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Silent Night

After Christmas Day, it is a Silent Night at my house-not a creature is stirring only hub snoring.  The stockings are no longer hung by the chimney-all taken down-tomorrow is #2 daughter's 22nd birthday.

We had our traditional breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, ham, oysters, gravy, and cooked apples. 

After breakfast, we headed to church with our stomachs full!  No tummies growling on this beautiful Christmas Morn.  Usually, I hear a symphony of sounds on Sunday mornings.

After the sermon, all flew to the door-visions of presents danced in our heads.  Only a few minutes for pictures-and hurry please-cause we really need to hurry and change our clothes.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hop on over and join the fun....  Surely, you aren't busy.

1. Are you cooking Christmas dinner? How many will be round your table this year? What are we having?
How about Christmas Breakfast as well?  My wonderful husband cooks Christmas Breakfast-his forte.  We will  be having gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs, fried oysters, ham, sausage, fried apples, and trimmings for breakfast.  Hub loves cooking and it is delicious!  Christmas dinner will include: potato salad, green bean casserole, ham, rolls, and a dessert (no idea what kind at this point).  Christmas dinner seems very simple, doesn't it?  Small breakfast/dinner-around 8 people.

2. What is one must-have Christmas cookie in your house?

A must have Christmas cookie would be one you can decorate.  A simple sugar cookie with decorations.

3. Santa likes a glass of milk with his cookies. Do you? What kind of milk is on tap at your house-skim? almond? soy? full fat (Gasp!)

Yuck-no milk for Mrs. Santa!  Whole milk is in refrige…

A week from -----

It's that time of the year when one goes to one gathering after another, and eat and eat, and aww...the feeling. Now, don't get me wrong, but sometimes-I just want to relax with friends, put my feet up, laugh, eat, and drink.  Of course, one may spend the night if she chooses.
Have you ever had a week from ----?  This week was my week.  First of \all, we are in school until December 20.  I did say December 20th!  Whew! Let me recap my week....... Monday was Parent-Teacher Conference Night-Yep-Monday. With all the Christmas Festivities-we had Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Tuesday-I was proud of my accomplishments.  I had ordered both daughters' birthday presents and relieved a sigh of relief when I found out all presents would arrive December 24.  Hippie---birthdays are December 26 and December 30.  Wednesday we had professional development after school.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Do you put Christmas decorations in every room of your house? If not every room, what rooms do you decorate? The  living room, kitchen, and downstairs is decorated.  I love to decorate.

and downstairs

Years ago before we moved, there was a Christmas tree in just about every room at least seven trees I would have decorated.  Daughter #2 birthday is the day after Christmas; and I would work myself crazy trying to undecorate the house for her birthday parties.  
2. If you could visit one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) which one would you choose and why? Sweden-Stockholm.  From all I have read, Stockholm is beautiful,  has great shopping, quality eateries in abundance, and a vibrant cultural life. 
3. What does the word faith mean to you? Faith is what I believe in without question or doubt.  In our daily lives, we all experience  times with 'Ole Man Trouble.'   The fact that we encounter adversity is not nearly so important as the way we chose…

Town's Festivities


Our little town had a celebration down main street on Monday night.  This was the 'first' of this type of celebration.  I first heard about this from a friend and she said she would wait for me and begged me to come.  There was going to be train rides, marshmallow roasting, hot dogs cooking, tree lightning, manager scenes, and of course the man in the red suit--- I made plans to take grandson and enjoy the festivities.
Oh No, on my way to school this morning I forgot I had parent-teacher conference tonight.  Quickly I phoned hub and changed a little plans.  No big deal-a teacher can always think outside the box and be flexible. Right? Before long I was home and heard "Ma mow you ready to see Santa Claus?"  He was excited to go and so was I.  So we headed to town.  Since Nate was scared of Santa Claus last year, I coaxed him on this subject and how proud I was o…

I Baked......

I will be the first to admit that I don't really enjoy baking.  So for me to bake=is really a 'Christmas Miracle.'
Daughter had a basketball game Saturday evening and the mothers were talking about baking.  I just listened. But when I was asked what all I had baked, I just said 'cookies'---NOT!   I hadn't given much thought to baking.  I teach school all day, help take care of my grandson (at house practically every evening and on weekends), and try to go to as many basketball games as I can.  I do kinda work. Ahem....
During the ride home, I decided to bake cookies.  Quick stop at Food City, pick up some dough, and do some baking.

So far, so good.   Grandson wanted to help.
In addition to helping place cookie dough on the pan, he wanted his picture beside of the Christmas tree in just his diaper.  
Shout out a big Hooray!!  Cookies did not burn and they were edible.  A sigh of relief from me.
Daughter #2 is providing special music for the month of December at church…

Emily Singing at Church

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Will you be hosting any house guests between now and the end of December? Does that thought make you happy or crazy? Do you do anything special for your guests to make them feel at home? How long should a house guest stay?

No house guests between now and the end of December.

2. Walter Elias Disney was born this week (December 5) back in 1905 ...what's your all time favorite Disney movie? Here's a list in case you're struggling...and yes, you have to pick one.

"Beauty and the Beast"
Reason  The prince is transformed into a beast to punish him for being spoiled, selfish, and unkind.-The theme of the movie is people who do not judge others based on appearances are often rewarded.

3. What was the last thing you purchased that you realized was a mistake after the fact?
This is easy----purses/pocketbook.  I purchased to many purses.  Afterwards, I wish I didn't.
A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a 31 pocketbook--didn't really like it now it is here.

4. W…

Sunday School

Here lately, I have had some rough spots in the road.  This is part of life and this dark cloud will pass.
I help teach 3-5 year olds in Sunday School.  The morning started rough. It started when one little boy came in crying for his mother and before you knew it; a couple more started crying. An older child, who was next door, came over to tell us we were too loud.  So....we began singing.  Soon the crying stopped and all we heard were sniffles and a few sobs. The teacher began the lesson with asking if any child wanted to pray.  Not many wanted to-which was strange-because many do pray.  So she said a prayer.  She began the lesson and showed the craft they would be making.  All eyes were on the teacher.  The room was quiet-not even a whisper. As she told the lesson, I looked at each child.  Their eyes were wide, their noses still running, a few sniffles here and there, but.....each one had  had a little melt down (some a huge meltdown) and was angry, but.....had gotten over it and had move…

Lesson Leaned

I get very angry when I feel like one of my daughters is not treated fairly.  I know she will be 22 soon, but I still get so defensive.
Let me explain what has happened.  Daughter plays college basketball, which is more work (than fun) than one can imagine.  Workouts begin very early in the morning (have to work out before classes).  Later there is practice-sometimes late at night-again have to work around classes.  Next comes game time. On days/nights of away games, one can get home early the next morning-like 4 a.m.  I am truly amazed how she can keep her grades up.  She was on the All American Academic Team.!
Last night I was ashamed of my thoughts and words.  Daughter was playing basketball -nine hrs. away.  I was unable to go, but my faithful husband/dad went. I was able to watch the game on the computer.   Boiling, furious, infuriated, outraged are just a few of the emotions I was feeling.  Daughter didn't get in the game to play at all. Whoa-- she is a great player and what is g…

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for

family being safe
daughter who is healthy to play basketball
daughter who still come in and surprise her mother at school
friends who I can rant and rave to
the sunshine
children who donate cans of food to help restock our food pantry

Time for Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Do you send Christmas cards? If so about how many will you send this year? How do you display the cards you receive? Or don't you? (gasp!)
Family members who live away receive Christmas cards through snail mail.  Close friends and relatives receive hand-delivered Christmas cards with some cookies or a little gift.  Church members-receive cards through our mail box at church.
I will send/deliver around 100 of them.
Oh--I love displaying cards-around mantle, sitting on counter, and around door facing as one enters living room.

2. When do kids become adults?

Accoring to our legal system, there is a definitive age of adulthood. Lawmakers have determined that people who are 18 or 21 should be able to take on adult privileges like gambling, voting, owning a gun, and marrying. But this does not necessarily imply that 18 or 21 year-olds are adults; nor does it even imply that lawmakers consider them so.

I think you stop being a child when you grow up emotionally and psychologically,w…