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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years Eve

I don't know about you, but 2009 has brought both wonderful, memorable times as well as difficult challenges. Year after year, we all face life with it's "ups-and-downs"...that's what makes us who we are. My prayer for you is that 2010 will be a year filled with more laughter than tears, with more happiness than grief, with more prosperity than empty wallets, more health than sickness, more family memories than loneliness...God Bless Us One and All!

The year was 1939 and the citizens of the British Empire was on the cusp of another World War. King George VI, not usually a compelling speaker, inspires and reassures his people by quoting a poem:
"I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.' And he replied, 'Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be better than light, and safer than a known way.'"

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Good Friends

 

When your best friends are in town for Christmas, what's better than to steal them away for an evening and party??!! Although it was a small group of us, there was no shortage of laughter, talking, food and wine.

 

After the hectic days prior, it's nice to have a relaxed evening. Today some of our friends are travelling home....we pray they have safety on the winter roads. And for those flying home, safety in the air, after that terrorist scare on Christmas Day.


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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Two More Sleeps...


.....until we wake up Christmas morning to check out what Sanat has filled the stockings with.

I hope you all have your Christmas shopping done. I braved the stores just to pic up my meds from Walmart and a bag of potatoes so I can bring mashed potatoes to our family Christmas Dinner.I love Christmas and everything that comes with such a Special Season....family gathering,music, food,games, gifts!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice


We have been journeying into the dark for the past 6 months, culminating in this the longest night of the year. It is here that we gather the fierce wisdom to move once again into the light.

Friday, December 18, 2009


'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the town,
Not a sign of Baby Jesus, was anywhere to be found.
The people were all busy with Christmas time chores,
Like decorating, and baking, and shopping in stores.

No one sang, "Away in a manger, no crib for a bed."
Instead, they sang of Santa, dressed up in bright red.
Mama watched Martha Stewart, Papa drank from a tap.
As hour upon hour the presents they'd wrap.

Then what from the TV did they suddenly hear?
An ad, which told of a big sale down at Sears.
So away to the mall they all flew like a flash,
Buying some things on credit, and others with cash!

And, as they made their way home from their trip to the mall,
Did they think about Jesus? Oh, no, not at all.

Their lives were so busy with their Christmas time things,
They had no time to remember Christ Jesus, the King.
There were presents to wrap and cookies to bake.
How could they stop and remember the One who died for their sake?

To pray to the Savior, they had no time to stop.
Because they needed more time to "Shop till they drop!"
On Wal-mart! On K-mart! On Target! On Penney's!
On Hallmark! On Zales! A quick lunch at Denny's!
From the big stores downtown to the stores at the mall,
They would dash away, dash away, and visit them all!

And up on the roof, there arose such a clatter,
As grandpa hung icicle lights, using his brand new step ladder.
He hung lights that would flash. He hung lights that would twirl.
Yet, he never once prayed, to Jesus, the Light of the World.

Christ's eyes--how they twinkle!
Christ's Spirit--how merry!
Christ's love--how enormous!
All of our burdens--He'll carry!

So instead of being busy, overworked, and uptight.
Let's put Christ back in Christmas, and enjoy a good night.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Monster Strikes Again

The Monster's name is STROKE!!! Yesterday morning when talking to Mom on the phone, there was silence and then Mom was slurring her words and not making sense. She did get out that she thought she was fine but I knew she wasn't. I called her neighbor to go check on Mom and she confirmed that something was wrong...I called the ambulance and met them at the hospital. This stroke came suddenly, without the terrible neck and headache of the previous two TIAs and has affected her left side. At first unable to squeeze her left hand or raise her left leg, but by late afternoon she accomplished both. She still cannot coordinate hand/eye movements, so cannot eat or drink on her own.
Please pray that with rest and time in the hospital, Mom will be able to come out and only need home-care....right now we just have to wait and see.My Brother saw our Doc this aft and the Doc mentioned that Mom will be in the hospital for a while(very possibly until after C-mas). Doc noticed confusion as well as the fact that she'll need physio. We are also having to consider putting Mom into the Care Home....my Brother and Doc are already working on it, just to be prepared.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Meet Mitzi


A phone call from my brother informing he had an early Christmas gift for me. "What the heck??...he has never done that before....what could it be??", I asked myself. I didn't have long to wonder though. When they arrived with a box carrying kitty litter and food, I was still puzzeled until I heard, MEOW!!
Last night they rescued a cat that was freezing cold and hungry and before taking her to the SPCA, thought they'd see if I wanted her. Awwww! She is dark grey and white and has a beautiful soft coat and looks like she belonged to someone at one point. She is shy and just exploring her new home and found a lovely spot under our bed, but I coaxed her out. I think Hubby is just as enamored with her as I am. She doesn't have a collar or tag, so the name we've given her is Mia.


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The Christmas Shoes DVD Giveaway!

A Purse Full of Cheerios is giving away this awesome and heartfelt Christmas movie that I love to watch every year! Just click the link to go to her Blog to enter to win this movie :)
A Purse Full of Cheerios: The Christmas Shoes DVD Giveaway!



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Maxine says it again....

I've posted this on other years, but it deserves another read, so enjoy :)
'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house...
Not a creature was stirring
since the cat ate the mouse.
My support hose were hung
By the chimney with care.
(I hung them last Christmas
And just left them there.)
My dog, Floyd, was nestled
All snug in his bed,
After watching the cat rip
The presents to shreds.
And I in my long johns
And ratty night cap
Had just settled my butt
For a long winter's nap.
When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter,
I swore at the window,
"What the (blank) is the matter?"
I tore open the window,
Not a second to tarry,
All ready to throw
The noisemaker a berry.
A bright moon was lighting
The new-fallen snow...
And I had a moon of my own
Set to show.
Floyd was beside me,
Paw pointing the way
Toward eight tiny reindeer
Hitched up to a sleigh...
And a little old driver
So cheery and quick,
I thought for a moment
That I would be sick.
Like a bat out of...you know,
His reindeer they came,
And I whistled and shouted
And called them some names--
"Hey, Hornhead! Hey, Furface!
Hey, Weiner and Turkey!
Yo, Klutzy and Mangy
And Venison Jerky!
Stay off of my porch!
Get away from my wall!
Now hit the road, hit the road,
Hit the road, all!
But as pedestrians before
My old Buick , they fly
And head for high ground
With great fear in their eyes,
So up to my rooftop
The fleabags they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys
And old Fruitcake - Breath too.
And then, in a twinkling,
I heard on the roof
Holes in my new shingles
Made by each tiny hoof.
As I reached for my slingshot
And a marble as well,
Down the chimney Ssst. Nicholas
Tumbled and fell.
He had a huge sack of
Cheap junk on his back
And I whispered to Floyd,
"Be prepared to attack."
His eyes they were squinting,
His toy bag was draggin',
And I felt for a moment
Like I'd soon be gaggin'.
He was dressed all in red.
With a bell on his hat.
And a belt of black leather
To hold back the fat.
A billowing pipe
He clenched tight in his smile,
And the smell was like something
Had been dead for awhile.
He had a broad face
And a little round belly
That shook when I nailed him
With a handful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump,
Well, actually porky,
And I laughed when I tripped him
(He looked pretty dorky).
He was like a beached whale
Unable to budge.
And he tasted good , too,
If the dog was a judge.
I spoke not a word
But went straight to my work--
A noogie, a wedgie,
A cry of "You jerk!"
Until laying a finger
Aside of his nose,
With a loud cry of "Uncle!"
Up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to the sleigh
And dragged in the toys,
Then he cried to the reindeer,
"Get me out of here, Boys!"
And I had to exclaim
As a slushball I tossed,
"Happy Christmas to all,
And to all a Get Lost!"
But then, as I turned,
I saw 'neath the tree
Two gaily wrapped presents--
One for Floyd, one for me.
A big bag of jerky
Turned Floyd mighty chipper,
While for me was a pair
Of brand-new bunny slippers.
I looked out the window,
And hovering there,
Old Santa was winking
>From his sleigh in midair...
"Merry Christmas, Maxine!"
He cried, full of cheer,
"Same to you, Pal!" I answered,

("I'll get you next year!")

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Please Pass the Turkey...and Alka Seltzer

The Twelve Days of Turkey

On the first day of Christmas my true love said to me
I've bought a nice fresh turkey and a proper Christmas tree.

On the second day of Christmas, much laughter could be heard
as we tucked into our turkey, a most delicious bird

On the third day of Christmas, came people from next door
the turkey tasted just as good as it had the day before

On the fourth day of Christmas came relations young and old
we finished up the Christmas pud and had the turkey cold

On the fifth day of Christmas outside the snowflakes scurried,
but we were nice and warm inside, we had the turkey curried.

On the sixth day of Christmas the Christmas spirit died,
the children fought and bickered as we had the turkey fried.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love he did wince
when he sat down at the table to have the turkey minced

On the eighth day of Christmas the dog he ran for shelter,
he'd seen our turkey pancakes and the glass of Alka Seltzer

On the ninth day of Christmas by lunchtime Dad was blotto
he knew that bird was back again, but this time a risotto.

On the tenth day of Christmas we were drinking home made brew
as if that wasn't bad enough, we were eating turkey stew

On the eleventh day of Christmas the Christmas tree was moulting
with chilli, soy and oyster sauce the turkey was revolting

On the twelth day of Christmas with a smile upon our lips
the guests had gone, the turkey too – we dined on fish and chips!

found at Theo Spark.net

Friday, December 11, 2009

Disappointment

I am sad to say that Kitty is not coming to join our family. The owners decided to give him to a relative instead. We were SO disappointed, since we were so ready for him to come. We'll just have to keep searching.
We are certainly into winter now. The snow is getting deeper and the temperatures have dropped considerably. Most of British Columbia has been under Artic air flow and now getting snow. For us Northerners both are to be expected and we're prepared for it. Southern BC on the other hand gets thrown into discordant confusion, while traffic, pedestrians and snow-plows mingle into a cacophony of misadventure. But I can safely say that no matter where in this province you live, children are laughing in glee as they run out in the snow, constructing snowmen, snow forts, tobaggon down slopes with boiterous abandom, unconcerned with the bedlam around them. Maybe as adults we should throw off the frustration and join in the childlike delight of the season :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Family Member...

....yes, our family is growing :) We are picking up our Persian cat this evening, so I'm going out to pick up the food and stuff we need for him. Watch for pics.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Catching the Christmas Spirit


Last night I hosted a Christmas Party for my Ladies Study group. Oh, what fun we had!! The food was decadent...excessively rich, sweet, gooey,crunchy, YUMMY!!! At the strumming of the guitar, our voices rose with Christmas Carols. We exchanged gifts of Christmas ornaments and ended the evening with a loud game of Cranium. And you know what???...it wasn't all about a perfectly decorated home, who brought the most delicious food, who happened to receive the most gorgeous ornament, or who sang with the most pure note....NO, it was about friends sharing the evening enjoying each other's company immensely and end the evening feeling like we are richer for having each other in our lives.
And the VERY best part??...we get to do this all month long :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I Am a Redneck!!


We have enjoyed the redneck jokes for years. It's time to take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand before a dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I'd choose a half dozen or so rednecks to back me up... Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit -- that's what rednecks are made of. I know I am one of those.




You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, 'One nation, under God.'
You might be a redneck if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.
You might be a redneck if: You still say ' Christmas' instead of 'Winter Festival.'
You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when someone prays.
You might be a redneck if: You stand when they play the National Anthem...
You might be a redneck if: You treat our armed forces veterans with great respect, and always have.
You might be a redneck if: You've never burned a Canadian flag, nor intend to.
You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.
You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and raised your kids to do the same.
You might be a redneck if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend.

God Bless Canada

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

1st Day of December


"On the first day of winter,
the earth awakens to the cold touch of itself.
Snow knows no other recourse except
this falling, this sudden letting go
over the small gnomed bushes, all the emptying trees.
Snow puts beauty back into the withered and malnourished,
into the death-wish of nature and the deliberate way
winter insists on nothing less than deference.
waiting all its life, snow says, "Let me cover you."


- Laura Lush, The First Day of Winter

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

TGIF!!


The sun has been shining so brilliantly over the snow, makes it glitter like a millions diamonds. Now that the U.S. has celebrated their Thanksgiving and had their Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Christmas shopping has taken off with a bang this Black Friday. Is it me or has Christmas shopping become a harrowing experience for so many now. Do you know of anyone who actually waits until Christmas Eve to shop anymore? Would there even be anything left on the shelves that remotely resembles items carefully chosen to be on our kid's/grandkid's wish list?? Oh....and lets not forget that most items on those wish lists probably require selling a kidney and if you did that last year, well...selling the other one just to fulfill those dreams means you'll be singing in the choir....the Heavenly choir that is :P Am I the only one who hates the shopping crowds and would rather order online or buy Gift Cards?? Maybe the solution to turn Scrouge isn't such a bad idea after all. Why is it that slowly we are taking the "Christ" out of the season and now only have "Holiday" trees, songs, programs, etc.?? Could this be someone's idea to soothe the guilt of maxing out credit cards and rushing around doing everything BUT enjoying the Season for what is really the reason for the Season?? God forbid we turn this Season into one solely materialistic, rather than about Christ's Birth, Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Man. God forbid we turn this Season into one solely materialistic, rather than family, giving from our abundance, watching the children perform in Choirs and plays, to sit in a church and reflect on Christ's birth and sing joyous songs that praise Him for all that are near and dear to us.

". . . for it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself."
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

"But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round -- apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!'"
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Serenity 1 & 2

It feels great to have finished these paintings.



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Good Glass of Wine



My Brother sent me this and I thought it was bang-on :)Just on time for the festive Christmas Season!

To paraphrase W.C. Fields, "I don't drink water, because fish screw in it."

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine... and those who don't..

As Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom,
in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) - bacteria found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop..

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor)because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

Remember:
Water = Poop,
Wine = Health
Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid,
than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I'm doing it as a public service!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Serenity


I'm thinking ahead to Christmas. Usually by now I have all my gift shopping and handmade gifts bought, made and wrapped. This year, with the economy having kicked the stuffing out of everyone's nest, our family has decided to keep gifts few and handmade. So, this is one I'm painting for my oldest son and daughter-in-law. This is the picture I follow, however my painting is more blue than lilac.....the priviledge of my "creative" side :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hitting the Nail on the Head

Billy Graham
Current Age: 90


Truth...........from a man the media has never been able to throw dirt on..amazing!!
He has certainly hit the "world" on the head!!


Billy Graham's Prayer For Our Nation

THIS MAN SURE HAS A GOOD VIEW OF WHAT'S HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY!

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics... We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God..'

Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world. (It's worth a try!) One Nation Under God.







55 Years


Yesterday was Dad & Mom's 55th Wedding Anniversary. This many years together deserves celebration, however it was a bittersweet day. My Brother, Mom & I went to the Care Home to see Dad and move him back into Fort St. John. The Special Care wing in the Pouce Coupe Care Home is moving all it's residents to the new Care Home in Dawson Creek. Because Dad was in the Pouce Coupe Care home on a temporary basis they cannot transfer him to DC, so he had to come back to FSJ, BUT there isn't a bed for him in the Special Care wing here, he has to be in the hospital again until there is one available. His name is next on the waiting list, however that means someone has to die first before there is a bed available....in the meantime the entire 2nd floor in Pouce is empty...it's called Government cut backs....royally sucks!!
BUT...Dad & Mom got to spend the hour's drive back here sitting together in the back seat of the car and hold hands and enjoy each other. Each moment together is a treasure for them now.There is much to be learned from their story.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Canadian Winter


Canadian Winter

The snow came down and whirled around
and grew and grew and grew.
We scraped and blew and shovelled
but were helpless to undo.
The snow we cleared made piles
like a rocky mountain range;
And then it rained swift rivers -
nature thought we needed change.
The rain will wash away the snow,
was what we had in mind;
But slush was over boot tops -
nowhere to run could find.
The temperatures dropped and you could say
we were really in a rut;
More snow and freezing rain to come -
the weatherman's words did cut.
As long as my home is cozy-warm,
the weather I'll take on the chin;
For, after all, I'm Canadian
and bear winter with a grin.
Joan Adams Burchell

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Our World is Frosted in Snow


Winter has arrived in the Great White North :) I know that our Neighbors to the South still have Thanksgiving to celebrate, but for us that Holiday is long past and we're into winter days with white frosting everything outdoors and warm fires cheering our long nights. Time to snuggle in and pull out crafts to busy hands, pull out books to take imaginary trips to places warm and tropical.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Crafty Afternoon


My friend Jo-Ann and I had a lovely afternoon Crafting Sun Catchers with our grand-daughters, Victoria and Kaylie. It was fun for the girls to do something together like this without having their siblings around to share their time with Gramma. After getting the beads into the moulds and into the oven to bake, we had tea and a lovely snack and the girls watched, "Barbie in The Nutcracker". Us Grammas decided that we'd like to do this again :)