Monday, December 31, 2012

The end of 2012

Can I say good riddance?  2012 brought some good times and bad times.  I met a lot of new people and lost a few.  Cancer sucks big time.

I find that every evening as I lay down to sleep and say my prayers that my list of people to pray for keeps getting longer.  Some days I get quite depressed about it.  If you can, say a prayer for the following:  my mother who finished chemo and radiation for uterine cancer, Tharon who has tongue and throat cancer, Ellie who has leukemia, David who has colon cancer and his wife Samantha who has multiple sclerosis, Rick who has multiple myeloma, Michelle who has colon cancer and recently has been told she now has ovarian cancer, and Tina who has had colon cancer and also breast cancer and is in remission.

Say prayers for the families of Daria who died from breast cancer, Bill who had colon cancer, Kim who also had colon cancer and Sheri who had rectal cancer.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

God bless!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Our Christmas

We had a very nice Christmas here.  My parents were up.  Both my sons and their families came over on Christmas eve for dinner.  I cooked a turkey.  We had mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, butter, tea, sodas and coffee.  Yummy.

We opened gifts and the granddaughters had a great time.  Here's a photo of Lilly and Dixie playing with the dollhouse.

Lilly put her baby in the highchair and when we all turned around a minute or two later Dixie had thrown Lilly's doll out onto the floor and put her own baby in the highchair!

Photo of my daughter in law, Jess, in the socks I made for her!  The heels are just a little too long/big.  I should go down one needle size on the next pair I make.

Jassmine helping me open my gifts!

Christmas day we spent with Phil's brother and sister in law.  Lovely, lovely time, and food, as usual!

I finished mom's flannel nightgown which looked really pretty on her.

Mom and dad celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary yesterday.  I was hoping they'd stay up with us until next week but dad wanted to get back home before we got even more snow here.  I can't say as I blame him because it snowed all day yesterday, all night last night and all day today.  It's beautiful but sure is a nightmare.  When Phil gets home from duck hunting today he'll have to spend the rest of the day plowing the driveway.  There's no way I'm going out in that mess.

I spent this week thinking back on where I was five years ago.  Five years ago I spent eleven days in the hospital after toxicity from chemo.  I almost died from the toxic poisoning and also from the MRSA infection the hospital gave me.  So very thankful then as now that my parents were able to get me out of there.  I know I would have died had I stayed there longer.  Thank you God for every single moment since then including the nausea from chemo.  It was all worth it and I'm so thankful to be alive!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Preview of one Christmas gift

I am ssoooooooooooooooooo behind on my Christmas gifts.  I got up at 4 a.m. to start the flannel nightgown I promised to make for my mom for Christmas.  I ironed the fabric and then cut out all the pieces realizing that I was short on my fabric.  I need at least 1/2 yard of fabric for the ruffle since I decided a flannel nightgown really needed sleeves.  I read through the pattern to make sure I understood what I was doing.  Then the fun began.  I love to sew.  I was afraid the gown would be too long (I hate lifting my gowns to go up and down stairs) so I cut it shorter than normal.  It will have a 10 inch ruffle which should make it below the knee but not dragging the floor.  Next are buttonholes and buttons.  When mom gets here I'll let her decide on how to finish the sleeves.  I think elastic would be a nice finish around the wrist.  If she's washing dishes she can push the sleeves up out of her way.  Did you notice the little touch of lace around the neckline?

I ended up finishing the sleeves with elastic after talking with mom then I did the buttonholes and added the buttons.  Hoping that Joann's Fabrics is open tomorrow morning so I can buy another yard of fabric!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

December 22

I finally broke down and went shopping ... at a store.  Yesterday, I went to Fashion Bug for myself a winter coat.  Thankfully, the store wasn't crowded.  It was a store closing sale with no returns.  I bought five or six items for the same amount the coat would have cost at it's original sale price.  Happy!

I managed to finish the fourth pair of socks around 1 a.m. this morning.  I washed and blocked them right after.  I'm supposed to be cleaning the house but my get up and go has got up and went.  I did vacuum downstairs.  I always wonder where can I hide all the stuff I have out?

We have a family dinner at hubs mother's house this afternoon.  I should take knitting with me.  I still have mittens to make.  I've knitted so much that my thumbs are sore.

Mom and dad are driving up Monday morning.  I have to get to the grocery store and buy a few things for Christmas eve dinner.  I have to remember to take the turkey out of the freezer to thaw!

Jassmine's dance class Christmas party was yesterday after their class performed a little recital.  I took a lot of photos.  They had a gift exchange.  Some moron parent decided that a toothbrush and toothpaste would be an acceptable gift for a preschool child.  What planet are you from because that gift isn't acceptable on the planet I'm from!  Jass got the toothbrush gift and cried.  I don't blame her one bit.  That was an awful gift to give a little girl.  It wasn't directed at her, per se, but she ended up with it.  I ran over to her and wrapped my arms around her whispering don't cry over this gift because you'll get presents and toys from Santa.  Then I said don't cry about the toothbrush because you might hurt the feelings of the person who brought that gift.  Being the awesome and thoughtful little girl my granddaughter is, she said, "What a great gift, Grandma, I love it!"  Always thinking of the other person!  Why can't adults be like this?