Thursday, November 26, 2009

What I Am Thankful For











I am thankful for a lot of things on this Thanksgiving Day. One thing stands out over everything else and that is family: my father, mother, sister and brother. They were not perfect by any means but they were and are good people who formed my life. My parents are both gone now and I miss them. I think about them alot around the holidays because holidays were so important. We had big gatherings. I understand now that my father didn't really like these but I never knew it then. He was a good host and seemed to enjoy himself. Mom, on the other hand, had a ball with lots of people around. She took in the "orphans", those that had no families, and made them feel at home. No one was left to be by themselves. There were no wallflowers at my Mom's parties. She made everyone feel welcomed.
My sister and brother have followed in my Mother's footsteps: either hosting or contributing to large gatherings. Elinor also had "orphans" at her holiday get-togethers. She in turn has passed this on to her children. Today we will be going to Maureen's for the feast. She has invited her sister, Evie and her family, as well as others. In fact, there should be about 23 for dinner and others dropping in for pie. Maureen is a good hostess and her Grandma would be proud.
I am thankful for all the love and joy this tradition brings out. I am thankful for my family.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Incredible


If I had to describe my sister in one word it would be incredible. This morning, Elinor looked at her calender and found she had a gig tonight up in Longview. We had to be there at 5pm but we had a bunch of things to do before going. We had to go to Curves. Elinor had to design a flyer for her open house in December(only 16 days away). We had to get the flyer printed so we could take it to the gig. She had to pack up her dolls, pick up the patterns at the local quilt shop, mail a package. It would have been a mess if she hadn't looked at her calender.
She gave a great talk tonight. She had that group of ladies in the palm of her hand. I have heard her speak on many occasions but I was listening as intently as everyone in the audience. Totally awesome!!!!!!!
I missed Dancing with the Stars tonight but I wouldn't have missed Elinor for anything. It was no contest. Absolutely Incredible.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day Is Done


Day is done. For some reason, I have become a night owl. I find myself staying up later and later. Here it is 12:22am and I am writing my blog. I never use to stay up this late. I only pulled two all nighters in college. I use to be a morning person: up at 6am and movin'. Now I like nothing better than staying in bed and you have to pry me out. It is a good thing Cashew only gets fed at night because she would starve before I would get up in the morning. It is totally wierd.
Oh well, all is well......God is nigh.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween........not the same anymore.


When I was growing up, Halloween was my favorite holiday during the year. I really loved dressing up. My usual costume was a hobo but one year, Elinor made me a mermaid, complete with tail. I liked getting candy but it was the dressing up that was fun. My Mom hated the holiday because I always got into her makeup. Back then, you didn't have to have your folks walk around with you. There was no fear of razor blades in candy apples or poison in a popcorn ball. We didn't have to worry about perverts. They were probably around but we didn't know about them........at least, I didn't.
Tonight, instead of getting candy and waiting for the trick or treaters, I just turned out the lights and stayed downstairs watching tv. I am turning into a Halloween Scrooge. Bah, Humbug!