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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

It’s been in the very low numbers here the last couple of days…

In other words…“VERY COLD!”… near “O degrees”…k19069204

I would have thought most of our Seniors would have stayed at home… but, evidently their care-tenders had work or things to do…

because we still had about 15-18 attending both days…k19076968 (1)

The weather seems to change our mood… because we took it easy…

More talking than doing…

Some just napped in the recliners... ez_boy_c

and movie time u16006433k18230398and BINGO… bingo!_c

No complaints!..

Since it was Elvis Presley’s Birthday (would have been 80 years old)… we watched Jail House Rock…

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http://youtu.be/gj0Rz-uP4Mk (video of Jail House Rock)

I caught bits and pieces of it… MV5BMTgxMzcyMDU0MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTM5MDQyNw@@._V1_SX105_CR0,0,105,105_AL_ 51gZLpbm53L._SL500_SY120_

having to stay busy with whoever needed anything and serving lunch…

I remember going to see this Elvis Movie with my Mom when it came out…

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She was cool about getting us out to see what was popular… even though she was 40 when I was born…

The song was on a 45 rpm single when it came out on September 24, 1957…

I was 8 years old!…

I would like to sit down and watch it all of the way through sometime…

Maybe Howard… one of our participants that had it… will let me borrow it sometime…

maybe not though…

He’s pretty protective of his things!…x14473380k20793066

 

 

 

 

 

 

To “Christmas Card” or Not?”

My next agenda for Christmas is, “Do I send Christmas cards or not?”… I just love receiving them!… and I have always felt cards were like little gifts… some old-fashioned , some religious , some funny , some modern …something for someone I don’t see often…or who lives far away… A stamp cost less than a $1.00… 44 cents to be exact here in the USA… So where could you buy anything better… a special note from or to someone… or just a pretty card  ... At the beginning of sending letters or cards anyone could send you something and then you as the receiver had to decide to pay for it or not… Then in 1840 the Penny Black stamp came into existence and the sender had to pay the postage… The cost was five cents with a picture of Queen Victoria  and was British made… In 1847 Ben Franklin‘s portrait  was put on a five cent stamp and George Washington  on the ten-cent…  In 1856 Thomas Jefferson  was added and in 1863 Andrew Jackson … Of course since then many stamp postage rates have come about along with many different subjects and faces… One of the best-selling Commemorative Stamps that was made in 1993 was of the young Elvis Presley … So now I will make my list of my card recipients… Some will be hand delivered and others will be delivered by thePony Express” Oh,no!… I’m not that old!… I’ll place them in the mailbox in front of my house and raise the flag … so the postman knows I have something for him to pick up… As I write this… it sounds pretty primitive, doesn’t it?… but, I like it just the way it is… Someday I’m sure email… Texting… Facebook… phones of all sorts will take the place of this simple way of giving a small gift… so why not enjoy it while you can!… Now… which Christmas Stamp will I choose for my gifts… maybe…

because these are the choices this year… I choose… … Which one would you have chosen?



“A Wonderful Time of Year!”

As the Holidays are approaching…I begin to want to listen to what I call, “Christmas Music” … I know the radio will play a wonderful variety from December 1st through Christmas Day non stop… and I just love it!… We play it at home… in the car … and hum along as we hear it in the stores… We play our favorite CD’s as we put up the tree …bringing back memories of so many “Christmases long, long ago”… My favorites being Winter Wonderland… “White Christmas”…”Let It Snow” … I’m very traditional as far as singers go…Bing Crosby’s  “White Christmas”… Burl Ive’s “Holly Jolly Christmas”… Elvis Presley’s   “Blue Christmas” Perry Como’s,  “Beginning to Look Like Christmas”… but, my favorite of all times is anything by Andy Williams … especially, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… I remember watching Andy Williams on TV when I was quite young ( 1959-1971)… I think I liked him because he sang with such enthusiasm… and his Christmas Shows with his family and friends felt like you were getting ready to sit down and have dinner with them… Snow coming down , sleigh bells ringing , happy faces, dressed in holiday sweaters ... and those wonderful voices singing one Christmas carol after another… With the added addition of the “Osmonds”… Donny and Marie … It made me happy!… After many years I finally was able to attend one of his Christmas Shows right here in Louisville… To see him in person and listen to all those wonderful Christmas songs… I felt I was walking in a Winter Wonderland” … and feeling that it was the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” … “Is it time to put up the tree?” 

“My Kids!”…
We had the most wonderful Christmas program at our school… It was  the “Dare to Care” program …collecting canned goods/non-perishables for the needy… Some of the needy being in our own classrooms… For about a month … little by little we brought in commodities to fill a box designated for these items… We decorated our box with construction paper, wrapping paper, pictures…really, whatever we had in our classroom… Nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars  were collected to buy turkeys and additional items needed to make a nice Christmas dinner also… A chance to let kids know the feeling of “giving”… On the day of the program… candles were lit and the procession of all of the students and teachers walked through the darkened halls to the gym…where a decorated tree and music students were waiting… The heavy laden boxes of collected food items were placed under the lit Christmas treeThe orchestra , the band  and chorus had been practicing their songs and now it was their time to shine…They never let us down… After inspirational speakersclass highlighted skits… the “Christmas Music” began… Renditions of the familiar Jingle Bells, “Frosty the Snowman”  and “The Twelve days of Christmas”  were played and sung with enthusiasm!… and then my favorite…  which brought tears to the eyes of kids and adults alike… The gym grew quiet and voices were lifted up with the words of “Silent Night”… I know hearts were full and taking in the true meaning of Christmas at that time… a “Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”