Love and Chocolates

It’s really cool to have a holiday dedicated to love. So many other days are dedicated to births and deaths, but Valentine’s Day is dedicated to the love that makes it all happen.

Even people who have been a long time married couple appreciate the excuse to express their love to each other. This is one of my favorite holidays – it is all things good: love, chocolates, red roses, lingerie, a nice dinner out at a restaurant. Good things!

Merry Christmas To ALL My Friends and Family

A good friend of mine sent me this card. When I got it I was pleased that she felt comfortable enough with me to send me a card like this instead of a traditional Christmas card. I find it very interesting that the history of Christians celebrating Christmas in December was largely planned around the pagan winter celebrations. I wonder, as time goes on, if our society will become more, or less, tolerant of different spiritual and religious beliefs. The way I’ve seen some things going on lately, it seems that we are becoming less tolerant, which makes me sad, since the country was supposedly founded on a belief in religious freedoms.

Whatever YOUR religious, or spiritual beliefs are, I hope that you have a wonderful time this winter holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving

We’ve been busy wishing all our friends and family a Happy Thanksgiving. Went to the grocery store with a list of all the important things so we wouldn’t forget anything. I’m cooking fresh green beans, corn pudding, and the sweet potatoes – with mini-marshmallows and caramelized walnuts.

My sister is doing the turkey – it’s 26 pounds of terror if I had to deal with it. I have never cooked a turkey yet! I might make it until old age without having to deal with a big bird that is so easy to undercook or overcook and so hard to get thawed out safely and in time to get in the oven for a big crowd with high expectations. As long as someone else will cook the bird, I’ll be happy to do the rest.

Did You Dress Up?

So many adults are claiming Halloween as their right to party, that I wonder if this is about the kids anymore? I mean, so many people are going out to parties tonight – will there be anyone home to hand out candy to the trick or treaters?

I am dressing up and going out – but I am staying home to hand out candy until after 9:00. I think there will be at least 40 or 50 kids coming to my house this year. But 9:00 is late for little kids, so that’s when I’m cutting out the porch light and stopping the giveaways. Then I will head downtown and find some of my friends at a club and have some adult fun, too.

Halloween plans

As of right now, I’m not sure what I may be doing for Halloween. Usually by now, I’ve got my costume planned and candy has been bought, since the kids around my house usually don’t go out on actually Halloween night. Since it falls on a Monday this year and it’s a school night, they will be coming around on Saturday. I just hope it’s not cold and raining like it has been for the past few years. Sure spoils the kid’s fun.

Valentine, Oh Valentine

I love romance! How glorious that we have a holiday dedicated to sweethearts and lovers all over the world!

Ever since I was in high school, Valentine’s Day has been a wonderful day of flowers, chocolates and special dinners with candles, flirting and memorable nights. I love Valentine’s Day!

Yule Logs

Poking around the cable on demand, I found a cool feature that I did not know about. Comcast has a channel at Christmas that is a video of burning yule logs. They play soft Christmas music in the background and there are no commercials. This was really nice to find – I hope they do it again next year.

Get Those Cards Mailed TODAY

The Postal Service says that today is the deadline for getting first class mail delivered by Christmas. So I have to hurry up and get the last of my Christmas cards signed and addressed. I only have about 5 or 6 left to do, but I was so tired last night I could barely keep my eyes open, so I did not get to finish.

Thank goodness the post office is only a few miles from my house and they accept mail up until 9:00 pm. So I will make the deadline and my friends will get their cards on time.

Thanking our Veterans

Today we remember the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country and who are still with us after having served America in our armed forces. Thank you to all our veterans for protecting us and preserving our freedoms.