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Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

How ironic that you should pose this question, which December holidays do you celebrate on December 12th. December 12th would be the first of the holidays my husband and I celebrate since it is our wedding anniversary. Also near and dear to my heart, it is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is a double blessing for me.

As a whole our family has always celebrated Christmas Eve with a large family dinner. The tradition is that no meat is served at this meal. The idea is that all the family is together. The meal is the most important part of the celebration. The adults are busy preparing the meal and getting the table ready for all in attendance while all the children run about the house. Aunts, Uncles, cousins and the patriac and matriac of the family. 

Christmas morning is spent at each individual home. The morning chaos of each family in their own special way, depending upon the age of the children left in the house. Once again for the communal meal, all gather at one home to spend the rest of the day together. This is a time to be with family. Christmas is a time to catch up with those we don't get to see as often as we would like during the year, to exchange family gossip, to smile, to laugh and most importantly, to love and be loved in each other's company.
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What's worse: a pit of snakes or a pit of spiders?
A pit of politicians! So I guess that would be the snakes!

Something for the Women


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to... something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour..

 A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .. a youth she's content to leave behind.... a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age.... a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra... one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....... a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family... eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .. a feeling of control over her destiny...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without; ruining the friendship....

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW.... when to try harder... and when to walk away ... how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents.. that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... what she would and wouldn't do for love or more.. how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW.. . whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... where to go... be it to her best friend's kitchen table.. or a charming Inn in the woods... when her soul needs soothing...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... What she can and can't accomplish in a day... a month...and a year...

Writer's Block: Saints and sinners

If you found a wad of cash on the ground, would you keep it? Donate it? Take it to the police?

Believe it or not...this actually happened to me. Someone put an envelope with over $400.  under the wiper blade on my windshield of my pick-up when I lived at home with my parents. Since we didn't live that far outside of Detroit, I had an uneasy feeling. Our local police dept.'s narcotics division has a good rapore with the FBI. Let's just say, I have some inside information. 

So, I drove the money to the local station. There is sat.  The policy is, if it is unclaimed for an allotted number of days, you can come back and claim it yourself. I ended up getting the money.

Writer's Block: Going the distance

Would you uproot your life and move to another city for someone that you love?

I didn't do it. My husband did it for me. We had very long, long-distant phone discussions about it first. In Dec. we will be married 13 years. We met in a chat room on the internet in 1997. We lived 1,300 miles apart from each other.

Writer's Block: Drawing a blank

Have you ever forgotten to do something really important? What was it?

Yeah. But I can't remember what it was.

Okay after all

My grand idea didn't start off so grand. We are sending our daughter on a learning excursion to Europe with the People to People Program. She is leaving this coming week. As a surprise to her, and to quell homesickness, I invited a large number of her friends to the house today as a surprise.

The idea behind this was for them to hang-out together. I provided stationery and munchies and bon voyage cake. Her friends were to write notes and seal them. I will then pack them into her suitcase for her to read on the trip. Well, it looked like no one was going to show up except for her cousin and one friend.

I became so dicouraged. I then saw our wonderful neighbors that we are very close to and invited the entire family over. The reason I had not originally invited them is because I had made it a "girl" thing and the neighbor has all boys. Although my daughter is close with thier son, I felt he would feel "weird" surrounded by all girls. But with his siblings and mom there it turned out ok. A couple more friends showed up later. All was well.

As a bon voyage gift, we gave her "Bert the Farting Hippo" from NCIS. She was quite delighted by Bert. She has been bugging for him for a long time. No one there was familiar with Bert. So an explanation was needed. Fun was had by all.

And yes, she has plenty of notes to read while she is abroad. Many of the people who were there wrote multiple notes. She has more than one note per day to read. So all worked out well in the end.

The GAF Factor

 This is something I first learned of when I went to work for a major company right out college. When I first heard the term, GAF, I was absolutely clueless. I turned to my fellow co-worker and innocently asked what the "GAF" stood for exactly. He was referring to his attitude toward the "big" politics and bull associated with the company and how he felt. He said it stood for: "Give a F*@#"! To which I replied, "Aahhh"

Well, that is how I'm feeling right now with just about everything right now. This is not good, I know. There is much to do. I know why I feel this way. I just don't know how to solve the situation at the moment. I must ponder this and work my way out. Perhaps I should pull out that old song, "If You're Going Through Hell" and give it a listen again. It helped me in the past. I think I need a boost again.

My GAF Factor is way too high right now. It needs to drop down more than a few notches.

Writer's Block: Band on the run

Which song associated with musician Paul McCartney is your favorite, and why?

"Let It Be"..."When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me..."

A dear friend lost her entire family within a span of less than three years. Her mother and older brother, then her father. As she was driving, questioning everything..."Let It Be" came on the radio and she knew exactly what she need to do. It gave her the strength she needed and it often does it for me as well. She had the song played in church for her father because her mother had such a devotion to the Blessed Mother.

She is a wonderful that was there for me when I lost my father last year. She is more like family than just a friend. Songs can build you up when you need the strength.

Quote of the Day

 Got Gibbs?? Got NCIS?? 

An entire summer with reruns. Oh well, Look at him laughing at us up there. Silly man. But we love him anyway.



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