Wednesday, December 19, 2018

And then I cried

The other day I was going through folders of old Christmas pictures. I'm not exactly sure what I was looking for but what I found was one of my favorite pictures of Wade and I at Christmas. This was in 2006. The quality of the picture isn't the greatest nor is the composition. It's just the silliness of his face and I'm not sure what was going on with me there. Maybe I had already had my second glass of wine, which by the way has always been my limit.

I can't look at this picture without crying. I thought I would play with it a little. Ya know, just because my tear ducts needed cleaned out a little.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Random thoughts

Woke up early yesterday morning and while I was drinking my first cup of coffee I hoped that the phone would not ring. As much as I like the extra money in my paycheck, I didn't want to get called in to work. I was looking forward to a lazy day.

No call to work so around 8:30 I called my doctors office about something I have been telling myself I should probably call about. They got me in later that same morning. I actually called about a couple things. One is hopefully just an infection that will be cleared up with an antibiotic the other she said we have to play the insurance game. In order for her to get the MRI that would detect whether or not I have a pinched nerve, the insurance requires an x-ray be done which is not capable of detecting a pinched nerve. After I left the doctors office I went to get the x-ray done. If  I were only 30 years younger I would have had to do some flirting with the adorable x-ray technician.

Hard to believe that Christmas is only one week away. Time sure does fly. I've had people asking me what my plans are. Are the kids coming over? Am I going anywhere? My answer is simply "I don't know" I have off Christmas eve and Christmas day and personally I think that 2 days of hibernating and sitting around in my pajamas sounds pretty darn good. I doubt it will work out that way though.

Every year I set out to post every single day for the entire year. I am only 14 posts away from reaching that goal. I think this is the year I'm finally going to make it.

Now that you have listened to me ramble I will reward you with a Gibbs picture.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Amanda's kitchen

Since I am feeling lazy and totally uninspired, today I have a picture my daugther sent me of her kitchen.

Don't you just love what a roll of Christmas ribbon from the dollar store can do.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas movie day

My daughter Amanda and I had a Christmas movie day yesterday. She came over with her dvd's and we watched Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch and A Christmas story 2.

A nice way to spend an afternoon.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Light up

Yesterday was a beautiful day. When I left work it was 43 degrees. That may sound cold to my southern friends but around these parts it felt pretty warm after the 20's and 30's we've had. The snow is gone now too.

I decided it was the perfect opportunity to put out the lights that I have for outside. I'm a bit of a cheater. Instead of stringing lights I've got a couple spotlights. One shines red and green lights all over and the other is just a spotlight that projects a picture of Santa. I wish I could get the red and green to cover the whole house but with the tree in the middle of the yard it just won't do it. I could have bought another one but instead I went with the Santa.

The first picture didn't turn out so well. It used the flash and you really can't get the whole effect. Pretty cool laser beam shooting up out of my front door though don't you think?

The next one I tried without the flash. I might need to move the Santa in closer so he fits better between the two windows.

Friday, December 14, 2018


Even though I don't get a whole weekend off I'm still very happy that today is Friday. The extra hours are nice and Monday and Tuesday I only went in for 1 1/2 each day but I still feel like it's been a long time since I've had a day off. 

My computer was moving slow and I clicked several times trying to get the upload window to pop open. The next thing I knew this picture had been uploaded. Long time readers will remember Duke. I don't remember how long ago this was taken but I'm pretty sure that Sandra from Mad Snapper did this picture.

Everyone keeps asking me if I'm ready for Christmas. Well I guess I am but I'm more ready for Jan 2nd and the holidays to be over with. There really isn't all that much for me to do. I'm not buying gifts this year, the budget just won't allow it. I'm not doing any baking because I'll eat too much of it. No parties to go to and I'm not even sure who all will be coming over here.

At least the decorations are up, which makes my daughter happy and I'm enjoying the lights from the Christmas tree in the evenings. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Selfie fun

My friend Sandra from Mad Snapper posted about taking selfies by using your hand. I had no idea you could do that and she explained how. Of course I had to try it out. Gibbs did not enjoy this little session.

He would look at the phone while I was holding my hand up but would look away once I put my hand down. I tried doing kissy noises to get him to look up and I got caught in the act. The whole time we were doing the pictures in front of the tree he was making a whining/growling noise. I decided it was probably best to stop.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

OVR update

I had my follow up appointment yesterday with OVR. I'm not really sure why it was necessary because there really was no additional information they needed and there has been no change in my status. All she really did was go over what's been done so far and to tell me I have been approved for the hearing aides that were talked about at my last ENT appointment.

It was worth going though because I had gotten a bill in the mail after my last ENT appointment. The bill was for $70 and I hadn't paid it yet because I wanted to ask the case worker about it first. I thought maybe I misunderstood something and I owed that money. When I showed her the bill she got a disgusted look on her face and she said "DON"T PAY IT'. She told me they have already been paid and they should not have been billing me for anything. While I was there she put her phone on speaker and had me call ENT to inquire about the bill. After being put on hold for a while I was told the bill was an error and I should disregard it. The case worker made a note on my bill saying what she heard them tell me.

The other positive thing that happened was she asked me about other health issues I have and if there was anything they could do to assist with them. Then she asked if I wore glasses. I explained that I have them but don't wear them and it's been a long time since I've had my eyes checked. Now she's also going to put in a request for an exam and new glasses for me.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

This and that

After I got back from work yesterday morning I did a little of this and a little of that. I worked on cleaning up my craft room but I still have a long way to go on that. I also worked on one of those shutters that I showed you before. I did a repair job to a broken Christmas decoration and I also did a load of laundry. All that and it really feels like I did very little.

I thought I would do a quick video and show you the whole village on my fireplace. It's not very big so I went up and back. Pardon the jerky movements, it was filmed by jerky me.

Monday, December 10, 2018

In the village

According to the schedule at work I have today and tomorrow off. The schedule would be wrong. I agreed to go in for a couple hours on both days to cover for the missing cashier until the office person gets in. Tomorrow after I leave work I have an appointment with OVR. I have no idea what it's for other than a follow up before they can continue with my hearing aid thing.

When I got home from work yesterday, I destroyed my craft room more than it already was by working on one little card. Nope, don't have a picture of it. I then paid the phone bill that I almost forgot about and took care of a couple other bills while I was at it. Those tasks along with making myself dinner and cleaning up the kitchen pretty much took up the remainder of the day.

This was a last minute post so I grabbed a couple pictures from the village that's set up on the top of my fake fireplace.

The whole town is working on decorating.

Not a great picture but I liked the color on the wall from the lights.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Great expectations

I hear about events and think they sound like a lot of fun. I've already told you about the reindeer trail walk that Amanda and I went to last weekend. This weekend there was a Christmas in the park event right here in my little town. It was being held at the park just down the street from me.
Some of the events they advertised were:
Live nativity
Strolling Carolers in period costume
hay rides
story time
and several others that I can't remember.

I bundled up and took a ride down the street.

I saw the crafts, all 5 tables. There were no carolers  or live nativity. I didn't look in the one building because that was where they were supposed to be doing the story time.

I passed by the food, took a brisk walk around the park and then headed back home.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Check this out

I just have to share this.

I got a Christmas card in the mail the other day and while the card itself was wonderful the envelope was simply amazing. Longtime blog pal Lin from Duke and wheel is learning caligraphy and this is the most amazing envelope ever.

She even did the little Christmas ornaments in watercolors.  Love the look of of the caligraphy. Awesome job Lin.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Before the hustle and bustle

Before the holiday season starts getting crazy busy for some of you, Gibbs and I would like to send you all a message.

Take it away Shaggy, I mean Gibbs

Woof, Me and the human mom just want to tell all of you that we hope we can be...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Snow way

It didn't bother me so much watching the snow come down after I got home from work yesterday. It's a different story in the morning though when I have to brush it off the vehicle and shovel it off the sidewalk.

The forecast said 1-3 inches and another 1-3 for today.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Holly Jolly

So the house is pretty much looking all holly jolly now. Amanda decorated the tree last Saturday and on Monday I finally finished putting out the rest of the stuff and cleaning up the mess.

She tried to put Gibbs in a festive mood but he was not the least bit impressed.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

More from the antique shop

Today I've got Amanda's pictures from the antique shop.

There were tons of cookie cutters and a very cool rolling pin.

So many ornaments scattered throughout the store. I remember the big boxes of Shiny Brite ornaments that we had when I was a kid

I thought these were really pretty and I was tempted to buy one. They were $4 each.

I had to explain to my daughter what S&H green stamps were. What a blast from the past. I remember putting all those stamps in the books. I can't remember what we ever got with them.

If you aren't familiar with S&H green stamps you can read about them HERE

I got called in to work again yesterday. Even though it kind of messed up my day off I only worked for 4 hours. The only plans I had were to get the mess from decorating cleaned up and make sure the mortgage payment wad made. I accomplished both once I got home. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

On the way home

Over the years when Wade and I would go to his dads house, we would pass by an antique store that I always wanted to stop at. Of course we were usually on a time schedule and couldn't stop and on the way home they were always closed. Wade was probably secretly very happy because he hated things like that. 
Saturday on our way home from the reindeer trail walk I told Amanda we're stopping. I didn't even think to take pictures until I saw Amanda snapping away with her phone. I only have a couple but she sent me the ones she took. I'll save hers for another post

Amanda mentioned that she would like to get a pink tree for Presley. She didn't buy this one though

This cart full of old Christmas ornaments caught my eye.

I saw a couple things that I would have liked to have bought but I behaved myself and only browsed.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Reindeer trail walk

I saw the Reindeer Trail Walk advertised on Facebook and asked if anyone wanted to go with me. It's about an hour drive from my house but I thought it might be kind of fun. It turned out that it was just me and my daughter Amanda that went.
Let me just say that it was not what I was expecting. It was set u in a park and they did have it decorated but I thought that maybe they would have reindeer throughout the park. We walked a fair distance and saw 2 reindeer that were in a fenced area You could walk right and get a good look at them and there were handlers there to talk about them but that was it. With freezing noses we trudged back to the heat of the car and drove back home. A stop was made at an antique store which I'll post pictures of tomorrow.

After getting back to my house Amanda decorated my tree and I worked on putting out some of the other decorations. Now the house is a cluttered mess with boxes and totes all over the place. Today after work I'll have to try and get things straightened up and looking presentable. Then again, I'm the only one who will see it so if it doesn't bother me it may wait until Monday.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

I had good intentions

Yesterday while I was at work I thought of all the things I wanted to accomplish when I got home. Unfortunately once I got there I thought about things like putting on my comfy clothes and my fuzzy Christmas socks

I managed to cross laundry off the list although it's still sitting in the dryer.

I thought this picture I took with my cell phone of the lights on my tree was pretty cool

Have plans today to go to a reindeer walk. Should be fun and hopefully I'll get lots of pictures.Doesn't look like much will get accomplished around the house today either.

Happy December.
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