Tuesday, December 29, 2020

I'm so Tired of Cooking, How about Tacos


I'm hoping you all are well and had a lovely Christmas Holiday.  Like everyone else, I'm oh-so hoping to see 2021 enjoy a better ending than 2020.   What a horrific time 2020 has been for Humanity.

We are lucky, however, to live near one of our four children, and this year we spent Christmas Eve enjoying a gift exchange with our her and our grandbabies.  Then, on Christmas Morn, we spent a couple of hours opening gifts and enjoying each other's company with our youngest living 1500 miles away.   Surprisingly, it turned out to be quite an intimate Holiday this year. even though our kids are spread out far from us.  We are so fortunate to have the technology to help us  ease our solitude through this time and spend special time with them.  New ways to celebrate old traditions.

Yet, as tradition has evolved in our home over time, historically I have been compelled each year to clean the house the week following Christmas.  This year, I was determined to fight this silly urge.  I really tried, and was nearly successful.  But, alas, I succumbed.  

Well, it's all my husband's fault though.  You see, he keeps a steady supply of ice cream and rootbeer on hand for our grandbabies' visits.  And as grands do, there is spillage.  Today I noted one spillage zone and made the mistake of bending over to scrape the goo off the floor.  Well, being this close to the floor, I soon spotted more "goo-spots"... one, then another.  Pretty soon I found myself grabbing the mop and the Mr. Clean.  Yep, it happened that innocently.  Soon I was changing the linens and vacuuming the carpets, too!  It was chaos, sheer chaos.  So sad. I lost all self-control.

Happily, I can report I took my revenge on him.....when suppertime came around, I refused to cook and sent him out for tacos.  So now, all is peaceful again in our home once more.  An added plus is that we no long stick to the floor while walking around in our stocking feet.  Well, at least for the next few weeks.  

So, here's to your new year and to better times ahead!  Cheers, dear friends.  I raise a class of rootbeer in your honor!

~~ Karen ~~


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Thankful Thursdays or Keep on the Sunny Side


This morning was typical for me.  Got up, took my meds,  moseyed into the bathroom for the usual routine, shuffled out to the kitchen to make coffee and say good-mornings to the hubby and the cat.  Since I have to wait 1.5 hours before eating, we usually spend the next hour watching the ^&****"news" until we can't listen to the craziness any longer and switch over to You Tube to catch up on our favorite Vloggers.  This morning one Vlogger was talking about his mom.  

She lives alone and recently lost a leg from diabetes complications.  This morning he went over to her apartment to help her solve a problem she had been having getting in and out of her wheelchair from her sofa.  As he was driving away in the rain, he was saying how he took lessons from her fortitude to keep "kicking it" in spite of her new situation.  He said he is finally in a place where he can look for the good side of every situation each and every day instead of letting bad times get him down, and he is so very grateful to have learned this valuable lesson and implement it in his life.  Well, I thought that was a really great message to hold onto and to share with you guys.  Embroider-worthy, as my friend would say.

Oh, if only I had the time to embroider a pillow sham with "Kickin' It" or "Stay on the Sunny Side".  But, alas, I'm still sorting though my piles and piles of photos that still seem endless.  Why oh why didn't I take the time to label them as I took them!  I know why, but I somehow feel obliged to scold myself once in awhile.  Yet, I am finding the Good Side in this challenge....the joy of remembering the good and the bad times.

So, I picked up a pile of pictures this morn and found some really great shots of our trip "out West".  Here a few in no particular order. They were all taken in Utah -- some taken by me, some by Lee or the girls.

Lunchtime overlooking the valley

Lunchtime with Funnel Spider nest along the Sevier River

Franklinton petroglyphs
Mapping along the Wasatch fault line

Fishing pond up the "hill" from our apartment

Parachuter before the Rodeo
The Rodeo in a nearby town
Riding the trails in Canyonlands

So I hope that as you travel though this life, may you also find the good in all situations, even the tough ones.  God Bless ya'll....

~~ Karen ~~