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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 :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

November 14 - World Diabetes Day!!


280 million people in this world suffer with the Chronic Illness of Diabetes.....I am one of them. Please take the time to view this video to raise your awareness of this disease. Thank-you :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just a Reminder...


Monday, November 9, 2009

Lest We Forget




In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lazy Sunday Afternoon


With this good book to read,I'm enjoying this lazy afternoon reading and savouring a fresh cup of coffee. I love reading and can devour 2-3 books a week. Now, back to the "Broken P" Ranch :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November

"A tingling, misty marvel
Blew hither in the night,
And now the little peach-trees
Are clasped in frozen light.

Upon the apple-branches
An icy film is caught,
With trailing threads of gossamer
In pearly patterns wrought.

The autumn sun, in wonder,
Is gayly peering through
This silver-tissued network
Across the frosty blue.

The weather-vane is fire-tipped,
The honeysuckle shows
A dazzling icy splendor,
And crystal is the rose."

- Evaleen Stein, November Morning

So, we've moved from October into November, which is that much closer to my most fave season....Christmas. Usually by now I'm finished Christmas gift shopping &/or making handmade gifts. Ok, so I have finished one, but I feel SO uninspired right now. Of course, this isn't the worst thing in the world, since there is still plenty of time for that shopping spree.....but there is however not much time for handmade gifts.
Pennies have been scarce these past few months so we had cut back to the bare necessities. Today however we have re-connected our Internet service, so I will have the pleasure of journaling on this Blog once more.
My Mother-in-law is settling into her new room in the Care Home and is happy. I really believe she was lonely, so being around others has cheered her up. I feel like it's been so worth the emotional/physical energy it took to move her. It's a priviledge to be there for our aging parents and spend time cherishing those rare precious moments.Too soon our time with our parents on this earth evaporates into memories that surround us like a cloud.