CHRISTMAS IS COMING...
* I know Christmas is coming, ready or not, but I feel like each little step I make in being prepared for it is like another monkey off my back. I actually think it may just be the 4 of us here for Christmas this year, and I bought a 22 lb turkey and a spiral ham for it. :) It is okay, the ham can freeze until Easter and we can freeze leftovers if we have too many. I do have the decorations up and the cards and packages sent, except for the quiet books, which aren't done yet. They had to take a back seat to some other things I had to make for Christmas, since they are for babies who do not even know what is going on, and the babies mothers know they will be coming. I only have the rest of Dee Ice's Christmas to buy and I hope to get that done today or tomorrow.
*It is still so cold here that some days I am tempted to just stay home, although I don't.
*Native Minnow is back in the United States, although he did have an interesting border crossing. Mexico let them out, but the US would not let them in, then Mexico would not let them back in. 7 hours between countries and a $40 fine later, they finally came into the US, but without the samples they collected over the last 2 months. It worked out okay. They got them the next morning. It turns out there are TWO exits in Juarez, and they went to the wrong one. NM says it is freezing in his state, too.
*I am grateful for the "still small voice" that guides and protects me. Last week I woke up in the middle of the night and had the thought, "Check your gas gauge in your car." The next day I discovered it was on empty! I had not been paying attention for some insane reason. Then on Monday night after I went to bed, and could not go to sleep, the thought came to me to get up and check my front door for packages. So I did. There they were - two of them. We have had packages come up missing off our porch, so I was grateful I heeded the prompting.
THE CHRISTMAS TREE IS UP!
Last week when the family was here, I made tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. I always give them the choice of American cheese or cheddar cheese, white bread or wheat bread.
One of the children said, "How are you going to know which sandwiches are cheddar and which are American, Grandma?" and I told them I was grilling the cheddar on the top row of the grill, and the American on the bottom row. I said, "I am so organized. " :)
My 11 year old grandson said, "Yeah, right, Grandma. I can see your desk!"
Well, card-making is a messy business, I will not lie. But I am getting there, even though I normally have my cards mailed by now. The blue sack has the cards that are ready to send on Monday.
Dee Ice, Lightning Strikes, the baby and I all went to see FROZEN this afternoon. The third time was a charm, because the first 2 times we went to see it, all showings were sold out. This was the first night since then that LS didn't have to work.
I was a little nervous about taking a baby to a movie, wondering if LS would spend the whole time in the lobby, but guess what? The baby was enthralled and watched all but 15 minutes in the middle, when she took a cat nap. It was pretty cute to watch her.
FROZEN was a cute movie and a timely one, because the weather here is as frozen as the weather in the movie. Seriously, it got to -18 degrees. Pretty. Dang. Cold.
THE LAST QUIET BOOK PAGE (I THINK)
The girl to be dressed is sewed on, but the doll is a finger puppet. The clothes fit into the dresser, and the hands on the clock move. Now I need to sew pages together and put a cover on them.
WHAT HAVE I DONE???
The baby was playing on her play mat, and she fell asleep. In her sleep, she kept feeling the bottom of the play mat and then fussing. She is used to sleeping with a blanket her mother made her - minky fleece on one side and satin on the other.
So I remembered a toy I'd seen at the store that was a blanket animal, a tiny zebra-striped print of fleece trimmed and backed in pink satin, and the middle of it was brought up and formed into a zebra head. I bought it and gave it to Lightning Strikes, to keep with the play mat.
Well, something happened. The baby has become very attached to this security toy. She wants it a lot of the time and she pulls it up and rubs it on her face, or with one hand while she sucks her pacifier or in some cases (more and more), her thumb. It calms her when she is upset.
Remembering past babies of mine who had security items, we went right back to the store and bought another identical zebra toy. One for the baby to play with, one to wash.
I am wondering what I have started, but on the other hand, it is so dang cute to watch.
S_ _ _ HAPPENS
That 4-letter word happened today. SNOW. Why? What did you think I meant????
(Actually, I never use that word and feel guilty even pretending I did. :0) )
MJ said she started to her work and it took her an hour on the interstate to drive THREE MILES. There was a semi jack-knifed on the interstate, and she just turned around and went home. I was glad she did.
A few hours later the storm hit here. It is truly nasty and I had to go out in it twice. :( When Lightning Strikes came home, she said teens were up on Main street doing "donuts", what were they thinking? The other thing we saw was drivers speeding up and down the street and then slamming on the brakes so they could spin sideways. They are too young to know that they are not invincible.
The nice thing that happened is that a neighbor drove his atv up and down the street clearing off sidewalks and driveways, including ours. He has a snow blade he attaches to the front. It's very nice of him to do that, and he does it most snow storms for several hours.
As for me, I don't even want to leave the house. I'm the girl who loves winter rain.
* I went to the doctor today to renew my diabetes prescriptions. When the doctor came in, he looked at my feet and said, "What is this?" I said, "Sandals." :) He replied, "Inklings, it is December." I said, "I know, I wear sandals year round now." He asked me if I wear heavy socks with them and I told him no. I told him I keep my snow boots in the trunk and socks in my coat pocket for when people are bugged that I wear sandals. (Not that it is any of their business.) He said, "As your doctor, can I talk you out of doing that?" I said, "I've been wearing them year round for 22 years now, so probably not." He gave me a funny look and said, "Okay, then, let's talk about why you are here today." Funny....in 22 years lots of people have asked me about my sandaled feet and if they are cold, but no one has ever asked about my ungloved hands. :)
*I dreamed last night that I went to a family reunion, but that I could not find anyone I knew. I finally found one cousin, who was cooking the dinner. He told me he thought another cousin was there, too, but I looked and looked for her and never found her. That is, until I walked out of WalMart today and she was walking in. Funny coincidence, that. I asked her how her Thanksgiving was and if it was hard on her. Her mother died recently. She said she was doing fine until someone said, "Who's going to make Grandma's sour cream raisin pie for us this Thanksgiving?" My cousin said she would. She began rolling out the pie crust and cried and cried and cried all the time she was making the pie. She said her daughter-in-law sent her some pictures of her mother, and they were all taken at my dad's funeral last spring. She said she was shocked at how sick her mother looked. She said, "I didn't realize how sick she was then. Why didn't I? She looked near death in those pictures." And then she said, "I don't know if I will ever be able to make a sour cream raisin pie again." Holidays are hard when you have lost a loved one.
*I usually send my Christmas cards about now, but guess what? I didn't make them yet this year. I have been making all my greeting cards for 44 years now, but it has been a crazy year, and of course I have been quiet-booking. So I'm working on those now and reminding myself that I am doing it myself, because really, I could send already made cards once.