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31 December 2009

Packing up, Duane's car, & other non-essential stuff

Well, this is what the tree looked like this year. I know the pic isn't great.

When i box up things i put them in these, & then they stand around the base of the tree looking pretty for the season.

I usually leave the tree up until Epiphany, but it isn't in me this year. And we have guests coming for the weekend & it might be hard to get to it later. The folks that are coming tomorrow (Duane's cousins) are Jehovah's Witnesses & don't celebrate the holidays. If i really wanted to leave the tree up i would,
but i just don't & i think having the holiday stuff put away might be more comfortable for all of us.

I have literally a mountain of laundry to do, the holiday ornaments to put away, the cat-free room to prepare (his cousin is allergic to our cats), the fridge needs to be cleaned out, & i'm sure lots more. This, after Patty came to clean Monday!

And . . . tah dah! Duane's car. :)

The one where he is hugging the car is in front of his parents' house on Christmas Eve. The other two are at Sugarbear & were taken at the request of the insurance agent.

Happy 7th day of Christmas! Seven swans a swimming. :)

Happy New Year everyone! Be safe! And may God bless y'all. :)


29 December 2009

Last of the ornaments

I have more ornaments than i have posted here. Many more. But the ones i've been posting are my favorites. These are ones that have been given to us. Some were just tags on gifts, but i liked them so much they went on our tree.

This is probably my favorite ornament, tho i just set her in the branches. I've mentioned that a former roommate took all my ornaments years ago. I suspect what she wanted was my collection of several years of Hallmark ornaments, but they were not what i mourned. I missed the things folks had given me & could not be replaced. I had two things that were not in that box. One was this, a gift from dear friend Becky. The cat had gotten a hold of it & i didn't find it until after Christmas was packed away. She had lost her eyes & nose due to the attention of said cat, but i replaced them with beads. There are other things i miss, but i am so glad i still have this dear little happy stuffed reindeer.

When we attended church Christmas eve, all the visitors were given (their choice) of a little bell. I didn't consider us visitors, but they gave us this, anyway. The pic doesn't show them well.

A couple of years ago, a bunch of these were made for Grandma Scott's tree. From every family, pics of that family. When they cleared out her house this year, these were saved & given to each of the families who were pictured.

My mother made this little guy. I thought him so cute i used him for a pattern to make more. I've only one left, gave the others as gifts, pictured under the ones i made. I also made a rocking horse based on this one, but i decided he was much too much work!

These were both gift tags, i think.

This was made by my Montana Mom. She does a lot of this plastic canvas work. I think it was a gift tag. I stuck in a little pom pom bear i'd made.

The gift tag from this year's gift from Grandma Scott. I thought it too cute to throw away.

Another gift tag from my beautiful Mom. :)

This is from my grandma, about 4 years ago when she was still able to think of us & remember us. It is precious to me that she took the time to choose this for us.

This was not a gift tag! Isn't this precious? A gift from Mom. Not many people do such delicate & precious work any more.

This was given me by dear friend Jessica a few years ago. I think her very beautiful and she reminds me of one that i had that was lost. :)

My mother made this when i was a little girl. She made a whole collection of them. There were a number of birds like this in different colors. Also a star & an angel. A nest made of steel wool that had baby birds in it. An owl. I don't remember them all. I think she found the patterns in a woman's magazine, oh so many years ago. When Duane & i married she sent this to me for our first Christmas. The birds (there are actually two) that i made of white & blue felt & beads were remembering the ones she had made.

Another beautiful, delicate, handmade ornament from my Mom.

And this beauty. A gift this year from dear friend Cindy. When i first took it out, i thought i'd broken it 'cause one of the points was moving. Turns out it is on a hinge so that you put one of the lights inside to shine out. I wish it showed up better in the pic. Isn't this special? I love it. :)


28 December 2009

More Ornaments

Can you tell i love ornaments? These are ones we've bought. They have come from garage sales & thrift stores & boutiques as well as from retail stores.


26 December 2009

Can i be concise?

I tend to be verbose, so i don't know if i can be concise.

It is Boxing Day, the 2nd day of Christmas. I have to go to the Post Office this afternoon (they are only open between 1 & 2) & i think i'll get some yarn.

Sunday we went down the hill & met friend Joseph & saw the movie Avatar for Duane's birthday. We saw it in 3D, & while the effects were beautiful, i would have preferred it regular, for i found the 3D distracting from the story line.

Tuesday AM we woke to an unexpected storm & strong winds. It wasn't suppose to snow even an inch, but we had 3 of powder snow. It got packed & the roads down the hill were icy. There were two major accidents that delayed us a lot. It took 4 hours to cover what usually is a 2 hour drive. (I could digress for a long time about flatlanders who drive in the mountains but won't slow down for ice & snow.)

My office was closed on the 23rd, but i worked anyway & had the busiest day i've had in months.

On the 24th we traded in Duane's truck. We were both sad to do it (it is the vehicle he had when i met him), but it hasn't served us well for some time. It is not 4WD, so is not practical in Big Bear. It uses a lot of gas & Duane didn't want to drive it much. We didn't really need a truck very much; it rarely was used to haul things. So he got an AWD Subaru. It will be our car to drive back & forth in the winter months, & then we will switch back to the Honda, which gets better gas mileage, for the spring, summer, fall. The Subaru has lots of fancy things; one of them is that it tells you your average miles per gallon. Duane re-set it so it would record as we coasted down from Onyx summit to near home. It maxed out at 76.0 miles per gallon. But our true average was about 26.

We had a lovely Christmas Eve with Duane's parents & his brother & brother's girlfriend. We had a fairly simple meal (compared to what holiday meals often are). I had a glass of eggnog with some brandy in it & it knocked me on my rear for about an hour. I don't manage alcohol well. I told Duane's mom the next time i think i might want alcohol, remind me not to. I wasn't silly or anything, just tired, tired, tired. After we opened gifts we went to the late service at the church we used to attend & where we were married. (St. James, Newport Beach.) The service got out about 12.30, so it was a 2 hour service.

I tried to reach my family by phone for 3 days in a row. I ended up speaking with my mother each time. Eventually Sis #3 called me. But i never spoke with any of the rest of the family. It was a bit much to see my nephew post on FB today that "Christmas was great! All the family was here." But, i rarely see them, & in many ways i haven't wanted to be part of that family, so i guess i'm not.

I've not been writing as much recently. Since Thanksgiving, or even before, i've been in deep mourning. This is the first holiday that i've had to face that we won't have children. Tho i have to honestly admit that i still hope even tho that hope has no possibility of being fulfilled. I truly believed that if i was patient, if i "waited on the Lord," that children would come, we would be blessed with a family. Frankly, life without children, without a family, is a prospect difficult for me to bear. Ever since i married Duane i would think each holiday, "When we have kids we'll bake these cookies, & decorate like this ____, & we'll do Christmas Eve, & . . . " Every year has been harder & this one 10 times more so. And i've not wanted to write here for i feel that if i even start, the bitterness & ugliness & jealousy inside will simply flow.

I'm so far behind in blog reading, i don't know if i'll ever catch up.

For some time now i've been playing a stupid game almost excessively. It doesn't have any merits to it, no prizes or anything to recommend it. I found myself wondering why i was wasting so much time on it. Finally decided that it is because in the game i feel i have some control. If i play with some skill i can have control over what happens in that limited setting. Although even in the game there are random occurrences that change the possibility of the outcome & don't rely on skill.

This world is not set up as most humans would have it be. Life is not at all about fairness. Or not what we consider fairness. From God's point of view, via the Bible, fairness would be to destroy the whole world, everything in it, & all creatures upon it. But as humans see fairness, this world is not fair. People, children, parents, young folks, die prematurely; others that want children but can't have them (& that is one long list) watch while other folks leave their children home alone to go on vacation or leave their kids at the playground for an afternoon, or whatever. Some folks are favored in different ways without merit. Often the folks with the worst ethics are the ones rewarded. I don't know why God made the world this way. I imagine that the things we want to make life "fair" would have a number of unintended consequences. And then we'd complain about that world!

Unlike my game, there are very few things in life over which i have much control or power. My attitude & many of my choices are under my control. But what other folks do that effects me is not something i can control. I can't control my husband or my cats or other people. (Like the person who backed into me in a parking lot last year.) I can try to control or i can try to influence them, with limited results. And we'd all be unhappy that way.

For whatever reason we are not given such power, & the Bible tells us it is wrong to try to effect things that are not under our control. (It is called witchcraft.) It is my belief that it is human nature to want to control things we are told not to try. I believe that is part of the fascination with the Harry Potter series, & Twilight, & many others (a list far to long & comprehensive to start). I don't consider those books/movies evil in & of themselves. I think it speaks to our natural human nature & it is fun to contemplate what the world would be like if we had such power. But it is forbidden to try.

I'm not trying to control other people. But sometimes i chafe at the limitations i have in life & how that patience doesn't seem to be working for me. So i go to a stupid little game where i feel i do have some control. I waste a lot of time there.

Will post Christmas tree/ornament pics later today.


25 December 2009

A few days of ornaments

We got home this AM about 10.30. Got pics on the way home & other news, but i'm just going to post pics today. We didn't decorate the tree until we got home today.

Today's ornaments are ones that i've made, thr
u the years.

(I had problems with the picture placement!)