Saturday, December 10, 2016


Does this seem possible?  It is coming so quickly and I am so not ready.

I am finding that if I have something to do during the day I cannot do any cleaning.  If I don't clean, I don't decorate.  So that is where I am at.  I am trying hard to get things done but sometimes I just can't.

But... I did get some things done the other day.  Here is what I did.  I am liking what I put up this year.  It is much simpler than in previous years.

I had my hair cut yesterday.  Once again Deb did a fantastic job.  I always like for her to do my hair.

So that is it for today.  I've got lots to do.  Hopefully I will get the tree up today.  Hopefully.

Until later...


Sunrise:  7:11 a.m.
Sunset:  4:35 p.m.
9 hours and 24 minutes of daylight
Sunny and cold
Temperature:  38*/30* 

Thursday, December 8, 2016


This story my friend Marianne tells reminds me that there are many hurting people in this world.

August 14
A troubled teen came in to the Children's Dept. to talk to me, to catch up on what we both have been doing this summer, to pick up the books she ordered. She kept pushing the books around on our desk so that I could glimpse the titles. I asked her what she was reading and she prominently displayed a novel about suicide and another novel about cutting. I told her they looked interesting. I put them back on the desk and asked her if she was okay. She responded she was. I asked again and also asked if she wanted to talk to me privately in our workroom without anyone listening, but that the door would be open. She said she was okay. She told me her friends told her she should read these books because they thought she would really love them. I replied that I thought it was great that she and her friends were sharing book experiences. I also told her to broaden her tastes a little, that a steady diet of dark depressive literature had a negative effect on most people, and that perhaps she could balance her reading with some of the uplifting books we had to achieve a balance. This girl loves food, so I told her that a steady diet of chocolate cake, while initially scrumptious, would harm our bodies in so many ways. Too much of anything is unhealthy, even too much spinach, too much dairy, too much protein. Our minds are like our bodies. Too much of anything harms them. I told her to let me know what she thought of the two books the next time she comes in. 

Her response, "Friday okay with you, Ms. B? Will you be here next Friday?" 

I put it on my calendar. A woman was listening nearby. When the teen left, she came to me and said, "You'd make a wonderful social worker. Think about it!" I smiled and said I was happy in my present job. She repeated, "You'd make a wonderful social worker. The field needs people like you. I can say this because I AM a social worker!"

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I knew I had to get it done sooner or later.  So after helping Carole clean the church this morning I took myself off to Target to finish the Christmas shopping.  Or at least make a big dent in it.

Well, I still have a few more gifts to get and I have to fill some stockings, but I did a lot. (And some things for me too.)  Want to see the haul?  Of course you do.   But I'm not showing the gifts for people who read this blog.  They will just have to wait.

 Everywhere I look people have these red trucks with a Christmas tree in the back.  They seem to be everywhere this season.  This cute dishtowel came with a hot pad too.  I'm keeping it.  And I got a teddy bear nutcracker.  Joe and I love teddy bears.  We even had them on the top of our wedding cake.  This is for us too.  You will see it in my decorating.

 Here's a closer look at the bear.  Isn't he cute?

 I love popcorn and make it quite often.  I loved these bowls.

 I was looking for green garland and couldn't find any.  But I found these holly berries.  I wanted to make a couple of wreathes for the kitchen windows,  I also found these oh so cute travel pack facial tissues and the last of the square plaid plates I've been collecting.  Now I have them all.
 A container of Christmas basil seeds and a little evergreen tree.  You'll see this in my decorating too.
 I've never heard of Christmas basil.  I use basil a lot in my cooking.  It will be interesting to grow it.
 Isn't this pie plate pretty?  I'm already planing what I'm going to bake in it.
 A couple pair of socks, little ornaments for the tree, some gold and red ribbon, and a gold journal that I'm going to put some pictures into.

 I got all of my Christmas cards.  I was surprised to find they had Dayspring Cards there.

 I love the "Joy" sign.  You will see me use that soon also.  And the little Sugar Paper ornaments are for the center of the wreaths I'm going to make.  The jar is a gift for a friend.  I think I'll put peppermints in it.

It looks as if I bought everything for myself, but like I said, I'm not showing you the gifts because they are a surprise for others.

When I went to do the wreaths for the windows, I had quite a bit of difficulty.  They just wouldn't go the way I wanted them to.  And when I tried to cut the wire, it was hard to do.  I thought, why not just drape the garland across the windows like a swag and attach the ornaments to it.  So I did.  I think it turned out beautiful.

 Early this morning I got around to decorating the front window.  It isn't the best I've done, but I think it turned out OK.

The Hallmark Christmas movies I have to share with you today are:

Hitched for the Holidays (2012).  So funny.
Both Rob Marino and Julie Green are feeling pressure to be in a relationship this holiday season and, after finding each other through a dating website, agree to pose as each other’s special someone. Things get complicated when Rob’s Catholic family and Julie’s Jewish family get involved to help these two make it to the altar. As they double their efforts to keep the charade going through New Year’s Eve, Rob and Julie are more than a little surprised when they discover they’re actually falling in love. Stars Joey Lawrence and Marilu Henner. 

Snow Bride (2013).
When a reporter encounters the eldest son of a famous political family in the mountain retreat, she winds up pretending to be his girlfriend over Christmas so he can save face with his family – but then is confronted with a dilemma – does she secretly expose newsworthy scoops about the famous family in order to save her job or trust that she's falling love for real? Stars Patricia Richardson, Katrina Law and Jordan Belfi.

Ice Sculpture Christmas (2015). One of my favorites.
This Christmas, a young woman down on her luck is roped into an ice-sculpture contest with a wealthy partner who has no idea what he's doing. As she teaches him how to sculpt, he helps her see that she has the talent to fulfill her dreams. Stars Rachel Boston, David Alpay and Brenda Strong.

That's all for now.  I have more to share but it will have to be another day.  I am beat and falling asleep.  So until tomorrow...


Sunrise:  7:09 a.m.
Sunset:  4:35 p.m.
9 hours and 26 minutes of daylight
Temperature:  47*/37*