Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This will be my 49th year of doing this and I love it just as much today as I did the first year I was married.
My Card sending has evolved over these years. At first I just bought pretty cards and hand wrote everywhere from a note to a long letter in each one. It would depend on if it was people I saw. Then when I had two little girls I would slip in their little birthday picture of the year. I know everyone didn't get a picture because we couldn't afford to buy that many.
That pretty much went on as the norm until Daniel and then I would try to pose them or find a picture with the 3 of them and order some copies and enclose them. I remember those days I would get the cards that were all different and I would pick just the one I thought each person would like.
Then the big change started taking over the cards I was receiving. They were "form letter" cards, I use to call them and hated them. Those that used them and added a personal note I appreciated, those that sent printed pictures on paper of people I didn't know doing things I didn't know always irritated me. At least identify the people in the pictures! So it was about that time I started cutting back on my cards, I could sort of tell the ones that I was "just on a list" and those that wanted to hear from me.
I've never kept up with who sent what because that wasn't why I sent my Christmas cards but I did drop some that I felt were becoming an obligation.
After 30 some years of pretty much doing it the same way I got my computer :) And I discovered cards and photo's that could be slipped in to the front of the card. Gone were all the pretty cards to look at, but it sure did save me some time and that was a busy few years in there. I continued to hand write a letter or note for each card though.
Then I gave in to my own lack of time and laziness I guess after realizing I was sending pretty much the same letter to everyone. I made up two letters.. The long form for those I didn't see or hear from much and the short one for those that did. On the back of each card though I wrote a personal note to my friends, family and loved ones. And I printed a few photo's of children and grandchildren along the way.
Of course, the evolution just kept coming until I just ordered photo cards, printed the family letter and printed more photo's(But I do Identify them!) I did continue to write a little note on each one. I also think it was about this time that I ordered the return labels to match and I discovered a wonderful service. Very inexpensive, I just have to send them my names and addresses and they send them to me ready to peel and stick! It's cheaper then the ink I was buying for the labels. All I have to do is keep my address book up to date.
Now, I just pick the family (Penny and her siblings) picture, Print my letter and print a page full of photo's, Fold letter's, stuff them in with the cards, apply a snowflakes to the back, two labels on the front and a stamp! This year, I'm given up the personal hand written letters and that makes me sad, because I love getting them, but such is life.
So on this Thankful Tues, that is what I'm thankful for.. My Christmas Cards.. Both the ones I get and the ones I send. I just love the process as it's done. It's fun for me and brings me pleasure, I've never thought of it as a chore. So if you get one, know that it's done with love and sent to you because I want to.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sorry that Cynthia's cut off in this pic. Donna was still hanging on a star :) Happy Thanksgiving Uncle Lyle!
Thanksgiving is a truly American Holiday, with only Canada having one also(but I bet they copied us) :) The story behind Thanksgiving is a beautiful story and as a teacher I've read it and told it and and done art projects and relived the Pilgrims and the Indians many many times. But some how it never got old! I love the story. Two very different peoples came together and gave thanks and shared what they had and had fellowship together. What an amazing concept.
so the Garner extended family became a part of our Thanksgiving tradition and it moved to Suzy's house.
Some of those years took place in Tupelo but at least 6 or 7 in Lawrencburg. Everyone chipped in to cook and Suzy always had it so well organized, it went off swimmingly!
This is a very old picture of the "Foreman" family past, from which I descend. I don't know if this was Thanksgiving for sure but it might have been by the clothing etc. I love the pic. My Grandfather is the back row 2nd in.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I can trace family members back to the Civil War for certain. I'm strongly convinced that their was a Massengill in the Revolutionary War, but I don't have documents to substantiate it.
Thank you Jonathon and thank you GGrandfather Foreman
This is my cousin Herb who served during WWII and I also had several other cousins that I remember seeing in uniform during that time.
Thank you to all my cousins!
Here is my dear Uncle Lyle.. How young and handsome he was! I remember very clearly visiting him at Ft. Lewis. It may have been because he was leaving and my Grandma was his mother so that might have been why we went. I know Uncle Lyle served in Porto Rico and really liked it there. He's talked to me about wanting to go back to visit it.
Thank you Uncle Lyle and thank you Uncle George.
Thank you Bobby.
And then there was the "First" Gulf War that hit us really close to home and kept us in knots for over a year. We were so sure that our Daddy was going to be called up, but it ended before he had to go. I really felt like we dodged a bullet. A very good friend and fellow Fireman, Eugene London, did have to go and I remember the parades and the celebrations that followed their return. I'll never forget him running into my husbands arms and them high fiving one another :)
Thank you Eugene.
And here is my personal Veteran on the day he graduated from NCO school. Daniel and I attended and we were VERY proud of him and he was proud of himself, because he too is very proud of his country. Believe it or not Democrats can be patriotic and serve with pride! what a concept :)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Can't you just see the look in Lil Bro's face???????? ewwww.. this is not going to be pretty.
As you can see I am bored with it at this point and am checking out Jesus and the 7th Dwarfs and Annoying, is ready to sprint across the lawn to chase another dog! AND about this time Spike inserted his claw into Good Ole Dad's palm !
And this photo was taken about 1 second before Good Ole Dad THREW Lil Bro :) Notice I AM trying to keep the peace!We finally decided that having Spike in the picture just wasn't worth it.. This pic would have been fine but me and good ole Dad have our mouths open like we are catching flies and Mom thinks it makes her butt look big :)
You'll just have to wait for the winning PICTURE!
And Mom has decided NO MORE group pictures. She tried and tried to find one.. Thought she had and realized sister Tina wasn't in it.ooooops. No more tongues sticking out, ugly faces being made, lips pouting, faces hidden, someone hiding behind someone or someone holding a small dog in front of their face!
Friday, November 6, 2009
It's Me it's Me it's Penny the Wonderdog..guarder of Emmett Stone Lane~
So Here I am with my beautiful ear with the stitches still intact!!!!! HELLO I was told today I got to go see Dr. Amy and get them out! Sigh~~ They want my ear to heal more so I have to wait the WHOLE weekend.. Not that I wanted the stinging oweeeeeee stuff that goes along with stitch removal BUT I get to see my girls, and they love me:)
So off Down the Road goes Good Ole Dad in his white truck and you know who(ANNOYING (IN CAPS ) gets to go with him.. EXCUSE me this was suppose to be a day about me! So I just sort of follow Dad's truck just a little bit on My Lane! then I do realize that I can't go in to town..sooooooooooooo I go back get my pass.. DID YOU READ THAT.. I got my PASS
And I went behind all the houses down the road.. Said hello to black Bill as I went and greeted my other friends that have to stay all confined! And I go to visit my friends at Schiemed!
OH NOOOOOOOOOOO... He's disappeared under the house with the spider webs.. I TOLD THEM AND TOLD THEM.. no one listens to me~ That boy is CURIOUS!
And of course Annoying is SO helping Dad get him out (NOT)
HELLO PEOPLE!!!!!!!!! Look close,, I see him do you????????? Oh that little Sneaky Snake, and he has that real satisfied look on his face~
After the pool toy job, Mom has this wonderful idea about what to do with the Acorns. And it doesn't involve Panty hose :) She gathers acorns, dad gets the hot glue gun and before you know it... WE have roofed TWO houses!
Mom is very impressed with herself and is considering doing the entire neighborhood. :)
I on the other hand found this activity to be a bit on the boring side so I found a sunny spot and laid there and soaked in the rays.. Cuz it is about me :)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Today is my daughter's birthday.. I love her.. She now has a teenager who is almost 17 :) Caroline is all I ever prayed for~ You know the kid that screams bloody murder in the grocery store when you tell her NO.. and you just want to get OUT.. yes, she did that to Suzy ...heh heh.. In fact I think she's done lots.. But Caroline is really a good girl and so was and is Suzy. They are both just so full of....... SOMETHING!
Then I had a daughter that was so quiet and peaceful, you would forget she was even there! She would have been an easy child to just neglect, but she wasn't neglected and she made up for all the sweetness when she hit puberty. I can even remember the day. I was brushing her hair, and this sweet obedient child just grabbed the brush and screamed I'LL DO IT MYSELF.. I think aliens got her.
Then there was a long pause and I had a little boy. He was tiny and sweet and very spoiled. But he was always very well behaved. Maybe too well behaved. He was sort of like me and always a rule follower in school. But he made up for it on the skateboard:)
I read and hear from my own kids about how they are up half the night with their kids and I don't relate at all. I think my kids woke to be fed for about a month and then they went to their own beds and slept. It didn't occur to me that it would be any other way. And I would have heard if one of them lost an eyelash! They woke up early and watched cartoons when they got older and Daniel would get scared and come get in bed with us but I don't remember any of this all night stuff. When they were sick I'd be up with them. Tina use to get high fevers and get very weird. She says she still sees strange stuff when he temp gets high.
Penny gets her stitches out tomorrow.. She had a happy face all day. I hope this doesn't hurt her.
Jimmy went to the doctor today and is getting a change in medicine. I hope it makes him feel better. Tina has so much to do.
The Saint and I cooked dinner together tonight. It was very good! I let him clean up:) I'm generous that way.
I watched Survivor and it was better this week. Last week I was about ready to stop watching.
I hate what happened in Ft. Hood.. I just can't wait to hear FOX news reports on this. I won't know though, cuz I have that channel tuned out.. Not cuz the president said to, I did it years ago. It was just easier on my blood pressure.
I saw Bill O on The View this morning and he said Whoopie was jealous of him LOLOLOL.. I just started laughing, she almost came unglued as did the rest of the panel. I'm guessin he probably won't be playing that little bit on his show :) I tried to think later, what he thought anyone would be jealous of him for?
Spike is curled up over here beside me. He shares my office every night just until it's time for him to be put up and then he evaporates!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
MMMMMMMMMMM Kay it's me Penny the Wonderdog, just in case you don't know and I have LOTS to report on! Something needs to be done..just sayin~
Last week Dad came home from work early in the morning and I uncurled myself and met him at the truck. Good Ole Dad brought me BBQ ribs that morning. I always love the mornings he comes from work cuz it means I am going to eat WELL!
I might add that it was pouring down rain.. I mean POURING. Dad went in the house and I went out to do my ....... ah hem..... business...
Now this is where it gets hazy cuz I'm not sure exactly what happened but something got my EAR! I just went directly make to bed and took at nap. I think naps are the best thing in the world.
So Mom has been trying to walk every day and even though it was POURING, she convinced Dear Ole Dad that this was a good thing to be doing. And I'm ALWAYS up for a walk, I'd rather walk with Mom then eat...well...lets not get carried away..
So anyway, off we went out the side door umbrella's in hand to walk up Angel Crest Lane... Now you know WHO was the leader of the pack(Annoying little sister) and you know who is NOWHERE to be seen in the rain (Lil Bro Spike).. he might dissolve ya know :)We had a wonderful walk..warm and wonderful and pouring down rain! Down Angel Crest and back up Angel Crest and across the front yard and into the garage........ now this is where it gets interesting...uhhhh ya remember the ear part? Well, were guessing cause I was running and bouncing and having so much fun that it just open up and started bleeding!
At first Mom and Dad did not know where all the blood was coming from.. It was all over the floor, all over Mom's white car, all over Little Bitty's Gator and it just kept flying cuz by then it was bugging me and I was shaking me head....... oooooops I know, not a good idea.
Dad gets into his rag pile and Mom has a hold of my collar and they discover where the injury is. It's a very clean 2ish inch cut right thru my beautiful ear! Dad tries to hold the rag on the cut to stop the bleeding but I pulled it out cuz it smarted! and I shook my head ALL OVER THEM.. I know I'm so ashamed but hey, a girl's gotta do what a girls gotta do.
So Dad leaves Mom to hold the ear and goes to find gauze or something and tape to see if he can tape it closed so to stop the bleeding.. uhhhhhhh doesn't work.. Remember the rain??? wet????? Tape is not working~
So off to Dr. Amy's I go. Dad puts me in the back of his truck and I'm fine with that, I know all good things happen when I go in the truck. We arrive at Dr Amy's office and she's a lunch...kinda what they expected so they put me in a nice warm kennel with some paper and tell dad they will call.
In the mean time poor Mom has had to wash coats, clothes, the garage floor, a Gator and her white car! It did look like MASS MURDER in there!
WELL....after Dad leaves and Dr. Amy arrives it's decided that they cannot put a shot in my ear to hold me still while they sew it up.. SOOOOOOO I'm put off in La La land... and when I wake up I feel just awful.. Just terrible awful.. This is not like the Spa treatment I usually get! I can't stay awake, I am having trouble standing, I don't want to eat.. oh the misery the misery. All night I stay there and sleep and am just miserable.. my ear hurts, I feel weird and I wanna go home!My beautiful poor stitched up ear!
Ahhhhh Good Ole Dad is there first thing in the morning to retrieve me. I'm so glad to see him but I still feel very bad and very sad.
He brought me home and for the next three days I'm sadder then sad! but then I start to feel better and Mom doesn't think I need to lay in front of the fireplace any longer! hmmmph, so I go to my igloo with the heater aimed at me :)
So this has been my week... Every day I feel better and fitter and I am loving eating now and my muscles are not sore any longer! Tomorrow I get my stitches removed:) I am a Wonder Dog!
Just one thing, in case anyone asks... there is this Volks Wagon that goes down Emmett Stone Lane and I HATE that car. I can hear it coming from a mile a way and I hate hate hate it. I have tried to sort of catch it but I stop. If I ever get the chance I'm going to eat it!
Mom and Dad bought me something new since I don't hear so good any more:) This is so people can see me... Can you see me??????
Mom calls me "Flash" :)