Monday, December 29, 2008
9 days past the warranty....hmmmmm...
So once I again have the computer...I'll update AND finish my Favorite things.
Have a happy New Year...Let's hope I get the computer back by then...but....
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Well, with the snow and predicted wind, on Friday we talked about going and thought...we can't drive. We checked on taking the train. PERFECT! We could take the train to Tacoma, write our Christmas cards, go out for lunch(we had a restaurant picked out), get a Taxi, go to the play, back in the cab, to the train and back to Bellingham...sounds perfect? Huh?
Let me tell you what we did:
First, we got on the train and headed toward our destination. We stopped several times. At one time the announcement something like this: We are stopping a lot because we are trying to figure out what may be the problem, we hope that it is the hose.... HMMMMM...okay, well they weren't panicked and neither were we. We wrote on!
Because of the numerous stops, we were late getting into Tacoma. Scratch nice dinner...go to the closest spot...a Food court in a funky mall. Well, that's okay...
The man who served us assured us that we had to walk down the steps and we would find a taxi waiting for us. GREAT!
But our spirits weren't dampened. We walked back to the train depot laughing about our adventure. OH WAIT!!!!! There before us...a taxi and a driver. We asked him if he would take us AND pick us up. YES. WAHOO!...Then a couple of things happened:
1-He said, You know some drivers say, I will come back and pick up customer but doesn't come, I not like that. I pick up when I say so.
Self: So what will it take to make sure you come back????? Trust? Not high!
Things were looking good. We got to the train depot at 4:50 and walked in to the sign that said:
Saturday, December 13, 2008
We did have some differences in which way to go...and both Barb and Phyllis were positive they were right.
We also are able to laugh at one another. Anita's seat on the train kept surprising her and this time, she landed on the floor under the table. Being a group full of grace, we were very concerned about her...but we did have to laugh!
We know that we can call on each other. We know that when we ask for prayer, they will pray and then follow it up with wanting to know the outcome.
Friday, December 12, 2008
When we went through all of mom's Christmas stuff, guess what I found? These 2 precious faces and I was excited to move them to our tree, where they have hung for the last several years.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
In 1966, there were 2 things that happened that year. The first one was my nephew, Scott, was born and the book Santa Mouse was written. Between reading that book to Scottie (sorry Scott, you will always be my little Scottie!) and then reading it to Betsy and Jane, I remember most of it...I couldn't find the book, so I wondered how much of it I could quote without it.
Once there was a little mouse who didn't have a name. He lived in a great, big house, this mouse, the only mouse in the whole wide house. He used to play a game; He'd day dream that he had playmates who were happy as can be...and he would play some games with them. He'd daydream that they were cowboys or be Eskimos or Spanish, but when he'd try to touch them, like a bubble they would vanish. On Christmas eve he climbed in bed and as he closed his eyes, he thought, "My Goodness, no one gives a gift to Santa Claus." Through the years this little mouse had saved one special thing, a piece of cheese, the kind that make the angels want to sing. He ran to get his pretty cheese and after he had found it, some paper from some chewing gum he quickly wrapped around it.
And then he climbed in bed and dreamed that he was lifted high, and woke to find that he was looking right in Santa's eyes.
"I thank you for my gift," said Santa, "tell me what's your name."
"I haven't any," said the mouse.
"You haven't! That's a shame! But I will give a name to you ...I'll call you Santa Mouse. So here's your beard and your suit and here's each shiny, tiny boot. Just put them on and we'll be off. And over all the rooftops on a journey with no end, away they flew together, Santa and his tiny friend.
And so this Christmas, if you please, why don't you leave a piece of cheese? You know who'll thank you? Santa Mouse.
I may have missed a word or 2 there, maybe Scott, Betsy or Jane will remember. Do you remember this book? Burning the book, yes, remembering it when my nephew is over 40...priceless!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
This is another geranium that is blooming in another part of the yard...
I am almost used to seeing the pansies all winter. These little happy faces stay around most of the winter. They start to get a little sad around February but then by April, they are up and blooming...
Ever since I read the book, The Primrose Day by Carolyn Haywood to our girls I have loved to see these flowers. They too, are the brave little souls that love to bloom throughout the winter and early spring.
Same bush, different roses...
Monday, December 8, 2008
When Betsy was about 15 months old, this was her favorite place to be during Christmas.
Another one of my favorite things...
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I woke up at the first, "Oh, tee hee, ah". You really have to be around my husband when he laughs when he is watching this movie. He was trying to be quiet...with each horrendous act that Kevin does to the two burglars, he got louder and louder. When the burglars are slipping down the iced steps, the blow torch on one of their heads, the fire starter on the door knob, the rope being cut and the men hitting the wall...it sends him into a fit of laughter!
I never tire of watching him watch this movie. It is a tradition since 1990 when we saw the movie for the first time in the theater. And I never tire of listening to him laugh. For a man who does not like to watch something over and over this movie is certainly the exception.
Today...Watching Home Alone with my husband every Christmas...one of my favorite things!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
They come, eat new recipes which is always an experiment and always tweaked a little. They find their silverware in a pair of Christmas socks. And they love their socks. Today, we had breakfast burritos and Mary decorated them with sour cream and Holly put on the green onion and cheese...what a team...
It makes me so excited that they love coming because I love having them.
But the fun didn't end at noon. When we moved to Washington, we left our small group in Bismarck and we wanted to find another group because our small group was so important to us in Bismarck. Within a few months we were in a small group. We have done life together, we have served together, laughed and cried together, and have grown to love one another. We had our annual Christmas family party... (They came to our house for the annual Soup supper on Thursday)
Of course there was a table full of food, stories, and we exchanged ornaments this year instead of white elephant gifts...
Georgean, Michelle, Tawney, and I have had some great times together...I consider them to be gifts from God.
Tawney has 2 cats...This one is Archie and he was pretty intent trying to get Jim's food. Don't worry...