Thursday, December 29, 2011

Post Christmas traumatic stress syndrome!

Christmas is over and I always get a little sad and sentimental when the last present is opened and the last person leaves. I always wonder why we wait so long to get together to visit and just be together. Everyone is so busy with their lives that it seems we all need to slow down and spend time with each other. My family all comes over to my house on Christmas Eve. We are now missing two people, my dad and my sister have both went to heaven, so every Christmas is more and more dear to me. This year we had to share with other families due to marriages and girlfriends, so instead of our usual 23 or so, we had 14. But it was very fun and I loved every minute except maybe one.  This one....

My daughter's boyfriend tipped my top shelf that holds some fiestaware and Christmas decorations. The look of horror on his and my daughter's face was priceless. It's just stuff, stuff that I have less of now!! My husband Dennis, who has been fighting some serious illnesses all summer, did really well. We met with his dad and stepmom on Christmas Day night and Dennis's mom's on Monday night. Both nights were very fun and although we were pretty tired we loved every minute. My daughter had to leave on Monday afternoon because her boyfriend had to work Monday night and I already miss her. She brought her two dogs who do not get along with my two dogs very well. Her dogs kind of take over the house.

Then when you are so tired you don't think you can make it another minute, it's time to go back to work!  The good news is we have another three day weekend coming up.  Happy New Year!!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Joy of Giving

We are getting ready for Christmas Eve and I can't believe how fast this month has flown.  I made Vanilla Thai Chi Tea Mix for my friends and I decided to share the recipes that I got off of pinterest. 

Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer
2 ½ cups white sugar
1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
¼ tsp white pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it is a fine powder (If you have a small food processor, you can combine just the instant tea and spices in the food processor & then combine everything together in a bowl). Add two-three tablespoons of mix to 8 ounces of hot water or milk.

It is delicious!!!!  I hope my friends enjoy it.  I also made some Eggnog bread.  I love it and it always is a big hit.  My kitchen didn't look so great though.

I also made Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Honey Butter which I got off of pinterest also.
2 sticks of butter at room temperature.
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 cup of honey
2 tsp of cinnamon

We love to give back at Christmas to all our wonderful friends that God has put around us.  They do so much for Dennis and I during the year and we love all of them. To all my friends and to all my new
blogging friends have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Things that warm my heart at Christmas part 2

A few posts back, I posted about my husband’s pressure sores.  Well, they are looking much better and I think we are now on the uphill side of that battle.  One of the things I love about Christmas time is the generous spirit everyone seems to be in.  Dennis and I decided to go to Enid (the closest big town) on Saturday for a few errands I had.  We stopped in to our pharmacy to pick up one of Dennis’s prescriptions and Santa had left a package for Dennis.  It was a case of protein drink that Dennis needs for the healing of his pressure sores.  I asked who Santa was and they told me if Santa wanted us to know who they were, they would tell me.  So a big shout out to “Santa” and thank you for your generous spirit.  We went and ran our errands and came back to town.  I took some shots of the decorations around town on the way back to the house. 
These two were awesome!
I always love our courthouse!

This one was my favorite.  Just a Jospeh, Mary and Baby Jesus at the bottom of the deck stairs.  What else do you need?  I love our little town at Christmastime...... 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Spirit of Christmas

Things that warm my heart at Christmas:
With the season upon us I have heard a lot of people complaining that they are just not in the Christmas spirit. They haven’t put their tree up or lights or done any shopping. They are just “bah-humbug”. I then thought about what makes me get so in the spirit of the season. Here’s a little bit of my list.

1)    Looking across the street at Grandma’s and seeing her candles glowing from her windows.
This is the stained glass taken out of our old church.

 I got this so Dennis and I would remember to have Joy after Dennis's accident.
 Our daughter who is our "angel".
My daddy.
2)   Looking at the ornaments on my tree and remembering each memory that goes with each ornament.

3) Just looking at the lights on my tree.
4)   Getting “angels” off of the trees in town and going shopping for the little girls and boys who are less fortunate than we are.  I try to imagine their delight when they open the gifts and hope that we are blessing them.

5)   Making new recipes and gifts and trying them out on my family and friends.
6) Christmas music, old and new.
7)   Remembering my daddy and how much he used to love Christmas Eve with my family.
8)   How we use to spend Christmas at my Grandma’s and the whole family would come, she had a silver tree with a spinning color wheel.
9)   Knowing that my loved ones are in heaven and they get to celebrate every day!
An Italian presepio
10)   And knowing that Jesus came down from His comfort in heaven, for the purpose of dying a torturous death, so that I could live.
He is the reason we should always be in the spirit of the season.
                                     Merry Christmas !!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Things We Take for Granted: part 1

We are trying to fatten up my husband Dennis, because he had lost so much weight this summer.  With the weight he gains it gets easier to breathe and also the pressure sores heal better and faster. So when we go to bed now we have his favorite snack at his bedside, Cheetos! 
Since Dennis is a quadriplegic I have to feed him the Cheetos.   Now, my day is full being as I work and by the time I go to bed I want to go straight to bed, but that  does not happen in a caregivers world.  When it’s time to go to bed you get the patient ready, which in our case is getting the sling and lift and put Dennis to bed.  Then it’s getting all the pressure sores where there is no pressure on any of them and either oxygen, vent, or on a good night neither one of them.  Making sure his head isn’t cold and the room isn’t too cold or too hot.  Giving the nighttime meds and then.. you get to go to bed, unless you are trying to fatten someone up and then you get to feed them Cheetos!  Someone needs to invent a self feeding Cheeto machine!  This is one of my selfish moments when I long for the days that when I got tired I went in and put my pajamas and went to bed.  So this is why I am calling this blog “ Things we take for Granted: part 1”,  because you don’t realize what a blessing some simple things are until they are gone; don’t take them for granted.