Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

 Here is our tree this year.  I bought a 4 foot artificial tree for Maddie and Kayla to decorate.  We made some snowflakes, and paper chains and they enjoyed taking the ornaments off and on with no fear of Grandma telling them.. to not touch the breakable ornaments.  The gifts and our celebration with them will have to wait until Tuesday night when they come home from Cleveland.

I did buy one breakable ornament.
A ballet dancer.
This was Maddie's favorite ornament.  
I bought it for her because she started taking dance lessons this year. 
I let her take it down from the top to look at it and it did get broken.
She cried and cried, but I used super glue and you can't even tell it was broken.

A couple of weeks ago....I bought a Frank Lloyd Wright puzzle at Barnes and Noble.  It is a Peacock Rug that was designed by Wright for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo that he designed.   Here is the only thing I could find out about it on the internet.
This geometrically abstract peacock image was created by Frank Lloyd Wright as a carpet for the banquet hall of Tokyo's Imperial Hotel, which Wright was commissioned to redesign in 1919. (Wright's version of the hotel was demolished in 1968.) Alas, the hall's carpets never arrived from the manufacturer. Fortunately, Wright's design survived and is beautifully reproduced on this difficult, 1,000-piece puzzle. Measuring 25"x25" when complete, this cool jigsaw puzzle makes a great gift for artistically minded puzzlers who aren't afraid of a challenge! 

Okay....I bought this for myself...all the while knowing that my husband can't pass by in a room where a zigsaw puzzle is in the works......without trying to find a "few pieces" that fit.  He started off pretty good the first 2 days.  I struggled with the border off and on for 2 days.  Finally I caved...and welcomed him to join me.  He managed to assemble it in less than 8 hours.  The man is a puzzle genius!

We both admire Wrights work.... even though the man had some issues in his personal life.  His work is amazing!  I hope to get to go to Chicago with Bob in the near future to see the homes he did in Oak Park.  I would probably rather see some of his buildings... or even Falling Water...but Chicago is closer.

I tried to encourage Bob to sit down and play the piano for me.  
He put some effort in it...just for me..  
He used to play really well.  Maybe when he retires he will have more time for it. 

Tomorrow our son will spend the day with us.  We plan on watching some baseball highlights from our World Series win.  An annual tradition  for both of them is to look through the most current Topps baseball card factory set.  I have no idea how Santa Claus got on that box.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Vacation Update

Let's see....what have we done this week on our vacation.  Monday....can't remember.  Tuesday...went to 8:15 Mass.  Later that evening we went to our annual Knights of Columbus Christmas Caroling at the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood.  They have a beautiful candlelight Novena that starts at 7 pm.  The sisters sing like angels....and I am not exaggerating one little bit.  They truly do make you feel like you are experiencing a little piece of what heaven must be like.  After the Novena we all gather for some old fashioned caroling along with the Sisters.  We bring cookies and soda to serve to them.  It was so cute.  One of the sisters arrived late and came over to the table to see what we had.  She said..."Umm...I am looking for some peanut clusters.  They are my favorite."  I told I didn't think we had any.  She said...."No...I don't think you do."...sounding a little disappointed.  Next year she is getting peanut clusters.  They are all so sweet, and they are doing well as they age.  I am afraid there are not very many women going into that vocation any more.  Too bad.  We have 2 sisters at our parish that are the dearest women that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  Other than that....we really haven't done much except hang around the house and read, work a very complicated jigsaw puzzle and watch a little TV.  I have slept late everyday and have been very lazy....but isn't that what vacations are all about...

Merry Christmas to everyone reading my blog right now.  I hope your Christmas is wonderful!

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever