Other than the candlelight Christmas Eve service and dinner with friends after, we have had a nice, quiet holiday at home with the Youngest and the Fur Girls. Wishing you all the very best as this year finishes up and into the new year as well.
Only a day late! Very, very good for me, these days. I didn’t want to let the occasion of Miss Misty’s fifteenth birthday go by un-noticed…she has been a delightful addition to our family since the day so long ago when she was born right here in our family room. Though cataracts cloud her eyes and she doesn’t hear so well, Misty is, in other regards, still in darn good shape for an old lady. She can still jump up onto sofas and go out for walkies, and prances about like pup when it is treat time.
Since she has become much thinner in her old age, and because she gad a haircut just before the cold snap hit, Misty got her very first sweater! She is modeling it here, for your viewing pleasure.
HAPPY BIRtHDAY Misty Ggrrrl!
Well, I had really hoped I could manage at least one post per month, but obviously not! Life continues to be both busy and challenging, so that the blog just doesn’t rise to the top of the heap as far as ” must do’s” go. Ah well….
In September, the Eldest and his wife flew out for a brief visit. I used that opportunity as the perfect excuse to head up to one of my favorite places, the north coast of California. The Mendocino coast has many lovely cliffs, lots of ‘rocks’ in the water, and much cooler weather than we have at home, making it a perfect place to visit in September, since it is still quite hot here in the Valley at that point in the year. I’m not sure my DIL appreciated the quiet weekend as much as Hubs and I did, but hey, I tried!
Just last week I drove “up the hill” to camp for my dear Debbie’s retirement party. Wow. I can hardly imagine Mt Hope without Miss Debbie! She’s been a good friend and a wonderful mentor to my boys and so many others who have volunteered or worked at the camp in the last ten years. On the ‘good’ side, though, I am hoping she will have more free time for visits now…
The timing of the Retirement party coincided with Gina’s church’s Ladies’ Holiday lunch, where my my other friend, Nora, was speaking, so Judy and I stayed over with Gina (can you say slumber party?) and were blessed to attend the lunch, too. Good food, good friends, and a Good Word..what more could I ask for?
It’s been quite a while since I last posted…since January 1, to be exact. And while there is no way I can share all that has happened in that time, I will try to give a few highlights.
January through May I was busy taking a college level course called Perspectives on The World Christian Movement. I was also serving on the coordinating team for the class….and acting as host. Whew! That was a huge amount of work, but well worth the effort as I actually completed the course and earned my certificate. Yay!
During the same time period, I was also taking another challenging course AND tutoring about 20 hours/week.
By the end of the school year I was beat and ready for a rest. Usually summer is good for that, but not this year. My friends, who were the Program Directors for camp this year, asked me to be ‘Craft Lady’ for all of the in house camps this summer, and I said ‘yes’. Loads of fun, but not so restful.
Between camps, and in fact all spring long, I was busy hosting overnight guests who were either speakers for our class, visiting missionaries, or occasionally just friends or family. What did I learn from all this? No more 3 yr olds for me! Heck, even the 6 and 7 year olds gave me a run for my money.
In July, Dearest and I celebrated our 30th anniversary with a little party and vow renewal ceremony. It was a truly wonderful evening and very meaning for us. In the last 30 years we’ve had it all…better and worse, richer and poorer….far more than we ever imagined when we first made those promises!
Oh, yes…and we are now officially ‘empty nesters’ as the youngest graduated from college (suma cum laud…brag, brag) and found himself a job and a place to live not far from the school, while Mr. Airman, who was able to spend a month with us earlier this year, was sent to Korea. Four grown sons in four vastly different places in their lives, and in four different locations. Good thing I still have the dogs!
I’ve also knit a few things, read a few books, travelled a few miles, and cried a few ( ok, truth, a lot) of tears this year. My step-mother, Jean, who had been fading for the last few years, passed away this month, just shy of her 91st birthday.
So, that’s my story. What have YOU been up to while I was away?
We rang in the New Year very quietly at our house. The hubs, myself, and three dogs (one loaner) had warmth from the pellet stove and a Doctor Who marathon to help us stay up until the neighbors were done popping off whatever it is they were using to make noise at midnight.
Our child who was “home” for the holiday ran off to visit friends an hour away for the night, leaving us to look after little Hans (Solo) for a while. He is dog-sitting for a few more days yet, so our rather un-social (with other dogs, that is) Sasha is having her patience tested. I almost think that the rather frequent stays of other dogs at our house this year have helped her to overcome her fear….a little bit at least. That’s one plus for 2012!
2012 was the year that saw me blog a whopping nine times total. Something like five of those were all in about a week’s time and all about books. Not too much insight into my life there.
Unlike some folks, I am a pretty private person, and when things happen out here in the “real” world I can’t find it in me to share all of those things with you all out in the rest of the world. 2012 saw some major challenges hit me and my family. No one died. No one was terribly ill. And yet…it’s been really rough.
Know this, though; my God is Good and has supplied all of our needs through this time. He supplies friends, and notes of encouragement, help in many forms, and strength for journey.
Who knows what 2013 will bring? Not me, that is for sure. But perhaps if you check in here once in a while you’ll find something new to read.
Sonnets From The Portugese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Classic Poems To Read Aloud selected by James Berry
A Child’s Garden of Verse by Robert Louis Stevenson
Mountain Interval by Robert Frost
The Illiad by Homer (Classic, way back poetry)
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Naturally, is can be very difficult find ten books for some of these lists…however, sometines it is the ooposite problem; keeping the list to only ten books! Books for Tinies was just such a list…so here goes part two.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
Where The Wild Things Are
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (linked to read online)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (or anything by Beatrice Potter)
Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
Pat The Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Hop On Pop or Almost anything by Dr Seuss
I suppose it would be helpful to define “tinies”, wouldn’t it? I didn’t get any instruction on this, so I’m just going to go with “very small children” in general. I hope that’s okay with you..
Moo, Baa, La La La! and Blue Hat, Green Hat both by Sandra Boynton
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Little Engine That Could version by Watty Piper
Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak
Harold and The Puprple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne
Little Critter series by Mercer Meyer
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Go Dog Go and Are You My MOther by P. D. Eastman
365 Bedtime Stories by Nan Gilbert
Oops…life is super busy so I missed a day, again. No worries, though, as I know it will not be the last time, and it certainly wasn’t the first!
So, moving along…I’m not going to try to tackle Ten Books The World Should Read, by Canadian authors or any others. Seriously, that sounds like way to much work for this poor little brain to handle just now.
Today’s list, Books I have read again and again, and WILL read again and again in the future, no doubt.
Lord of The Rings (the whole series) by JRR Tolkein
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A Little Princess by Fances Hodgson Burnett
Dragon Riders of Pern (whole series) by Anne McCaffrey
Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
The Chronicles of Prydain (whole series) by Lloyd Alexander
How about you? What do YOU read over and over?
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