F Simple and Serene Living: December 2014 09 10
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HOME AGAIN HOME AGAIN

Every good thing must come to an end and so it was with my wonderful visit with my family in Atlanta. Yesterday I made the six hour trip back to Kentucky. It didn't seem quite as exciting as my trip down the week before.

I think the gray skies over the mountains kind of matched my mood.


I did have lots of time for thinking during the trip, along with loud singing to keep myself awake.

So many wonderful memories were created.


The Grandkids are growing up so quickly. Jack Henry is towering over his mom now.

Tessa and Aunt Katy got in lots of playtime, and I was so happy that even though she is still recovering, Katy was able to join us for many of the activities.


Lots of memories, but I also spent time thinking about the year ahead. I know that I want to take my blog, along with my life, in some new directions. So I will be giving it a lot more thought. Today, I am feeling really tired and so I think I will allow myself some time just to relax and rest. 

New Years eve is always a quiet time for me. I am lucky if I make it to midnight. If you are heading out to celebrate tonight, please be careful. There are a lot of crazy people out and about celebrating. Otherwise, just have a wonderful day and night. See you in the new year.


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

A RAINY ATLANTA SUNDAY

It's a rainy day here in Atlanta. There have been a lot of those since I've been here. This is my view out of my bedroom window.


The chickens are snug in their coop this morning, just as I am in my daughter and son-in-laws home. I am feeling very serene. 

Thank you so much for all of the sweet birthday wishes. It was a wonderful day. My daughters took me to West Egg for brunch. YUM!!! and then we browsed one of the shops. Last night there was a birthday dinner and gluten free cupcakes. Tessa leaned over during dinner, gave me a huge long hug, and said "I wuv you Nana". Best birthday present ever.

Looking forward to a lazy day. Hope you enjoy yours.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

THEY SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY....

It seems that today is my birthday. Not quite sure how I got this old, but as my mom likes to say it is better than the alternative. When I reminded my granddaughter that today was my birthday she was worried that she had forgotten to get me anything. I told her I already had the best present ever. I get to spend it with her. She looked at me and said, "hmmm, you're probably right".


It's good to  know just what is important at an early age.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

IT ALL GOES BY SO QUICKLY

I can't believe how quickly my vacation with my family is going by. In fact it seems like this past year has just flown by. (remind me of that when January and February are dragging) I have four more days here and I am enjoying every moment that I have.

The trip down was pretty uneventful, except for this wonderful surprise just when I needed gas.


I have to admit that I never thought I would see gas prices below two dollars a gallon again. It was definitely a nice little bonus for the trip.

My daughter, as always did a beautiful job of decorating her home for Christmas. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.


Santa had to be tracked as he made his way around the world, of course.



Christmas eve is traditionally pancake dinner night and even this boy I think reached his limit.


It is very important to wake up on Christmas morning with new matching Christmas pajamas.


Listening to 'Twas The Night Before Christmas with Mama,


which this sweet girl read this year.


It has been a wonderful visit so far, and I will have lots more photos to share and to browse over the next few months.

For right now, there are new toys and games to be played with so I promise to visit later. 

Have a wonderful day.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS


From my family to yours.



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Monday, December 22, 2014

BELIEVE

As I make my way to Atlanta today, I will be thinking of all of you and wishing you the very best. I think this is the perfect Christmas tree for Monday Inspiration.


Have a wonderful and joyful day.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

ON THE ROAD AGAIN, I CAN'T WAIT TO GET ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Just like the song, I can't wait to get on the road again. Tomorrow I will be heading down the road to Atlanta, and I can't wait to head out and see this girl who has grown so much since this photo was taken last Christmas. 


I know there will be lots of excitement going on, and even though I don't really like driving by myself anymore, I know there will be lots of hugs and kisses waiting for me when I get there. I plan to enjoy each and every moment. 

I will definitely be checking in while I am away and I will be sure and leave some Monday Inspiration for tomorrow's post.

Have a wonderful day.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

YES OFFICER I WAS PLAYING HOOKY

All day yesterday I kept looking over my shoulder for the truant officer. I was prepared to tell him that yes, I was playing hooky from my blog, but really I had a perfectly good excuse. Give me a minute and I'll think one up. 

Well Officer, you see, it's like this. The Christmas bug has taken hold and I just needed to get out and see how to cure myself.

Look, I've been helping Santa fill his sleigh.


You know how important of a job that is. I'm sure he will vouch for me.

Santa? Santa? Hmmmm, he seems to be mute at the moment, but I'm sure it is just because he is extra busy this close to Christmas.


Do you realize how hard it was for me to climb to the top of that tree and put that star on top,


and how about all of the presents I wrapped.


Quick officer, look!! I think Frosty is shop lifting.


Okay maybe that was a wee lie. That really wasn't Frosty and he wasn't shop lifting, but who knew I could run so fast.

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P.S. How long do you think it is going to take me to get off Santa's naughty list this time? SIGH!!!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

ARE YOU DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS?

Sometimes I find myself dreaming of a white Christmas. When I was growing up in Canada, we always had a white Christmas. Christmas afternoon  meant taking out the new toboggan to test it on the hills at the country club. 


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There is just something about Christmas and snow that fills us with holiday memories..


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The many memories of childhood. Walking to our small downtown in the days leading up to Christmas to pick out the perfect gifts for my family.

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Of arriving home on Christmas eve and seeing the lights of the Christmas tree reflecting through the window onto a blanket of snow.

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The magic in the stillness of a snowy Christmas night. When it is so quiet that it seems as if there is nothing else moving on the earth.

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Of waking up on Christmas morning to the beauty of freshly falling snow. 

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Although I have had white Christmases as an adult, they haven't been the norm. I will be spending Christmas in Atlanta so it is doubtful that we will have one, although we did a few years ago. 

Wherever you are in the coming days I hope that your days are merry and bright and that all of your Christmas memories are white.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LAST MINUTE RUSH AND RATS I HAVE GNATS

I love bananas. I eat them every day, but they brought unwelcome visitors into my home. Gnats!!! Fruit flies!!! UGH!!! The bananas are going to have to take a short vacation, and the gnats are going to have to take a permanent vacation (if you know what I mean). 

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I was thinking that since it is the holidays I might provide them with tiny party hats and umbrellas for their bon voyage. I do like to keep in the spirit of things. 

Speaking of spirit. My Christmas decorating took about thirty seconds. Threw the quilt on the table, plunked down a small tree on the deacons bench, hung the wreath on the door and called it a day.


I did decide yesterday that since I will be leaving on Monday to go to Atlanta that maybe I should try and get something accomplished for Christmas. So the dining room table is being used to wrap some gifts.


I love to use things that I already have on hand, for a simple look. News wrap, snowflake doilies, fabric and jute string for ribbon, and pine cones. 

I don't know about you, but my list of things to get done is humongous. I better get busy or I might end up on the naughty list.

Linking today with:
Wow Us Wednesdays


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP

Yesterday my post was about first aid for the soul. If you missed it you can read that here. In this past stressful year there have been many days, including today, that I have felt like giving up. As the year winds down, I want to dust my hands off and jump into the new one. I want to leave this one behind. 


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I wonder how many nights I laid awake filled with worry, feeling anxious and disheartened. I think about my grandmother telling me that worry doesn't add a day to our lives. I remember all of the times I have counseled others to put their worries aside, to move forward, and at times I feel like a fraud. How can I counsel others to do something that I am having such a difficult time doing myself. 



Yesterday my fifteen year old car broke down, once again. There is no extra money to fix it right now. Next week is Christmas and I will have to borrow a car in order to go see my family. How is it that at the age of almost sixty four I am struggling so much? How is it that I still work so hard every day and yet have so little? 

I sit and write down the things that I am grateful for. I am so grateful that Katy is out of the hospital and back home, and every day I look to her for inspiration. She has been battling a terrible chronic illness since she was twelve years old, and yet she never gives up or gives in. Yes, I am in pain most days, but I am still able to get up every day. I can walk, and speak, and see. I have a place to live when there are so many others who are homeless. I have food on my table, while others go hungry. I have a family who loves me while there are so many others who are alone and lonely. I realize that although I may have very little money, I still have so much.



So I cling to life. I read the message from yesterday that I have now hung on my mirror, because I know that there are times when my soul needs first aid. I will keep on trying. I will work hard to not see setbacks as failures, but as learning experiences. I will love and value myself. I will continue to learn by looking to others as mentors. Most of all I will keep telling myself.

DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP!!!


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