Friday, December 16, 2011
Hi..we just got home from shopping at Williston N.D and I think I literally shopped til I dropped.
At least I'm all finished with the shopping..now to finish the wrapping, do a bit more baking and cleaning and decorating and buy some last minute groceries..I'm set..woohoo!!
Today's blessing is the blessing of memories..that's a hard one for me since my daughter isn't taking to me. I have to make this a year of balance..balance the good memories with the sad...remembering my parents and brother who are no longer with us...and embracing the ones here and making new memories....Christmas conjures up so many memories..the sights, smells, tastes and love of years gone by...I love to bake..nothing says Christmas like the family favorites that I make every year. Some were my Grandma's, some my Mom's..add to that ones from sisters, neighbors, mother in law..new ones I've found long the way...they all have happy memories for me!! I also like to give most of it away so I don't eat it all...
Some memorable ones are my Mom's brown sugar shortbread, my grandma's swedish delights, my sister's chocolate shortbread and my other sister's homemade turtles, a dear friend who passed away gave me the recipe for toffee cornflakes, another friend who was my bridesmaid..shared her sister's chocolate fudge that I have been making "cow pie" fudge ever since...I could go on and on...
A lot of my Christmas decorations are very dear to me, too. I have my mother's nativity scene from my childhood, a lot of my mother's tree ornaments, the advent calendar and wreath I used when the kids were little..where does the time go? are they really 30, 28 and 25? I also have a large collection of Christmas books and magazines and of course music :)
Some of my memories of Christmas was the year my cousin came over and my sister, my cousin and I made dozens and dozens of homemade chocolates. Another memory was the beautiful gingerbread cookie church my mom made!! I wish I had a picture :) A crazy memory is of some elaborate painted sugar cookies my sister and I made and then didn't want our drunken father to eat them so we hid them under the bed and the dog ate them..sooo crazy :)
Well..not all my memories involve food, but it sure sounds like it!! lol....There's the presents and the trees and the sparkle tours and the church services..the bloopers with the kids and the family times and love we shared!!..and the chance every year to make new cherished Christmas memories...that will live on in our hearts forever..after all that's what Christmas is all about..taking the time to stop and really celebrate the reason for the season..no matter where you are or who you are with....
Have the Merriest Christmas ever!!
Thanks so much for dropping in for a chat and to share some Christmas memories!!
Keep on Sparkin'
"Children come and see Him slumber
in the manger soft with hay.
He, our blessed little Savior,
there was born for us today"
PS Thanks for the gift ideas for son's new girlfriend..I got her a pair of ski gloves, a matching hat, a fleecy blanket and a snowman t-shirt and bath set..
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hi..I need to write a quick blog and get to bed..we are going to Williston, ND tomorrow to finish up the shopping and as hubby puts it..get away from the zoo..haha
Today was lots of fun carolling at the nursing home..They loved their sox, too. Hard to believe such a simple thing can make over 20 people so happy..hope you all find ways to make this Christmas season special to you and others.
Today's Christmas blessing is kindness..wow..I like doing things for others and always try to be kind..there are soo many ways...I stopped and picked up my friend who was carolling with me..since she lives along the way to town..as a special treat I made us both travel mugs of apple spice herbal tea for the drive :) yumyum..hubby was gone to a birthday party and had to leave early this morning so I told him I'd do all the chores for him, which included watering the main herd out grazing...I chopped 6 holes (my arms are killing me) the first 3 had no water..frozen right to the ground already, the 4th and 5th ones were at the edge of a dugout and I thought I was finished but found another herd grazing near a different slough.so chopped the 6th one there..wow what a work out :) When I got home from town hubby was already home and working on the corral so I did night chores, too. I phoned my sister and my inlaws today, too. Lots of ways to show kindness..I bought a baby card for my niece and told a friend to forget about the money she thinks she owes me..if I wasn't so tired I'd send out some goodies and comments to all my spark buddies that have sent me goodies or left comments..but I need to be kind to me and get some sleep...
...So my dear Spark friends..thanks so much for dropping by and for all your comments and support...your kindness is always appreciated...keep on Sparkin'
ps...hubby had a fun time at the city..the card for his secretary who turned 60 read..remember when you were little and held up how many fingers old you were? Well now you just hold up one..haha
He shared this on being kind today..at the liquor store the clerk told him to have a nice day and he replied you too...she said he was the first customer that said that to her and it had been really busy...she gave him a bottle of rum...okay..it was the little airplane size..but still.. see it does pay to be kind :)
Have a great Christmas season and remember to be kind....to your friends, your family, strangers and of course..yourself...
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Hi..got home today from the second funeral in 5 days :( Todays was a sad one..a neighbor's 32 year old daughter passed away. I find it really hard to attend funerals since I always cry when I see someone else cry...so I feel quite wiped...
I did see lots of friends that we knew when we were in Weyburn today so spent way more time visiting than shopping :)
Yesterday we went up to daughter's ( a 3 1/2 hr drive) for the littlest granddaughter's birthday! She is 7 today :) The party was lots of fun..the girls were really excited. Then on the way home we stopped at my sister's for a visit and beer :) It was a very long day.
December is flying by and the Christmas preps are coming along fine..most of the gifts are bought, most of the baking is done, most of the house is decorated and I even got all the gifts for the seniors wrapped for Wednesday when my friend and I go caroling at the nursing home. We got them all Christmas sox (the men get wool sox) I made wrapping paper cones and then added tissue and a bow...28 packages...we missed last year and I'm looking forward to it :)
To follow my theme of Blessings I'm going to share a bit from a book I have byT.J.Mills called The Twelve Blessings of Christmas (yes..there is 12 days left until Christmas eve!!)
Today's Blessing is The Blessing of Warmth..I hope you feel the warmth of the season in your house, with your family and friends and in your heart...some ways to spread the warmth is with a warm cosy fire..we have our wood stove going..baking a batch or 2 of cookies to warm up your house and share with family and friends...sending warm Christmas greetings to family and friends, be it Christmas cards, e-mails, phone calls or even cheery greetings to people you run in to :) Other ways to warm up..a cup of hot cocoa, some tea or coffee...some hot oatmeal for breakfast or a nice bowl of soup for lunch...I hope each and every one of you can take the time and slow down and appreciate the WARMTH of the Christmas season :) You all bring me warmth with your friendship, inspiration and support :)
Thanks so much for dropping by...keep on Sparkin'
"Enjoy every warm minute and have a merry little Christmas!"
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