Memories I Share- Keepsakes I Treasure- Gifts I Give

My Grandson has been collecting pieces of a Christmas Village since he was very young…

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Carson with sister…

He is just 11…

This is just a part of his Village…

He use to have it in his room… but, as it grew it moved to the front of the fireplace…

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and then his Momma saw an idea… that works perfect for his display…

A wood ladder (which a friend of mine and I found at a yard sale)…

plywood board shelves made by Carson and his Dad…

and some snow material… lights… it was finished…

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Most pieces bought by Grandmas… Grandpas… and parents…

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I know the church and other pieces were painted/made by his Great Grandfather…

So makes them even more special…

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There is a variety of pieces… from lighted houses… stores… figures…

one of my favorites is the photographer taking a snowman’s picture…

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A tractor pulling a wagon…

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This piece was my contribution this year…

fisherman fishing on an ice pond complete with stone bridge… geese… and his dog…

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The village is set up in the kitchen area… near the window looking out over the back woods…

Melanie (daughter-in-law)… has had her Christmas decor up way before Thanksgiving…

but, as I looked around… I see why Carson loves his Collecting…

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and Snowmen seem to be a great part of it!…

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Oldest son… Bobby… and “Wickett”… the kids puppy…

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Bobby after dinner… too much turkey!…

with oldest Granddaughter’s puppy (Dexter)…

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Taylor and her Daddy (my youngest son)…

We had two more Puppies… Melanie’s Mom’s…

but, no photo… (how did I miss them???)…

Tessa and Lucy…

We had a most peaceful… loving Thanksgiving!…

One more piece to add to Village…

Melanie/Carson wanted a Nativity…

So… I thought it would be a great opportunity to pass Bobby’s and mine that we have had for 47 years…

bought on our first Christmas… down to Carson…

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Lots to be grateful for…

Thanks Melanie and Brian!

 

 

 

 

 

Tears of Love…

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I always wake up early…

Love the early morning… quiet!…

Tears are right there… and my Bobby can sense my feelings…

He holds me close… and reassures me…

I am with you now… and will be for a long time…

We hold each other… as I plant a kiss on his forehead…

I love you so much!… comes from my lips… and his too…

He has always been my refuge…

He is my strength…

and I thank God for this time!

 

 

Spreading Gratefuls…

My gratefuls have been many this month… but, then… I am grateful every day!…

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I see… hear… feel… smell… taste… “Gratefuls” all of the time…

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I recognize what “gratefuls” that are given to me… with no strings attached…

but… you have to be open to….

see them…

hear them…

feel them…

smell them…

taste them…

Gratefuls are actually Blessings from God…

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Seeing smiling faces… blue of the sky… the changing of leaves as winter approaches… k9518595

Hearing… those sweet voices of children… the wise words of the elderly… laughter…k8361955

Feeling… the softness of a pet’s fur… the touch of a hand reaching for yours… your heart beating…k7875735

Smelling… the crispness in the air turning colder… the smells of baking … the scents of Christmas Pine…k9971845

Tasting… good foods prepared with loving hands… a kiss placed gently on your mouth… that first cup of coffee in the morning…k18696188

Look for those Gratefuls… that God and his helpers provide…

For… we as His helpers can spread these Blessings too…k31742131

 

My Week In Review!

Bobby not too good this weekend…

The chemok24014361 is taking more of an effect with neuropathy of hands/ feet… sick stomach… and loses energy…

He has no taste of food…

He says, “Everything has a powder taste!”…

Not pleasant… but, he continues to try to do!…

He doesn’t give up!…

just takes things in stride with the best attitude…

Today our little guy (Grandson) is playing in his 3rd All-Star gamek26703415

They won the Championship k15759157 … and now doing this…

Although our high temp will be 44 degrees… we will be attending…

Couldn’t miss this event in our Carson’s life…

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With sister (Kennedy)…

Not to leave my Granddaughter out…

she is our Basketball Player… and is very good… Freshman Year! in High School…

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Cute!… aren’t they!

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My neighbor was at it again…

when we got back from Doctor appointments he had cleaned out the gutters of leavesk21488380

and cut grass…leaves!… in front and back yards…

Also hammered some nails in the roof vent that seemed to need them when he was on the roof…

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and Peanut Butter Blossoms with a Hershey Kiss on top…

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When at VA Hospital for labs and x-rays (Bobby is having his eyelids raised) …

They feel it is affecting his vision…

The Greater Louisville Oncology Nursing Society had this bag of men products as a gift for Veteran’s Day

So nice!…

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I don’t know if you have a Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurant near you…

but, this was one of the hang-outs as a teen…

and still patronize it as an adult…

Around Thanksgiving they have for a limited time…

Mince Meat Pie with Cinnamon Sauce…

I just have to have a piece!… and it was extra special good this year for some reason!

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I knew you would just love seeing my little toe …

I know I broke it… but, can’t confirm it… because I have heard they only tape it… so I left it…

It REALLY!!! hurt when I snagged it on a table leg in my bedroom…

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Still a little tender… and doesn’t move as well… but, I can handle it!

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Since I hadn’t completed my blog…

Here is the results of the game…

Carson’s team of All-Stars won 6-0…

and the Championship… Can you tell by his grin!

and some of his loyal fans… Mom, Sister and other Grandma…

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Gifts From the Heart!

Some of my favorite gifts

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that I remember… were homemade

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My Mom crocheted me an afghan in the colors I specified over 25 years ago… it was to match my bedroom in our first house we owned… burgundy, rose and pinks… I still look at it with such fond memories… although put away for safe keeping now…

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I have embroidered dish towels I will never actually use… only for decoration… too special… made by my best friend’s Mom over 40 years ago for my wedding … Simple and so sweet… one for each day of the week…

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A long time friend made flour dough Christmas ornaments  for my boys and I kept them until they disintegrated… but, will always recall them at Christmas when I get my ornaments  out… along with the homemade Cheese Ball … which was such a treat when you had little money to spend on extras… Nothing tasted so good!…

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Homemade cookies  made by nieces, sisters, friends… just love them!…

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Jellies  made by a sister-in-law…

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Wood pieces made and painted by my brother… I felt the love in each one…

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Homemade cards and notes from my Grandchildren… hung on the refrigerator for months … Those “I LOVE YOU’s” meaning more to me than anything they could ever buy…

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My wood bird feedermade by my husband… after mentioning I would like to have one… My birds and I adore him for making it for us…

 

Gifts of, “I’ll clean your house for your birthday Mom”… and doing it… kids_14

What more could you want? …

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My attempt at homemade gift giving… I’m sure has been met with mixed feelings at times…

Cookies  for the neighbor kids and distant relatives too far away to get together for the Holidays…

embroidered dish towels for friends…

embroidered  table runners for a daughter-in-law… paintings of pictures and furniture…

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doll clothes for a granddaughter…

tied fleece throws for family…

framed pictures… homemade pickles…k32106530

fried pies and jams

I like to give what I like to receive…

Gifts from the heart k18139605… Just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Stella D’oro- Lady Stella Cookies

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I find these at Christmas usually…

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and it says that on the package!…

A dense cookie… not too sweet…

just right to nibble on as I have my morning coffee…

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“Stella D’oro means Star of Gold in Italian…

no meat or dairy products are used in making these cookies… (parve)

The company started in 1930 by an Italian immigrant… and is now owned by Lance…

their other cookies are good too… cookies breakfast_original

…if you like cookies(biscuits) that are not too sweet…

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I finally opened my Corn Relish that I bought at the Glendale Craft Fair…

I found it to be great on hot dogs that I had grilled…

of course chopped onions, pickle relish, mustard and ketchup was added too!

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Something different for my neighbor who is doing our grass/leaves…

Peanut Butter Fudge…

Easy recipe!…

2-cups sugar

1/2 cup milk

Boil for 2-1/2 minutes…

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3/4 cup peanut butter… STIR!… and pour in pan quickly…

sets up in minutes and cuts perfectly after cooling!

 

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake last week…

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and Pound Cake for us!…

When I find a great mix… why mess it up!

Just bake and enjoy!

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My Bobby is a Veteran!

I have thought of all of the Veterans today… as we honor them in some way…

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“MY” Veteran  bobby-through-001 had a good report Wednesday…

Chemo still keeping cancer at bay…

Doctor said, “It’s a good report!”…

nothing new on scan and levels doing good…

We celebrate by a squeeze of hands… and a hug later…

My “Energizer Bunny”… is still going!…u14839071

and we feel blessed…

We were given a card by some students from a local school as we came in the VA Hospital’s entrance…

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It’s nice to be remembered!…

Today Veteran’s can have a free meal at a lot of restaurants… by showing their ID…

Nice gesture!…

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It definitely changes lives… when in combat…

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Viet Nam Veterans came home to a different situation than most servicemen…

They were hardly given a heads up…

Basically the people ignored them… or thought of them as less… since Viet Nam was not considered a war!…

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How come my husband was in fire fights…

How come my husband was trained on guns, tanks, any weapons that were used…

How come he saw his friends killed in action…

and how come he was under mortar fires… attacks… and had shrapnel in his body…

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You just have to shake your head…

and fight for what is honorably yours…

which is what we have had to do for the last 47 years…

PROOF!… is all we heard at first…

SORRY!…

My husband couldn’t take time to make notes when under fire…

It has taken their lifetime to get any respect for that time in their lives…

Isn’t it a shame!

 

 

 

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