Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

 May you have a blessed New Year; may you have all you need; may your hearts remain happy all year long.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Home again.

Got home yesterday afternoon, stopped and dropped Candy's present off and picked Peanut up.  Now we are in the unpacking mode and organizing again.  Laundry will be tomorrow -- not enough energy today.

So, what did I get for Christmas?  Well, now that Candy has opened hers (haven't heard her reaction, yet), I can show you what I got.

 The doll head came from my Great-Aunt Millie (on my mom's side); cousin Esther had two heads with no hair - remnants of dolls that Millie had given her at one time.  So Dad asked if he could have them - thirty years ago - and decided to fix them up for Candy and I.  The head is a Armand Marseille that was made in Germany about 1915.  He got body parts, wigs, clothing and, with my doll, he got a dachshund and a spinning wheel.  The dolls' name is "Emily" (a friend asked me how I knew and I told her that Emily told me her name).   I'm anxious to see Candy's.

We had a great time - saw the Peterson relatives that live in the area on Saturday and  / or Tuesday.  

We headed home yesterday and had a great trip - even stopped at Al's Oasis in Chamberlain.  I have been going there off and on since I was in college.  I had a buffalo burger yesterday - they are famous for those.  We had beautiful blue skies and very little wind the whole way home.

We picked up Peanut, dropped off Candy's doll (still wrapped) and got home in time to have a simple supper.

How wonderful to have the chance to travel and see relatives.  How wonderful to be home again.  It is a beautiful day today - calm and partially sunny; you have a beautiful day!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Santa was good!

My mom got what she wanted for Christmas ... a Kindle!  So guess what I've been doing, off and on, for the past fourteen hours or so!

I can't tell you what *I* got, because we are delivering Candy's gift from Santa (guess he got lost along the way or thought we were together).  Anyway, her gift is supposedly similar to mine (haven't seen it yet) so I don't want to spoil the surprise.  I WILL show you mine when it's safe.  Trust me, it's a doozy!

Meanwhile, Mom is enjoy her Kindle .. didn't go to bed until after two last night!

It's a beautiful day - in the mid forties.  Hoping you are all having a beautiful Christmas.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

May the Light shine for you this Season

We are heading to Rapid City for Christmas this year.  We will be leaving here tomorrow morning and not get home before Wednesday night.  I am not sure if I will have time to write, so I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Blessed Christmas.  Ours will be brown, but it will be special, non-the-less.  We will be spending time with my folks, who, as I have mentioned several times, are now ninety-one (and a half).  And just WAIT until you find out what my Dad is getting my Mom for Christmas!  Can't say, now -- she reads my blog!

And, Mom .... nanny-nanny-boo-boo ... I know and you don't!

It will be a beautiful time - you have a beautiful Christmas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wistful Wednesday

This is my Grandpa Childs, my dad's dad.  Henry Childs was very handy with his hands and with tools; when he came to visit, my mom had things that he would fix in the house for her.  At one time, when I was in first grade, he and I made a bird house together and painted it green (guess I loved green even back then).

He lived in Anacortes, Washington during the latter part of his life.  We would go out to visit relatives, especially my Grandpa.  He lived in a small house surrounded by berry plots.  We would pick blackberries, take them in the house and have cream and sugar (well, I had milk and sugar) on them.  They were still warm from the sun!  

Grandpa died when I was in the eighth grade - we lived in Oklahoma, so Dad flew out for the funeral and we didn't go.  I didn't see his grave until I was several years older.

He was my favorite Grandpa because he was my only one.  My mother's father died when she was a teen, so I never met him.  When I was younger, I wished that Nana would marry Grandpa so they would come to visit us at the same time and we'd have double the visits.  It wasn't until I was older that I realized people did not marry for the convenience of children (or grandchildren).  I still miss Grandpa!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Puppy Love

Instead of looking to the past today, I chose to look to the future.  This picture was taken by my friend, Jody; she raises German Shepherds and has some ready to go out the door.  I am tempted but am reminded by Peanut that I promised her that she would be an only child!

However, that does not stop me from admiring these sweet faces.  And they ARE for sale, if you know of anyone who wants a very good quality Shepherd -- their parents are of excellent bloodlines and have all kinds of awards behind them.

Enjoy, even if you don't want one!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

---a date which will live in infamy ---

Today is the seventieth anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day when the Japanese Government ordered planes to attack Pearl Harbor, thus thrusting the United States into World War II.  Where were you when this happened?

I don't remember (as most of you, I am sure, do not remember, either) but I grew up knowing of this date and I remember it every December.  The date has been engraved in my heart - so many young men and women went to war to fight against tyranny as so many had gone in wars before and so many have gone since.

When will these wars end?  When will there be true peace in the world?  When?  I pray it is my life-time - that I will live to see the end of hostilities in this world.

I hope everyone takes a few minutes to pause and thank all the veterans now living or passed on that put their lives on the lives so that we could live in freedom.  And perhaps we could all do our little bit to begin Peace in the world.

Monday, December 05, 2011

New blogger

Norm's niece, Glenda, was raised in South Dakota .. she grew up with our girls and shares many memories with them. She now lives in Colorado with her husband and two cats. Her life is full of surprises and (yes, admit it!) accidents! Join me in enjoying what another woman goes through in her daily life!

Go to Glenda's new blog for a good read!