is a very sad, sad day for me.
Nick is on the right. Gone, but never forgotten!
It is with great sadness that I write this. Nickolas died today, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 around 10:00 a.m. at Texas Childrens Hosptial at age 16. His family and grandparents were with him when he died. Nick fought the most courageous battle any of us could imagine and his spirit will live in all of us.
Thank all of you who have prayed. Nick knew his quilt had arrived, and stated many times he could feel the love and hugs it contained.
Nick requested to be buried with his quilt.
Please do not let this discourage you from making quilts for kids who are fighting cancer. Yes, we do lose some of them, but there are also many who recover.
When your heart gets heavy, remember Ally. She has now begun her third year of remission!
Yesterday another quilt went out to NY.
With love and appreciation for all you do,
Krackers and Ally
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Well, here are the photos. Actually, you have to go to my page and click photos to see what I am talking about.
I thought it easier to answer quilters' questions as to how I store my stash by posting photos. You know the old saying....one picture is worth a thousand words.
I also posted three of the Christmas Stockings that I finished for the troops. There are more to make, and they are coming along nicely.
Note that DH got my Elna all up and running again.......bless his heart!
I will be posting more photos of Ally Cat Quilts that are nearly ready to ship, too.
Anyway, I am very busy, quilting, quilting, quilting!
I did manage to get a mile walk in today, though. That is a great way to stretch after quilting for hours!
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