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Random Five Friday

Friday has rolled around again, bringing with it five random thoughts:

1.) Tomorrow is my sister, June’s, birthday. She’s always been there to listen and encourage me;  she “had my back” before the phrase was ever invented. Happy Birthday, June.

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2.) Our Christmas card envelopes are addressed and cards are almost finished.

3.) Tonight in our little town of Smithfield is an evening Christmas Craft and Farmers’ Market. Motor Man and I are planning to attend. Isn’t this a pretty flyer created for the event?

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4.) Speaking of Christmas, Sundae continues to keep watch under the tree.  Oh, look: prezzies!

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5,) Still speaking of Christmas, we couldn’t believe this when we spotted it last night. You know the saying: you may be a redneck if….you have Christmas wreaths on the tires of your pick-up truck.

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Since four of my five thoughts today relate to Christmas, I suppose they aren’t so random. But, after all, tis the season!

Are your thoughts all about Christmas this week?

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s time for another Random Five Friday! Here’s the list for this week:

1.) We’ve had warmer than normal weather this week with a couple of foggy mornings. This picture was taken just after sunrise Sunday morning.  Groom Swan was here for breakfast, and I grabbed the camera before heading out to feed him.

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2.) Speaking of swans, this was the scene in our yard when I came home from the shop yesterday.

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It makes me feel special that Bride Swan allows me to get so close to her, and that Groom Swan comes right up to me. They trust me. (And they know I bring food.)

3. Gypsy continues to be a little love bug. I’ve promised her a blog post of her own soon.

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4.) This Christmas cactus continues to amaze me every year; it’s always full of soft, peach-colored blooms.  I think the key word here is “neglect”.

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5.) “Candles in the windows”, the Christmas tree is decorated, and Sundae is leaving it be…for the most part.  After I set the camera up on the tripod and clicked the shutter button, she politely invited herself right into the picture.

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Random thoughts this Friday from your neck of the woods…?

~These Days Of Mine~

Sundae Says: Decisions, Decisions

Hello, folks….Sundae, here, and I have a really tough decision to make.

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You see, my pawrents put up the Christmas tree a couple of days ago.  Ever since, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time under there. They haven’t decorated it yet, but when they do….

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I know I’ll really, really want to play with the ornaments, (maybe even knock some of them off the tree), but I know Santa will be watching….

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So, do you think I’ll be able to resist the temptation? What’s a poor kitty to do?

~These Days Of Mine~

A Merry Christmas Meme

My friend, MJ over at emjayandthem, posted this Christmas meme on Thursday.  A meme, in the blogging world, is a topic that spreads from one blogger to another.  I thought this looked like fun, so here’s mine:

1. A Christmas song I can listen to even in June is: Kenny & Dolly’s “I’ll Be Home With Bells On”. That has to be my favorite Christmas song; there’s no way I can keep from tapping my toes when I hear it. I bought a Kenny & Dolly Christmas cd just for that song, because you NEVER hear that one on the radio.

2. Hot chocolate, eggnog or mulled wine? If I HAD to choose, it would be hot chocolate. But I seldom drink anything hot, and have never tasted egg nog nor mulled wine.

3. When do you put your Christmas decorations up?  It’s usually around the first week in December. Putting candles in our windows is the first thing I do.

4. What are you having for Christmas dinner? Dinner with my in-laws will be fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, devilled eggs and some sort of pie. No, I don’t have to prepare all of that: just the eggs!

5. What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?  I suppose the closest thing we have to a Christmas tradition is Marshall visiting on Christmas night, when we exchange gifts.

6. Have you ever gone caroling? Yes, I have, and it was SO much fun! Years ago, a group from our church would pile in the back of a “box-type” truck every year just before Christmas. Bales of hay were placed around the sides of the truck for seating, and we’d drive all around to the homes of the elderly and shut-ins.  Afterward, a couple in our church would have refreshments in their home for all of us. I have some special memories of those times.

7.When did you discover the truth about Santa? (I loved MJ’s answer to this question: “I don’t know what you’re talking about“.)  I didn’t have a defining moment when I realized. I think it just became apparent at a certain age.

8. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? The decorations on our tree definitely fall under the miscellaneous category. I have everything from new glass ball ornaments – to crocheted snowflakes and angels I made when Marshall was a toddler –  to paper ornaments he decorated with glitter in elementary school –  to ornaments I’ve bought on trips with Motor Man.

This year's new 'ornament' for our tree

9. What’s the best thing about Christmas? I would say spending time with family, but we’re fortunate to be able to do that year round. So I think the best thing is the “good” that Christmas brings out in people.

10.  All I want for Christmas is  ……. (it’s a secret, but Santa already knows!)

If you’re a blogger, perhaps you’d like to play along with your own Merry Christmas meme. For my non-blogging friends, if you’d like to respond to any of the above questions, feel free to do so in the comments.

 And Merry Christmas!

50,000…..And Rudolph The Green-Nosed Reindeer

(We interrupt this blog post to bring you a special announcement from the author: Last night, just before bedtime, I clicked on the stats page of my blog. I knew I was nearing a milestone number, but thought reaching it was still a few days away. But, there it was: my 50,000 visitor. That’s quite a surprise. Thank you!…… And now, back to our regularly scheduled post.)

Last week, the author of one of the blogs I follow wrote about Christmas memories from her childhood. I enjoyed reading hers, so, today,  I thought I’d share some of mine.

1.) I remember anxiously awaiting the last day of school before Christmas vacation. It always seemed that you were out of school FOREVER for Christmas. Since I hated school, that seemingly eternal time-off was among my best Christmas gifts.

2.) I remember telling my mom at bedtime every Christmas Eve, to PLEASE wake me if she heard Santa’s reindeer. Surely she would hear the bells jingling in time to wake me….?

3.) I remember our Christmas trees. They were ALWAYS cedar. My brother-in-law, Ed, would cut one for us when he got the one for his family. My mom would struggle to get the tree standing straight, usually tying it to the wall with a length of twine. Mom was older (43) when I was born, and my two sisters were grown and had moved away before I was 5 years old.  I realize now that Mama probably went through all the aggravation with that tree just for me. Not to mention the scratches on her hands and arms from the cedar. There was always tinsel garland, very fragile ornaments and tinsel icicles on our tree.

4.) I remember Ed teasing me by singing: “Rudolph, the green-nosed reindeer”, or “blue-nosed” or “purple-nosed”.

5.) I remember the Christmas that Santa brought me a set of (child-sized) aluminum cookware. There was a picture of me with it, but I’m not sure this is it. Close enough, though. Note the icicles on the tree. (And the fever blister/cold sore on my lip.)

6.) I remember Mama always taped the Christmas cards we received all around the doors and windows in our den. In the above picture, you can see a Christmas card in the top left corner- taped to the window frame.

7.) When I was a little girl, I would help Mama when she addressed our Christmas cards. Postage was 4-cents on unsealed envelopes, 5-cents if they were sealed. Mama always said not to seal those envelopes. To save a penny, we certainly didn’t mind if someone other than the recipient read the card!

8.) I remember asking my Mom how Santa could deliver my toys, since we didn’t have a chimney.  She said that he had a magic key that allowed him to come inside anyone’s house. And, for some reason, perhaps because it was Santa,  that didn’t seem to bother me.

9.) I remember our Christmas pageants at church. As children, we were always so nervous that we’d forget our “lines” in the play. Afterward, we were usually given little bags of fruit, and sometimes a LifeSaver Book of Candy.

10.) And as I grew older, I remember loving the Christmas songs at church. My mom’s favorite was a little-known one: “There’s A Song In The Air“.  She loved to hear me play it on the piano.

There’s a song in the air,
There’s a star in the sky.

There’s a mother’s deep prayer,
And a Baby’s low cry.
And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem
Cradles a King.

Would you like to share a favorite childhood Christmas memory that you have?

Sundae Says…..Meowy Christmas!

Good morning, blog friends! Sundae, here, wishing you a Meowy Christmas. Since I’m not sure if Motor Mommy’s going to let me have another chance at this blog-writing business before Christmas, I thought I’d give you all a glimpse of what I’ve been up to recently.

It all started when Motor Mommy & Motor Man put up a Christmas tree. I was very good the first couple of days, and just spent time lying under the tree. They thought it was safe to put a few ornaments on it. And one little striped stocking, in particular, caught my eye.

I’ve Motor Mommy created a slideshow to show you what fun I’ve been having with that little stocking.

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Uh-oh, I’d better find out if Santa subscribes to Motor Mommy’s blog. If so, I need to get busy on some serious damage control. Hope it’s not too late for this sweet, cute, adorable, well-mannered little calico. (I may need some character references.)

Friday’s Fence By Marshall

Today, I’m sharing a photograph that Marshall took recently.

First, a little background: a few weeks ago, a sweet orange kitty appeared on Marshall’s doorstep.  She must have felt at home there, because the next day, she brought her two “adolescent” kitties.  And now, as indoor/outdoor cats,  they’re officially part of the family.

This picture was taken from the kitchen window, and Marshall’s caption is:

“Why we don’t have an inside Christmas tree this year.”

According to Marshall, apparently the back of the bench didn’t prove to be a very good springboard, and the orange kitty aborted the jump.

Linking up to Friday’s Fences. (That IS a fence behind the tree!)