Saturday, December 31, 2005
Pretty quiet evening last night. We were "scrapbooking" at a friend's house and it was interesting to see what everybody was doing. There were 7 ladies there and here's the breakdown: 3 were doing traditional scrapbooking, 1 was digital scrapbooking, 1 quilting, 1 doll making and I was knitting. Last night was the perfect example of how scrapbooking brought us together, but friendship keeps us that way.
I was really interested to watch the digital scrapbooking as it's something I would love to dabble in this coming year. So of course while Keith and I were out and about today I picked up the program! Haven't even taken it out of the shopping bag yet, but hope to do so soon.
Today was the kind of day I enjoy most with Keith. One of his friends owns a radio control hobby shop in Ft. Worth, so we headed over there today to check it out. Very nice man and I enjoyed talking with him. Pretty cool too was that his dad was in the shop with him and dad had just returned from Iraq! Lots of customer friends were coming in and slapping him on the back and welcoming him home.
We stopped for lunch at a new to me restaurant, then shopped in an area that we always enjoy. Basically just moseyed around a lot today and still got quite a bit done. Last stop was Sprout's Market - after taking Joe to the park - where we got the makings of salsa to use the new salsa maker that James and Loni got me for Christmas. Our big plans for New Year's Eve include eating salsa and watching a movie or two. Really what we most enjoy.
Friday, December 30, 2005
I'm just now starting to feel "normal" again after the holidays. This poor body just can't take the celebrating like it used to! For the most part this week I've come home from work, eaten dinner and gone to bed. Last night I finally stayed up til 9:00 - woohoo! There's really quite a bit I should be doing around here, but instead I sat and watched tv and did some sock knitting. So nice and peaceful. Tonight I'm going to a friend's house for scrapbooking, but will actually do more sock knitting! I don't have my scrapbooking stuff at a point that I know what I want to work on and the knitting is so portable - so easy to pick up the box and go. And really, it's mostly about being with friends anyway.
As we head into the New Year it's only natural to look back. 2005 was filled with many personal trials and I've said for some time that I can't wait for it to be over. But really, as I was standing at Daddy's grave on Christmas Day crying, I really was filled with a peace. Maybe I'm finally accepting the fact that he's gone. It's especially hard during the holidays as you realize that one of your group is missing from the table, and yet that table is still surrounded with people that I love deeply. I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned here somewhere.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. - Romans 15:13
Thursday, December 29, 2005
All the different blues that are seen here are from different jeans. The shading is remarkable and the finished quilt is just stunning. The "main" pillow has tags from many of the different jeans that were used to make the quilt and Ferne embroidered the rest. This will certainly be an heirloom for him.
Of course no Christmas would be complete without the dog gifts! Unfortunately Joe wasn't able to come to the Herman Christmas this year because there was not room in the truck. We did bring his gift home to him and he is quite pleased with his new ball and chew bone. It's always easy to pick gifts for "the girls" (Harmony and Brandy) - Harmony is obsessed with chasing balls and Brandy loves food!
This year was the second year of our new tradition - singing carols after gifts. Brad has become very good at playing the guitar and I really think this is becoming one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Brad and Rhonda printed handouts so that everybody had the words to all the songs and we have the best time singing. The family favorite seems to be "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer", which is a little strange, but we do have fun singing it!
"The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family."
- Thomas Jefferson
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Next picture is the arch over the entrance - you can see Lynne' standing under the arch and Michele is about to enter. Note the green wreath over the archway - all made of ice. It was interesting to see the color variations in the "clear" ice as well.
This is Loni standing in front of one of the exhibits inside. They also used LED lights inside the ice on some of the exhibits and it glowed so nicely. Probably the highlight of the whole exhibit - and certainly the most popular - was the ice slide at the very end. We walked up ice steps and then slid down! Really funny and you couldn't help but smile when you did it. Everybody in our party went down the slide and we had some great laughs.
And note to self: always bring extra batteries. These are the only pictures I have of the inside and now am waiting on Lynne' and Michele to get their pictures developed and share with me!
Joe was pretty excited over Christmas this year when he saw that Santa had left a big bone in his stocking. It surprised me to see him stand up on the fireplace to get at it as he usually is so meek. It turned out to be a good thing that Santa brought the bone because Joe was enchanted by it and chewed on it while we did other things.
Our Christmas story begins on Friday at about 4:00 when Mom, Gary and Michele arrived at our house. Poor Keith had to work, so we didn't see him that evening. The rest of us went to James and Loni's apartment so that Cheeto and Emma could show off their acrobatic jumping abilities and they performed wonderfully! Then we all headed to Taco Bueno for dinner, which happens to be a favorite restaurant in our family. Mom went to bed early and Gary, Michele, Lynne' and I sat at the kitchen table until close to midnight talking. Loved it.
Saturday morning James and Loni came over and rode with Keith, Lynne' and I to OKC to spend time with Keith's family while my family stayed at our house! Had a wonderful time with the Hermans and more pictures and stories will be posted soon. Keith and I went with Ferne and Charlie to the 11:00 candlight service on Christmas Eve and it was so beautiful, as it always is. And when we left Pastor gave us a big hug. I really do miss him and that church and hope the new church we're joining will be just as good.
Sunday morning we headed back to Lewisville and when we got here Michele had gotten all of our lunch spread ready and it was waiting for us - how cool is that! We fixed plates, let Joe open his present from Santa and settled in for some Christmas Bingo fun. Gary was probably the most lucky at the game and it was fun watching him open his prizes. The funny part was that Gary was usually busy talking to all of us and Michele played his card for him! After a couple of rounds though he started getting into it and doing his own card. It really was a lot of fun and we had fun stealing presents and laughing. One of James' favorite prizes - of course - was a gift certificate to Taco Bueno!
"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses."
- Joyce Brothers
Friday, December 23, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
The list is still quite long on things I need to get done, but Lynne' and I took time out last night to play! Loni brought me Magic Grow Towelettes yesterday and it was so much fun. You put the little disks in warm water and they magically unfold and turn into a towel! I love it that we can still take time out to do fun, silly things. Not sure if the price tag shows up or not, but these were less than a dollar at Walmart and it is well worth the money. :)
And in the midst of running around like a crazy woman, I had a friend drop by last night and it was so good. She had asked if I'd be busy and I told her I might be answering the door with a vacuum in one hand and toilet brush in the other, but come on over! Luckily I wasn't quite that rushed. I so enjoy talking to her and it was good for both of us to stop for a few minutes and catch our breath.
I also talked on the phone for a good portion of the evening, which is what I do best. Whoever invented the bluetooth was a genius! I carry the cell phone in my pocket and run around the house still doing what needs to be done, all the while enjoying every minute of converstion with my sister-in-law, mom and friends. What a wonderful device!
"So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us."
- Gaston Bachelard
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I got home way past my bedtime and then it took a while to wind down, so I'm feeling it today with the droopy, sleepy eyelids, but it was so worth it. When I went down the hall to get more coffee I remembered one of my favorite ways to drink coffee at work (invented last winter) and sure to be low fat, low calorie, etc. Use a package of hot chocolate mix and mix it with coffee rather than water and put some half and half in it. Oh my word is it ever good! And since I'm sleepy the double caffeine is a good thing today. :)
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
I am having such an enjoyable day at work today. James, Loni and I all work at the same place (and Lynne' works for the same company, though working from home) and today I've been flitting around spreading wedding warmth to all my workmates. Everybody is just thrilled with the idea of a wedding between these two and it's fun to talk and plan. I've even got a couple of websites sent to me by friends, so I think there will probably be about 25 people planning this wedding! ;)
Christmas is coming along nicely - all the plans are falling into place, the house is clean, the presents wrapped, decorations up and some baking done last night. I really love this part of the Christmas season where you can actually stop and enjoy it. We did better than we usually do and got things mostly done early. Of course it's much easier when the kids are grown to get things done because I'm no longer driving them around to places they need to be at night.
Tonight I'm going to a Christmas party with friends. It will be a potluck dinner (the party starts at 7:00 though and we usually eat WAY earlier than that!!!) and we're bringing a wrapped gift to play Dirty Santa. It should be lots of fun and I hear that the hostess has a beautifully decorated Christmas home every year.
I've also gotten lots of "WOW" responses today from my hair! Saturday I went to my first appointment with a new hair lady from a friend's recommendation. I am thrilled with how it looks and when I left the salon after three and a half hours (I got a cut, color and eyebrow wax) all the ladies there were oo'ing and goo'ing over me and saying it took 10-15 years off my face! Success!!! LOL!
Oh and when we got to work this morning there was a bag of chips and a chip clip on everybody's chair from the building management. Apparently we are "all that and a bag of chips" around here!!!!
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
I did finally get a chance to do some knitting yesterday - first time in over a week! I had a headache at work all morning, so at lunch I went out to my truck to sit and knit and hope that the breeze would help clear my head. Did about 4 rows of the heel flap of my sock, then stopped to admire my work and realized I'd gotten the rows backwards. :rolling my eyes at myself here: The next several minutes were spent "unknitting" and by then it was time to go back to work. My sock was at the same point after knitting as it was before I started! Luckily last night I was able to knit some before bed and the heel flap is almost complete. I had forgotten how relaxing knitting is for me, so I'm going to try and sneak in 15 minutes or so here and there more often.
"Man is troubled by what might be called the dog wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog."
- James Thurber
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
By Elizabeth Herman
(If anybody makes this I would be honored if you'd email a picture to me!)
Cast on 37
5 K3, P31, K3
7 K3, P31, K3
9 K3, P18, K5, P8, K3
11 K3, P17, K8, P6, K3
13 K3, P16, K10, P5, K3
15 K3, P10, K4, P1, K13, P3, K3
17 K3, P9, K19, P3, K3
19 K3, P8, K12, P2, K6, P3, K3
21 K3, P7, K11, P4, K5, P4, K3
23 K3, P7, K10, P5, K5, P4, K3
25 K3, P6, K10, P5, K6, P4, K3
27 K3, P5, K7, P8, K6, P5, K3
29 K3, P5, K5, P9, K7, P5, K3
31 K3, P4, K5, P9, K7, P6, K3
33 K3, P3, K6, P8, K7, P7, K3
35 K3, P4, K20, P7, K3
37 K3, P5, K18, P8, K3
39 K3, P6, K16, P9, K3
41 K3, P7, K14, P10, K3
43 K3, P9, K11, P11, K3
45 K3, P10, K8, P13, K3
47 K3, P31, K3
49 K3, P31, K3
Loni brought me the CD White Christmas by Martina McBride yesterday and it is awesome. The only real problem with it is that she has such a powerhouse voice and you can't help but sing along and no way can I hit notes like she can! It was probably a good thing that the weather yesterday necessitated driving with the windows closed because my screeching could surely have caused traffic accidents. :) We listened to it last night while Keith put the bikes together, too. He got them finished and now the living room smells like tire rubber. I need to find a donation place for Toys for Toys SOON so that they can be delivered in time for Christmas AND to get the smell gone from my home!!!
Now this morning I've been listening to the same CD at work. Our workplace is very, very quiet, so we listen to music with headphones. I'm having the hardest time keeping myself from singing along with Martina and shocking my workmates!
No pictures today either. I took quite a few of the bicycle assembly process and of Joe helping Keith out, but the batteries completely died at the end. They are now resting comfortably in the battery charger and hopefully I can extract the pictures tonight after work.
And I did get most of the Christmas cards ready and mailed last night - woohoo! I have to pick up some more Christmas "portraits" at Sam's on the way home tonight and the rest will go out tomorrow. It was very peaceful working on these last night. I had the lights glowing on the Christmas tree and on two very special decorations that a dear friend gave me last Christmas and listening to the Amy Grant Christmas CD. As I signed and addressed each card I prayed for the family it was going to and it just felt so right. Maybe my head is finally getting in the right place again.
Have yourself a Merry little Christmas!
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
While out there I decided to call my grandmother. She's one of the most amazing women I've ever known. Right now she's got cancer pretty bad and going for weekly chemotherapy treatments, was just told she needs to have heart surgery but that they won't do it because of the cancer and today she told me that she cracked a tooth over the weekend! Bless her heart. The amazing part of it all is what an incredible positive attitude she has about everything. She does a lot for helping me put things back in their proper perspective.
And while I'm sitting in my truck in the parking lot talking to my grandma, a guy that works in our building pulled in behind and HIT MY TRUCK! Sheesh! Now really it was more of a tap than a hit, but the reason I know that he hit me is that my body felt the jolt. The insulting part of all of this is that he didn't even acknowledge that he did it! And since I was talking to grandma I couldn't really start shouting and give him a piece of my mind. ;) He went on inside, I finished my conversation and went and checked my truck. Turns out - luckily - that he hit the trailer hitch and did nothing to my truck. Now I'm kind of glad I'm driving around with armour on the back of my truck!
And when we first get home "we" will be assembling two bicycles. We always get one for Toys for Tots and this year we bought a boy and girl bike, so twice the assembly. This ought to be fun as it has been years since we've had to assemble one since usually I find one at a store ready to go. But we got these at Toys R Us this year and they charge an additional ten bucks apiece for assembly. As if! So maybe this will help with Christmas spirit.
Tomorrow night is Advent service at church and since nothing else is planned I might go to that as well. Nothing says Christmas to me more than singing in church. Well and Little Debbie Christmas Trees!
And I'm planning to take Joe to Petsmart on Saturday so he can get his picture taken with Santa. I guess once your kids are too old for that annual event there's really nothing to do but take the dog! Until grandkids come along of course. He'll enjoy the outing, but he always enjoys outings so that's really not any big thing.
Just another day in the life I suppose.....
TEARS ARE A LANGUAGE
Often you wonder why tears come into your eyes
And burdens seem to be much more that you can stand
But God is standing near. He sees your falling tears
And tears are a language God understands.
God sees the tears of a brokenhearted soul.
He sees your tears and hears them when they fall.
God weeps along with man and He takes him by the hand.
Tears are a language God understands.
When grief has left you low it causes tears to flow
When things have not turned out the way that you had planned,
But God won't forget you His promises are true.
And tears are a language that my God He understands.
God sees the tears of a brokenhearted soul.
He sees your tears and hears them when they fall
God weeps along with man and He takes him by the hand.
Tears are a language God understands
Tears are a language that my God He understands.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Friday we got a call from James that their apartment flooded again. I'm not sure of what caused it, but the cause was on the 3rd floor and they are on the bottom floor, so it was really a mess. They ended up staying with us and brought the grandkitties along! It did hit me this morning that as much time as I got to spend with the kitties I completely forgot to take any pictures of them at all. And even though the circumstances weren't great for all of them staying with us, I will admit that I enjoyed it just the same.
Friday, December 09, 2005
The pound cake came out perfectly and made a great breakfast this morning with my coffee. I also made some pumpkin butter and have a few more batches of that to make as well, which might happen today.
So last night I knitted on the sock while watching CSI and Without a Trace. I've never been much of a tv watcher, but I've started thinking that must be because life gets so busy with young kids. My life is very relaxing now, so I get to watch tv and knit by the glow of the Christmas tree. If all goes well the sock should be finished by the time I go to bed tonight.
Today I took a vacation day and turns out I have no real plans as the plans we had made fell through. That's perfectly ok with me though as this day was a "use it by the end of the year or lose it" type of thing and no way will I lose a day off! There's a couple of errands to run and then I'm just going to play with my toys today.
From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
I had to really look to find some ice today, but when we stopped to put gas in the Avalanche we finally found some! All the schools in the Dallas area are closed, including Dallas school district itself, which means that my company is closed as well. As you can see by the little bit of concrete under the truck it ended up warming up and melting quite nicely. I'm still glad they closed schools though as there were quite a few accidents this morning on the news. In my opinion it's always better to be safe than sorry when you're talking about the kids.
The three of us met James and Loni for lunch at Taco Bueno today and found some frozen grass, so I figured I better take a picture of it as proof. This is my very first adult "snow" day and really it's rather a bust.
On the bright side, I just put a cream cheese pound cake in the oven and have cast on for second sock. I'll be knitting away on it shortly and look at the glow of the Christmas tree. Really a nice way to spend the evening. And I have tomorrow off work as a vacation day, so once the Christmas cards are ready for mailing I'll probably do more sitting and knitting on socks. Just nice and relaxing. :)
Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
So we have our first winter storm warning of the season for tomorrow. Supposed to be very cold and a pretty good chance of an ice storm. I have a doctor appointment across town at 7:30 in the morning, so I'm really hoping it doesn't come in until after that! The silver lining on this whole thing is that my company is really good about letting us go home early if the weather starts turning bad. But considering we were in the mid-80's on Saturday, this just seems very strange to think about ice tomorrow.
Speaking of Saturday, I went to another album class in Whitesboro with some friends that day and had a fabulous time. This was a pet class and of course as much as I love that dog I couldn't miss this one. I actually finished 17 of the 20 pages IN CLASS this time - woohoo! I sat down last night and finished the last 3 pages, then looked through my digital pictures on the computer and sent a big order to Sam's. I'll pick those pictures up during my lunch hour today and then one night this week I'll get them all put on the pages and finish it up. Then of course I'll have to display it in the living room with spotlights or something so that everybody can enjoy looking at my precious puppy.
And I have a new ringtone on my cell phone for the first time. Up til now I've just used one of the standard rings, but I finally was inspired. I have the BC Clark Christmas jingle now! Anybody from the OKC area knows that once BC Clark starts showing the Christmas commercial that the season really is here. Makes me smile now every time my phone rings!
For with God, nothing will be impossible.
- Luke 1:37
Sunday, December 04, 2005
We did get the tree mostly up today. Keith and I bought new tree trimmings at Hobby Lobby last night and didn't get enough garland, so we'll get more tomorrow and finish it up. Then while out shopping today we discovered dog antlers in the dollar spot at Target! I was so happy - and Keith was rolling his eyes over my glee - because we'd been to Petsmart last night and they were out. Joe is just so very handsome with his antlers on and he loves them.
Also got our Christmas "portrait" done for the Christmas cards and will pick up the test shot tomorrow. If it's good I'll order the rest and might actually have cards out in a timely manner this year.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
I learned a valuable lesson about prescription meds yesterday - when they say take cough syrup with codeine WITH food....they mean it. I got to work, took the cough syrup and not too much later got very, very sick to my stomach. Few things are worse in life than being sick in a public restroom. :( So I went home early.
Since I didn't have the mental capacity at that point to knit on my sock, I whipped out the free skein of Mr. Brown "Disco" yarn and added a strand of Homespun and made this scarf. When it was almost finished I was asking myself why I made it since I'm not really a scarf person, but Lynne' came in and claimed it, so I'm happy. The copper color will look really good with her jean jacket's metal buttons and the scarf turned out oh so soft. Best part was that it only took an hour and twenty minutes to knit!
Didn't watch Lost last night after all because Keith and I were both busy doing other things, but I have it recorded - obviously. So either tonight or tomorrow night will be "Lost" night at our house.
Cast all your cards on Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7