Archive | December 2015

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Wake-Up Call

I asked Bob this morning what time we went to bed last night because I feel more human this morning than I have in  the mornings in a LONG time.  So we will see if we can replicate it tonight.  I really hope I’ve hit upon the perfect amount of sleep.

Long day ahead of us–two hours driving up, about an hour-and-a-half there, then two hours back.  WE’ ve already planned for the oldest to do the driving because I’m not sure what kind of shape I will be in afterwards. So we will see how it all goes.

I need to go wake everyone else up so that my cleaning ladies can work once they get here this morning. Pray fo r us today with all that we have to do.  I appreciate it.



So we’ve started a massive cleanup operation to get the Christmas stuff taken care of and fit Christmas presents into my youngest one’s room. She is bad about not wanting to get rid of things she no longer plays with And my efforts to help result in arguments instead of results.  SO her older sisters have been helping her today and making lots of progress.  I don’t know if we’ll get the whole room done today or not, but they are trying.  Which is more than  I’ve been able to accomplish. WE’re going to try to pack it into my husband’s truck for a trip to a collection point for poor children and families tonight.  So that will get the “donate” stuff out of my living room and out of the house before the young one changes her mind about anything.

I’m sad to report today that my dad’s only brother passed away at midnight Saturday night.  WE’ll be going to the funeral tomorrow. He has been sick for about a year but worsened around October and spent about a month-and-a-half in the hospital trying to stabilize him.  Finally they simply sent him home since his wife had nursing experience so as to allow him to die at home.  I’ll see all my cousins I didn’t get to see at Christmas on my dad’s side of the family. It’s sad but will ultimately be a blessing because he was so sick.   I just feel for my dad.  HE has said that his brother’s really been “gone” for a long time because he was forgetful and couldn’t’ keep track of conversations.  SO he’s been preparing himself for a while.  ANd my dad lost a sister last year the same way, so it’s been difficult.

It’s been hard to handle today. I called my husband around ten and said I was just overwhelmed and couldn’t get anything done.  I had started laundry but that was all.   I finally talked the oldest into helping with the kitchen and did the master suite myself and my laundry.  ANd I’ve been refereeing  between the other two in cleaning the youngest one’s room.  SO I feel better about the house finally.


CHristmas Day

So it’s finally all the hoopla is over and I am listening to “THe Peanuts Movie” soundtrack with all the “Charlie Brown Christmas” music on it.  Everyone else is engaged in a crafty/build project of some kind–the young one is doing bracelets, the middle one is doing a puzzle, and the oldest is doing a Lego.  Bob’s reading a book and I am just doing my favorite thing, writing. :).

“And there were in that same country shepherds abiding In a. field, keeping watch over their flocks by night and Lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.  ANd the angel said,  Fear not, for behold I bring you glad tidings of great  joy, which shall be to all people,.  FOr unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2

THat’s what it’s  all about.  The coming of the Christ who came to save us from our sins. Everyday should be like Christmas in that we should celebrate that fact with every breath.  I’m not very good at that, but I resolve to do better in the coming year.  Thanks so much for coming by and reading the blog and letting me know how much it means to you.

Merry Christmas!




So we went to see my mom/dad/sister/bro-in-law/niece today and had a good time with all of them.  Tomorrow on Christmas Day we go see Bob’s mom/ and dad/sister/bro-in-law/3 nephews and have a celebration with them.  SO we will get a lot accomplished and be back in our own beds again that night.

Glad I went through the presents today–I had not wrapped enough for my y9ungest and had to pull out two I had thought would be from Santa and wrap them quickly.  Luckily I had some just-right -size gift bags left from wrapping.  THat’s the second mistake I’ve made this year wrapping–we discovered the other when my cousin today unwrapped two candles instead of just one.  The other was supposed to be shipped to another cousin in another state.  So we have to check with them and make sure they didn’t get an empty box!

Hope everything is going well with you and yours this holiday season. Merry Christmas!



Feeling Acccomplished

On a day when I haven’t done much more than sort socks, I finally get the news that my short story “Freedom to Breathe” is online at http://www.newsoutherner,com and should be out in print in two weeks.  So I am feeling accomplished after all.  I’ve sent off a bunch of stuff off at the end of the year that I probably won’t hear from until March, so I dont’ know how successful I’ll be in  the coming year in placing them, but at least I am trying.

Otherwise, my oldest is making Oreo treats for Christmas, my middle one is cleaning her room, and the youngest one is building a Lego cruise ship.  All busy in their own ways.  WE go to see my family tomorrow on Christmas Eve and my husband’s family on Christmas Day. So we will see how well all that goes.


Star Wars Edition

So we went and saw the newest Star Wars movie.   Very well made in my humble opinion.  A lot of elements from the original series and of course reprises of the roles by the original actors was very gratifying to someone who saw  the original at age six in 1977.  The old chemistry was there between them all and gave the movie some of its original magic.  Of course as steeped as we all are in this family in the original books written after the movies, it was hard to see all that ink go down the drain.  And if you weren’t steeped in all of that, I can see where the light backstory done would be frustrating.  But it was a movie I wouldn’t mind seeing again, and this is from someone who generally hates movies.

We were up late last night with the girls staying over and so we’ve all been tired today.  But going to the movie was a good thing.  We also hit another milestone today–our youngest got her ears pierced this morning for Christmas. So that was a bit of a big deal for her.  She’s wearing birthstone studs for February, whatever.stone that is. WE will see how it goes.

I’m having more and more days where I don’t even think about bipolar disorder.  THis was one of those days.  WE finally got in the last of our Christmas gifts and wrapped them when we got home from dinner. Maybe the day will come when I no longer have to think about it except when I take my meds.  I hope so.