November 30th

The closing of another Chapter.

My friends now as November is ending another chapter in our life is ending. Another holiday gone by and another change about to take place.

Each month brings a new Chapter a beginning, an adventure and an ending. As November comes to a close we need to remember the Thanks that we shared and the many wonderful people who made it possible for so many hungry people to have Thanksgiving Dinner.

We need to remember the many who provided food, shelter, clothing and a moment of happiness in another persons life.

Wee need to remember the men and woman who were away from their families to help not only fight for freedom but to also help others have some peace in their own countries and have a time to be thankful for.

We need to be thankful for each day that we have to take a moment to touch another’s life. So as I look around on this last day of November even with the wind howling, the grey skies above and the cold in the air, I still can be thankful that people care.

So today I will not complain that the wind blew my chimes and woke me up I will be thankful that I can hear the music of the chimes. I will be thankful for the warm blanket I have to sleep under. I will be thankful for an opportunity to face another day.

I have to go to town this afternoon. That is an adventure I do seldom but as I go out today I will be thankful for each and ever person who has work and can help me.

Let us all approach December with a prayer in our heart and help the Lord to do his part.

Dear Lord as Christmas comes our way if I could have but one thing, I would ask for our economy to turn around and for people to have jobs. I want for little. I need little. However, many are hurting and my heart would be blessed to see these people able to rest. My wish for Christmas is that work be available for all, so families can provide for themselves with dignity and pride. Lord help us to pull together as not only a nation but a world. Let us move forward passing it forward helping each other day by day.  Please make this the best December ever. Allow music in our hearts, love that abounds, and a new way of life for all around. Finally lord protect our men and women over seas and bring them home safely. In Christ’s name . Amen

Tomorrow as we enter December we will be talking about families, traditions, the twelve days of Christmas and recipes.  If there is a special recipe you are looking for request it. I probably have it or know where to find it.

Also please assist in programs that send Christmas cards to the military. If you need help in getting that information let me know and I will help the best I can.

Now as I move onward with my day. Put a smile on your face know that November is another chapter closing in your book of life. December will be the next chapter written. So until then stay safe, God bless and keep warm  🙂


November 29th

Hello again. Come in sit yourself down and have a nice warm cup of mint tea.

There is nothing like mint to soothe you. On this somewhat chilly day a warm cup of tea will warm the bones.

Let’s chat and make our visit fun.

Amazing as it is the month of November is coming to an end. It’s hard to imagine. Where did October go. Now we are approaching December and the holiday shopping.

It is that time of year for hustle and bustle, trying to find that perfect gift item for Christmas. People are deciding decorations for their homes, gift wrapping, and traditional foods.

Baking has already started and planning of the big day. I find myself this year wanting to break away from all the basic old traditions. I find that it has been difficult to financially keep up with them and to also celebrate the same way my family did. Families are more torn apart than ever and I find myself wanting to simplify new traditions.

Is this the year when we decide to be practical. Is there going to be different foods, gifts, and a way of celebrating.

Of course I will always stay with the traditional meaning behind Christmas. Then there are Christmas Carols and the wonderful singing, and music that you hear in the stores and everywhere you go.

I live in a small community with a community square that is in the center of the small business district. The music is played and speakers are in the square. We are known as the City of Lights and have received many awards for our Christmas decorations. Now as you go shopping in the square, go to eat in small business restaurants and simply walk the square you will hear the wonderful Christmas carols as the speakers project the music outside. What a wonderful experience. Black Friday was the lighting of the Square and the arrival of Santa Claus. That is a wonderful time when the community gathers opens the square and shares chili, and hot chocolate as the await the lights. Then fireworks are set off to celebrate this wonderful experience. For the remainder of the holiday season the square will be lit and decorated beautifully reminding all of us to celebrate Christmas with its wonderful traditions.

I grew up in a small town and decorations were placed on the mine scaffolds which were beautiful to see as you drove down mountain passes coming into the city.

The one thing that always seems to be present during the month of December is the beauty of lights and decorations.

Christmas will be celebrated by my family in my home on Christmas Day so I have twenty-six days to decide how I want to do this. It is difficult to decorate with my cats. They have never experienced an indoor tree and they don’t allow plants to survive in my house. Yet this year I am feeling drawn to the idea of a tree. I am trying to imaging decorations that dangle with two playful cats.  My heart is wanting an old-fashioned Christmas with all the trimmings.

However, I haven’t figured out how to pull it all off. We use to eat way too much. Spend days preparing and getting ready and have the entire family involved.

Now when you are lucky to see your family for one day that is difficult.

There are no babies so it takes some of the innocence and fun away from the joy of Christmas.

However, there is nothing that I enjoy more than seeing the beautiful lights decorating homes on a snow let night. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone for a ride just to look at Christmas decorations. That would be a wonderful present this year.

Now with December approaching I will be writing more and more about families, traditions, and foods. If there is something specific someone would like to know about please leave a comment and I will reply on my blog.

But for today I will finish with what I am Thankful for:

I am thankful to be able to spend another season with my family.

I am thankful that every day I spend time with family members I get that warm feeling inside.

I am thankful that my family would rather spend time together than care more about materialistic items.

I am thankful at a time when our country is facing such critical economic problems my family is stable even though finances are difficult.

I am thankful that I was blessed with two wonderful sons. Even though the marriage with their father didn’t work out. He gave me the most precious gift of my life and I will always be thankful to him for my sons.

I am thankful for my blog site that I can share with others and hopefully put a smile on someone elses face for the day.

I am thankful for Sammy the Squirrel that was running through my yard this week looking for food. He didn’t stay long as there was wind but he comes and lets me know he’s okay and collects what he cans.

I am thankful that today although not a bright sunny day, is a day with a blue sky, a few clouds, and no breeze in the air.

I am thankful for a furnace that warms me at night as the sun goes down and house cools off.

I am thankful for my loving cats who remind me when it’s time to get up and time to go to sleep.

I am thankful for the lunch my son provided me with this afternoon. I am starting to feel like a spoiled princess sitting on her throne. I have to remember to frequently get up and walk around so I don’t gain another hundred pounds.

I am thankful for my warm cuddly blanket that I love curling up in when I need to.

I am thankful for learning that a gift I gave my son’s finance several years ago on Christmas was a favorite. I never knew until Thanksgiving that she loved it. It was a Buddy bear with rice in it that you heat in the microwave and can use to cuddle with for your aches and pains. Unfortunately my son over nuked Buddy and now she is out a bear. When talking about presents she said she would love another one. My heart dropped because it was a specialty order and I had no idea where to find another one. However, I am thankful that we have figured it out. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

I am thankful that I have been able to move forward in a once strained relationship with my son’s finance. People do not always understand each other and those who are fortunate take time to get to know one another and learn to understand them. It is not always easy for either party however, if it is important in your life you take the time to do it. I am thankful I was given that opportunity to grow.

I am thankful to each person that I have touched or that has touched my life. Now that I am about to leave you for today I am going to ask that during this holiday season you remember to pass it forward. No matter how difficult your situation you can always take a moment to put a smile on someone elses face.

So today I want each and everyone of you to know that your are in my prayers and I wishing many blessings in your life.  Remember we are all living in a challenging world today. Enjoy the baby moments and be thankful for the small things.

With my love and blessings I say ado to you. Hope you will be back tomorrow to share with me.

November 28

Good Day to all my friends out there. Come in sit down and take a moment to enjoy reading.

I am Thankful For:

Being invited to my youngest sons home for a second Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. We had my son and his finance all to ourselves.

It might sound selfish but it was some time needed to visit without interruptions.

I was able to get ideas of their needs for Christmas and they were simple practical ones. Thank you for that.

I am thankful for the time they took special just to fix a dinner and spend time with us.

I am thankful for being able to laugh and enjoy each other.

I am thankful for not having to worry about how I act and what I do or say.

I am thankful that I could just be me.

I am thankful for the time we had although it is never long enough for a mother. Both were recovering from being sick and needed some quiet time to rest after a busy week so we cut the day short.

I am thankful Christmas day will be at my home and we can extend the visit.

Today it is grey outside however,  I am thankful that there is no wind and is a calm day.

I am thankful to be able to move on with my week now planning strategies for the next holiday.

I am thankful for delicious food however, with Christmas coming I will have to be good now.

I am thankful that my cats as mad as they were for being left alone all day were able to get over it and settle into the night routine and allow me a good evenings sleep.

I am very thankful that I don’t have to spend days going shopping before Christmas. With all the store specials there is one thing that they do not take into consideration and that is the physically handicapped and the senior citizens. It is nearly impossible for them to go shopping with the hustle and bustle and rudeness of crowds. Just day-to-day shopping can be dangerous for a fragile person. Since they are so anxious to have special shopping days why don’t they have one day that is designated to closed to the public and only allow those with handicapped plaques in. I myself have difficulty walking due to sever pain in my back. It causes my legs to be weak and unstable because they carry the weight that my back should be handling. I can’t handle a store with a lot of people in it. It doesn’t take much of a bump or someone rushing around the corner throw me off-balance.

Also the bigger stores like the malls, JC Penney’s, Sears, etc don’t have shopping carts to lean on and there are no motorized carts for handicapped. Therefore I can never shop at the malls.

I am thankful for the small businesses and do what I can there and try to shop local as much as possible however, I eventually get forced to going to Wal-Mart which I hate.

I also detest giving gift cards for presents however, sometimes they are more practical than anything. They also are an answer when I can’t go myself because I can send someone else to pick up gift cards and feel them out later. Although I could do the same thing with cash and wrap it in a pretty package like the old days and they could use it where they wanted.

Now that we enter the Month of December I will be transitioning my What I am thankful for on to Family Holidays, Customs and Traditions.  Often times people say Customs and Traditions are the same thing however, I view Customs as a nationality behavior and traditions as an independent custom that could be celebrated by many nationalities. We will talk about food, traditions, decorations and whatever comes to mind. If you have something you want to post such as a favorite family recipe or anything that pertains to Christmas please feel free to do so. I will be say Merry Christmas, Christmas trees, and Happy Holidays. I will be talking about christian traditions because that is how my family celebrated Christmas. I am not doing it to offend anyone but these are my memories. I am asking you to share yours.

Until tomorrow please be safe, warm and blessed. May this holiday season bring a season of healing of the souls, the economy and a world which is in serious need of heeling. To one and all be blessed.

November 27th

Hello and welcome to my World!

The sky is blue . The air is calm. It sure be a fairly nice day in the 50’s.

Although an enjoyable Thanksgiving was had. The aches and pains hit suddenly with a vengeance late yesterday afternoon. I don’t know if an unexpected storm is coming or if someone is giving me a message.

I not only spent the night with swollen gums, a sore mouth and teeth that were very sensitive but my siadic nerve flared with vengeance. I couldn’t sit, stand or lay down. Finally after taking a Bayer aspirin which seems to be the only thing that helps my nerve the cats had me up to feed them. Then it was difficult to go back to sleep. However, by then my mouth was healing, my nerve was calming down and I was beginning to feel somewhat normal again.

Finally I got back to sleep for a couple of hours when the house woke up. Now I am up left in a fog , feel like a truck ran over my head and I am about to face the day.

I am thankful for:

Knowing how to care for my own ailments.

Cats that leave me alone after they’ve eaten.

A beautiful day.

Time to spend with my other son as we venture to his house at 3:00 this afternoon for another Thanksgiving celebration.

A mouth that has calmed down.

A nerve that is manageable.

Another day alive.

My twitter, Facebook, blog and email friends.

My home, my life, and my health what it may be.

You see things could always be worse.  I’ve learned in my sixty-one years young that you ride the roller coaster. If you think it’s bad and wonder what will happen next life will teach a lesson and show you just how bad it can get. However, if you accept your life and roll with it you will come out a stronger person.

Yes there are days we could do without but then we wouldn’t want every day to be exactly the same just like we wouldn’t want every person to be the same.

Life is interesting because of the differences and the challenges it presents. However, we can handle it better if we make better choices in our lives.

I am thankful for those people in World War II that realized we needed social security, medicare and Medicaid.

I am thankful for those in our generation that follow their example and have enough for sight to know our children and grandchildren will need more than that.

I am thankful for those people who are trying to create jobs, bring businesses back to the US and promote made in America.

I am thankful to those people who don’t feel they always have to be politically correct and will continue to say Merry Christmas, Christmas Trees, and Happy Holidays.

I am thankful for those who still say in “God We Trust.”

I am thankful for the Pledge of Allegiance.

I am thankful for the right to make these choices. The reason this country has been flooded with immigrants is for these rights. Let’s preserve the rights we have.

I am thankful to all those out there that are trying to make a difference by helping others. There are so many wonderful people who are freely giving of themselves to help those that are less fortunate. They deserve a great big THANK YOU!”

I am thankful for everyone who takes a moment out of their day to read my blog and care.

Now as we prepare for the next holiday I will leave you with a section from my book to reminisce on.

Chapter 9 Christmas

With winter came Christmas, a time for family traditions. It was traditional for the family to decorate the tree together as my sister and I got older. When we were younger our parents decorated it on Christmas Eve and we woke up to a beautiful tree. However, I loved to decorate the tree, and this would become a very special memory for me. It started with my father and uncle going to get a tree from my Uncles relatives, in Walkerville. They sold trees every year. My cousin and I loved to go and help. It was the only time we were allowed to ride in the back of the pick up truck and our job was holding the tree. We got in under the tree where it was warmer and helped to keep it from moving around too much. We sang Christmas Carols on the ride. When we got the tree home it was my father’s job to put it in the stand. He always did that outside cutting off from the bottom of the tree to make sure it would fit in the house without ever cutting off the top. Then he would bring a beautiful evergreen, spruce, or pine tree into the house and stand it up in the corner of the living room, on a tree skirt

@copyright 2011 “Growing Up in the Rockies”

Well I am being told it is time to get ready to go so until tomorrow. Take care have a great day and be safe.

November 26th

Hello to everyone 🙂

I hope that the holiday left you happy and content. I hope that each and every one of you enjoyed traditions and family gatherings. Now that you are into the rush weekend after Black Friday may the up coming weeks be filled with joy.

I am thankful:

One of the traditions that we had as children growing up was on Thanksgiving Day after dinner and dishes were done everyone would gather around. We would get out what we called the wish books. The wish books were the JC Penney and Sears Catalogs. Then we would spend hours looking through them wishing for what Santa might bring us.

This was a time for family to learn what it was you really wanted for Christmas.

I use to love to look at the toy selection and see what new dolls were coming out. We were allowed to ask for one doll and one other toy.

That became our wish list to Santa. Aunts, uncles, grandma, mom’s, and dad’s and cousins all were together to share ideas. Many ears to hear and repeat what you wanted.

It was an exciting way of starting into the Christmas season. Sometimes we could take old catalogs  on Thanksgiving Day and cut out pictures to make a picture list. Mom always had plenty of old ones along with the newest ones.

We would spend time flipping through jewelry , cologne and household sections finding out what the aunts liked and didn’t like. We would go through the men’s clothes and tool sections finding out what they had and what they needed. It was the one time of the year you could get everyone together and discuss the same thing.

It became more difficult in my adult years to do this when catalogs had to be bought. Being a single parent I couldn’t afford that extra five dollars to buy my wish book so I relied on fliers in the newspapers. However, I to this day miss my wish books.

Now you just have to take a chance that someone will drop a hint at an affordable gift. With today’s technology and extreme games it’s hard to know who has what and who wants what.

Prices have sky rocketed and it’s hard to find that inexpensive gift on an a minimum budget.

I remember when we use to go shopping and buy a set of Earrings and brochettes for our aunts a very low-cost.

Father’s and uncles always needed handkerchiefs and you tried to find one with their initial embroidered in it. Since my uncle and father had the same initial we tried to find two different colors of embroidering.

Dusting powder was another favorite which isn’t easy to find today at an affordable price.

Cologne was always acceptable and the aunts liked anything we gave them.

Mom was always the hardest person to shop for. She was the practical one who didn’t want money wasted. You never knew the right color, shape, style or model for anything. If you bought anything of luxury you were in trouble for spending too much.

The best present I ever got my mom was after I left for college and I bought her a hanging set of utensils. She had never had a complete set and I had never seen a ladle in the house. I decided she needed one. She had never ever asked for one but loved that gift. Sometimes the simplest most common everyday items are the best.

As a mother I would find out one year that the best gift I could have bought my sons were the screw drivers that I picked up at the dollar store. Not having much money I rushed to the store found what I could and hoped for the best. Surprisingly the screw drivers turned out to be magnetic which every man wants because they pick up items like screws when dropped. I didn’t even know they were magnetized, wow did I luck out that year.

Another year I lucked out as I went through the store and saw a good tool deal in a kit at a reasonable price and bought it. My son said those were the best quality tools he had ever owned and asked where I got them. I couldn’t remember.

Sometimes the less energy we spend and those last-minute items turn out to be the best we could have hoped for.

The same amount of love is in them it’s just better to give something that they can use then to hunt for days for expensive items that will sit on the shelf and never be taken out.

I always use to love to do that last-minute Christmas Eve shopping to see what specials I could find at the last-minute.

So as you do your Christmas shopping my advice to you is :

1. Be practical

2. Be useful

3. Be reasonable

4. Be economical

5. Be from the heart

6. Don’t be afraid to wait.

Happy shopping and until next time be careful 🙂

Black Friday

Sorry but I don’t believe in Black Friday.

They say there are great deals but you often pay more on those days than if you wait until the last two weeks before Christmas. Yes some items will be harder to find but on black Friday you are satisfying the pockets of corporations.

This year with the economy poor they are so afraid that they aren’t going to get the money from you the consumer that they have started the hours earlier to grab every cent from your pocket-book. Why are you as the consumers buying into their corporate mentality.

It’s all about supply and demand. If there is no demand then they will be forced to reduce prices and offer better sales throughout the month of December giving normality to Christmas shopping.

Why would people stoop to the mentality of sleeping in front of a store for two weeks just hoping to get a good deal.

What has our society come to.

IF you want to be a successful shopper start with these tips:

Buy locally.

Buy made in USA

Buy craft and practical items.

Support small business owners.

Support those who respect holidays and don’t make their workers miss Thanksgiving just to earn a few extra bucks.

People that are going to spend money will anyway.

Check out your chain stores and now where they are based and where the money goes. Why would you shop at a chain store that is based in France, China, Germany, etc. All that money leaves the United States and effects our economy.

Shop where it will increase our economy improve local area jobs and where customers are treated with courtesy.

Remember if you don’t get that special bargain maybe it wasn’t something you needed in the first place.

Buy things like are practical.

How about a homemade apron for Mom, wife, grandmother etc.

What about a book to read and turn off that television set.

How about homemade scarfs and caps for everyone.

How about homemade goodies.

How about making your own Christmas presents and having an old fashion Christmas.

Children need lessons in being practical if there isn’t money for that Nintendo or Xbox than make something at home.

How about having the family have a family night and watch movies together. Instead of renting movies buy an inexpensive movie you can watch over and over.

Go on-line see what you can find. There are great items for children such has paper dolls, cities, paper models. Things that kids can build and be creative with. Print them off on your computer and give them glue, and supplies that are needed.

How about special school supplies to fill their stocking.

When I was growing up every year Santa put a small flash light in our Stocking with ORanges, Apple, candy and a small toy. The flash light was great we could use it camping and fishing or just to scare our sibling. Peanuts and candy are great.

How about that food item that Grandma loves but can’t afford on her pension. It can be something as simple as a box of chocolate covered cherries, hot chocolate, her favorite crackers with dip, etc.

People don’t have to spend all their hard-earned money on big fancy electronic equipment and fancy do dah’s that are only going to be used part of the year. Each room in the house doesn’t need a television, a computer, etc.

It’s time to get back to the essentials.

Whatever you do remember it’s better to give than to receive and if you don’t find what you are looking for always have a Plan B to follow.

Here’s saying happy hunting and best of luck through the coming holiday seasons.

Till Next time 🙂

November 24th Happy Thanksgiving Day

Hello to one and all. I hope that this Thanksgivings Day finds everyone safe and comfortable.

Thanksgiving Day:

Thanksgiving is a time of family, friends and traditions. It is the time when even our differences bring us all together.

Foods may vary, family traditions may vary but sharing time together and being Thankful for our many blessings is something we all share.

Even when loved ones can’t be together it is a time to be Thankful for those who are in your life and have touched you in some special way.

It is a wonderful day of joy and blessings. It is a day that should set the atmosphere for the rest of the year. Love, joy and sharing coming together as one.

Wherever you are on this day may you all have a wonderful day that you will remember for ever.

I have had the good fortunate of a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Family to share it with and the warmth of my own home. It has been a joy free from stress and worries.

I have had a wonderful son who cooked dinner for me and I was able to sit back and enjoy. I look back on this day remembering helping my mother and the family gatherings we had. Now I am happy to see that my sons are able to continue the same traditions in their adult life.

There is nothing better than to see an extension of family traditions. We is also an extension of happy memories, past, present and hopefully for the future.

Although some traditions change and families change. The root of family stays the same.

May this holiday season bless all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!!
Enjoy a wonderful Meal and be safe.

Till Next time. My love and blessings go with you. 🙂