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Christmas ... and Some Thoughts

I don't know about anybody else, but Christmas always kind of sneaks up on me and finds me unprepared.  Maybe because here on the edge of the desert where "Christian" things are celebrated only by the minority, it's just easy to forget.  

Some of the big stores have Christmas decorations and extra toys and candy for sale, but that's about all we see of Christmas.  There are no constant advertisements, no decorations all over town, no Santa Clauses ringing bells, no Christmas carols on the radio and oddly enough not even at church, etc.  At the same time, life is busy for us right now and so it just always sneaks up.  I find myself with little energy for doing Christmasy things.  

So I spent most of Christmas Eve doing very un-Christmasy things.  I worked on getting linens and kitchen supplies for a short-termer who is arriving this week. 



I also printed his syllabus for him (well, took it to the printer).  I did make bread, and sweet rolls for Christmas breakfast, a…

Happenings in November

Well, here we are, more than half way through December, and I'm just now getting around to telling you about November.  It was a fun, busy, and eventful month.  We were still on vacation and we got in a lot of good family time during the month.

We were still in Ohio with Suz and Theo at the beginning of the month.  Suz and Theo were working hard to get Hezekiah to gain weight.  He kept losing weight for the first few weeks of his life, but he's doing great now.  We tried to spend as much time as possible with Tera so Suzanne could concentrate on adjusting to the new baby ... but mostly just because we wanted to and we enjoy her so much.  





We also tried to get in as many baby snuggles as we could.



Whenever we are in the area, my dad's cousin, Jeanne, invites us for a meal. She is actually closer to me in age than to my dad, so I've always just considered her a cousin and don't try to figure out if she's a second cousin or a first cousin once removed.  Whatever the …

Book List from November

November was vacation, but it wasn't a sitting around on the beach sort of vacation, so I didn't get as much read as one might do on vacation.  

The first book I finished was called The Fringe Hours:  Making Tme for You by Jessica N. Turner.  On the airplane safety instructions, parents are told that if a loss of cabin pressure occurs they should place their own oxygen mask before helping their children with theirs. In the same way in other aspects of life, we are less likely to be good carers of those around us if we don't take care of ourselves.

But who has time for caring for themselves? Jessica Turner helps us find ways to identify "fringe hours" to use for self-care. At first I thought the book would be all about me, me, me, but she keeps things quite balanced between caring for one's self and serving others. She does a great job of showing how women spend so much time comparing themselves to others that they waste time doing things they don't even car…

New Adventures in Travel

Usually when we travel we have the sorts of adventures that you'd really rather not have ... like sitting IN the airplane first at the gate and then on the runway for SIX hours and the flight itself was seven hours, so 13 hours in one plane (I know, I know, my Aussie friends do that all the time).  Or having your luggage not show up and when it does the camera that you had bought for your daughter's birthday had been stolen out of it.  

But this time we had two kind of fun things happen that we'd never had before.

When we fly out of JFK in New York, our final stop is usually Connecticut.  From Hartford we can catch "the Connecticut limo" service.  



We always joke because it's never been a limo.  Once it was a small bus and the other times it was a van.  So when we were standing outside the station in Hartford, there was a limo parked down the line-up.  I jokingly said to John, "Look!  There's our limo!"  and he said, "Yeah, right."  Neith…

Grandbaby Quilt #2

My mom made a quilt for me when I headed off to college.  It was so warm and heavy and I had it on my bed my college years.  I still keep it in storage and every time we are home in the winter I pull it out.  I don't know if she made one for my brother and sister or not, but I do know she made one for each of her grandchildren.

So, I decided to carry on the tradition.  I made one for Tera which Suzanne uses as the backdrop for Tera's monthly photos.  I wanted to make one for Hezekiah, but I sure had some challenges with it!  I bought the cloth before I knew what gender he would be and lucked out on that as I had gone with blue (aqua) as I knew that would match the nursery.  



looked up some quilt patterns on Pinterest and other places on the internet and narrowed it down to two I liked.  

My sewing machine wasn't working right, so I decided I would cut the pieces ahead of time and then sew them at Suzanne's house.  



But of course I procrastinated and the week before leavi…