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Happy Boxing Day! Happy Kwanzaa!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Boxing to all my friends in the UK, Canada, Australia and to those who celebrate/observe the day!
Happy Kwanzaa to those who celebrate/observe the day!

December 25 kind of sucked here, since it was not on a Thursday or Friday, my DH had to work-they do not give him the day off since they do not acknowledge the day as a holiday, there were no gifts under the tree for me-DH(NOT dear) usually waits until December 24 to go out and shop BUT the company took his car to get it inspected last week and told him it would not pass inspection until something was fixed but they haven't bothered to get it fixed yet. I didn't have much for a dinner, chicken, beets and potato. I don't have everything I wanted to fix the holiday dinner we are having with his co-workers on Thursday so I've had to figure out how to adjust my recipes at the last minute.
I called my family in the USA-first I called my parents and my mother told my father doesn't have much time left, this was his last Christmas on this earth, it was VERY difficult to talk to them after that. We hope he makes it until the end of January when the next Great-Grandson will be born.
Then called our Daughter and son, both our grandsons got BB guns and the exact same kind. At least everyone liked what they got. I couldn't tell them about their grandpa to ruin their day.

So here it is December 26-another sucky holiday over. 148 more days until I am HOME in the USA for the summer or until I have to go home for my Dad.

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/26/2012 10:29AM

    It must be very difficult living in another country when the holiday's come around. I don't know how you cope with it all.

Sorry to hear about your dad. That makes the holiday that much sadder. I, too, am glad it is all over but am coping better this year with it than I did for the last 6+ years since my husband had a massive stroke and I found myself alone. The day of a holiday is what gets me so I just stay home alone to get through the day and the next day I am fine. I almost went down for the potluck yesterday then thought better of it and watched old movies all day.

We were supposed to have a white Christmas but it didn't happen in our area. Christmas Eve I took two friends grocery shopping as neither one has a car and they wanted to stock up 'just in case'.

Do you celebrate New Year's there?

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CATHGREEN8 12/26/2012 8:12AM

    Sorry you got such sad news. I hope your dinner on Thursday lightens your heart some with fellowship.

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I have a new Great Niece!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Miss Emily entered this world at 12:26AM December 23. She is my parents' 4th GREAT-Grandchild and 1st GREAT-Grand Daughter. I'm sure she will be a little princess! I can't wait to see pictures. I was texting back and forth with my sister when she was born so I felt like I was there.
Now we are waiting on my other niece to bring Aaron into the world next month.

I've been doing a lot of stitching lately too.

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MRSAGAIN2 12/27/2012 9:47PM

    Some how I missed this blog entry. :(

Congratulations on the addition of a princess to your family.

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JERSEYGIRL24 12/24/2012 7:20PM

    Congratulations and enjoy every minute with her.

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RD03875 12/23/2012 2:38PM

    OOps, thank you for letting me know!

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/23/2012 1:47PM

    Congratulations! But I think you have the date wrong. Myself, I have one great-grandaughter who is 6 now.

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Cross Stitch finishes

Thursday, December 20, 2012

These are just a few of the cross stitch projects I finished this month so far
This is my latest finish, Silent Night by Little House Needleworks on 32 count Waterlily evenweave with DMC floss

Ho Ho Santa

Winter Joy by SanMan Originals

Egg Nog-I did the stitching last year but finished it off this year

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FLUTTERBY4JC 12/20/2012 11:55PM

    Those look great!

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NORASPAT 12/20/2012 8:34PM

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I thought of you when I opened my cousins Card this week it was a picture of an English Robin. Nothing like the American Robin, It is a small delicate looking bird but as wise as could be. This bird is really bright he will sit by a gardener and eat worms the gardener digs out so he is just waiting to be fed the gardener knows the more worms the bird eats the more he fertilizes the ground for im.
The English Robin on the Christmas cards is the equivalent of the US Cardinal on our Cards over here.

Thanks so much for taking those pictures of your beautiful work and posting them. They are so well done, family heirlooms for certain. I really love the Silent Night one it looks so delicate on my computer screen.

I hope you are doing better, still trying to find the impossible? I hope not.

Happiness is the best we can do. I hope you and DH and any friends nearby will all have a very Happy time this holiday season. HUGS Pat in Maine.
ENJOY the day. Pat in Maine.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

As part of the Biggest Loser challenge we are supposed to post about stress and how we cope over the holidays. I don't have holiday stress or every day stress. I don't have kids, I don't work, we don't have any holiday parties or dinners because there is no holiday here. This country forbids Christmas and displays etc.
Daily stress? not really, not much to stress about unless you count what will I do during the day, which I do find things to do. About the only time I stress is when I have to deal with my aging parents and their nagging me about why my kids don't call them or when am I coming home to the USA. Then there is the stress of when I fly, which I have no control over flight departures, number of people on the plane, will my luggage be there when I land?
If I do have stress, I walk it off, drink water, and think it through and figure out how to deal with it.

On another rant today, I am so frustrated that I cant find things I want for baking here, no peppermint extract, no almond extract, no anise extract, no minced, dried fruit for German Christmas Stollen, no mince pie fillilng, no powdered sugar/icing sugar, no ribbon candy, no traditional hard candies, no candy canes, BAH HUMBUG!! Makes me wish I could do a turn around flight (leave here on Wednesday morning flight that lands in the USA at 11AM and returning on Wednesday night's flight that leaves the USA at 8PM) gives me enough time to go to a grocery store or a SuperWalMart in the NYC area and get what I need.

I've also enjoyed doing cross stitching lately!

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MRSAGAIN2 12/20/2012 9:19AM

    I don't know how you do it. I would seriously rant way more than you do.

Enjoy your stitching time.

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NORASPAT 12/19/2012 8:23PM

    I am so sorry that all those things are not available to you. My kids are not available to me so I am simply not celebrating Christmas. We did send cards to express friendship but that has been it. No Christmas shopping, No parties and we are here in the US. DH and I have each other. We will not have a Christmas dinner. We will be happy but not Christmas happy.
Without any family around it is just a day to make sure we keep ourselves happy. HUGS and happy thoughts.
Have yourselves a nice meal and some joy. HUGS I wish it were different for both of us but alas it is what it is. Enjoy yourselves try not to waste the day I hope DH will be home with you and not working.
I am so looking forward to seeing your needlepoint creations. I hope you will have some to show me when we meet again HUGS . Pat in Maine.

HUGS emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and freezing rain today. DH surgery is a go, if there is no snow and we can get to Portland. We almost did not make it today it was WHITE OUT conditions and really bad driving conditions. I told DH we will go the day before and find a hotel since his surgery is 9am be there at 7am leave home at 5am if it snows. I would rather take the hotel bus to the hospital and DH is supposed to go home the next day, We will stay at the hotel for that night too if we need to. I am the driver don't forget so i will have to be ready for bad weather or a big hotel bill. Take care-- Pat. (((HUGS)))

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/19/2012 8:41AM

    Are you allowed to receive packages with those ingredients that you can't get there? Too bad you didn't think of those things when you were here in the US. I read that you can make powdered sugar by using regular sugar and putting it in a blender or food processor. I have never tried it tho. Fruit you can dry if you could get the fresh fruits there. I don't think I could live there. It's too late for this year. You will have to improvise and start a new tradition.

Our Secret Santa gift exchange is Friday and I just finished remodeling Santa's outfit. I will be the helper and the manager is providing lunch. We have been having snow flurries the last couple days, nothing serious except in the mountains. Our janitor said he will bring his two little boys to see Santa. It will be fun. I made a pouch for her kindle fire for my friend who's name I drew. She has been after me to make her one since she got it for Christmas last year from her son.

I don't stress much these days. No children anymore, I live in very affordable senior housing and can buy what I need and some things I want. Life is good.

Enjoy the holiday's as much as you can. I used to cross stitch and still have a lot of kits to do someday.

Brenda in Chehalis, WA

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TRYINGHARD54 12/19/2012 5:50AM

    oh my.. I dont think I'd want to live where your at right now.
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Happy 13th Birthday to my Grandson

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I probably shouldn't post a happy post today in light of what happened in Connecticut but today my grandson officially becomes a teenager. It just doesn't seem possible, I was there when he was born at 2:55AM but since I live overseas, I've only spent 3 birthdays with him but I try to call him despite 8 hours time difference.

My sympathies and condolences go out to those effected by the horrible tragedy in Connecticut emoticon

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NBARNES 12/15/2012 4:47PM

    I understand your sentiment, but it seems that one lesson here is about the fragility of life, and the ease with which it can end. This tells me that despite the devastating sadness we're feeling we must savor the goodness of life. I'm attending graduation this afternoon and will spend the night with dear friends. While there will be a somber mood around us all - I will make sure to enjoy what life has given me.

You are right to celebrate this rite of passage. For if we cannot embrace the good times what's the point of going on at all.

Take care, and think some happy thoughts, if only to send your joy to those who need it so badly now. emoticon

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NORASPAT 12/15/2012 10:02AM

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Hello, I hope you are able to get your call in, I keep hoping to Skype with my grands but so far it is not happening, just too bust- AT THEIR END not ours.
We are expecting storms next week, it might happen so we are totally prepared for it. My snow blower is waiting for me. DH cannot go out in the cold so I am the snow removal team of one. We usually do it together but not this tear, Hi ship surgery is in January and his pre-op is this week in Portland-----if we can get to it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I agree the awful Connecticut madness has taken everyone by surprise and horror to do such an atrocity. The season is definitely blighted this year. We all have to try to get the best out of each day, HUGS Pat in Maine.

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