Did you receive a gift for Christmas that you totally were not expecting? Care to share?
There wasn’t a lot of hype this year for Christmas. I do admit, it came sooner than last year and now it is over.
I took the big Christmas tree down yesterday. I rearranged the living room and swept real good. I keep one small tree up all year and I have a medium size still up because my daughter is to come here in January, based on the Covid and weather.
I spent a pretty calm and nice day with my son on Christmas. He is married to a beautiful and wonderful woman, and they have three boys who I am sad to say, one is now grown and getting ready to leave for the military in a couple of months. Where does the time go? The two other boys are eleven and six. They are both so cute with those big eyes and smiles.
We had my deceased mothers traditional dinner. Lasagna and garlice bread with a pudding dessert and pumpkin pie. My daughter-in-law is a great cook and I had no trouble eating that day. Oh no, I don’t want to look at my scales for a week at least.
Speaking of weight, the day after New Years, our TV will be bombarded with weight loss commercials, just making you feel bad enough about yourself and ready to lure you in to their weight loss places.
I personally like when the farmer commercials come on TV. It is a sure sign of Spring is getting close.
Do you want to share something you received for Christmas with me? I received a new burner to place waxed cube scents in. I have three of them and I use each one. Cinnamon is my favorite and I got some variety of wax tarts, each smelling so good, including cinnamon. I got a nice set of flannel sheets and a fuzzy, warm blanket. I will stay warm for sure in frigid Indiana.
Santa of 2020
What’s in Santa’s bag this year for you?
Could it be re-gifted or something brand new?
2020 has been forced on us, don’t take that train nor the bus
Stay home and become a teacher, forget all the make-up, forget the fuss.
Trade in your work clothes and wear something comfy
Laze on the couch that’s getting quite lumpy
.Forget the lessons, the piano and dance
Gather together, sing and laugh, take a chance!
The kids can see Santa, but not sit on his lap
They’ll look through the bubble, and the glass they shall tap
.They’ll hold up their paper with their Christmas list
Hoping Santa can read it and bring them their wish
.Grandma may not come and pinch those dear cheeks
Auntie won’t be there, she’s in a hospital under those sheets
.Our families will gather around the table this year
It will be more quiet, less people to cheer
.We’ll look at each other as we eat from our plates
Not knowing what to say, but it isn’t too late.
This year we can start knowing those living with in
The four walls of our house, that’s where it begins.
We’ll listen to each other and smile then grin
As we begin chatting, causing sadness to dim
.Santa may not deliver the usual Christmas bling
Instead he delivered a family, filled with love and peace.
Written by,Terry Shepherd
December, 12, 2020
How long do you leave inside Christmas decorations up?
What is something that you do on Christmas eve that has turned into a tradition?
Wow, where did the year go? I can’t believe this is the last month of the year and also Christmas. What does the year say for you? How do you feel about Christmas?
For me, although I worried about remaining safe and my family not getting the virus; I am blessed today, as I am not one of those in the over crowded hospitals. I think what helps me follow the virus rules is, I don’t want to lie in a cold, hard bed all alone, and maybe die alone with my family and friends not being able to hold my hand.
I have always been afraid of being alone and it is quite actually silly because I am not alone at all. I never have been since I chose to let God live in my life and so I am not one of those anymore all excited about the presents and blitz, although I do love the soft lights of Christmas and the spirit of people’s hearts.
I am thankful that I made it to this day, to this month and to this year. I am sixty-six and I don’t know how many opportunities I am going to be given, so for me I will say thank-you each day I live.
Today, thirteen years ago, my hero of my life was taken to heaven. My daddy, how I still find some days to be as close as that day, is still being missed by me as much as the first day he left. Hand in hand, I heard him take his last breath. I love and miss you Daddy.
And Now Into Christmas Baking
I could use your help now that we are entering the Christmas season. I and many others have our usual holiday baking list, but it can sometimes need refreshed.
What I want from you is Christmas cookies recipes. Add it to the comments and share with us all please. Let’s get talking!!!!
Well, Halloween is over and suddenly, Christmas is in all the stores. Christmas commercials have been seen on the television and people are beginning to think about the upcoming holiday and a few are starting to decorate.
With today’s weather here in Indiana, it seems like summer is still here. I will definitely enjoy these next few days of warm temperatures, but, no matter what the weather, the calendar says we are heading into winter.
What happened to Thanksgiving? Here in Indiana, there is talk on the media that we should do virtual Thanksgiving. My son says we are doing real Thanksgiving, just like other years and I agree, unless someone becomes ill.
What about you? Are you concerned about the upcoming holidays, along with travel and being in one house with many people? Let me know.
Photo taken by me.
Talk about Who am I. Wow, this is something I didn’t even have time to think about over the holidays. Busy, busy, busy. This was my schedule for days prior to Christmas.
As most of you know; I have Parkinson’s and Ataxia. This disease makes you so tired. So you can imagine how many times I visited my bed for naps on a daily pattern. It seems that now that Christmas is over; there is the clean-up of the house too. I switched my televisions from bedroom to living room. I have some things on one TV that I don’t have on the other, and when it comes to movie times, I would rather be laying down, not sitting on a couch.
I put all my Christmas items away including the tree. I kept up some of my lights and of course I still have three smaller trees that stay lit and up all year round. I moved the furniture and pulled the stomach muscles. Ouch, did that hurt for the next twenty-four hours. Each project I finished made me more tired; but I was determined to have a new look. I moved all my paintings and pictures to different rooms. I had a friend clean my carpets. I feel like I have a new apartment and it feels good; but whew, I am so tired. After this post; I am taking a nice, long nap.
I don’t volunteer tomorrow or Tuesday, so hoping for more catching up on my sleep. I can’t tell you which is worse. The weeble-wobble I do at all times now or the extra need for sleep. I guess I am just thankful it isn’t worse and we know life can be much worse than we have it now.
I went to my son’s for Christmas. It was very nice. I just love watching my grandchildren opening their gifts. Hearing their excitement in their voices, the laughter and yes, even their running around the house. I went over the night before and watched the annual Christmas cookie baking. That was a real treat.
My daughter will be up sometime in January. I took the tree down so it won’t look like Christmas but hopefully our visit will be even better without the clutter.
Tonight, I am going to try out this new recipe I found. I posted it on my other site I have for recipes. It is a Sloppy Joe Casserole. Looks pretty easy and now-a-days; I like easy.
Here where I live, we had our annual Christmas party. It was nice. I don’t have any plans for New Year’s Eve. I don’t drink so no need to go out and party. It’s also hard for me to stay awake so late and besides; I have seen that ball drop for so many years, it’s not special to me anymore. Perhaps I will go down to the community room and see if anyone is down there. It would be good to share some chat and laughs.
What did you do over Christmas? Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve?
A couple of photos of my family Christmas.
Here are two of the paintings I did for two of my children.
Last evening it was quiet. I did some of the things I wanted to get working on and then I went downstairs. The poem I just wrote is about what I thought and saw.
THE FAMILIAR PLACE
The Christmas lights glowed
Reflected on her tears
I felt the storm
Of thundering memories.
We aren’t really that close
I didn’t know what to say
I looked around for others
Not a shadow of a face.
I felt the tug in my heart
Requesting me to stay
I pulled my walker close
Locked my brakes and sat down.
Words flowed easily
From my mouth
I explained I felt her feelings
As I was living mine.
We shared so easily
Memories of our families
The empty seats at dinner
The place we live in now.
We spent about an hour
Like friends for ever more
We ended with some laughter
We then both went our own ways.