I think the bells I hear ringing are not Christmas bells, but bells that ring when the gates at the track open and the horses take off. Except I'm the one running through the month of December! I always consider November my quiet month. The month to think of my blessings, family, turkey dinner and no rushing. Ha! I was fooled! November this year was a busy, busy time. Work was up and down. Co-workers seemed stressed out. Trials and tribulations here and there. The month flew by! The last day of this month was also a road race. Literally! Yesterday my good buddy Donna, and myself, took off for Columbus, Ohio. That's about 1-1/2 hrs from us. We piled into her cute little car and sped down I71. The weather was beautiful and the company was even better! Thanks so much Donna for driving and navigating the big city streets! The reason for this trip was to meet up with Vicki from 2 bags full so we could get all the beautiful pink scarves that were lovingly made by people all over the globe. We were suppose to meet around 2pm for lunch. We did some shopping before hand.
Donna carrying a few packages and probably some shiny fun things! (She'll understand just what I'm talking about!) It was fun to see the decorations at Easton. Easton is a shopping experience...you can't call it a mall because it's all outdoors. It's really like a city all to it's self...very fun!
The tree was ginormous.
The Nativity was lovely. After a couple of other stops it was off to meet Vicki!
We had a nice time getting to know her better and meeting her really nice friends she had traveled with. It's funny to meet someone you've only known through blogging. Kind of like meeting a celebrity! Well, aren't all us bloggers famous in our own little worlds? Ha! We had fun laughing and talking about her special work she does at her hospital and before long she needed to continue on her trip. So we gathered at the car and received the most beautiful selections of pink scarves!
I know all the patients who'll receive these will love them. Thanks so much Vicki for doing this wonderful project and letting us join in. Donna and I headed for home where we each had things to do. We see each other almost every day at work, yet getting time to just have a fun day is rare for us with our schedules. I'm so glad we took this day out with each other. When I got home it was time to get decorating for Christmas. I knew tonight we were having our youth from Church over for a meeting and I wanted the house decorated. Everything was done except the tree. I'm saving that for a few days when my Grandkiddos can help get it decorated. We had about 24 gather in our living room! Whew...it was a great group!
Everyone grab a chair!
Dining room ready!
My new kitchen light didn't have a chance to escape being decorated..poor thing!
Kitchen fireplace is good to go! I got most of the outside done, but still have lights that need to be put up. I rushed and sweated and wondered why I go crazy like this. Oh well, it's done now and I like it and I'm ready to be off and running into the rest of December!
This has been a crazy week! Work goes from super busy, to "go home early" mode. Monday turned out to be a go home early day and I was excited and thankful to get time to run errands and some house stuff ready for Thanksgiving. But the best plans often don't work out...for me anyway... I came out of work and found a flat tire. Jack picked me up on his way home for lunch and then my son Jordan came back to the hospital lot to change the tire...he was on vacation this week and I was thankful for that! Unfortunately, the spare was flat too...so we had to load the tire up, take it to get repaired and then we decided to go pick up wood so Jack wouldn't have to later in the day. So my early home day was filled with waiting for the tire, loading and unloading wood, and not much errand running! I did take a pic of the flat tire, but it didn't turn out very good so I deleted it. Jordan just looked at me when I pulled out the camera for the shot and said.."Seriously Mom?" Hey Jord, seriously, you know I'm a blogger! Monday was also my son Jack's 38th birthday and he invited us for dinner. 38!! How did that happen? I mean, I'm only 29. (oops, my nose is growing).
He needed a little help from his youngest son, Cameron, to blow out the candles. It must be hard to get old! Just kidding Jackie! Love you! We are super thankful for him. The rest of the week was filled with grocery shopping for today and praying the big snow storm predicted wouldn't hit our area. Thankfully, it didn't happen. We did get a little snow but we can handle that! Last night I put the finishing touches on dinner prep and also set the table. Alexis and Addy wanted to help. They wanted to know who was coming and where everyone would sit....so we decided to make place cards with names so they could find their spot. Using something that we have plenty of here at the Pines...pinecones of course...the girls decorated the cards and put them on the plates.
My Grandmother's old dishes look cool! I'm thankful for them!
I'm thankful for my spot around the family table! Today the kids were able to do a little sledding in the backyard and they had a blast...I was thankful for that!
Just enough snow for a nice ride. Then we took a little hike up to the Creepy Woods to work off some of that dinner. I spied a bear! OK, so it's only a burned tree but from my angle it sort of looks like a bear! My animal identification skills are a bit lacking..just ask Jack!
What do you think? It's not called the "Creepy" woods for nothing!
Eddy was ready to save us if it was a bear...thankfully he's smarter than that and can't be fooled by an old tree!
So we took the path that leads to home and have snuggled in for the night. The kitchen is back to normal and the leftovers are awaiting the late night snacking (And tomorrow's turkey sandwich lunch!) I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and are in a good turkey and pumpkin pie coma by now....I have much to be thankful for...family and friends and good blogging buddies are just a few on my list! Happy Thanksgiving!
"If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute"...yep, I've heard that sentence said about many places and it's certainly true about Ohio. Last Saturday we had a lovely day full of Fall fabulous fun...like leaf raking, jumping, and throwing!
Rake them up and then toss!
Hey, don't toss at each other! Lexi and Addy had fun with the leaves and also fun in the Creepy Woods.
Or just hanging around like the little monkeys they are!
Ed had fun exploring and also eating deer poop....don't let him give you a doggy kiss with that tongue...yucky!
The girls and I played outdoors and jackets weren't needed. The winds came by during the week and blew all the leaves back into the woods. I always have to thank God for doing the raking when that happens! But this Saturday was a different story. The winds blew and the temps fell into the 20's. Jack started up the wood burning furnace and around noon the snow started falling in big, juicy flakes.
A little frosting on the yard.
Some white hair for the pumpkins!
The holly berries didn't mind a bit of snow and cold...that's their season! However my last rose bud about to open wasn 't as happy.
Frozen in time...I'm not worried, I'll just wait a minute and I'm sure the whole picture will be different!
Since I've been so "Chatty" this month, I thought a new post to honor a new word was in order. The 2013 word of the year for the Oxford dictionary is "Selfie". I was happy to see it beat out the word "twerk". Selfie is a photo taken with a digital device..like a phone or camera of ones self...selfie..get it? I've been doing that for years but never knew it had a specific name. I thought "goofy shot" was the it's real name! Who knew? In honor of this word I turned to the highly educated women I work with and handed them my camera. And this is the result..a "selfie" fest!
Deranged looking pals...Steph and Becky
Sweet and innocent looking Chris (photo bombed by my arm!)
The happy housekeeper Donna
Blurry besties...Donna and Yaya
The "oops" selfie
The Shay redo selfie
The "do I have anything in my teeth? Shay and Kim selfie
The Yaya "I just had my hair cut by my Granddaughter" selfie. Yep, I'm really glad "selfie" beat out "twerk"....if you don't know the meaning of twerk, look it up and then try and visualize a bunch of nutty operating room personnel celebrating that one! I hope everyone takes a selfie and gets a good laugh..we sure did!
November 18th is a day that all of my family holds as important. My Father passed away on this day in 1976. I usually blog about this every year, so please excuse my repetitiveness. Talking to my Mom today, she and my sister went to put wreaths on his grave and on my sister's son's grave. November has a few anniversary items that I'll never forget. When I was 10 our home burned down in November. We have many stories and accounts of that day. My first son was born prematurely in November. That's a day Jack and I will never forget and it's often talked about around the table this time of year. My son will celebrate his 38th birthday in a few days...Dad will have been gone 37 years today. So much time and so much living has gone by that Dad was not a part of..except in our minds and hearts...always wishing he was here and so many times the thought passing through.."Gee, Dad would have loved this...Dad would have enjoyed these Grandkids..Dad would have had a blast with new technology. However, realizing he would be 93 and who knows what kind of health issues he would be dealing with, I know he wouldn't mind having left young. In fact, I had a private moment with him the day before he passed away and we talked about dying and about living. He would be the first to laugh and say "Die young and leave a good looking corpse"...Morbid? Nah, Dad had a great sense of humor and a love of life and a desire to not be a burden. He wasn't afraid of what was to come. It's us left behind to sadly fill the blanks, to go on living. The photo's I have of Dad are obviously old. In fact, I have only a few that were taken after our wedding. Two of my favorite photos from my wedding were:
Dad walking me down the isle...all the while whispering in my ear: "You can back out any time..it's not too late"..Thanks Dad for those encouraging words! Ha! Then there's this pic:
Dad singing to me and Mom at the reception. He loved music. Dad played the guitar and he loved to sing. It was a special moment for both Mom and me. (sorry these pics are so small...my scanner wouldn't enlarge them) I have tons of good memories and I'm always thankful that he was my Dad...even if it wasn't as long as I would have liked. He did a lot of living in his 56yrs. He fought in WWII...raised 6 kids...took good care of his parents...worked at a tool and dye maker...wrote poetry...fished and hunted (not particularly successfully!) could fix anything..built his own home that Mom still lives in today. (Yep, the same one that burned..but they rebuilt). I guess I could go on and on. This blog is journal for me. I hope one day my kids and grandkids will want to read it. I put it into book form at the end of each year just for that purpose. They never knew my Dad. Maybe they'll get a flavor of what kind of man he was and maybe when we're all together as a forever family on the other side of the veil, they will say "Hey, I know you! YaYa told us all about your life" That's my hope anyway..atleast for today.
Boy Scouts has been a player in our lives for about 25yrs. Jack has served in many capacities...as have I...for those years. He, much more than me! We always laughed when the organization says: "It's only 1hr. a week"...Ha! However, it's been fun, busy, hard work and I believe, totally worth it. Boy Scouts can shape the lives of young men in many positive ways. Achieving "Eagle Scout" is something that will be a major impact in their future. I know men who received jobs over other candidates just because it has "Eagle" in the resume. Even if a young man doesn't get his Eagle..he has still achieved many goals and learned valuable lessons. In 1913 the LDS church became the first to charter Boy Scouts Of America. Last night we celebrated that 100yr mark with the broadcast "Century Of Honor" and holding an open house for the community. We really didn't think many would attend. Here in Ohio and in our small town our Church isn't exactly welcomed and embraced! We weren't even sure how we were going to approach this activity! Salt Lake sent a wire to our newspaper telling them we were going to have an open house and the paper interviewed Jack and our Scout Master. OK then, I guess we'd better come up with something since a photographer was also coming out to document this event! I put together a few picture boards using 100 photos from the past few years showing what our little troup 555 had done.
Jack and our friend Kyle...his wife Stacy writes the blog Crawford Clan, put some props up.
On the table we had some of our Klondike awards and Stacy's son's shadow box from his scout years...he received his Eagle a couple of years ago and Dakota is now getting ready to go on a mission for the Church! We had a couple of old Scout manuals. One from 1946!
Reading them is fun and seeing the notes from the young..now old..boy/man who once owned it showing his advancements and the dates is pretty cool! The best part is seeing that not much has changed...values that were important back then are still important today. Duty to God and country, being honest, trustworthy, loyal, kind, courteous, clean, reverent and all the other values that seem to be a bit blurred by society today. Since we were inviting our own scouts and the public, refreshments must served! (That's my motto..gather and feed!) I made a few different cookies. When I say "different", I don't only mean different flavors. I had a cookie cutter shaped like the Boy Scout "Fleur De Lis" but somewhere between the cutter, the dough, and the oven it lost it's impact...
We decided they looked more like (a)..flying fish with 100 on them, or (b) ears of corn. Well, they tasted good! My other attempt at creativity turned out a bit better:
I thought some Boy Scout cookies were needed...can you find me in the mix? Hint: Pink scarf! Ha! As predicted, we didn't get a huge turnout...although the photographer did show up. I'll be curious to see what she came up with and if it makes the paper. The broadcast was good...a bit long...but good. We enjoyed the company of those that came and the important part is inspiring these kiddos to continue on and also to go on to be adult leaders some day. Here's the real reason we do this...
These are a couple of our scouts and they are great kids. I've enjoyed being back in Scouting this past year and I hope we can go on for another 100yrs.
In the last hour I've muttered a few words...mostly three little words. They are as follows:
Are you kidding?
It's here already?
No way Hosea!
Guess what Jack!
Yep, it's here.
It's snowing out.
To explain it better I've included 3 little pics.
Welcome to the Pines! I'm a wife of many, many years with my Chiropractor hubbie, the Mom to 4 all grown up boys/now men...and Grandmother to 9 super Grandkiddos. I work in surgery and my simple adventures are here for your amusement..can you take it?