Saturday, December 27, 2008

Eyebrow Shaper Warning or Self-Defacing Humor

I have only gotten my eyebrows professionally arched once in my life time. I know to many who do this on a regular basis this may seem odd. I really enjoyed my perfectly arched eyebrows that one time. I suppose the reasons I don't do it more often would be that... I don't make the time, it costs too much and my eyebrows, like my hair and fingernails grow toooo fast, so I would have to do it too often. I would prefer to spend my free time blogging, knitting, sewing, quilting and reading.
Last week I went to Walgreens and treated myself to some new nail polish and lipstick and saw these eyebrow shapers. I didn't read the instructions, (big mistake) and thought they were just hair thinning combs for eyebrows. I started combing over my eyebrows and realized I had shaved them off. YIKES!!!! No eyebrows. Now I will have to pencil them in like this guy.

This may one time when it seems my eyebrows grow very slowly.

Network- I'm Mad as Hell

I would imagine a lot of people are thinking this way right about now. For some reason, I thought about this movie and want to go rent it tonight. I always thought this scene was pretty unique. Odd how our economy is so similar to this now. I prefer to try and stay on the positive side of life but just thought I would add a post about what I plan on watching tonight.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Diet Time

Our Christmas was very pleasant. Well actually it was pretty darn well perfect! The only thing we didn't get to do was spend the time with our son's girlfriend. She was visiting family in California, and we will get with her when she returns. I made just the right amount of food, no waste and very little left overs. I did not have any stress which was very nice. I only woke up very tired today and we didn't stay very long at Katy and Brian's. Just long enough to visit with his family a little and watch Maddie open her presents. Katy and Brian and Maddie got me a new camera and it is wonderful! However when I came home and reviewed the movies etc. that we took there, I saw a very large old woman (me) that is going to have to take some drastic measures to get this excess weight off.
When Bob and I got home we watched a 1971 version of Scrooge that I had not seen before. It made me think I had better change my wicked ways fast before the ghost comes to visit me and show me what a big meany I am. Kinda kidding there, but it does make you stop and think how maybe you should work on a few things about yourself , if you know what I mean. None of us are perfect but I could do a little better sometimes.
Tomorrow it is back to work doing steam cleaning of the carpets, because our dog had an accident on it, and the baby crawling around and all. I have a very large pile of clothes to put away and iron and some pants to mend. My day will be full for sure.
Off to try and come up with a drastic weight loss plan!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Twelve Days Of Christmas Ornaments

For the past several years my husband and I have gone to The Sisters of The Most Precious Blood Convent and brought cookies and sang Christmas songs, along with some other Knights of Columbus men and their wives. I have gone to many of them but not every single one. I do enjoy it when I go though. The nuns seems very appreciative of the merriment that we try to provide for the evening. Many are retired and some in wheelchairs. One song we always sing to get them all involved is "The Twelve Days Of Christmas". Two years ago I found a set of these ornaments and had to get them to remember our years of going to the convent. I was having a brain freeze on some of the lines, as I was trying to make this post and googled this article about the song. I think I had heard all of this before, but had forgotten until I researched it again. There are also other web sites that have a little different take on it, this one just happens to be from a Catholic site.

The pictures are our ornaments.

Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829 were prohibited by law to practice their faith either in public or private. It was illegal to be Catholic until Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England in 1829.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written in England as one of the "catechism songs" to help young Catholics learn the basics of their faith. In short, it was a coded-message, a memory aid. Since the song sounded like rhyming nonsense, young Catholics could sing the song without fear of imprisonment. The authorities would not know that it was a religious song.

"The 12 Days of Christmas" is in a sense an allegory. Each of the items in the song represents something significant to the teachings of the Catholic faith. The hidden meaning of each gift was designed to help Catholic children learn their faith. The better acquainted one is with the Bible, the more these interpretations have significance.

The song goes, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…"

The "true love" mentioned in the song doesn’t refer to an earthly suitor, but it refers to God Himself. The "me" who receives the presents refers to every baptized person. i.e. the Church.

1st Day: The partridge in a pear tree is Christ Jesus upon the Cross. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge because she would feign injury to decoy a predator away from her nestlings. She was even willing to die for them.
The tree is the symbol of the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It is also the symbol of its redemption by Jesus Christ on the tree of the Cross.
2nd Day: The "two turtle doves" refers to the Old and New Testaments.
3rd Day: The "three French hens" stand for faith, hope and love—the three gifts of the Spirit that abide (1 Corinthians 13).
4th Day: The "four calling birds" refers to the four evangelists who wrote the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.
5th Day: The "five golden rings" represents the first five books of the Bible, also called the Jewish Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
6th Day: The "six geese a-laying" is the six days of creation.
7th Day: The "seven swans a-swimming" refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.
8th Day: The "eight maids a milking " reminded children of the eight beatitudes listed in the Sermon on the Mount.
9th Day: The "nine ladies dancing" were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
10th Day: The "ten lords a-leaping" represents the Ten Commandments
11th Day: The "eleven pipers piping" refers to the eleven faithful apostles.
12th Day:

The ‘twelve drummers drumming" were the twelve points of belief expressed in the Apostles’ Creed: belief in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, made man, crucified, died and arose on the third day, that he sits at the right hand of the father and will come again, the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.

Merry Christmas!

You got any cheerios?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bear Hugs

A friend of mine passed away this past year from cancer. I met her through my daughter. My daughter and her daughter became best friends in High School. I went to work Katy's freshman year and Barb, my friend helped me with the carpooling of my children back and forth to school. She was one of the nicest ladies you would ever want to be around. She loved to talk and could keep you entertained for hours. I sold Avon around that time on the side also, and she always bought from me. She especially loved lipstick. When she passed away I mentioned to her daughter, Christine that if they wanted to save some of her clothes, I could make some bears out of the clothes, or whatever they wanted. I made 8 bears for all 8 grand kids and one bear for Christine, her daughter. The brown terry bear on the bottom right is one I made for her. The outfit is one that I sized down from an outfit Barb wore to Christine's wedding rehearsal dinner party. I made her some nice red lips to remember Barb's love of lipstick. I feel bad about all the chances I had to visit with her when she was still with us, and was always too busy or something. I wish I had made more time for her. She was so easy to be with! These are some bear hugs for her grand kids that she adored!

Monday, December 22, 2008

More Decorations Around Our House

This isn't a very good picture of this Nativity Scene
but I thought I would put it up anyway.

We have it in our dining room.

Nutcrackers. I like these guys.

This is a large Santa that my sister-in-law gave me one year. I had mentioned to her once that I might like to collect World Santas.
I may want to get an Ireland one and Scotland one since those are from my heritage.

The carolers usually sit on top of our piano.

Below are The Wizard of Oz characters that we have had from maybe 1980?
One of the dogs chewed Dorothy and maybe some of the others. Adds character.

Someone gave us this for our doggy, Clifford. I think it was Eva.

This is a Jim Shore ornament that my sister-in-law gave us last year.

Our Arizona friends gave us this the year we moved here.

I think my sister-in-law gave us this many years ago.

My friend Eva in Arizona gave me this quilted ornament one year because she knows I love quilts.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Main Street Festivities

Today I took the time to go visit our Main Street Festivities. I always want to go there but get so busy I don't make the time. But today I said..."I'm going regardless!" I picked an extremely cold day to go. That saying "biting cold"....I found out today what that means. My cheeks and any exposed skin felt like sharp teeth were biting them. I can't say enough about the people that dress up and do all of the festivities that they perform every day down there. I hope they get paid well. They really do get into the performance of it all, with accents and costumes and I even heard some foreign languages being spoken, but since I do not know any language other than English, I wouldn't know what they were saying. They could have been saying, "My, what an incredibly large bottom you have madam.", to which I would have replied, "Thank You, and Merry Christmas to you."

Here is a group photo from our St. Charles web page of all of the performers.

My pictures didn't turn out very well, but a strange thing appeared when I looked at them on the computer. See the color beam coming from this man?

Here it is again. I don't know what it is!??!

This young lady was so beautiful. I saw her walking down the street as I was driving and wanted to pull over and ask if I could get a good picture of her. I didn't, but when I got home I saw that there were many photos on the web site.
Here is what the web site said about her.
Serenity, the
Christmas Angel, has come down to Earth from heaven to spread the good news of a joyous Christmas!

I wish it hadn't been so cold and that my pictures could have turned out good enough to post. I plan on going there next year and hanging out for awhile.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever