Archive for December, 2010

New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2010

It has been an unusual holiday season so far. Jim went to Nebraska to pick up his mom and bring her down here for Christmas. They got here last week Wednesday. We celebrated the holiday and went to church on Christmas eve. She wasn’t in the best of health as she had lost of bunch of weight and was very tired. On Tuesday, she and Jim went into town and she started having chest pain on the way back. She ended up taking an ambulance ride into Topeka to Stormont Vail Hospital where she has spent the past few day.

Today she was to have a heart catheterization. The  hospital called us up this afternoon to come get her. It turns out her blood is too thin so she has to go back Monday…………She is now sitting in one of our chairs reading a  book. I hope she does alright. She wasn’t too cooperative at the hospital and was very angry to be there.

I got a beastly migraine yesterday and ending up coming home early. It made feel nauseous and I tried to sleep most of the day. Most of today, I just felt wrung out. I think I will try to rug hook tonight and maybe things will even out.

Happy New Year everyone.

Holiday pictures

December 26, 2010

Some of the trees at the 2010 Festival of Trees

Heather and Scott's tree

An interesting copper tree

Scott's lego house with added characters

Kaw Valley Woodcarver's tree

There were beautiful backdrops painted for the show

I hope you had a Merry Christmas

December 26, 2010

The church was packed Christmas Eve. The music was loud and the voices were strong. The best part was when, as they do every year, the church broke out into Silent Night sung a cappella in a room lit by candles. It is a stirring time that brings a fresh breath of air into a struggling world.

Heather and Scott came up Christmas day. We feasted on salmon, turkey drumstick, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, white and wild rice pilaf, fruit salad, crescent rolls, cranberry relish and Christmas cookies. It was a buffet to satisfy the differing taste buds of the variety of people involved. 🙂

I got an Accucut Go for Christmas. It cuts out numerous layers of fabric for quilts. I got Jim a red Wii. We tried the bowling out yesterday and Jim tried getting movies through the Netflix.

Today the clouds broke and the sky was blue. There is still no snow and it is supposed to get into the 40s. Jim and I went into church and then picked up a few groceries. I had planned to spend the afternoon rug hooking but napped it away instead. Jim ended up taking his mom out for a ride. So far she seems to be tolerating her visit.

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2010

This is often a melancholy time of year for me. I love the preparations. I love the cooking. I love getting together with friends and family when the year allows me to. It goes by too quickly though and then it is over and it is winter. It is grey days. It is cold and people are more withdrawn. I know this about me so I will try to keep that single candle burning in my heart. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and that we all have a blessed new year. Amen.

Writing one’s blog in the winter

December 16, 2010

I love how they have snow go across the writing this time of year. Wouldn’t it be neat if leaves could fall during autumn or flower petals in the summer.

I got some angel earrings from the FACS teacher at school. She is a very interesting lady and I would like to get to know her more. She is working on her degree in counseling and is very active at school. I wish I had that much energy.

I signed up the Praxis test in January. That is the last part of the licensure for this degree. I had better study as the sample questions look difficult. I think my brain is too tired at the moment to think too much 🙂

I made fudge last night. It was good. I hope it lasts until Christmas. I thought about making some other stuff but it depends if we can talk Jim’s mom into coming down. If not, the fudge will be it.

Temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Can’t complain about that. There was some freezing drizzle last night but I didn’t have to go out so we were ok. Keep warm.

Let it snow!

December 15, 2010

I found this today and thought you might enjoy it
Need a Snow Day?

I finished my class

December 9, 2010

I hope. It was a huge project. I think I probably wrote about 220 pages and had to go through several evaluations. My advisor was so positive and helpful. I had another evaluation from someone else though that was short and curt. It was depressing after all that work. I always take that stuff personally. I need to figure out how to stop that. Now I just have to wait until grades come out. I hope I haven’t forgotten anything.

Big meetings coming up. I have two next week and have huge one the following Monday. I have some of the paper work done. Unfortunately that Monday starts finals. Hope that all works.

55 degrees tomorrow, maybe 23 on Sunday. It is always amazing how the temp. fluctuates. It is 48 degrees now at 6:11 p.m.

Now tree up yet though. I am trying to talk Heather into doing it. 🙂

Here we are in December

December 2, 2010

I think I will take a sick day tomorrow. I actually had a bad cold last week but still have some achiness in my back. I hope that is temporary.

My mother-in-law was in the hospital over Thanksgiving. She doesn’t care for herself as she should. She has lost weight since she was here earlier in the fall. She has got to convince herself to eat and drink water regularly. She says she is at 100 pounds now.

I have to finish my mat for the rughooking exchange on Saturday. The hooking is finished but I need to do the binding. That is my least favorite thing.

I had a gift certificate from the Embroidery Library so I ordered all kinds of fun patterns to embroider. Wouldn’t you know it was mostly Christmas 🙂  Now I need to get back to it.

My assistant co-op director came in and did an evaluation on me on Tuesday. My advisor for the class at Washburn came in to do another evaluation. I had spent so many hours assembling the required notebooks. She wrote on some of it with some changes for me to make. I will do that and drop it off next week. I had hoped it was over though. It has been a huge weight on me. I hope it doesn’t take long to fix. My student is doing well after his surery. Thank you God as he was so in need of it but had been ill. He has been in over a week but is making progress.