Monday, December 24, 2007

Food, Fun, Friends, and Family

On December 18th I left a cold, snowy Woodburn In. and flew to Oklahoma City. It was mid-50's and sunny for 3 of the days
that I was there. I go back to OKC about every 3 months or so
because my son still lives there, and I have some really good
friends that live there. On Friday night my good friends Bertie
Gray and Shirley Hill and I went to Mimi's Cafe. I love their
corn chowder! We had really good food and a good visit.

This is Shirley's home. (Her home is where I stayed for over
4 months when I broke my leg in Aug 2004) Her daughter Judy lives with her. Another very good friend, Jaquetta, came over on Saturday night. We had a delicious meal and exchanged gifts. We always have such a great time together. W laughed and laughed over the silliest things! Really fun!

I don't have any pictures of this, but I also went back to the
hospital where I worked (Oklahoma Spine Hospital. It so
happened that they were having their carry-in Christmas
lunch so I got to see everyone and visit, and of course eat a little too! They were such a great group of people to work with, and it's always fun to go back and see them.

Of course, one of the main reasons I go back to OKC is to
visit with my son. He lives in an apartment and sort of works
at a little store near where he lives. He hangs out at the store
and helps them; I think he just really likes some of the people
that work there. We went shopping and I got him some
clothes and stocked his apartment with food. He also went with
me to visit G-Ma Lavin. For the most part, he seems to be
doing quite well.

Grandma Lavin insisted on having us for a meal, so Tim,
Donnie and Gene Hill (cousins of mine and niece of G-Ma)
and I went to her home on Saturday for lunch. We had
spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. It was all very yummy!
Mother Lavin doesn't see very well any more, but she still
loves to paint pictures--she does really nice work. I gave her
some art supplies, and canvas and wood pieces to paint on. She
was really excited about them.

Mother Lavin is 85; she doesn't see well, and has a hearing aid,
and she says she is getting weaker all the time. But she has
always been a really neat lady, and we still really have fun on
our visits together.

Well, I don't know how this blog will look when it's posted, as it seems like sometimes they re-arrange things for me! However, I wanted to just share a little about my trip. I am so blessed to have wonderful family and such good friends. The Lord is
truly good!

(This is mother Lavin--Gloria) I guess my narrative didn't quite
match up with my pictures.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas Questions--Favorites and Stuff

Brenda sent me these questions so thought I'd try to answer them. (She originally got them from Nicole.)
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper for most but bags for odd shapes or when I'm in a hurry.

2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial-still have to take time to string lights (it's an old tree!)

3. ? When do you put up the tree ? Usually try to have it up by the weekend after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? Usually on New Year's Day.

5. Do you like eggnog? Yes; I especially like eggnog flavored ice cream.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Sad to say, but I don't honestly remember.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? A couple very small ones; One is from Haiti

8. Hardest person to buy for? Lynn; his family is used to telling family members what they want for Christmas, and then it is really no surprise-they get what they asked for. I like surprises!

9. Easiest person to buy for? My very good friends, Shirley and Judy

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

I tend to get things I don't really like from one of my first husband's relatives; ( I don't think they blog) It's not that these things aren't nice, but it's things I would probably never use-like a flame snuffer for candles-I just blow them out!

11. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards? I really enjoy getting Christmas cards, so I mail them.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A lot of them are my favorites; I like some of the newer Christian-based ones that have come out-The Christmas Card, Christmas Shoes, etc.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Ideally, around October, but that usually never happens. This year I did start around the end of October, as I have adopted 12 "grandchildren" this year.

14. Have you ever re-cycled a Christmas gift? Yes. Once I think I even gave it back to the person who gave it to me!

15. Favorite things to eat at Christmas? Home-made cookies or candy; pumpkin roll

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? I much prefer colored.

17. Favorite Christmas songs? I love most of them. I listen to Christmas music from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I really like the Hallelujah Chorus; there's a fun one that Lowell sings, and for the life of me I can't think of the name of it. ( I even help him sing it)

18. Travel for Christmas or stay home? We usually stay home. Our family gatherings are not actually on Christmas.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes I can. (You'll just have to trust me on this one.)

20. Angel on the top of the tree or a star? I have always had a star.

21. Open presents Christmas eve or Christmas morning? Usually Christmas eve. I sometimes have to work Christmas Day, which is the case this year.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? I don't know if it's annoying, but it's sad that so many people don't celebrate the real meaning of Christmas, because they don't know Christ personally. It's also sad thinking about family members who are no longer with us to celebrate-but they are celebrating with the Lord Himself!

23. What I love most about Christmas? Getting together with family, the Christmas music, the special programs at church, etc. There's not much I don't like. (except maybe the traffic.)

24. Do you believe in Santa Claus? I like the spirit that comes with Santa Claus-the elements of fun, surprise, anticipation, etc.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas's Past

I put up my Christmas tree last Sunday. As I was deciding what ornaments to put on it, I was looking at all the "home-made" ornaments my kids made (many years ago!) and other ornaments that are way past their prime. I was wondering why I didn't just throw them away. Then I was reading through my "Christmas Ideals" magazine and saw this poem. I thought it was appropriate.

Christmas Angel
Half of me wants to throw away
This angel with damaged wings,
Stored in the attic at Yuletide's end
With leftover Christmas things.
Half of me sees that the gold on her robe
Is tarnished beyond repair,
And obviously the sheen is gone
From her halo-crowned, golden hair.
But half of me treasures the memories
That crowd in as I hold her near,
Memories of all the joys she has seen
From her treetop year after year.
So, I climbed the ladder, and put her there
In what is her rightful place,
Forgetting the injuries the years have brought--
She still has her angel face.
Though the glow she once had
Through the years may depart,
She retains, as always, her hold on the heart.