Holidaze …

As we draw closer to Yule &/or Christmas, life becomes crazier. We are bombarded with ads for what we have to buy to make our loved ones happy. Our society has become obsessed with following what some suit says at age 5 a child should have his own mega gaming system and smart phone. I’m sorry, but this is not what I consider a worthwhile pastime for preparing for the season. I would rather have family and friends visit on the day with empty hands and stomachs so we can enjoy food and company sharing the joy of the season.

 

Happy Thanks/Turkey Day (even if I am a little early!)

So what do  you all feel thankful for this year.  I am glad the the hubster is feeling a little better, for my family and friends in the Dakotas and on this site. I am thankful that I didn’t break my neck when I fell off the porch of my studio. And that I have my fur babies as well as I get my lower chompers on the 30th of this month as well as a new set of specks to correct the astigmatism the right eye! I am thankful that winter hasn’t really hit yet and the weather is cooler now which suits my body temp quite well. Chime in on the things you are thankful for!

Mothers of my family

Actually all the women in my family.  The women in my family are from pioneer stock, with good strong values and sense of worth.  They thought by example and were willing to answer questions if you had any.  They held and comforted you when you were hurt or sad. They supported you when you needed it.  They were not politically correct nor did they need equality because they worked side by side by men and women alike. They took no nonsense off those fools who felt sorry for them or wanted them to change.  They would smile and politely decline the foolishness of those who labeled everything as male or female. I salute them all on this Mother’s day! I love them all!

Blues ~ The end of summer …

The summer is winding down and we will soon be closing the park down for the fall/winter season. At least the museum and gift shop part of the park. Next week my husband takes our son down to Rapid to set him up in his apartment and then the next Monday he starts his classes. I have another dental apt. the week of the 22nd so at least I will see him after he starts school before going home. He has not really been on his own for over a week and then he was not far from his grandmother’s house. Not sure how she will take it either. Not really happy about the distance even though at the same time I know this will be good for him. After Labor day I will be concentrating on my hand sketched Christmas cards and Jewelry sets which I am hoping to sell at the fall/winter(?) fair this year. Plus I have to set up all the cards I send out to family and friends as well! Didn’t get the chance to get all the Christmas stuff done while I had money coming in but hopefully my art studio will give me inspiration to actually get stuff done to sell! Anyway, hope your summer was great and will continue blogging til (at least) the end of 2016!

Eve after Christmas

I really wasn’t thrilled with the idea of Christmas. Doesn’t always work out, but today it went rather smoothly for a change. 1st. one of my hubster’s friends called in which worked out supper for his temperament. The  food was done well and on the table just after the family finished opening their gifts. Everyone was happy with what they got so that too went smooth. The best part was that it was family, in great spirits and very happy. Thank Goddess for rare favors!

 

There are times …

There are times when one has to think … Is this all worth it? Not trying to be cynical or even glib, but this is one of those days in the holiday season when I have to wonder why I am doing anything for the season. Now don’t get me wrong, I happen to like decorating, festive music and the like but when ideas fall short and money is super non existent and family doesn’t even try but expect you to carry the brunt of everything I ask you … Is it all worth it?!?!?!

The day after ….

I just saw a pix on F.B. … actually several … entitled this is how I feel after Thanksgiving. I can relate. One of the few times one can fall off the food wagon and not feel guilty about it because you do it with family!

Menu

Roasted Turkey, Oyster stuffing, sweet Potatoes with marshmallow topping, cranberry sauce, crab & shrimp with a dip made from horse radish and catsup, green bean casserole and for dessert one each pumpkin and apple pie.

Took over $200 in groceries, 6 hours prep/cook time, 45 mins to eat and
3 – 4 hours for clean up. 24 hours to digest said meal. Tomorrow, 3 doz. jumbo corn bread muffins to bake. For now sweet dreams!

The meaning of Thanksgiving …

I want to wish everyone I know (and don’t know) a happy Thanksgiving. I know that there are those out there who are down on the day because it “disrespects” one culture or another, but if you really look at why the season occurred, you might understand it more. a.) the pilgrims had survived b.) they had befriended some of the locals who shared their food with one and other and c.) even though it was many years and a (once better) government later it was put on the calendars as a holiday.  It was a day to reflect on all that has happened to us during the year. The good and the bad, and to count our blessings for that which has been good while thinking about what we could improve upon to make the next year even better. Sure people pig out on this day. Sure they tend to sit around the TV and scream obscenities at it when their team isn’t winner, but it is a time for family, and thankfulness. So I say again to you all, Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. Have a great day!