Well, it's finally here...my last post of 2013. I actually look forward to this one. Just like I look forward to my first post of 2014 tomorrow! I took some time to go back over my blog from this past year, marveling at how fast it all went. So many moments caught...not on film...but on digital. I didn't post all of them, believe it or not! I condensed my life down for the blog. There were moments this year that left me sad, happy, amazed, thrilled, scared, sorry, hurting, sick, numb, satisfied, humbled, and most of all....thankful. Thankful for family and friends and work and play. Thankful for my faith, my country, and for blogging about most of what goes on around me. I will put this all in book form after tonight. I'll have the saved photos, memories, and prose of what took place in 2013. I hope to heaven someone will appreciate it one day! I hope they laugh at the good stuff, cry at the right stuff, and find my ordinary life that mingled with theirs, just a bit extraordinary! Last year I posted about coming out of work on the last day of the year in the middle of a winter storm. I remember sliding all the way home! We're expecting a big snow fall tomorrow and Thursday...sometimes life repeats itself! Today I didn't have to work which was a blessing since I've been battling a bad head cold since Saturday. Jack has been too...we're partners in illness! But I did manage to get a few things done. I mentioned to a blog buddy that my Mom always told us we had 3 days to get well...Jesus rose on the 3rd day and so can we! So on my day after the 3rd day, I rose and put all the Christmas decorations away..except the tree. I filled the dining room table up with all the "stuff" and then hauled it down to the storage area.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The tradition in our home has always been to celebrate with family on Christmas day. I know some families gather on Christmas Eve or other times that are convenient for as many as possible to be there. When my in-laws were living, we headed down to the "farm"..they weren't really farmers since Jack's Dad was also a Chiropractor, but they had a beautiful piece of property...120 acres.. and a lovely home with space enough to gather everyone together. We've carried on this tradition with our kids who live near us. We don't call our place "the farm"...just "Mom and Dad's"! This year was no exception. Our grandkiddos are getting older. With Driana in college and Summer in high school, we know sometime in the future things will change. Our #2 son, Craig, and his family are in Portland, Ore. now and we probably will never be there on Christmas with them. But, because of technology, we can talk, and laugh, and share a bit of the holiday with them. We still have a couple of little ones who wait eagerly for Santa and get up early in the morning to check out the goodies. That makes them a bit tired by the time they come to us, but we still manage to have a good time! After dinner usually the "Christmas Crash" happens and slowly some of the adults slip away and find a quiet place to nap. One or two of the younger set fall asleep too, but a couple will hang in to the bitter end. That was the story today! I can't let any gathering go without some photos to help tell my story. Starting at the beginning....
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
I got permission to post this today. Donna, my BFF, had surgery today. She had a total hip replacement this morning. I was glad to be there and she did great! I just saw her take her first steps with the new hip. Good job Donna! She'll go home tomorrow. Our hospital does an awesome job. Just thought you, who follow her blog, would like to know! Have a nice Christmas Eve!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Dear MN...You are such a crazy gal these days. To usher in December you had temps dipping into the bitter chills and the snow flying and piling up. However, to usher in the first day of Winter you sent torrential rain and temps in the 50's and 60's. I just want to mention this..please don't take offense dear Mommo Nature...there's medication for your condition! Just sayin'....I hope everyone within eye shot of my blog is doing well and being safe. We had so much rain some roads were closed and the rivers and creeks were up to the tippy top. I had to run into town this morning and took a quick pic of this "field"...I lovingly call it "Lake Middle Rowsburg". It's really just a farmer's field.
Monday, December 16, 2013
This sign made me smile:
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I know I've said this before, but I can't believe a whole week has gone by without a word from Whispering Pines..not even any whispering! The week before, and this week so far, has been a mix of crazy busy and just plain crazy at the hospital. The end of the year spells "Let's get it done" for many folks who put off getting that surgery all year. However, the deductibles have been met and now is the time before the new year. (Not to mention "Obamacare" surprises that will hit soon) Hey, no political statements here...I'm trying to be good..Santa is watching! But the weekend was fast and furious and also fun! Saturday morning Jack and I went out for breakfast. We don't do that very often and we went to a place I've never been before. When I mention this place to anyone from Ashland they are shocked. The conversation goes something like this: Me: "I went to the Lyn-Way restaurant for the very first time in all the years I've lived here". Them: "ARE YOU KIDDING?!" And so on. No I'm not kidding. I finally can check it off my bucket list...I went to the Lyn-Way...and it was really good! So I'm thinking I'll go back. Am I sad I put it off this long? Nah...I always thought it was a place for only old folks to hang out. And it is..and I am. Did I take any great pics to share? Pics of my food atleast? Nope. Then we went to Sam's Club and other places to shop. Did I take any pics? Nope. I had a weird experience in a public restroom too. Did I take any pics? Nope....thank God. I'll spare you. Much later in the day Jack and I went over to our friends, Derrick and Shan's to watch Ohio State get beat and to eat some pretty yummy food. Shan (I'm sure I'm spelling her name wrong) is from China and she made us noodles and fried rice that was really good. The hot sauce I tried burned my lips for 3 days, but it was good too! Did I take any pics? YES!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I think the bells I hear ringing are not Christmas bells, but bells that ring when the gates at the track open and the horses take off. Except I'm the one running through the month of December! I always consider November my quiet month. The month to think of my blessings, family, turkey dinner and no rushing. Ha! I was fooled! November this year was a busy, busy time. Work was up and down. Co-workers seemed stressed out. Trials and tribulations here and there. The month flew by! The last day of this month was also a road race. Literally! Yesterday my good buddy Donna, and myself, took off for Columbus, Ohio. That's about 1-1/2 hrs from us. We piled into her cute little car and sped down I71. The weather was beautiful and the company was even better! Thanks so much Donna for driving and navigating the big city streets! The reason for this trip was to meet up with Vicki from 2 bags full so we could get all the beautiful pink scarves that were lovingly made by people all over the globe. We were suppose to meet around 2pm for lunch. We did some shopping before hand.