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Sunday, December 21, 2014

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT AND THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER


The fourth Sunday symbolizes Peace with the “Angel’s Candle” reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

And that's exactly what our message was about this morning.  The angels' visit to the shepherds.  Such a good message and I was so happy I was there for it.

Afterwards I was playing with Miss A.  Truly she is the sweetest baby ever.  She just smiles and giggles all the time.  Since she has learned to walk she is all over the place.  I got to pick her up and hold her twice.  The rest of the time she was holding onto my fingers to steady herself as she walked all over looking at everything.  The curiosity that child has.  I always have said that if you want to see the world in a new way, spend time with a child looking at the world through their eyes.


When we finally got out of church (Joe has to talk to EVERYONE) we ran some errands.  I went to the post office and mailed off some Christmas cards.  I didn't send many out this year, but considering that the last two years I didn't send ANY I consider this an improvement. Then I ran into Rite Aid and got some gift cards and a few more stocking stuffers.  After that we went to Target and I got my step-mother-in-law and her sister their gifts (and a few things for myself).  Finally we went to get gas.  I paid just $2.51/gal for it!  Amazing.  Every day it seems it goes down in price.  I can't remember the last time I paid so little for it.

It feels good to be so far done.  I have now just one gift to go.  I have no idea what to buy him.  And I have a few more stocking stuffers.  

The house is still a mess, but that will have to be taken care of in the next three days.  How did Christmas get here so quickly?  I have wrapping, decorating and baking to do.  One party and one church service to attend.  Then the big day will be here and it won't matter anymore what else I have to do.

Hope you all are getting everything done also.

Today being the first day of winter it was also the shortest day.  Only 9 hours, 19 minutes and 57 seconds of daylight.  Tomorrow is almost a minute longer.  We are heading in the right direction.  My brother Larry and I always celebrate the shortest day because now it's heading toward spring.  I know that sounds silly but you need to do something when you have SADD.  At least the sun lamp Joe and I use helps somewhat.

There was a knock on the door this evening and when I opened it two guys from the Viet Nam Veterans group across the street were there with two big boxes.  They asked if this was where Joe lived.  I said yes and they brought the boxes into the house.  They were filled with food -- a whole turkey, canned ham, canned veggies, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce, orange juice, milk, spaghetti and tomato sauce.  They said "Merry Christmas" and left.  Joe had been taking a nap, but I woke him up and he went across the street to thank them.

Later there was another knock on the door and there were some carolers.  Joe said "Wait a minute" and got me to listen to them too.  They were very good.  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

To end I thought I would show you some of my recent pictures.

Holiday Peeps.  Yum, yum!  I know they aren't good for me, but I eat Peeps only twice a year -- Easter and Christmas.  I figure 12 Peeps a year isn't going to hurt me.

Look at my new little scene!  I couldn't resist buying the little tree for half price and making it a Cherished Teddy Christmas.

Here is the tree -- all sparkly and beautiful.

Santa is no longer holding Hershey Kisses, but Bob's Peppermints.

My little Snowy.  We have had her a year now.  We took her in last December 20th.

A man and his cat.  She is very much his cat now.

I found Jenny's stocking and repurposed it for Snowy.  Three stockings hanging in a row.

It's up to four Advent candles tonight.
 I have to go to bed now.  Thanks for reading.  See you tomorrow.

Kathy
 

SUNDAY PRAISE -- HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING

1 Corinthians 1:18

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 

Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing

“Hark the herald angels sing” was written by Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley founder of the Methodist church, in 1739. A sombre man, he requested slow and solemn music for his lyrics and thus “Hark the herald angels sing” was sung to a different tune initially.

Over a hundred years later Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) composed a cantata in 1840 to commemorate Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press. English musician William H. Cummings adapted Mendelssohn’s music to fit the lyrics of “Hark the herald angels sing” already written by Wesley.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCt1s44cfMM

 

Friday, December 19, 2014

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT AND A BUSY WEEK






The third Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.

This has been a very busy week.  Work has been unreal.  Lots to do.  At least I have enough people working with me now to spread the wealth.  AND we are getting another part-time Library Assistant.  I think I will have a trapeze installed so she has a seat of her own.  Every desk is taken now.  I also met the new part-time guard.  His name is Bobby and he is very nice.  So now we have Diane R and Diane B and will have Bob D and Bobby B.  Please, don't bring in another Kathy!

I went to Rite Aid the other day and got two bags of Hershey's Kisses to fill up my Santa on the table.

 
 Needless to say it is no longer full.  I'm going to have to buy another couple of bags.

We have continued on with our nightly Advent devotions.  Up to three candles this week.



And I have enjoyed looking at the lights in the houses across the street.



This picture just does not do them justice.  They are so pretty.  I am hoping to go out to take Christmas light pictures this weekend.  We'll see.

The main problem this week is that Joe has been falling.  A lot.  He hasn't fallen down the stairs (which is a blessing) but he fell in the living room, the bathroom and the bedroom.

Last night he called me at work and asked me to come home because he fell.  I raced out of there (thank God I live only 12 minutes from work) and when I got home Joe was in bed but had fallen while taking a shower.  The shower curtain rod was down and some of the tiles had been pulled off of the wall.  That was the worst.  As I've been writing this he fell out of bed.

I took him to the doctor on Tuesday.  She said he had an ear infection which is making him lose his balance and gave him antibiotic eardrops.  I don't see how they are helping him at all.  I think something else is going on, but I'm no doctor.

Please pray for Joe and this situation.  I'm at my wit's end to know what to do.

On the positive side I've gotten more stuff done for Christmas.  I have off today since I work tomorrow so I plan to go through the house, bake cookies, write out and mail cards, and get my shopping done.  It's so hard to believe that Christmas is next week.  I'm always so harried this time of year.

So gotta get going and start my day.  Thanks for reading.

Kathy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

SUNDAY PRAISE -- THE FIRST NOEL

Matthew 1:21

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

The First Noel

The First Noel is unknown in origin but is generally thought to be English dating back to the sixteenth century. There is a misconception that the First Noel was French and it is believed that this is because of the French spelling of Noel as opposed to the olde English Anglo-Saxon spelling of the word as in Nowell. After England was captured by the Normans numerous words were adopted from the Norman French language and Noel was re-spelt as Nowell, early printed versions of this carol use the Nowell spelling. The First Noel was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANUV9vD1zg8
The video today is made by an 8 year old boy in Viet Nam.

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK MORE LIKE CHRISTMAS

It's been a really busy, but nice, day today.  I got a burst of energy and got so much cleaning done.  I was concentrating on the living room and it actually looks like a different room now.  I'm so happy.  I put out some more of my decorations.  I figure it's late, but there is still over a week to go.

My Cherished Teddies joined my reindeer on the shelf.

At first I had my other Cherished Teddies on the windowsill.

But then I decided to put them on the table with the lamp.

The sofa is all decked out with my snowflake pillow, Christmas afghan and polar bear.

The bears are keeping each other company.

And here's Raggedy Ann.  What would Christmas be without her?
 There's so much more to do but I'm getting there.  I hope I will be able to show you more decorations all week as I go along.

Kathy