09 December 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins

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The fill-in-the-blanks:

1. I love the following Christmas film(s) ________________.

2. I don't care for the following Christmas film(s) .

3. At the holidays, I cannot resist __________.

4. A favourite holiday memory of mine is ___________.


My responses:

Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life have been my favorite Christmas movies since I was a little girl.

I can't think of any that I don't like. The Christmas cartoons are nice (at least the ones from my childhood. I don't know what's out there now.)  The only ones that I remember specifically as Christmas movies are Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life.  What else is there?

I'm getting pretty good at resisting a lot of things these days.  Food isn't one of them. Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year's food are always my downfall.  At least it is a well-cushioned fall! :)

A favorite Christmas memory of mine would have to be our first Christmas as parents.  We were on top of the world; nothing was stopping us.  We didn't know the horrible sadness that was just around the corner.  We splurged and got that boy way more than any child needed, because we could...and then, there were the grandparents, who weren't skimpy either.  No Christmas since has been the same. 



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08 December 2016

Random Suz

Hi folks,

The last few days have been one unexpected surprise after another. I've hardly had time to remember to breathe, much less anything here on the computer.

I wanted to let you all know that I appreciate your comments and visits very much. I hope to get caught up on commenting and visiting your blogs this weekend.

Surprise #1: We went out Tuesday afternoon to take our daughter to work. Usually I at least glance at the tires, but didn't this time because we were already behind schedule. We didn't make it out of the driveway before kerthunking made it obvious there was a problem. The front driver's side tired was flatter than a pancake. David pumped it up and we barely made it to the WM tire center.

Surprise #2: It isn't just a tire problem. There were wires poking out all over the place on the flat tire. They said that we had an alignment issue and to go to Wharton County Tire to get that fixed before they would put the tires on (we were going to go ahead and replace all of them). We left WM with the space-saver spare on. Then, we went to Wharton County Tire to see about the alignment and decided to just get the tires put on there. This was about 30 minutes before their closing time.

Surprise #3: Wharton County Tire informed us that they do not do alignments. Okay, so who does? The lady told us two places. When asked which one she would recommend, she just shrugged her head and shoulders and didn't make a recommendation. So, we went to the other place the WM tire dude suggested. I can't remember the name of that place at the moment. But, they do tires and alignments, so they got the whole business.

We took the car to that repair place on Wednesday where Zoomie spent the afternoon away from home. Thankfully, our daughter was off that day, so we didn't have to try to figure how to get her to work and back. We had Zoomie back by 5:30pm on Wednesday. I'm glad that re-alignments don't cost a zillion bucks. I wish the same were true about tires.

Surprise #4 & Freak Attack #1: This morning, David called to give Mags (our youngest daughter) her wake-up call at 6am so that she could get to class. She didn't answer. We tried for hours to get her on the phone. It kept going straight to voice mail. Of course, this just made us even more worried. I sent her a couple of messages via FB Messenger and they just showed as Sent, not Delivered. Finally, we heard back from her via FB. Her phone had died even though it was on the charger and the charger was plugged in.

We can't have baby girl way out on the Island with no way to make a call, so off to the Island we went to replace her phone and got to see her all of five seconds (if that) because she was in the middle of the production and only had 45 seconds once she left the building to get the phone and get back inside.

All that is sorted out. Now I am left with a burning question that I am not going to put to print or speech because Fate has a way of answering it and I don't need any more surprises this week!

Please bear with me as I play the continual catch-up game. Have a blessed weekend!


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07 December 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. Let's talk holiday decorating. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). What's your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Is it done?

I am not sure where I would be on the scale. I don't like all the flashy, hey we're in Vegas, gaudy things that I see in some places. I like the red ribbons, green garland, white lights, and sparkle. I think it has to do with the fact that I can't focus if there is too much visual noise.

The only decorating that we do is a Christmas tree and we even skipped that one year.

2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Post a picture or, if it's special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it's Christmas!

I love nativity scenes and would love to have one, but the wild animals in this neighborhood would just tear it up if we had one outside. We don't have a mantel or a hearth, so there's no really good place to put one inside either.

I have seen some crochet patterns for cute little nativity scenes. I might get brave enough to try those someday.

3. Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so are you glad? If not do you wish you did?

Our neighbors all around us entertain fairly often, but the neighbors for the most part are not socializing with each other. We say howdy, etc., but "playing together" just isn't happening. Everyone is busy doing their own thing. I'm fine with that.

The neighborhood where I grew up was a social one, at least amongst the children, and that was great back then.  I am much more of a loner these days, so am fine with the social level as it is here.  

4. As the saying goes, 'there's no time like the present'. How does that ring true in your life right now?

The present is all that we have. Our mortality has been slapping us in the face lately. We know that if we don't do this or that now, we may never get to do it. There is a sense of urgency in our household these days.

5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?

Yes, because I don't know what news the doctor will give us each time we go. The constant hospital/medical facility trips are just one more loud knock on that mortality door.

6. Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis-which on the list is your favorite holiday plant? Are any of these on display in your home right now?

None of these are in our home, but I love them all, especially the poinsettia. Unfortunately, as I understand it, it is a poisonous plant for pets as well as humans. We don't have little kids here now, but we do have our grand-dogger and Petra might try to eat it. We don't want to risk it.

7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.

There are several: "I thought so!" ~ Natalie Wood as Susan (Miracle on 34th Street), upon basically being told "Try, try again."

"That's what this hearing will decide." Santa Claus (Miracle on 34th Street) at the committal hearing.

"Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?" ~ Clarence the Angel, It's a Wonderful Life

Mary as a little girl: "Is this the ear you can't hear on? George Bailey, I'll love you 'til the day I die." (It's a Wonderful Life)

Conversation between George and Mary Bailey: "George: Your, your, your, ba- Mary, you on the nest?" Mary: "George Baily Lassos Stork!"

There are so many more! As you can see, I can't pin it down to just one. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

"I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that." ~George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life.

In many ways, George's life mirrors my own.  I can relate to his situation.  He had hopes. He had dreams. He knew what he wanted. Then, life happened, like it does with the rest of us. Heavenly Father has other plans for us that we can't see or see but don't understand. Other folks have other plans for us. Our own plans get pushed aside and life goes on. Somehow we get to a point of growing into the lives that we are meant to live. Like George, we just have to come to the realization that, no matter how bad it may seem on the surface, so long as there is love, it truly is a wonderful life.





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06 December 2016

Random Suz: Day 6

Okay, yesterday I told you there would be a little more information regarding that wet floor caution sign.

You know how they put out those wet floor signs when they mop in a public place or the floor is otherwise wet?  Well, I met up with one of those yesterday in the bathroom at the wound care center.  The wet floor didn't cause me any problem at all, but....

Guess who tripped over the "Caution: Wet Floor!" sign?

Yep, me. And it isn't even like I didn't know it was there.  I bumped into it walking into the bathroom, but I flat out knocked it flat on the way out of the bathroom.  It landed with such a loud reverberation, I was sure that the folks on the top floor of the hospital had heard it!


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05 December 2016

Currently...A Life List



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Looking out my window....It has been raining for a couple of days here, so what I see out there is a lot of water. The yards around are swampy and very slippery.

As I ponder....I am pondering aka worrying about how things will go for David with this CROW boot. It is different from walking in the contact cast, which was different from regular walking. He has been a falling risk especially since the strokes and these things just put him even more at risk until he gets used to walking in them. As we understand it, this boot is going to be his lifetime companion.

What I am learning...I am learning how to decoupage. We'll see how that goes!

What I am creating...I am creating Christmas ornaments with photos of our family now and our ancestors, too. So far I have photos together for 16 of them. Hopefully I will remember to photograph the process as I create them.

What I am reading....I am still reading Uninvited. Yes, I am a very slow reader. There are just too many other things going on these days. 

What I am watching...At the moment, I am watching David toss and turn in his sleep. These foot appointments take a lot out of him.

What I am hearing...I am hearing a heater and the air condition operating in unison. The A/C has to be on to filter out the neighbors' smoke and the heater because, well, we finally got some decently cool temperatures here on the Gulf Coast.

What's on my camera... 
Last cast removal!

More about this one tomorrow!

Buckle on CROW boot.

Compliments of the neighbors' dogs...AGAIN!


What's happening in the kitchen...There's nothing special happening in the kitchen this week.  On Saturday (Dec. 3rd) I baked a cake for my daddy's birthday. He would have been 75 years old. 

A quote I want to share... "He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree." ~Roy L. Smith

Happenings in my backyard...There is a lot of squishiness going on back there due to all the rain.

A peek into my week...Thankfully, the rest of the week just consists of taking our daughter back and forth to work and maybe a trip to get tires for Zoomie and groceries.

A final thought...I hope that December is a great month for all of you, filled with hope, happiness, health, and home and family. 

To paraphrase a person that I heard on television years ago that said, "Smoke 'em while you've got 'em"…my message to you is, "Hug 'em while you've got 'em!" Make sure those you love know that you love them. You never know when you won't be able to hug them anymore. Never pass up the opportunity.
 


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04 December 2016

Biggest Mistake

Today is the 18th anniversary of what is probably the biggest mistake of our lives.  I won't go into specifics here because it is just too upsetting on a multitude of levels.  While I would never want to do again what we did way back then - the cost was too high - I did learn a few lessons along the way.

 1. Don't trust anybody.  Well, this one I already knew, but this experience drilled it home even deeper.

 2. Just because someone says they love you doesn't mean that they do.

 3. Some people do not want to be loved.

 4. Some people are beyond helping.

 5. Good deeds do not always result in good deeds. Sometimes they result in pain beyond belief and broken homes and hearts. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished.

 6. It is best to let others take out their own garbage.  If you take it out, then the stink gets on you and can be impossible to remove.

 7. Keep reminding yourself, "Just one more day" or hour, or minute, or whatever it takes to get through the rough spot. We can survive just about anything if we take it in increments. Taking that bottle of pills might not end your pain. It might just make it worse.

 8. Don't count everybody out just because some people are bad.

 9. Jesus died for the good and the bad. We have to hold on to that thought and do the good deeds anyway.

10. Heavenly Father determines one's value. It doesn't matter what other humans think. They aren't God. He decided that you are of value when He sent His Son to die for your sins.  In the end, it is only His thoughts of you that matter.

No matter how bad things get out there, we are never truly alone. We may feel deserted and lonely and abandoned, but we are not alone.  He is there working all things for the good of those that love Him. We can trust Him.  He had this thing covered long before we were even born.

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."  Philippians 4:13 (KJV)




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