Archive for November, 2018


November 27, 2018

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, Nov. and Dec. seem to be our families’ birthday months. The majority of our family have birthdays these two months of the year.

Nov. is four of those birthdays. Our grandson #5 had a birthday the day after our weekend trip to Branson where we met Son and family for lunch on Sun. We were able to give him our birthday card with the money that they always get for their birthdays.

A few days after that was Daughter #1’s birthday. She lives here in town and I had her card ready for her, but she didn’t get it until we all met a week later for the birthdays of her husband and son. Yes, Grandson #2 was born on his dad’s birthday.

We were just planning on running over and delivering our cards, but Daughter asked us if we would like to join them for the traditional birthday-dinner out.

Sun. is the day of the week that Hubby and I have our “date” day. We go to Barnes and Nobel for lunch and I get to treat myself to one of their coffee’s. Yummmmm!

Since we were already on that side of town, we decided to “kill time” by going to the library and do a little shopping while we waited for time to meet everybody for supper.

Two of the birthday guys,

Birthday Mama.

This Grandson #1 will have a birthday in Dec.

Supper was simple, which was a good thing, but trying to talk was not because the place was full and noisy. So we all went back to Daughter’s house for the traditional “cookie cake” and visiting.

The reason they have palm trees on their “cake” was because they just got back from a cruise down south. Wow, nice birthday gift!

Hubby and I left our house when it was daylight and then had to drive home in the dark. It seemed like a longer day then it was because of that. But it was nice to see everyone again and have a nice visit.


Getting Away From Routine

November 25, 2018

Sis hasn’t been over to craft for the last three weeks because of one thing or another. After the visit and trip to Branson with my friends, I came down with a bad sinus cold. So we postponed our craft day that week. Then the following week, I was feeling better, but Sis was in a funk and a little depressed. So she cancelled that week. The following week was Thanksgiving and we didn’t get together that week of course.

I might talk about what we’ve been up to before all this other took over. The last time Sis was here, she brought a show and tell. She’d been painting again.

Here’s my show and tell.

A close up,

This afghan had been started and it, along with the rest of the yarn, the hook, and instructions was in a tote that I found at an estate sale. I’m almost embarrassed to said what I paid for it. $3.00! After I finished the afghan, I still had almost enough yarn left over for another afghan. I love bargains like that! (This afghan may go into my gifts for Christmas.)

Sis and I started on these little felt ornaments when we was here that day,

I cut out more after she left, but since she hasn’t been over to craft, I’ve been working on them so they’ll be done in time for Christmas.

I’ve been organizing my loose patterns that accumulate from downloading off the computer, and I came across a simple mobius neck scarf. Since I had finished the afghan, I decided to find some pretty yarn and make it up. It went so fast, I had it finished in one afternoon!

Then my daughter-in-law asked me if I could make her an ear warmer that looks like a crown. She’d seen it on the web, I guess. Anyway, she sent me the link for the pattern and I made one for her. I didn’t take a picture of it. However, when Sis run over to go with me to a craft show, I showed it to her and she modeled it for me,

It turned out so cute and was so quick to make that I’m thinking of making some to put in our craft show next year.

Speaking of craft shows, my brother-in-law and his wife have been in a few this year. He welds for a living and has been making some smaller home-decorating items for his shop, Then his wife re-proposes items that she buys at yarn sales by distressing them with paint, etc. They thought they would try their hand at the craft shows to see if they could sell some of their pieces of art.

Some pretty neat stuff. They both do amazing work!

Sis and I ran to a small craft show a couple of weekends ago.

It’s called Christmas in the Country. It isn’t a very big show, just a few ladies get together and sell some of their stuff.

We’ve gone to it for several years. Even though it’s a small show, the ladies have a variety of items for sale. Even some canned jelly and homemade candy! (Which was delicious, byw.)

Hopefully Sis will be back over this Thurs. and we can get back to our routine again. At lease for a couple of weeks until Christmas gets closer.

Better Get Back At This — Our Trip To Branson

November 19, 2018

My blog entries have been slacking up lately. This is the busiest time of the year for me. It used to be a lot busier when my family was younger. We have lots of birthdays along with the big holidays in these last two months of the year. We always had birthday parties to host or go to and with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner as well, it’s always been a little hectic. And I loved it!!

But most of the kids are grown and gone their separate ways, so it’s hard for us all to get together like we used to. But I still like to acknowledge their birthdays with cards, (trying to remember to get them in the mail on time), and plan on at least one get-together for Christmas. It’s been several years since we’ve all been together at one time, but I keep hoping that maybe “this year will be that time.”

I have a couple of friends whom I used to work with in the Belton area come to see me at least once a year. We’ve remained friends all this time. I’ve blogged about them before. They are great friends. They make me feel like a teenager again.

They came down a few weeks ago, and we went to Branson for the weekend. On the way down, we stopped at Lambert’s for lunch where they “throw rolls” at their guests. It’s amazing how huge the servings are.

This is a chef’s salad for one person!

And the chicken pot pie with two extra side dishes is another serving.

Needless to say, we had to leave a lot of it to be thrown away because we didn’t have a way to keep it if we took it with us. I hate to throw food away! (BTW, that pot pie was DELICIOUS!)

We stopped on the way at a Branson Center to get tickets to a show.

I love to watch their little fishys swim in their little pool.

After getting checked in at our motel,

We all got together in one of the rooms and had a little “birthday” party. (We all have birthdays about the same time, so that’s one of the reasons we like to get together at this time of the year.)

After a quick supper at the Dairy Queen, we went to the show. We decided on the Haygoods this time. What a show! It was very crowded, (I counted four buses in the parking lot!), but we got seats right in the center about four or five rows back. We had a great view of the show!

It was getting pretty late after it was over, so back to the motel for a little shut-eye.

My son and his family from K.C. happen to come down to go to Silver Dollar City to see the Christmas lights this weekend as well. So we made plans to meet them for lunch the next day.

The girls and I went shopping, (that’s just a given when we get together — we love to go shopping!), and had a great time laughing, acting silly, and spending money!

When it was time to meet Son and family, we ran into a Santa posing for pictures with anyone who wanted. So my friends and I decided to talk to Santa.

We all met at the Hard Rock Café. They play and sing old-time songs while everyone enjoys their meal. It was so loud, however, that I didn’t get much “visiting” done with Son and family. But it was good to see them. It was also their oldest boy’s birthday the next day, so I was able to give him his gift. (I can’t believe I forgot to take any pictures of them. They did give me a pic that they had taken at SDC. Sorry it’s so grainy — it’s a pic of a pic.)


We said our good-byes, wished everyone safe travels home, drove back to my house where the two girls took off for home.

It was really a perfect weekend. In spite of Branson being very, very busy, we didn’t have a lot of traffic issues, or parking problems. It was supposed to rain, but it came at night while we were asleep, and everything worked out great. What a fun time!

That’s it for now. I’ll do some more catching up next time.