Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
We always want what we don't have. I actually don't mind the extreme heat and humidity most of the time, like when I'm in the pool, ha. In the summer, if you ask me about winter weather, I'd say I don't mind the cold too much. But. When the cold weather actually arrives, and the house is chilly, cold floors you can feel right through your slippers, and don't get me started on the cold toilet seat...
When you have to go bye-bye, and the car is freezing, and the wipers are frozen to the windshield...the deck steps are slippery...harrumph. I don't actually like winter all that much!
But, it IS pretty...pretty and peaceful.
I haven't been out shopping much for Christmas this year. I've bought some things online, but I am minimizing buying this year. I figure the older kids can buy what they want, if they want something. I still get them each something, but not piles for each. I like buying them stuff, don't get me wrong, but it really adds up. The boxes arrive, and some are huge with just a few items in them, the kids get excited, it's fun...
We're doing things different this year. We usually gather on Christmas Eve, but our whole family celebration will be dinner on Christmas Day, at Benjamin and Ashley's house. We can do our Christmas Eve here quietly, and if any of the older kids want to come over, they are welcome. Same with Christmas morning, the families can do their traditions with their kids, and we can do ours. But, our Christmas dinner is going to be awesome: we are doing Texas de Brazil theme! Smoking a brisket, pulled pork, sausages...a winter salad, Mac and cheese...
This afternoon, Camille and I are going on a small adventure: a marketplace purchase, meeting in a grocery store parking lot. We're getting a toy traffic light for Wulf! He rides around and around the circle that makes up our kitchen and living room, on the balance bike, and sometimes we tell him red light!, and he comes to a screeching halt...he also likes to write "tickets" for speeding. So anyway, scrolling through marketplace seeing all the things I didn't know I needed, and voila! Something Wulf NEEDS, ha.
Yesterday morning I made five pounds of meatballs...chopped onion, garlic, all the spices...then into the crockpot on low, with sauce, to simmer for a while until dinner time. Oh, the joy of knowing what's for dinner! There are plenty left, so I also know what's for dinner tonight!
Anyone sick of Covid yet? No? The new variant is said to be mild, and I've read that the overwhelming majority of cases are in the vaccinated, so it doesn't seem like it should be a big worry. Our gov. here in NY has declared a state of emergency, because then she gets to use her executive powers. It's like she's been sitting there rubbing her hands together waiting for the opportunity. Can I just say this? One major hospital in central NY is down FOUR HUNDRED NURSES. four hundred. and that's just nurses, they're hurting for other staff too. Last week, those who had religious exemptions from the vax mandate lost them and were fired. Years and years of patient care and experience, bam, gone. Who will suffer for it? The general public, the sick. Who else will suffer for it? The ones who are left still working, with their already heavy patient load increased, more bricks less straw. If you stop for a minute and think about this, actually THINK about it: those who were fired worked their A$$e$ off for the entire pandemic. They were exposed to Covid countless times, many were sick with it. Why, after all these months and months, is it just crucial for them to be vaccinated? Especially when the vaccinated are still spreading it!!!!? No one seems to care. Chemo patients won't get their infusions if there is no one there to give them. It's no joke. Politics have no place in medicine, yet this is what is happening. It's not right.
Pray for our country, for our world, for our leaders, for our governor! It's a heavy load for our healthcare system, and it's buckling.
Ahh well. Time to get moving around here....
Friday, November 26, 2021
We played one dang good game of Bull, had a few coffees, lots of appetizers, solved the worlds' problems, went around and said what we were all thankful for (each other, that God has been so good and merciful, and that we can get along well even if we disagree about things!). The day flew by, and it was a good one.
This fine morning, on Black Friday, I did not go shopping, but instead went with Jonathan to a city over an hour away to buy a pressure washer from Marketplace. It was a good deal, blah blah, and it was supposed to snow, so we were not just letting him take my car, and his car...well....anyway, I accompanied. The neighborhood was a teeny bit sketchy...but it was fine, the washer works well, and he can keep his four wheeler squeaky clean. My price for going with him: he has to wash the front of the house.
The girls are all up and wondering what we're doing today...hmm, what ARE we doing today?
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
So I took a trip to the Apple Lady's today, then to Walmart, all by myself. I got black olives for tomorrow, and one more can of whipped cream, some air fryer food (pizza pockets, mozzarella sticks, and mini corndogs) and a few Christmas presents.
It was a busy day, but oh dear it flew by! Sonja was such a blessing, she prepared the food in the air fryer, and served it with cucumber slice, and celery. Okay, it wasn't a balanced dinner, but we were drowning in pies ha.
So my last blog post was disjointed, and incorrect. The early days of being a mama WERE precious to me, I just didn't know yet how fast the time would fly by.
Ah well, I'm yawning and the kids are watching a show I am not interested in (K-Drama anyone? Yes, Korean dramas....ugh.)
It's nice to be invited to Ben and Ashley's house for dinner, they are so very hospitable, and their house feels so comfortable, like home. I am super thankful for family...
m When I look back to my youth, life stretched before me, time wasn't precious, I had tons of it. When I had baby Emily, the days were long and blissful. Those early years were so full of idealism, I didn't know those babies were growing up to be their own people. The whole point being to get them to stand on their own two feet, in the process cutting out their neediness of mama: SUCESS! They can function without me, 12 of them, and the four youngest aren't too far behind. Why does it sort of hurt my heart, when it is the goal all along?
Maybe it's the holidays that brings such longing for days gone by. My two youngest went to spend the night at their friends' house, Paul is hunting, it's quiet here for now. Later, it'll be bustling as we make a dozen pies for Thanksgiving...19 pie crusts (shh, I made 18 and pinched a bit from each to make the 19th!)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
So yesterday, Camille and I drove right into winter. Her appointment was in a small city closer to Lake Ontario, and snow! It was like driving into a snow globe. The news from the doctor is what we expected, her knee is just too unstable, it has dislocated THREE times now. So, she'll have a surgery to tighten that kneecap up, with the insertion of a cadaver tendon. Poor Cam, we know from Sonja having this, it's a tough recovery. But it's better than the alternative, walking around not knowing when it's going to happen...one of the times, she was just walking, and pop!!
Anyway. We went into Aldi after just to get things for a Thanksgiving punch, and for some plates...well, we had to go to Walmart because they were sold out. Walmart was mobbed, but we were pretty good about getting just what we needed and getting back on the road towards home...ahh, home.
The girls made pizzas for dinner, and I had leftover ham and veggies from Sunday.
I think I'll make meatballs for dinner tonight...tons of them so we can have leftovers tomorrow night, as we'll be making pies, and won't want to make dinner, too.
Molly is coming over for a visit in a few hours with the little puppy, can't wait to meet her!
Sam and Grace and Grant and Ruth Eleanor are coming tomorrow night.
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
Monday, November 22, 2021
Oh my! I'm hoping this post will get my thoughts straight about this week! In an hour, little Anne will be coming for a visit, for a few hours, as her parents have things to do (teacher conferences, I think). When she goes home, I'll be heading for a small city up north of here with Miss Cam, as she has an orthopedic appointment for her wobbly knee. (The dr. is waiting for the x-rays to confirm the growth plate has closed, indicating it's time to schedule a surgery...so not a fun appointment, right?). To add to the fun and excitement of this appointment is that it's close to Lake Ontario, and yes, lake effect snow is forecast, and we all know how I feel about driving in it.
After the appointment, I need to get some things for Thanksgiving, and some apples for pies.
I still need to finish getting the guest room ready for Sam and Grace and the two little ones.
Wednesday is Pie Making Day, and Davian is coming over to join us.
Yesterday, after church, Ben and Ashley and little Anya and Elise came over for dinner. We had ham, applesauce (I peeled and cut four Granny Smith apples, and put them on top of unsweetened applesauce in a glass baking dish, and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, baked, so good), roasted:butternut squash, potatoes, and Brussel sprouts, and rolls. There were chocolate chip cookies for dessert, as I baked them on Friday.
Here's something exciting...Ben and Ashley are having another baby, the girls are going to be big sisters to a baby...
And, Molly and Josh...
Got a new baby puppy, a chocolate Lab, TimBit.
And, Margaret and Adrian with Wulf and Tennyson flew out to Oregon to be with Kathryn and Darius and little Achilles and baby Rhys....(Adrian and Darius are brothers!)...Wulf, in the cockpit! So cute!
We are only having 25 for Thanksgiving this year! Only ten of the kids and families will be there. (Two in Oregon, one in Cali, one in Washington state, and two local that are going to other sides of the family celebrations). It's going to be a fantastic day, we have invited one of our favorite family of friends to come, they have a boy around Jon's age, and two girls, one Sonja's age, and one between Char and Cam's ages.
I would mention that awful Christmas parade crash...I cannot even believe that people are justifying the monster who did this, saying it was because of the Not Guilty verdict for Kyle. ??? Are they crazy? This man who did this, he's crazy. There are no excuses. I am sorry he is so crazy, sorry he wasn't loved and nurtured and didn't have a purpose in life, but....dang. Those poor innocent people, and all those good samaritans who rushed to help, God bless them.
Saturday, November 20, 2021
...and I don't mean the Christmas season, or the holiday season. I mean the season in which I still have young children...even though they're not so young anymore. Yesterday, we went out and about when Sonja K. was done with classes...just a few places, and they broke all the rules from when they were little...they touched EVERYTHING in the stores, asked for things, and were loud and silly, and I didn't mind a bit. They didn't really ask for anything, but there were a few things they wanted for Christmas, so they found them, and we are saving them...boots for Camille, slippers for Sonja...but shh, I gave Sonja the slippers when we got home. We can't have cold feet for 35 more days!
They are very low maintenance kids, actually. They don't ask for things, and are way too much fun. Charlotte Claire found a squeaky pig dog toy, and was honking it, it was so funny I thought my legs were going to collapse. They were just so silly.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and I do enjoy this season, even if it started too early.
Here are some blasts from the past...
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Here we are, all decorated for Christmas, and it's warm out! 60 degrees! It seems downright silly to have a tree up, and all the lights and sparkly things out, it's like Christmas in Florida! I know, I know, enjoy it, because it certainly won't last.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
When you've been blogging for....ahem...fourteen years...you run out of creativity when it comes to titles. You just don't care. You hit the publish button and realize that what you wrote had nothing to do with the title.
Monday, November 15, 2021
And, we cover it up with a nice little blankie...
The decorating of it came to a standstill with the lights situation, but that's okay, after all, there are still 40 days until Christmas.
Dinner was bubbling away in the crock pot, I had put cubed up chicken breast with a packet of taco seasoning, and half a jar of salsa in there...we served it with Basmati rice, chopped red onions, tomatoes, fresh salsa, and sour cream, but a few of the kids at it in tortillas.
Davian liked being here. He played with kinetic sand, the invisible man, and played Mario Cart on the Switch. He loves the kitties and the pups.