Sunday, December 31, 2006

2007


2006 has been a very good year for us. We are very blessed. Raf and I have each other. We lived in a good town with good friends. We have a good family. Not only are we close to our girls, but to many of our cousins and other family members as well. We have our health, a home, food, happiness. We have a wonderful church home in a diocese which is still part of Christianity. This year we have taken several nice trips...one to the east coast and several to the Texas coast. Our grandchildren are doing well in school, and they make us proud. I can look out our french doors and see our bird feeders where many songbirds eat, as well as a sharp shinned hawk. We have 4 cats and a dog.

One of the greatest blessings I have had this year is my blogging friends and my Glitter Sisters. Isn't it wonderful what the power of the internet has done for our lives?

So, I have made resolutions this year...something I normally don't do. I've made 16, and here they are. I am publishing them to help me keep them:

1. Draw one thing each day...either a challenge, or from lessons, or on my own
2. Create one mixed media collage/ATC each week...or more
3. Work on a quilt each week
4. Plan what to make for Christmas gifts and begin...and finish
5. Participate in at least one swap per month
6. Participate more with my Glitter Sisters
7. Keep my studio clean and straight...straighten it NOW
8. Read at least 60 books in 2007
9. Be nicer and kinder
10. Slow down
11. Pray daily and read the Bible daily
12. Become more involved in the church
13. Blog daily
14. Write something daily other than blog...start on that book again??
15. Walk every day, at least on the treadmill
16. Keep the house straight

So, to all my blogging friends, as I will endeavor to encourage you in 2007, I ask that you encourage me, too. I know several of you have tried to push me to draw again, and I guess I just wasn't ready, but I think I am ready now. Today Raf helped me begin to straighten up the studio...still messy from Mr. Raccoon. Tonight we are going to have stir fry and watch a movie and see the New Year in together. And we are going to be thankful for all of our blessings.
It's now 4:47 pm on New Year's Eve. The temperature here in Mineral Wells, Texas, is a sunny 49˚F. The cats are sleeping, the dog is snoring, and I am about to begin fixing our supper.

To all of you I wish a safe, happy, joyous, loving, and blessed 2007!

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Jimmy Baldwin at H2JO


Tonight we are going to H2JO to hear Jimmy Baldwin, a new resident of Mineral Wells who has updated the Seybold Guest Ranch. Click on the title above to hear his music.

Here is his blurb on CDBaby:
Jimmy Baldwin's award-winning commercials for Motel 6 and his sun-tanned beach spots for Corona beer have become part of the American cultural landscape. With an independent music release, Jimmy turns his talents to singing and songwriting. "Above all else, I am a storyteller," says Baldwin, "let's say a musical novelist." Indeed, his stories capture the ebb and flow of timeless moments; whether it is a story of a starlit ghost in a midnight blue sky, adventurous brothers escaping Mexican Federales on horseback or a ganja girl swirling in a green and purple haze, Jimmy's music is the place of myths and legends.

The Jimmy sound is rooted in the Texas singer-songwriter tradition. His guitar is the needle that weaves the yarn through the fabric of lost memories and forgotten dreams. Born in Western Kentucky and raised in El Paso, Texas, his music reflects the familiar spirit of country music as it blends with the sounds he grew up on - Classic Country, Rock, border Norteña, and the spontaneous free-style of the Mariachi street musicians in Juarez. The Jimmy sound transcends the country music stereotype making it accessible to listeners of many other music genres.

Somebody's Nobody, Jimmy's debut CD, reaches into the heart of human desire to reveal pain's search for hope and despair's struggle for faith. From the resounding trumpet on "Cinderella," when a man is left standing at the altar, to the haunting minor melody of love and death on "My Lone Star," Jimmy's gossamer harmonies morph with visual lyrics. His reggae cover of the country classic "Guitars and Cadillacs" has its cowboy hat on a Caribbean beach and it's boots firmly planted in Bakersfield.

Somebody's Nobody was mixed and mastered by Fred Remmert of Cedar Creek Studios in Austin, known for his work with The Dixie Chicks, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Pat Green. Produced by Clay Pendergrass, the CD was recorded by a virtual who's who of the Dallas music scene.

Jimmy Baldwin, a new sound on the Texas scene, has captured the essence of the "New Texas" sound - haunting and melodic, dark and tonic. His storytelling put to music offers a refreshing approach to the traditional country sound.


Seybold Ranch, now called the Double J Hacienda and Art Ranch, has picturesque view of the Brazos River and Palo Pinto Mountains. n Directions: Go west on U.S. 180 from Mineral Wells, Texas, and turn right on Indian Creek Road (look for Indian Creek Baptist Church with its large, white steeple on the north side of the road). Go straight at the first stop sign. Follow Indian Creek road past the cemetery to Seybold Road and turn left. The first ranch gate on the left is the Double J Ranch. Park and go inside.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Raf Seibert, Folk Musician

Raf Seibert
Folk Musician

Next Concert:

Saturday, January 13

H2JO Coffeehouse, Mineral Wells TX

7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

St. John the Apostle

St. John the Apostle is the patron saint of both John and myself. Today is his day:


by El Greco

St. JohnJohn, son of Zebedee, was one of the twelve apostles of Our Lord. Together with his brother James and with Simon Peter, he formed a kind of inner circle of Three among the Twelve, in that those three were privileged to behold the miracle of the Great Catch of Fish (L 5:10), the healing of Peter's mother-in-law (P 1:29), the raising of the daughter of Jairus (P 5:37 = L 8:51), the Transfiguration (M 17:1 = P 9:2 = L 9:28), and the Agony in Gethsemane (M 26:37 = P 14:33). He expressed a willingness to undergo martyrdom (M 20:22 = P 10:39) -- as did the other apostles (M 26:35 = P 14:31) -- and is accordingly called a martyr in intention. However, we have ancient testimony that, although imprisoned and exiled for his testimony to the Gospel, he was eventually released and died a natural death in Ephesus: "a martyr in will but not in deed."

John is credited with the authorship of three epistles and one Gospel, although many scholars believe that the final editing of the Gospel was done by others shortly after his death. He is also supposed by many to be the author of the book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse, although this identification is less certain.

Daily Office Readings:

AM: Psalm 97, 98; Proverbs 8:22-30; John 13:20-35
PM: Psalm 145; Isaiah 44:1-8; 1 John 5:1-12


PRAYER (traditional language)
Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that we, being illumined by the teaching of thine apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that we may at length attain to the fullness of life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Tuesday, December 26, 2006

St. Stephen's Day


by Gustave Doré

All that we know about Stephen the Protomartyr (that is, the first martyr of the Christian Church) is found in chapters 6 and 7 of the Book of Acts.

The early Christian congregations, like the Jewish synagogues, had a program of assistance for needy widows, and some of the Greek-speaking Jews in the Jerusalem congregation complained that their widows were being neglected. The apostles replied: "We cannot both preach and administer financial matters. Choose seven men from among yourselves, respected, Spirit-filled, and of sound judgement, and let them be in charge of the accounts, and we will devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word." The people accordingly chose seven men, including Stephen, and the apostles laid their hands on them. They are traditionally considered to be the first deacons, although the Scriptures do not use the word to describe them. (The Scriptures do refer to officials called deacons in the local congregations, without being very specific about their duties; and a century or more later, we find the organized charities of each local congregation in the hands of its deacons.)

Stephen was an eloquent and fiery speaker, and a provocative one. (Some readers have speculated that some of his fellow Christians wanted to put him in charge of alms in the hope that he would administer more and talk less.) His blunt declarations that the Temple service was no longer the means by which penitent sinners should seek reconciliation with God enraged the Temple leaders, who caused him to be stoned to death. As he died, he said, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." One of those who saw the stoning and approved of it was Saul (or Paul) of Tarsus, who took an active part in the general persecution of Christians that followed the death of Stephen, but who was later led to become a Christian himself.

We remember Stephen on December 26, the day after Christmas. Hence the song

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen,

describes an action of the king on the day after Christmas Day. The tune used with this song is older than the words and was previously used with a hymn often sung on the feasts of Stephen and other martyrs. It begins:

Christian friends, your voices raise.
Wake the day with gladness.
God himself to joy and praise
turns our human sadness:
Joy that martyrs won their crown,
opened heaven's bright portal,
when they laid the mortal down
for the life immortal

We give thee thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to thy Son Jesus Christ, who standeth at thy right hand: where he liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Acts 6:8-7:2,51-60

8 Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and others of those from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen. 10But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. 11Then they secretly instigated some men to say, ‘We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.’ 12They stirred up the people as well as the elders and the scribes; then they suddenly confronted him, seized him, and brought him before the council. 13They set up false witnesses who said, ‘This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law; 14for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses handed on to us.’ 15And all who sat in the council looked intently at him, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

7Then the high priest asked him, ‘Are these things so?’ 2And Stephen replied:

‘Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,

51 ‘You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are for ever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. 52Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become his betrayers and murderers. 53You are the ones that received the law as ordained by angels, and yet you have not kept it.’

54 When they heard these things, they became enraged and ground their teeth at Stephen. 55But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!’ 57But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ 60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he died.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas 2006

Welcome to the Seibert Family Christmas:

Here's the tree at 8 am...before...
Brian is talking to John about cars and guns.
This dinosaur was the hit of the show...it's Travis' gift.
Travis also enjoyed drawing with his new art supplies.
Joey, our new Marine recruit, is enjoying his new ipod shuffle.
Christi has a Dr. Pepper....not Dublin Dr. Pepper, but ok, we guess.
Cousins Jennifer and Bethy also go ipod shuffles.
Raf, like me, got really tired and had to get away from the group for a minute.
Darrell and Christi enjoy the puzzle.

John...in the morning.
Margaret and Mary Lynn work on the puzzle and eat.
Barney enjoys his meal.
Carolyn works her Sudoku game.
We hope your family had as wonderful a Christmas as we did. God bless you all.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

God Bless You at Christmas

Today we had a wonderful Christmas Eve. We met at church at 10 am. We had quite a crowd. Can't wait to see the crowd at the Christmas Vigil tonight at 11:15 when we sing carols and Mass begins at 11:45.

This is John, our oldest grandson, with his godfather, Remo Mastrogiacomo.
This is once scene after mass this morning....our family and the Fields family.
This is another group...isn't the little girl cute?
After church we delivered about 15 loaves of gingerbread...beginning at the Fields' house. Then we ate pizza (never again at Pizza Hut), and now we are waiting for Midnight Mass.

We wish all of you a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Here is our Christmas Turtle all snug and warm after a good night's sleep. Hope she learns the sink is NOT a cat box soon!
We got up about 7:30 am, because our friend Jack Ballow was coming to visit on his way to Graham...supposed to be here about 10. I happened, and I don't normally, to look at my cell phone, and there was a message. It was from Jack, timed at 6 am, that said he was out front asleep in his pick-up and to wake him up when we got up. I thought, since Jack can be a jokseter, that it was a joke, but Raf went and looked outside...sure enough, there was Jack. Raf made coffee, woke Jack up, and I called Carolyn to come over...as Jack is her godfather.
It had been 10 years since Carolyn had seen Jack. Joey walked over, too, and we had a wonderful, wonderful visit.

Mary Lynn comes in tonight, and we are all meeting the McCaslands at El Paseo tonight for supper. Then tomorrow, it's church, deliver bread, eat pizza, rest, and go to midnight mass.

HO....HO....HO

Friday, December 22, 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006




Well, today was just a getting rested before the onslaught. Jack will be here about 10 am for a short visit, and Mary Lynn will be in D/FW early in the afternoon. Think we'll eat at El Paseo tomorrow night.

John Holbrook of Ohio sent us a neat thing on cat color because of the Christmas Turtle's color. It's a pdf document, and I uploaded it to our website.

Enjoy!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Christmas Turtle

Today was the day to make gingerbread in preparation of delivering said bread on Christmas Eve...one of our family traditions. But...before we got started, we looked for the little tortoise shell cat that bad cat had chased up the tree. Well...she had changed trees, but she still couldn't seem to get down. She was in the neighbor's tree. She told us it was ok to get her out of the tree, so John got the ladder, climbed on the carport, then pulled the ladder up and climbed up the tree to get her. Did I say these are tall trees? And now we have a Christmas Turtle!

So here is Raf holding our Christmas Turtle...her name, or Turtle for short.

Here is Bethy holding the Turtle.
Here's John, the rescuer, who accidentally dropped his phone in a glass of cranberry juice, so he is programming the new phone.
Carolyn and Bethy helped me make 18 loaves of gingerbread, so after Christmas Eve service Sunday we will drive around delivering bread, eat pizza, they will go to the lake, and we will go back to church that night for midnight mass.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Wednesday, December 20--5 more days

First of all, check out Simon Sez Santa.

Today was eventful for some. The McCaslands had a tornado at their house about 5 am which took the roof off the screened-in porch and the skylight and some tree limbs. The county didn't believe them when they called to say the road was out of commission due to debris. Well, the county went out, and sure enough there were tree limbs and parts of roof on the road! They, the McCaslands, weren't hurt, and the insurance was already sending people out to fix it. Their roofer lives about 2 miles west of them, and the tornado came through his place, too.


Mary Fields brought us Christmas bread and homemade syrup for Christmas morning breakfast. We went to Wal-Mart to get groceries for Carolyn, Beth, and me to make gingerbread for Christmas Eve delivery.

This cat...a bad cat...was sitting on top of our house. We think he chased a pretty tortoise shell female up a tree. As far as I know she is still up the tree...farther up than our ladders go. I do hope she gets down alright. Don't know who she belongs to, but I would have her if she gets down.
This is the Christmas tree at H2JO Coffeehouse here in Mineral Wells. Raf will be playing there on January 13 at 7:30 pm.
Today I received two swaps. One was a Swap-Bot December birthday swap. That's the two match boxes, one filled with charms and one with sequins. The one I sent to Israel had a necklace and earrings. The other was the Artella Muse/Musee swap. This happens every year, and the photo does not do it justice. It is a book made of handmade paper and paper bags and yarn and beads, and it is beautiful!! I sent an ornament, a pin, soap, and a shrine.

Tonight we went to Baris for supper and saw Dorothy Moline and Mary Blessing, and then we drove around looking at Christmas lights. Beautiful...lots of white and red and some colored lights. I think I like the multi-colored lights the best. I HATE those blown up things with snowmen and merry-to-rounds and Santa and such. They are just silly, in my opinion!
And to all...a good night!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Pegasus--The Flying Red Horse


I have always wanted a neon sign, and once I saw a neon of the Flying Red Horse like the one that trots over the sky in Dallas. Raf found this one for me. Isn't he beautiful!?!

Yesterday morning when I woke up the living room was glowing red. I couldn't figure out what was going on, but Raf had found this pegasus and fitted it above the fireplace in the living room.

Carolyn gave me two puzzles, and Bethy picked out a special grandma bracelet. Christi and Jennifer gave me a lovely blouse and cape. I received so many emails, letters, cards, and phone calls. Today Louise brought me a wonderful Nancy's Notions kit.

Today I went to see Dr. Dave, and he x-rayed by leg. He said everything looked great and to come back in 6 weeks....that will be at the end of three months from the surgery. He gave me permission to do everything except bend, twist, and drive a car.

So, I hope we will be able to go either to the panhandle or to Rockport about mid-January. Raf also needs to sign up to sing in January at H2JO.

BTW, here is what happened in history on December 18.

Monday, December 18, 2006

I Am 64-years-old Today

First of all, thanks for all the cards, calls, emails, letters, gifts. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

This morning when I woke up the living room was glowing red. I couldn't see what it was, so I got my glasses, and Raf, who was already up, came in from the blue room, and there at the hearth was a neon sign of the "flying red horse" in Dallas. It is great. I just love it!!!

I had a very good day. We had to go to the hospital for blood work. Then we ate breakfast at Jody's. Then we drove to Gordon, Texas, to see my nurse practitioner, then on the Tac-Pro to pick up John's gun for his birthday and Christmas. Then to the pharmacy; then to Houston School to leave a plate and pick up books; then to the Post Office; then to H2JO; then home. My physical therapist came and dismissed me. When I got home there were tons of emails and telephone calls. John came by, and we gave him the gun, which he loves. He is on the High Powdered Rifle Team at Tarleton. See his photo...he's the first one on the page.

I heard from all three girls, and Raf's cousin, and lots of friends. So, as I said, today was a wonderful birthday.

Thank you all!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Google Christmas Game

Here’s a quick fun thing to do that Sue saw on Tammy’s site.
Google Game:
1. Google for Christmas plus the year of your birth.
2. Post the most charming picture you can find.
3. Get misty with nostalgia over hot cocoa and peppermint cookies.

I did and couldn't decide which I liked best. The Post was interesting; the soldiers necessary as we were in WWII; the little girl reminded me of Miracle on 34th Street; but my favorite is the kids under the tree...that's is the most evocative image for me. Oh, the year? 1942!




FINISH THIS meme

Last night, I slept: my bed

2006 will be: over so soon

My Grandma was born: at home

I could eat ___ everyday: chocolate

I won't marry: every again

If I had to move out of state, I'd go: England or Maine

I wish I hadn't: taken so long to find Raf

My dad is: no longer living...he was a cowboy

I hate the name: don't think I hate any names

I can currently: well, duh, writing my blog

:: This OR That ::

-Florida or California: Florida

-Math or English: English

-French or Spanish: Spanish

-Ocean or lake: ocean

-Mexican or Chinese: Chinese

-Green or pink: green

-Sharks or dolphins: dolphins.

-The '50s or '60s: 50's

-Tall or Short? Short

*.*.* Random Q's *.*.*



1. How tall is your best friend? taller than I am!

2. Can you speak another language? nope, but Raf can

3. What was the name of your first crush? John

4. Did this person ever say they loved you? probably not, we were in junior high

5. What continent do you most want to see? Europe

6. Name two of the most handsome men, or beautiful women ever? Cary Grant and Hugh Grant (are they related?)

7. What's one song you've listened to today? O Come, O Come, Emmanuel...sung by Mary Fields at church

8. Have you ever played a team sport? city volley ball

9. Who was your class Homecoming Queen? I'd have to look in the annual...not going to

10. What's your ideal height for the opposite sex? taller than me

11. Do you know anything about your heritage? a lot, I am a professional genealogist

12. Have you ever played golf? nope...never wanted to follow a little ball around a pasture!

13. What year did your mom graduate from high school? 1918

14. Would you like to change your body/looks? no, this is the way God made me

15. Would you name your children after someone? I did... Carolyn after her grandmother and a woman I admired, Christi after her great-grandmother, Kathy after a grandmother and a great-grandmother

So...if you got this far and you want to play, let me know so I can read yours!!

Birthday Bash...Advent 3


Aventino's Restorante 3206 Winthrop Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76116, Tel: 817-731-0711

was our destination last night. There were 11 in our party. We arrived at Aventino's at 7:00 pm. We completed our meal just a little before 10:00 pm. True Northern Italian dining! We drank wonderful wine...a sparkling Lambrusco Erica had introduced us to the last time we were in. It was served with garlic bread.

Then we ordered focaccia...one of Al's signature dishes...as an appetizer. After that we had a delicious salad made with a multitude of greens, tomato, and cucumber in a house dressing which is tasty but subtle. I ordered the Shrimp Francais, but everyone ordered something different. For desert we had liqueur with Italian Cream Cake, or cheese cake, or Flan (the owners are from Columbia). The meal was accompanied by classical music performed by two TCU students who are also from Columbia...on violin and classical guitar.

Al and Olga Paez are the owners of Aventino's...named for one of the Roman hills. They have owned the restaurant for some 23 years, and we are regular customers...and friends.


We were celebrating my birthday, Linda Rose's birthday, and our grandson, John's, 20th birthday. We recalled 20 years ago when John was a baby, he began crying during the meal, and Al came out of the kitchen, leaving the cooking to his second in command, and carried John out of the restaurant so we could eat. His and Olga's mothers were visiting from Columbia, so when he brought John back, he handed him to one of the mothers, and they kept the baby entertained until we were finished with our meal.


Al and Olga's son Derek is a chef in New York City, where he trained at the CIA. He and his model wife have just presented Olga and Al with their first grandchild.
At any rate, a grand time was had by all, and we will have photos soon...Linda took pictures of everything.

Today we went to church...I went to church for the first time in 4 weeks...it is the third Sunday in Advent. We had over 40 people present...the congregation is slowly growing again. We are blessed to have Father Phelps and Kate with us! He reminded us we have two services to attend next Sunday...it happens every 7 years. Christmas Eve (Advent 4) in the morning and Christmas Eve Vigil at 11:15 pm. As I say, we are blessed to once again have a good, conservative priest. Thanks be to God.

Saturday, December 16, 2006


Our Christmas party was a rip-roaring success! We had about 30 teenagers, about 15 "little kids" (8-12), and about 40+ adults. We had lots of good food, seeing old friends, meeting new friends, music...piano and guitars with singing. The mother of a friend came up to me and said she felt there was something truly special about the party...she couldn't put it into words, but I felt it, too, a sort of magic. I think it was having all the generations together. But whatever it was it put us into the holiday spirit. Jesus is definitely the reason for the season, and I felt His presence in our friends and family. It was nice to have our new priest and his wife join us, too.

Tonight is the annual "Birthday Bash" at Aventino's Italian Restaurante in Fort Worth. We have been going to Aventino's since they opened over 20 years ago. The food is wonderful, but the family who owns the business is truly special. We will celebrate mine and John's birthdays, along with my friend Linda whose birthday is also the 18th. We will definitely eat, drink, and be merry.

Tomorrow is the third Sunday in Advent. I think I will be able to go to church!! If my body cooperated!

Finally, a word to the Glitter Sisters and all my bloging/internet friends. I certainly value your friendship and encouragement. I thank all of you for birthday and Christmas wishes. I hope the GPS group can chill from my overly organized mind...that's just the way I am. I certainly want to keep up with all of you, and I definitely didn't want to cause any of you anxiety...we all have enough of that on a regular life basis. I value the role we play in each others' lives...no matter how many, or how few we are in number. I value all the friends I have met on the net...and I wish God's blessings on you all.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas Party Tonight


Tonight is our 20th annual Christmas party. We usually have it the Friday school is out for Christmas vacation...but this year our school is going into next week, and since we are retired...well, it really doesn't matter. Carolyn and Raf have done a great job getting me and the house ready for guests. John and Arsi put our tree, and here it is in all its glory. We never know how many people we will have. Our house is very small, but we have had as many as 80 people for the party before. I am saddened that my cousin, Ron, will not be with us. He has joined us every year for about 10 now. Tomorrow night we will have our birthday celebration at Aventino's in Fort Worth. John's birthday is December 17 and mine is December 18. We have several friends we also have December 18 birthdays, so we all get together and celebrate. Here is December 18 birthdays in history.

So, yous guys out there, have a fun evening...I know we will. More tomorrow!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Writing ~ Illustration Challenge

I am starting a story as a challenge to anyone who wants to participate. Read the story I have written and add to the story by going to the comment section. If comments have already been made (the story has been added upon already), read the comments and add the next part of the story. If you wish to submit an illustration for the story, please email Sioux with a gif or jpg of your illustration. This challenge begins today, December 14, 2006 and goes through January 6, 2007, at which time I will compile the story with illustrations on a separate website. OK? Here is the beginning of the story...oh, the story has no title, so please email me with a title you think is appropriate, and I will pick the one I like best:



The night was excruciatingly cold, and the youth had only a threadbare woolen shirt that had been his grandfather’s. He trudged along the icy lane praying it would lead him to the hamlet of Routh on the western moors of Yorkshire.

The youth’s name was Robin, and he had traveled for many hours. He was only twelve, but Robin was immensely wise for his years, and he was extremely commonsensical. He did not believe in anything he could not see, and he trusted no one.

Robin was an apprentice to John the Wood and had been learning the craft of cabinet making. But John had accused Robin of stealing food, and before the sheriff could be summoned, Robin had slipped away in the night.

Robin plodded slowly along the twisting, winding track when suddenly a bright light began glowing through the copse before him. Robin stopped and rubbed his exhausted eyes.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

After Hip Replacement


Someone emailed me this after my hip replacement. I thought everyone would enjoy it! And, yup, it's right, too.
Have a great day!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Weird Meme from Tinker


This post is a tag meme called Six Weird Things About Me. Tinker tagged me providing me, also, with fodder to procrastinate! I guess that's a symptom that going around a lot of us this December...anyway, here are my 6 things...if you haven't done this meme, and you would like to, please consider yourself tagged:


1. I do NOT like square meat...like Wendy's hamburgers. It just doesn't taste right, and I just won't eat it!
2. My father died when he was 48, and I lived in dread of my 48th year because I thought, since we were so close, I would die when I reached 48...well, I'll be 64 in less than a week, so I was WRONG, thank God.
3. I don't really think this is weird, but I feed the birds summer and winter and provide water...in Texas that's really important. I have over 10 bird feeders in the back yard at present.
4. I go barefoot summer and winter...it's really not that cold in the winter, and I am just more comfortable in bare feet.
5. I read magazines and catalogs from the back to the front...always. I don't read books that way, though...it would ruin the ending!
6. I am a nudist around the house a lot of the time...in fact we both are, and so the kids always stop at the door to the house to ask if we are decent and to wait until we are!

OK...tag, you're it!! Tell me about YOU!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Story and Illustration Challenge


I believe I will be posting a story and illustration challenge in the next few days. The idea will be for me to begin a story and for each person who comments to read the story plus the other comments and add on to the story. I will keep this blog open until January 1, 2007, when I will end the story, take the story and illustrations and put them on a separate website. Illustrations for the story can be emailed to me separately.

I would like any reaction to this proposal...interest, etc.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Christmas Meme from Susie's Space

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate with lots of extra cream


2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?

Sets them under the tree and in the stockings


3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Colored on tree…no lights on house this year due to hip


4. Do you hang mistletoe?

Nope..used to, but as it is poison we just stopped


5. When do you put up your decorations?

My family tradition is always on Thanksgiving, down on Boxing Day. Raf’s was up on Christmas Eve, down on Epiphany. We do mine.


6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Turkey and tamales

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?

The smell of the Christmas tree as we went to the farm to cut it down…a cedar tree;
most missed memory, my daddy


8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
It was during WWII, and Daddy was in the war. The radio said to never tell your children there was a Santa. I was 2…I heard it, asked Mother, and she told me there was no Santa…I love Santa, though, and St. Nicholas

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

We used to let whoever said Christmas Eve gift first open a gift…not any more.


10. What kind of decorations are on your Christmas Tree?

All the collected family decorations from other generations and ours.


11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it…but in Texas we don’t have a lot of it

12. Can you ice skate?
Nope, but Raf grew up ice skating and taught the girls!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

When I was a child, it was a cap gun (each year I got a gun and a doll…loved the gun, hated the doll)
Now, though, my favorite was last Christmas when Raf gave me a diamond ring…I’d never had one.


14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?

Worshiping the Lord Jesus whose birthday we celebrate and keeping the traditions alive.


15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

Mincemeat pie and fruit cake


16 What is your favorite holiday tradition?

From Raf’s parents, we deliver bread on Christmas Eve then go out to eat pizza, then Midnight Mass


17. What tops your tree?

Star

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?

Giving…I love the planning of it all


19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?

Christian…the whole of Messiah
Secular…Silver Bells


20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yummy?

Yummy for the little kids…yucky to clean up!


Saturday, December 09, 2006

RIP -Lisa's Mother

D.M.A.
1921 -2006
May she rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon her. AMEN.

Saturday...missed Friday, oh well...

Well, I meant to blog yesterday. I really did BUT I didn't get 'er done. But I had a wonderful day. (I did blog every day in November, even with the surgery...)

Louise came over to stay with me while Raf went to Fort Worth to do Christmas shopping for me and get supplies...living in the boonies we don't have book store, liqour store, fabric store...at least not a large quantity of such. Louise brought wonderful food from Central Market, and I had soup from a recipe she had given me...it was all yummy. Later in the afternoon we had tea...did I say, she brought tea, as well?!? We sat here and talked for 6 hours...and still had plenty to say! It was a good day! Then John came by to visit...home from college...next week he has finals.

Think I mentioned the birds flying into the windows...here you can see the bird outline and it's wings where it hit...and it didn't die! Oh, but we now have a sharp shinned hawk who sits out every day near our 10+ feeders hoping for food of his own (sparrows).

Have you heard of Richard Bell, a Yorkshire man, who is a wonderful artist? Here are two of his books. You can order his books through Willow Island. They are fantastic! You can pay through paypal, and he sends them asap.
Tonight Raf plays at H2JO. I'm not going because I don't think I can sit there for 4 hours. But I am having cabin fever. I've been out twice...once to H2JO and once to El Paseo, and tomorrow I AM going to church. Father Phelps brought the Sacrament by this week, but I want to be AT CHURCH!!

So...think of me tonight all alone with only Gus, Sadie, Jake, and the Cat from Hell, Poke!! I recorded Polar Express and will probably watch it.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Wednesday Evening


Sadie really wanted what Raf was eating. We eat in our recliners on trays usually...an old retiree's thing, I guess. But Sadie was saying, "That looks like puppy food to me!" Sadie is about 12 now.Gus loves to sit on Raf's lap...at least when he doesn't want Raf to get up and take him in to the food bowl. We have to keep the cat food on their own special table or Sadie (see above) would eat all the cat food...she likes people food and cat food much better than dog food. Gus is about 14.


Gus still napping.

A bunch of people, all over the world, have been taking photos of the full moon this past week. Mine isn't nearly as spectacular as the others, but here it is.
The pt told me some days wouldn't be as good as others, and today is sort of a downer, but tonight we are eating out at El Paseo tonight, so that will be a treat!!

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