Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Christmas Is Less Than Two Months Away

The past year has again flown by and it has been a busy busy year for me. I have been so busy working two jobs that blogging was put on the back burner.

Yes I did say work "Two Jobs". And yes I sometimes wonder what I was thinking . I had been working on call as needed since retiring in Oct. of 2010. It was really nuts. I would get up and dressed in case I was needed at one of the Senior Centers to help cook and not get a call . If I did not get up and ready for work that would be the day I got a call. I went a month or two without working then would be called and work for several days.

One day last November I received a call to work at our Onsted Center. This was the center I had started out at in 2002. Worked there for 2 years and loved it there. I went in to work for the day and was floored at all the changes since their Center Director of 30 years had retired. And those were changes I did not like at all.I am a stickler for following health code regulations. And their cook was certainly not following the county regulations nor the standards demanded of the cooks in the other centers. Having been one of the head cooks I could see that they could very easily been shut down by the health department . I offered the new center director my advise as to what had to change.

 Well when he set his food down when the cook came back lets just say she was not a happy camper.I got a call on Sunday night that I was again needed at the center until they could find a new cook. Seems she walked out on Thursday and called Sunday night and said "I quit".

Needless to say I jumped at the chance to go back to work on a regular time schedule and the hours were perfect. I only work three days a week and just 5- 51/2 hours each of the days. I love being back around the seniors again and the best part is I am 5 minutes from work now.


Nation honor  Food Service Workers Week


Not to many places where you receive flowers and candy from your boss.

Now as to my second job. In the summer of 2013 George and I went camping about 12 miles from home for a long 4th of July week end. The campground owners were new and working the whole campground with no one to help. We were talking and I was telling her that when George and I first married were had a permanent site at another local campground and we had worked in the office in exchange for our lot rent. I mentioned that I missed camping each week end but was just not in our budget to do. 

The next thing I know she is saying  maybe we can work out a permanent site for you if you are interested. Along with that the second job  came along. I plan and do all the week end activities at the campground. Love what I am doing and now we camp every week and week end for the months the campground is opened. We just got all moved back home two weeks ago and I am now catching up at home. 

I am now working on a bigger and different schedule for next summer. What other type of job can you have so much fun at. Crafting with children and adults, lots of different games and celebrating different holidays . We did big week ends for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and two weeks ago celebrated the Fall and Halloween season. What fun.

 We even celebrated Christmas in July .It sure was different to decorate a Christmas tree in July and in 90 degree weather. We even had a visit from Santa Claus as he stopped by from his vacation in Hawaii. Oh what fun the kids had and the excitement in their eyes as Santa came around the corner of the office . One little boy was on his dads shoulders and I thought the poor dad was going to drop him as he tried jumping off when he saw Santa. Santa then went on a hayride with all the kids and received a small gift. They loved it and wondered if Santa would be back next summer too. 

 I sure do wish I could figure out how to get my pictures from the phone off to my computer so I could share a few of the Christmas in July ones with you. Nothing I have tried works and my phone does not have internet so guess they will stay stuck on the phone. 

I can share a few of the Halloween ones though. 


The kids love pumpkin painting.


This little girl was a shy one but her dad finely got her to look at me.


Face painting was so fun. This little one was just 3 but he sat so still all the time his face was being done.


Brother and sister puppies


Our face painters came from 6 hours away and had as much fun as all the little ones. April doing one of the teen campers. 


And Rick our other face painter concentrating very hard while doing  one of the younger campers into a puppy. 

Thank you to both April and Rick for adding a fun time to our celebration.


These were our ghosts used in pumpkin bowling. What fun the kids had trying to get those pins down with a pumpkin as a ball. 


This was the Ghost Nose knows game. They had to get all the cotton balls into a cup without using their hands. Just their nose . They had a dab of Vasoline on the tip of their noses for this game. 


And these were from the scarecrow decorating contest. What fun they had doing this as a family. 


I just have to share these last two pictures This was our reluctant puppy. He was like mom do I really have to have this done. 


And here is our reluctant puppy again having fun helping build a scarecrow. He had about as much straw on him as some of the scarecrows by the time he was done. 

So that has been my last year in a nutshell. Things are now getting back to normal and I am now able to get online more often . Be on the look out as I am reading to start blogging once again and share many of my Christmas treasures and crafts through out the Christmas Season. 






Saturday, April 20, 2013

Been A Long Past Several Months

It seems like so long since I have been able to do any blogging. So much has happened over the last year. I was called in January of 2012 and asked to return to work to help at several of the County Senior Centers. There seemed to be lots of illness and the roving cook could not be in two places at once. So yes I did return as the On Call person and agreed to work all centers  in the county if needed. What was to be a few days here and there turned in at least 3 days or more a week until mid October.

It was about this time I got a call from my cardiologist after a few tests I had run. I needed to get right into them and they already had me scheduled for the next day. Now I had known for about 20 years that eventually I needed a pace maker so my thoughts of good they have finally decided that my heart rate has slowed enough that they wanted to give me one.

Husband George went in with me the next afternoon. And what a shock. It seems that my heart valves were beginning to fail and I needed open heart surgery to either replace or repair them. Nothing at all mentioned about a pace maker.

So started the long journey to surgery. Right after Christmas I went in for a double heart cathe. That showed no blockages and I was safe to have surgery . Then there were echos, lung and breathing tests, blood work and so much more. I have lost track of everything having to be done before surgery.  My surgery was finally scheduled for February 5th. On the 3rd. they called and delayed the date till the 11th and on the 10 received another call delaying till the 14th. So on Valentines Day I was getting a broken heart fixed.  Surgery went so well and I was recouping fast compared to many for the first few days. Then on the 17th the Dr. was removing pace wires and it threw me int Afib. Upper right chamber of my heart decided not to work. I came to surrounded by Dr. and Nurses and hooked to a temporary pacemaker with emergency surgery taking place early the morning of the 18th to install a permanent pace maker. I had been put first in surgery for the morning. No delaying this one.

I was released to come home on the afternoon of the 19th with a visiting nurse scheduled to come out each day for a week and then twice a week for the next month. I did very well and after the first few weeks was already noticing a big difference in my breathing. For the good I must say.

I am now able to do most things. Still no yard work or heavy lifting. Hope that will all change on the 14th of May and I will be able to do some gardening and things I so enjoy doing that the last few years have been very hard for me to do.

I did , before my surgery manage to put a few crafts on the cabinet in the basement so granddaughter or hubby could bring them up when I felt up to doing some crafting. I have managed to do a bit of embroidery and also some plastic canvas. This week I plan on getting back into my painting. Several ornament bird houses I want to do up for this years tree. Also have several ornaments George had cut out for me a few years ago that were not done up. So the rest of my recuperation will find me busy with crafting to my hearts content.

I started Cardiac Rehab last Monday and am enjoying the exercise. It has been way to many years since I have been able to do so much without getting so out of breath that I had to sit for a bit. I go three days a week and am using our machine here at home too.

Now that I am well on my way to better health I am looking forward to getting back to blogging and doing all the things I love doing.

I did manage even with all going on getting the house all decorated for the Holidays last year.   And I got it all down other than my village which I think I may be able to climb to this next week and get it down and wrapped. Just have to have George take it too the basement.

I also need my white tree dragged up so I can get it decorated in red, white, and blue. Big party here on the 4th. of May. Sort of a combination party. Granddaughter Ashley graduating from Grad. school, her fiance'  Ray graduating from college and a going away party for them as they leave for Georgia, Ft. Benning where he will be stationed in the Army. Planned on an outdoor party but it is two weeks away today we woke to snow on the ground and 26 degree weather.

This was my Red, White, and Blue tree last year up till Late November to honor my Grandson who at the time was in Afghanistan. He is home and been to Jordan for 3 months and now back in California.


I hope that you  will all have a wonderful week end and hope that you have some wonderful spring weather.



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Can It Really Be Over

Wow where has this month gone. It does not seem possible that Christmas is over for another year. I guess as the saying goes " The older we get the faster time flies" I know that is sure holding true for me.

I do pray that you all had the most Wonderful Christmas Ever. We had a great time celebrating on Christmas Eve with family and friends. We were short just four members of the family. One daughter is suffering through a horrible bout of the flu and Grandson did not make it in time to get here so we will see him later before he must return to Camp Pendelton. My mother-in-law was not going to be home til yesterday from my sister-in-laws, and our youngest grandson has had the flu bug so he stayed home with the daughters boyfriend. But the house was full and everyone seems to enjoy themselves.I do not think one person could say they went away from the table hungry.

The late trip to town for the seasoning to inject in the turkey was well worth the time even if I did say I was not going into town on Christmas Eve Day at all. The turkey was so good. Thanks goes to my dear hubby George for deep frying it.The ham was done to perfection. And all the side dishes made for one great meal. Sure wish I had thought to take a few pictures of the table and all the good food. I guess I was more concerned in getting it all on so everyone could eat.

Did not take long to take care of the left overs and put the dishes to soak so the kids could open gifts. My dad was getting pretty tired so we gave him his as he was getting ready to leave.


He was a bit excited when he realized we had gotten him a big popcorn popper like ours. Dad loves his popcorn. It is now headed to Florida with him as of this morning. 


This is Ryleigh our Great Granddaughter checking out the Christmas Ornament on her package. Cadyn, her big brother is patiently waiting a gift from the tree. Also  in this picture is the kids mom Liz and dad Justin is in the plaid hat. Standing in the back though it is dark are my son-in-law Frank,  daughter Bridget, and friend of the family Shane. I was glad that Shane joined us. He just lost his dad in November and was not much in the Christmas spirit.Daughter Lisa is also sitting on the couch. She was rather tired out. Had to be to work early that day and the stores were busy with last minute shoppers. 


Three of the oldest of the Granddaughters are here. Holly, Brittany, and Kelsey. Holly and Kelsey are both Seniors this year and both been accepted to colleges . We are so proud of them. Brittany is a Junior and is studying at the Vo-Tec to become an EMT. She wants to go on to college to become and Ultra Sound Technician.

Behind the girls are son-in-law and daughter Cherrie, and stretched out relaxing hubby George. He was worn out from deep frying that turkey . 



This is Lisa again and grandson Brad. It sure does not take long for the Grandchildren to go up. Sometimes I really miss them as babies . But I am proud of what they are becoming. 


We had gotten the PJ's for Ryleigh and she stood right there upon opening then peeled off her pants and shirt and had to put on the PJ's. I never dreamed she would be so excited over a pair of pajamas. But here she is showing them off to us. Mom Liz and daddy Justin are laughing over her excitement of new PJ's.  

And as for the next picture. I think it tells it all.


George said he had to have a place to put his ribbon so here he is. We decorate it all around here. 

I hope your Christmas was as enjoyable as ours . 

And May I Wish You Each A Very "Happy New Year" May it be a year of rich blessing from above, love, luck and lots of laughter.  






Monday, December 26, 2011

A Few More Decorations

   The time flew by so fast this December and I was so busy I never managed to post the rest of the decorations. So today I thought I would share a few more including my other trees. I kept redoing trees this year and actually never got the main tree to my liking until just a few days before Christmas. I thought I took pictures with all the gifts and guess the Christmas Mouse must have hidden them from site as I sure do not find any . So you get to see that tree naked of gifts.


The big tree in the living room. This tree is the one I put on the rotating stand so it is decorated full all around each side. Loved the stand and can hardly wait to do my friendship tree with it next year. This tree is done with snowmen, snowflakes, icicles, and I used white deco-mesh  tucked in all around to cover more of the green. I had planned on using the white tree as the snowmen are usually on a smaller tree in the computer /sewing room off the kitchen. We can enjoy it while eating. George decided he wanted it in the living room this year. The tree skirt I made 3 years ago to use under the tree.

Our family of snowmen sit next to the tree. Boy the dogs sure barked at them the first few days. I guess they could not figure out what they were. 


I also took this picture before adding the mesh to the tree. 

I also revamped my angel tree and added mesh wired ribbon to it. I like it much better showing less of the green . 


I also added some of the gold wired mesh ribbon to the top of the mantel within the nativity. I thought it just made it look a little more elegant.


This is the tree tree I believe that a tree fairy dropped off sometime during the year. Digging through the boxes I came across this and do not remember buying it at all. Everyone else remembers me getting it last year after Christmas. But I sure do not. Was a nice surprise though. For this I used the extra balls, and poinsettias I had bought for the tree decorating contest at the Senior Center. Lime green, purple and teal colored.For the topper I just added two seeded bushes in lime green and a couple lavender curly clips. Next year I can add the other ornaments from the tree I did at the Senior Center. 

The next tree is my small table top tree . I did two of these. One is on top of the china cabinet with my santas and the other is sitting on the end table between my chair and Georges' chair. It is just a foot tall tree and just the right size for the table. 


All ornaments I hot glued onto this tree so next year will not have to redecorate it. I have a few of my old word Santa's around it. 

My kitchen tree  is just a 4 foot tree . I love gingerbread men so thus it is my gingerbread candy tree. 


I add my hot cocoa train to the bottom and love it to finish off the tree. 

I have added two trees in my bathroom. 


This is above the closet cabinet and is just an ice tree I bought a few years back. I have it with one of my nativities and have interspersed colored lights through out the arrangement. the lights reflect so pretty and lights the bathroom just enough to see at night. I do not even turn on the lights when I go in there. 


This is just a 2 foot  wall tree. I have just added a couple candle garlands to this tree. 
Adds a little Christmas touch to the bathroom I think. 




The guest bedroom tree is a 3 foot tree and just has a few ornaments. I am hoping to find more at the after Christmas Sales this week for this tree. I want it more vintage looking maybe almost Victorian for next years trimming.   




This is the tree in my computer/sewing room. I did not have the room for the full tree so used just the top two sections of my large tree. Next year I hope that I can use the whole tree . We have an exersize bike  to sell and I have given my cedar chest to my youngest daughter. That will give me a lot more room for my two trees there. I just added a big box under it to bring it up off the floor. George had built the box several years ago when we had kittens to keep them from climbing the tree. 


This ornament is one of my favorites. Several years ago mom had given me the silver set belonging to her grandparents. They were given the set in 1901 as a wedding gift. Grandma passed away in 1906 after the birth and loss of their 4th child. My grandfather was just 4 at the time. Though I treasure the set I wanted for others in the family to also get some enjoyment from it. A few years ago mom gave me a jewelry box full of her mothers jewelry. This would have been my great grandmothers daughter-in-law. One day in a magazine I discovered a picture of a memory Christmas Ornament. My mind clicked and I thought just how perfect this would be.  So I used a spoon from the silver set curved it over a medicine bottle to shape  and  went through grandmas jewelry and glued on a favorite earring of hers. I made one for myself and one for my mother and two others so each of my sisters had one. Now each year I remember family members who are just with us in spirit as I hang my memory ornament on the tree. 


This is  one of my oldest daughter made when she was just a small child. She may have been about 6 or 7 at the time. It was done at church  Sunday night programs for the kids. 


This is the youngest daughter. She was 3 or 4. I believe this was her preschool picture. 


And this is my middle daughter. It is her kindergarten picture. 
I treasure all these ornaments. 



This bird is also a favorite. it is from my childhood and was from the tree the year mom made dad spray our tree silver and she used all pink lights, ornaments on the tree. To this day I can picture that tree. I have no idea where mom found all the pink back then  but I sure wish I had it all now.


Almost all the ornaments I use on this tree are hand made. Hundreds of them made and exchanged with on-line friends I have met  and done exchanges with. I treasure them  and so wish I could share them all with you but I would be all of January posting each one. I actually call the tree "My On-line Friendship Tree" I think over the year of 2012 I will share several of the ornaments with you. 

Now for the final tree and the smallest tree I have decorated.  .


For years I had wanted a doll house when I was small. I never did get one. One year George bought me a kit for Christmas which we built together. It is totally painted but not decorated at this time and is sitting waiting to be done. A few years ago Hobby Lobby had one that sat in the needlework area. They had never carried that particular tree and had no idea why they had a model of it. So I talked the manager into letting me buy it so here is my farmhouse all decorated for Christmas. The tree is done in Noah's ark ornaments and red balls. What fun I had. 

And here is the front of the farmhouse. 



I hope that you have enjoyed  my trees for the year. I do have a couple I have not posted. One in the master bedroom. It is there but I never did get it decorated and also a fiber optic tree I do not decorate at all. It has candles on it and I am not sure what decorating would do toe fiber optic lighting. 

In closing this post I also want to post a couple more pictures of the corner cabinet George made me several years ago. I have angels from my collection on one shelf and a nativity from my collection of the top.  



I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas. It has been a great one in the Cox household even though we had some of the family members unable to be here because of illness and a couple not arriving here on time from travel but we will see them later. 

I want to take time to thank everyone this past year for visiting me and taking time to comment on my blog. I look forward to continuing on through 2012, meeting new people, learning new ideas ands sharing with everyone. 

May God Bless Each of You. 


    










Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Wishes

The baking is now done, gifts wrapped and under the tree , granddaughter is home for Christmas and Grandson arrives this evening from Camp Pendelten. What a way to spend Christmas . Family and friends surrounding us. I can not ask for a better Christmas gift than that. 

Tonight is our big night. It is our tradition to celebrate our Christmas on Christmas Eve. It clears Christmas Day for our daughters and their families to spend time with their spouses families.

George has the turkey fryer all ready to deep fry the turkey, ham is ready for the oven, pies and birthday cake for Jesus are baked, and I will be getting the relishes around this morning. I do have cookie and candy trays to make up for the family but everything else is done. Am looking forward to the evening .

I would like to share a poem I have been using this year with the Goldentones Chime Group in our program. It is one of my favorites.



 Santa's Prayer 
By Warren D. Jennings
The sleigh was all packed, the reindeer were fed,
But Santa still knelt by the side of the bed.
"Dear Father," he prayed "Be with me tonight.
There's much work to do and my schedule is tight.
I must jump in my sleigh and streak through the sky,
Knowing full well that a reindeer can't fly.
I will visit each household before the first light,
I'll cover the world and all in one night.
With sleigh bells a-ringing, I'll land on each roof,
Amid the soft clatter of each little hoof.
To get in the house is the difficult part,
So I'll slide down the chimney of each child's heart.
My sack will hold toys to grant all their wishes.
The supply will be endless like the loaves and the fishes.
I will fill all the stockings and not leave a track.
I'll eat every cookie that is left for my snack.
I can do all these things Lord, only through You,
I just need your blessing, then it's easy to do.
All this is to honor the birth of the One,
That was sent to redeem us, Your most Holy Son.
So to all of my friends, least Your glory I rob,
Please Lord, remind them who gave me this job."

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry CHRISTMAS.


May this season bring you peace , love, and happiness, and may God Bless Each of you. 


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Creating Family Traditions

I have always loved "Family Traditions" rather it be for Christmas or any other season of the year. Christmas traditions were always a part of my childhood from decorating the Christmas tree as a family ( though I never would let my sisters add the tinsel.),to our tradition Christmas Eve dinner of moms homemade chop suey and birthday cake for Jesus for our dessert. After  Christmas Eve dinner we always attended the midnight candlelight service. My youngest daughter was baptised at the midnight service. Was so beautiful with all the lite candles.

I thought maybe I could offer a few traditions you could start with your family.

Gather around the tree and read  "The Night Before Christmas". My girls and the grandchildren always loved hearing that story.



Bake a birthday cake for Jesus and sing happy birthday.  It is a day for celebrating his birth.



Have your children make homemade gifts for other family members. There are just so may wonderful ideas for them that can be found on-line. Some of my most prized ornaments and gifts were made by my children and grandchildren.


Make or buy a special ornament each year for your child. Put his or her name and the date someplace on it. When they grow up and are on their own these will be ornaments to start their first tree with. 


Sponsor a needy child ,family or elderly person. Let your children help pick out a special gift for them. 

If you have a tree farm close by make a day of going to pick and cut your tree. Many tree farms in our area have wagon or sleigh rides and special things for the family to do.; Hot cocoa and cookies included. Or go home to hot cocoa and cookies. 


Turn on the Christmas Carols and decorate the tree together. 

Set up a Nativity. Let you children help with it by placing a piece of it in the scene. You can read the scripture that tells of each piece as it is placed. 

Add baby Jesus on Christmas Eve while singing "Joy to the World" remembering that Jesus is the Reason for this season. 


Have a cookie and candy making day or week end. Everyone can pitch in and help. My girls still love getting together and bring their kids and grand kids to our home to help with the baking. 


Even the youngest of them can help in one way or another. Make everyone a Christmas Apron as an early gift and above all have fun.

I hope that you will try one of these as a new tradition in your family for the Christmas  Season.