Saturday, December 13, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree

Here is our tree for this year. We didn't put on all of our ornaments because after 31 years there are just too many. I also thought it would save time taking it all down. I should be wrapping gifts to put under it but instead I am sitting on the computer trying to journal some memories. I thought of some reasons why it is so hard to get into the spirit of Christmas for me and wanted to try and write them out. I decided while my husband and I were putting the tree all together what my analogy of it is. Getting out all of the decorations and putting them out is too EMOTIONAL! That is why it is so hard for me to get in gear. It is like seeing your life flash before your eyes, or a near-death experience. Well, that is a bit of an exaggeration but just trying to make a point. Every ornament brings back a memory. My childrens little school ornaments. Their Godmother's ornaments to them. Our first years together. Too Much! All that and just the experience of Christmas songs that deepen my faith. My appreciation for Jesus and the messages he left for us to live our lives by. His sufferings so that we could be forgiven for our daily sins. I had always thought that my blogs would never be about my religious views or politics because those subjects can just lead to too much debate, and I don't feel like going there. But I am starting to relax with that somewhat because, one I don't have a large reader audience and two I really would prefer to have a blog that is about my memories and daily thoughts and activities. I used to keep a written journal for many years of just that. With blogging you can add pictures and it is just so much more fun. I don't mind sharing my thoughts with the public, and for the most part I have never really had any negative comments left here. That being said, I will add one more little memory I had today. The first year that Bob and I were married we had a cat named Ricky that my boss gave me. He was all white and had one green eye and one blue eye. We later got him a friend. A large cat that we named Lucy. They used to have fun wrestling in the floor and of course the larger cat Lucy always won the battle. I used to decorate the tree with the shiny tinsel, and we didn't catch Ricky eating it, that I remember but we did notice some tinsel coming out of his butt and him trying to chase it in circles. That is when we assumed he must be eating it, and so that was the last year for the tinsel. Now our dog, Clifford just tries to bury bones or whatever he can find to bury under the skirt. When you get older it is hard to climb under there and straighten it all out. Better go get to the gift wrapping so that I have something to hold down the skirt, from future bone burying.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Deck The Halls!

Well, I finally got in the Christmas spirit today! I went shopping all day and got a few presents, and tonight we put up the tree and the other stuff. Not completely done yet, but we made a good dent in it all. The picture here is not our house. Just a photo I found in one of our magazines. After getting all the decorations I think I have decided I don't like very many of them and may send them packing to the goodwill after the season is over. I went to a restaurant a few weeks ago that had a BEAUTIFULLY decorated tree. I want that tree, or one like it. We have many many ornaments that are so filled with memories that I will never part with, but some of the other things are just too junky looking. I almost always try to find a useful place for things I have, but sometimes they just need to move on somewhere else.
We are supposed to be getting some icy bad stuff the early part of the week. I have plenty of things to do here, if that happens. And I will have baby Maddie the first three days. I need to get some stories about her on my granny k blog tomorrow. She is so precious!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Blog Roll Not Updating

Just a quick little message to let everyone know that my blogroll thing on the side is not giving me updates for anyone not in the United States. I have been really busy and have not been able to keep up lately, but just noticed when I was going through my list that there are many blogs from other areas outside of US that are not showing as current updates? Just thought I would mention it in case anyone thinks I was ignoring them. I'm not. I just wonder if anyone else is having this problem?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Slow Down.... You Move Too Fast

I haven't had much time lately to post anything, but I was just visiting Winifred's blog and reading her story of her missing purse and it changed my mood. After I added my comment the verification letters were scrugh. Ha! I took that as a sign for me to stop being such a bah humbug. I think this is the first year I may not get out the Christmas decorations. My favorite thing to bring out is the nativity scene I have and the advent candles. We are going on the third week of advent already and I think it is just too late to get it all out. I have zero Christmas shopping done and no Christmas cards ready to mail out. I do indeed feel like a scrooge. However, maybe on Thursday and Friday I will change my mind.
Winifred's story made me realize that it is just the little acts of kindness that make Christmas special. I did have something similar happen to me once. I lost a check in the parking lot and a kind person mailed it back to me, but with no return address, so I did not know who to thank. I was amazed that someone would take the time to do this. I enjoy hearing these heart warming stories.
This time of year is just too busy! I am thinking about a song from the 60's when I chose what to title this post. I can't think of the name of artist right now, but the main line in the song is "Slow down, you move too fast, you've got to make the moment last...something something...feeling groovy! So.... "Have yourself a groovy day"!

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever