Saturday, December 28, 2013

Between . . .

We call this 'the week between the holidays'.  It's the only week all year that's kinda special.  We have days that are special during the year but not entire weeks. In our younger years, this was the week when hubby & I hosted the majority of our Christmas parties.  The Christmas rush was over and it was the perfect time to relax and have fun!  

Those days are over so now I spend this week thinking about the year that's ending and planning for the year that's coming. 

Before the New Year arrives, the house has to be clean, the laundry must be done, the vacuum cleaner bags must be emptied & the pantry must be filled with all  the usual staples.  All of these things are necessary for the New Year to be successful.

Today I'll get the ironing done and Dahli will get a good brushing.  I've been giving some serious thought to changes that need to be made and so far have deciced that less time will be spent playing facebook games and more time will be spent reading.  Yesterday, I learned how to download books from the local library to my mini ipad.  A great alternative to purchasing books or reading only free ones.  I started reading . . . 

The Courage Tree

by Diane Chamberlain 


Eight-year-old Sophie Donohue just wanted to be like every other little girl. Which is why her mother, Janine, reluctantly agreed to let her go on the weekend camping trip with her Brownie troop. But when Janine arrives to pick up Sophie after the trip, her daughter is not among the others. Somehow, along the forested route from West Virginia, Sophie has disappeared.


Hope you're having a wonderful 'week between the holidays'.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Family

These beautiful families belong to me. 


I call this group my CLEVELAND Kids.  
In the top layer are Katie & Kelly.
The middle layer has Matthew and Jackie.
The bottom row is my son, Matt, Lizzie and AnnMarie, the mom of this group.


I call this group my CALIFORNIA Kids.
(l > r) it's Brad Farley and Tiffany with her lovable pug puppy
then it's Amanda & Caden & James
then Sierra, my daughter Sue and Steve 
holding his kitty.

I feel so blessed to have these beautiful people in my life. 
My Grown-Up Christmas Wish is to someday spend Christmas with these kids.



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Advent . . . 4 days

4 days

Monday, December 16, 2013

Advent . . . 9 days

9 days




The weather turned quite cool so it was a good day to write out Christmas cards and do some internet shopping.  Ordered family gifts for Andy, Matt, Chris, Tiffany and Sue.  I already did Amanda last week.  All the money cards for the kids will go in the morning.  A little more shopping to do tomorrow and then I'll be officially DONE except for baking.  Such fun, isn't it?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Advent . . . 10 days

10 days









Thoughts of placing the wreaths yesterday is still on my mind this morning.  I suspect it will be something I'll be talking/thinking about until well after the holidays.  

Just finished a wonderful breakfast prepared by Andy.  So now it's time to put the puter away, get my stuff packed up and be off on my way back to Avon Park.  Later . . . 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Advent . . . 11 days

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Chris & I did Wreaths Across America at Bushnell today.  It was awesome. Say what you want to about WalMart but I say "thanks" for donating all the wreaths today.  And "thanks" to all the motorcycle guys who set out all the wreaths today.  The site was too beautiful for words. 



Thanks to KIM for my snowman

Friday, December 13, 2013

Advent . . . 12 days

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Advent . . . 13 days

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