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Goodbye 2010 - Welcome 2011

I'll be glad to see 2010 off.  It wasn't a particularly great year for me.  Some good things happened and few not so good.  It just wasn't a banner year and I could use some really great things to happen.  So I'm looking forward to 2011.  Did you know the date of tomorrow is going to be 1/1/11?  Pretty fun hey?  I figure that's a beginning number if I ever saw one.

So the daughter is off to her birthday party sleep over.  A friend of hers has her birthday today so her mom and Aunt are having a sleep over with a bunch of 12/13 year old girls.  They'll have fun.  That means the hubby and son are home.  Those two guys won't want to do anything but eat junk and sit in front of the tv or computer screen.  Me I'd love to have done something that got me out of the house tonight.

I'm still working on my list and I think I'll leave it at 50 things because I can't think of 50 more.  LOL!  I feel old and worn out today. 

Here's hoping that wonderfu…

Unmoored - Floating Adrift

That's the word that best describes how I'm feeling lately, like I'm a boat unmoored and floating adrift.  I don't have a destination or a captain to guide me.  I'm just floating along.  It's unsettling.  I need to have something to work towards or a destination.  I need to have someone tie my little boat back up or set her on a destination please.

I'm having my usual New Years fumble.  One more year down and a bunch more left to go but what the heck do I do with them?  I'm not sure what I should be doing anymore.  Sure I'm a mom but my kids are teens now and don't need me for every little thing.  I don't have any recent job skills and there are very few jobs here in this small town. 

I'll try to get the kids to sit down with me and do our "Year in Review."  It's fascinating to remember what we did in the past year and I pretty much forget half of what has happened but the kids remember it all so it helps me to see it thro…

Finally Some Snow

It's coming down in big fluffy flakes out there tonight.  Looks to be a couple of inches already.  My daughter said she felt 100% better tonight after coming down with her stomach bug just before Christmas.  The husband and I have a cold now, we got it from the son who gave it to all of us.  The husband seems the worst though.  He says his chest is really sore.  Most likely from all those years of heavy smoking.  He hasn't smoked for 20 years but when he did smoke he was a 3 pack a day guy.  Smoked so much his fingers were stained yellow.  Nasty habit that.

The tree is still up.  I used to like to take it down on New Years Day so that we had decorations up for New Years Eve.  Ever since we had kids we haven't had people over or gone out on New Years Eve so not really any reason to keep the tree up.  In the last couple of years the husband took the tree down himself a day or two after Christmas.  That was fine with me but his packing away of delicate keepsakes left a lot to…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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I just wanted to send my Holiday blessings to all the wonderful people who's blogs I read and who read mine.  I get so much joy from reading about your lives and am blessed to know you.  I hope each of you are wrapped up warm and safe today with your loved ones. 

 I hope Santa brought you lots of wonderful things that bring you great pleasure all year and more!
I hope that you have family and friends to share a meal with today.

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays which ever you celebrate, I hope it's a wonderful one!

Christmas is cancelled

My daughter is now sick with the stomach bug because she just had to have a sleep over at her friends house.  They just got over having this bug run through their entire family this past weekend.  Plus they aren't the cleanest people so most likely haven't even cleaned their bathrooms or washed their sheets yet.  sigh

The husband and son haven't had this yet so I'm sure being stuck in this shoe box of a house with only one bathroom will mean that everyone else will get it now.  We really can't afford DH not to go to work.

I really don't think we will celebrate Christmas anymore cause about half the time some is sick and it stresses me out.  Plus this house is too small for all of us to be stuck here together.  I'm already stressed out from having the kids home for a week.  There is no where for them to go and nothing to do in this house.  It's too dang small!!!  We have no money to move!!  I'm losing my mind!!!

Sorry, I'll try to hang onto my s…

Sleep Overs Cancelled

Both my kids had sleep overs planned for tonight.  Unfortunately that stomach bug that's been going around got their friends too.  So my daughter didn't get to go over to her friends house and my son didn't get to have his friend over here.  Do I sound sad about it?  Nope, not even a little bit.  I hate having other kids sleep over here.  We don't have enough room for the four of us that live here never mind adding a few more kids.  That means more people in the line up for the bathroom and more noise that I have to put up with all night through our paper thin walls.  So I'm sad my kids are sad but happy for myself, yippee!

I went out with my sister and we did a bit more shopping.  Does it ever really end?  As soon as I think I'm done I remember someone I forgot about like my parents!  So I ordered them a nice gift basket full of all sorts of goodies.  I'll add some of my own baking and goodies to it making it an even more awesome basket from the inexpensiv…

Explain This One

I've got a 14 year old, almost 15 year old son.  Well at that age they think about stuff, stuff I never bother with.  Then they bothers you with it.  sigh

So yesterday there was a commercial on tv about starving kids in Africa and how they won't have a Christmas so donate, you know the kind of commercial.  Anyway, he watches the commercial closely and then asks me if those Africans are Christians.  "No, I don't think so." says I, not really paying attention. 

"So why do they need Christmas then?" he asks.  "Like, if they aren't Christian then they don't celebrate Christmas so they aren't missing anything, right?"

Now I'm listening and thinking.  "Yes, that's probably right." says his dumbfounded mother. 

Now he's got me thinking about it and I'm thinking what if some other religious group started to give me stuff on their special holiday just because that's what they do?  They think everyone has to cel…

Sick, sick, sick!

It started off with my parents returning from their trip to Mexico.  A few days later my dad comes down with a stomach virus.  It's only 2 days before we are having a family 50th wedding anniversary supper for them.  I suggest to my mom that we postpone it because even if dad is feeling better he'll still be infectious and he doesn't really want to give everyone a stomach bug.  No, my mom insists it will be fine.  She insists it's probably not even a stomach bug but food poisoning or he took too many meds for his leg injury.  He fell down a bank while in Mexico and hurt his leg.  Silly old people.

Thursday the dinner was wonderful and a good time was had by all.

Saturday 5 people including me were hit with the stomach bug.  Thanks Dad and Mom.  I told her to change the date.  I'm sure the other people who got sick didn't appreciate it either.  There were only 14 people at the dinner and 1 was my dad so 13 people and of that 5 got sick.  I'd say that's a…

Finding Your Christmas Spirit

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I know as I've gotten to be an adult it's become harder and harder each year to find my Christmas spirit.  Add kids into that and even though when they are little it's easy to see their Christmas wonder and enjoy it's still hard to find my own.  Now that my kids are teens and don't believe in Santa anymore a bit of the magic has been lost.

Usually I find that one night when everyone is in bed and I'm sitting out by the tv either reading or doing a craft I look up at the Christmas tree and  there it is, that feeling of joy and wonder.  And if it's snowing like mad outside and I put the fake fire dvd on the tv with the crackling sound on (that's as close to a real fire I can get), well WOW!  That feeling is like something out of a story.  It's hard to explain but it feels like what Christmas should feel like, all cozy, warm and loving.  Like that feeling you have when you are so happy and comfortable just before you fall asleep and know that life is g…

I'm Behind!

I can't seem to get going.  I start and then get distracted by something and by the end of the day have accomplished nothing.  I do have most of my Christmas shopping done.  I would have gone out and done more today but our car got plowed in and there is no way I could shovel it out with my weak back.  I made the kid go out and take a wack at it and they moved enough snow away from the front of the car for me to be able to get the car out of the snowbank. 

We still haven't got our Christmas tree because the husband was too lazy to go on Saturday.  I think I'll take the kids myself and he'll miss out entirely.  It's something we love to do as a family but since he's left it so late I'm leaving him at the curb.

We'll put the tree up tonight and see how the kitten reacts before we decorate it.  We'll use some fishing line to tether the tree to the ceiling so the cat won't be able to knock the tree over.  Something we learned a long time ago and wor…

Annual Christmas Vent

You knew this was coming didn't you?  You knew I was not going to stay quiet this year about it or maybe you just hoped I would.  I have tried but it's got to come out somewhere so here it is.  It's those Christmas trees.  Yup, those trees, the ones that aren't real trees.  It's like putting fake flowers in your home or worse fake plants.  You wouldn't do that would you?  I thought not.

And don't even try to say it's environmentally friendly cause I'm not buying that line.  That fake tree is made of metal and plastic that is mined and drilled for (remember BP and the Gulf coast?).  It doesn't go back to the earth when you throw it away because it starts to look tattty in a few years.

Ya, I hear you, you don't like those needles that real trees drop all over.  Fake ones do the same thing.  And don't you have a vacuum cleaner that you use?  Most people have hardwood floors now making it very easy to sweep up those offending needles and to…