Thursday, December 7, 2017

For Today
December 7, 2017
I am once again participating in The Simple Woman's Daybook
created by Peggy Hostetler

Looking out my window...I see the reflection of our Christmas tree lights in the glass. It's 7:00P.M. and has been dark since the sun disappeared at 4:27P.M. this evening. 32 degrees right now and going down. Feels like winter.

I am thinking...we're at a loss as to what our kids and grandkids might want for Christmas this year. Usually, by now, they've all provided a wish list. Only 17 more days until we have our Christmas on the 24th. Is it panic time yet?

I am thankful...that we are abundantly blessed in so many ways and so much so that no one can think of anything they want or need.

One of my favorite things...this time of year is Christmas lights. I usually string them around a couple of rooms in the house, but only the tree is lit up right now.

I am creating...all sorts of artsy things in my imagination that never seem to become a reality. 

I am wearing...fleecy jammie pants, long sleeved T, and fuzzy socks that only see the light of day at this time of year.

I am watching...well, we just got done watching seasons 1 & 2 of Stranger Things

I am hoping...for some snow this winter. 

I am learning...this right here...

In my hubby is brewing coffee (he's sleepy, so caffeine). I love the fragrance of coffee. I enjoy smelling it more than I enjoy drinking it. 

In the school room...the grandpeeps are looking forward to Christmas break (although now it's called winter break because political correctness.)(Don't get me started) My son-in-law is finished with all his college classes, finals next week, and then he graduates!

In my garden...does the nine foot fake tree sitting in my living room qualify? No? Didn't think so. 

Board room...this one seems appropriate for this post today...
(link to this Pin on my Inspirational Board)

Post Script...check this out for answers to spiritual matters...lots of interesting articles.

Shared Quote...

A moment from my day...I'm a sunset junkie. True story.

Closing Notes...

If you enjoyed reading my daybook and would like to create one of your own, HERE is the link to the format, guidelines and complete list of prompts.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Happy 6th Birthday, Knox!

Knox William Kimbrough celebrated his 6th birthday today.
Ninjago was his party theme with cupcakes from P-Dilly's, a local bakery.
The birthday boy with his dad Kerry and mom Kelly

The cupcakes were mostly for the grown-ups. Knox's birthday 'cake' was his fave, a giant butter twist from Ralph's Donut Shop.

He endured the Birthday Song (always awkward no matter whose birthday) ...
.... and blew out his number six candle.
Party Peeps
Excited to finally open his presents

He got some of all the things he enjoys--Legos, a Minecraft video game, books, and art supplies.

His cousin Finn (who will be 2 in February) just knew all those presents were for him, not Knox.

His cousin Shelby finished this super hero art project the two of them began several months ago and gave it to him for his birthday.

And that's a wrap--or unwrap. Another birthday in the books. Hard to believe he's already six!

Happy 6th Birthday, Knox!! Granny and Grandpa love you very much!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

How sad would be November if we had no knowledge of the spring! ~Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons, 1953

We seldom think of November in terms of beauty or any other specially satisfying tribute. November is simply that interval between colorful and dark December. Then, nearly every year, come a few November days of clear, crisp weather that makes one wonder why November seldom gets its due.
      There is the November sky, clean of summer dust, blown clear this day of the urban smog that so often hazes autumn....
      There is the touch of November in the air, chill enough to have a slight tang, like properly aged cider. Not air that caresses, nor yet air that nips. Air that makes one breathe deeply and think of spring water and walk briskly.
      ~Hal Borland, November 1970
“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.” 

“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.” 

The Sunday after Thanksgiving these green limbs popped out of this box in our living room ....
.... and suddenly (six hours later) became a Christmas tree

Grandpeeps after school
“November; Crows are approaching - Wounded leaves fall to the ground.” 

The only color left in our back yard except for the faithful evergreen shrubs

The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year,
Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sear.
~William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878), "The Death of the Flowers"

I've never seen this one before. White paws. When the bird feeders are full,  the squirrels don't stop until their bellies are full and the feeders are empty.
This may be the last picture I get of granddaughter Shelby with scarecrow Jeff. She's outgrown him.
“Autumn is the time of year when Mother Nature says, “Look how easy, how healthy, and how beautiful letting go can be.” 

Thursday, November 23, 2017


"Our Father, fill our hearts, we pray, 
With gratitude Thanksgiving Day; 
For food and raiment Thou dost give, 
That we in comfort here may live." 
~Luther Cross, Thanksgiving Day

Daughter Kelly and sister Ann loading up their plates with our Thanksgiving feast.
Daughter Holly, granddaughter Shelby, and grandson Elijah 
Kelly and her hubby Kerry hosted our dinner once again this year. Thanks, you two! Everything was really nice.
Bro-in-law Terry pointing the way to the macaroni and cheese he made. It had double doses of every kind of cheese known to mankind. Seriously. And bacon! Yum!
Son-in-law Jerry says Hey while my hubby Neil is either ready to give him a big hug or showing him just how big the turkey is.
Shelby and Elijah digging in. And that plate full of food right there belongs to Holly who never met a turkey drumstick she didn't like.
Thanksgiving Feast. Turkey, dressing, ham, deviled eggs, grit casserole, potato casserole, mac and cheese (with bacon!), green beans, fruit salad, broccoli casserole, sweet potato casserole, and of course, cranberry sauce.
"Give me the end of the year an' its fun 
When most of the plannin' an' toilin' is done; 
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest, 
Let me sit down with the ones I love best, 
Hear the old voices still ringin' with song, 
See the old faces unblemished by wrong, 
See the old table with all of its chairs 
An' I'll put soul in my Thanksgivin' prayers." 
  ~Edgar A. Guest, Thanksgiving

Dessert! Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and chocolate pecan pie (hadn't made it to the table yet). After that meal, nobody had any room for it but we ate it anyway.
Shelby putting the finishing touches on her signature dessert ~ Candy Bar Caramel Apple Pie (not sure if that's the official name) made with Granny Smith apples and Snicker candy bars and (I think Cool Whip) and drizzled with caramel. It is my fave dessert, and it was totally decadent. 
We all enjoyed this fantastic feast and sitting around the table after we were stuffed, talking and laughing (mostly laughing) and never wanting to see another bite of food ever again.
Thanks to Kelly, Kerry, and Knox for hosting a great dinner and to everyone who made all that delicious food.
So thankful for those of us who could gather together this year and missed those who couldn't join us.
Thankful for so many people and so many things that bless my life every day.

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, 
for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Psalm 107:8-9

"I ate too much turkey,
I ate too much corn,
I ate too much pudding and pie,
I'm stuffed up with muffins
and much too much stuffin',
I'm probably going to die.

I piled up my plate
and I ate and I ate,
but I wish I had known when to stop,
for I'm so crammed with yams,
sauces, gravies, and jams
that my buttons are starting to pop.

I'm full of tomatoes
and french fried potatoes,
my stomach is swollen and sore,
but there's still some dessert,
so I guess it won't hurt
if I eat just a little bit more."
    ~Jack Prelutsky, I Ate Too Much

Happy Thanksgiving, America!