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God Bless Us Everyone!

When I was a child, my mother received a Christmas card that had Tiny Tim and his father on it.  The words read, “God Bless Us Everyone!”

I thought it meant Tiny Tim wanted everyone to bless him and his family.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about that.  I also wasn’t sure how that was a Christmas sentiment.

I also didn’t know the Christmas Carol story.

I still haven’t read the story but I’ve seen many versions on TV and on stage.

As an adult, I think Tiny Tim is asking God to bless all of us.  It is his prayer that makes it possible for Scrooge to have a conversion experience.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we found out that Scrooge’s Nephew and wife also prayed in some form as well.

Christmas is a good time of year to open our hearts and pray for everyone.  However, we shouldn’t limit ourselves, we can pray for everyone at all times.

For Tiny Tim’s prayer came back to him.  The blessing in Scrooge reaching out to others caused him to do what was needed for Tim’s health to improve.

A positive spin on the ‘what goes around, comes around’

And so with Tiny Tim, I raise my cup, toast the season and affirm, “God Bless Us, Everyone!”

 

Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend

Friday I bought a snapper fishbone.  It was brought from the Gulf of Mexico that morning.  When I got home, I showed the grandkids and but it in a big pot.  I added water, garlic, sliced onion and some callaloo.  I wish I had taken a picture of the red, green and white that filled the pot.

As that began to cook, I put together a lemon pepper cornbread pudding.  This complemented the soup quite nicely.

This simple meal fed 6 people as they sat at the table and shared all what happened during their day apart.

I hope you had as great a way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend!

Christmas Wishes from Gpa for 2007 and 2015

As I was going through stuff to prepare for painting the floor, I came across Gpa’s 2006 Christmas letter.  It was the last one before he was diagnosed with Dementia.  It was a bittersweet discovery.  I wanted to share with you his wit, his wishes and his love.  In his letter he shares what he’d like for us in 2007.  I’m sure he would want the same for us in 2015.  And I do, too! er, as well (as Gpa would say)   I typed it as he wrote it.

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Christmas 2006    Dear Family+ and Friends

It is getting to look a lot like Christmas, with all the decorations going up and the stores full of shoppers.  My two granddaughters Laura and Vickie and my two greatgranddaughters, Lillie and Virginia Rose, who live in Dallas, came over to see me and have Thanksgiving with me here at Trinity Terrace.  Every holiday, Trinity Terrace puts on a big meal to celebrate the holidays and guests are welcome.  My two granddaughters and two greatgranddaughters aways like to come over and celebrate holidays and get good meals!  We always have a good time.  Laura works at the University and at the same time is working on her masters degree. Vickie works for a jewelry store and is required to wear the stores jewelry while she is at work.

My great grand son who is in the Marines didn’t get to be with us Thanksgiving but he will be with us at Christmas.  He has spent ten months in Iraq.  His unit came back to the States in July and the summer was spent in the desert practicing.

I told you I started a big woodworking shop here at Trinity Terrace one year after I moved in.  Word soon got around here at Trinity Terrace that George could fix anything.

I surely have fixed a lot of things for the residents. Everything from gluing chairs and picture frames together to adjusting an electric toothbrush and fixing earrings, coffee percolator and one lady wanted me to fix her dentures.

I didn’t take that job.

There is a monthly meeting of all the units and since I am the chair person of the shop unit, I report all the things I did during the month.  I said I fixed a lady resident’s drawers.  I realized immediately that I had made a blunder; so I said excuse me; I want to clarify that statement a bit. So I said I fixed a lady resident dresser drawers.

President Bush is very interested in people doing volunteer work.  So, to show his interest he has developed the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program. The people that have put in 5000 hours of volunteer work receive an award which includes a nice award pin and a beautiful framed certificate. At the Harris Hospital where I have volunteered for ten years and have earned 7,800 hours of volunteer work. So I received the award. At Trinity Terrace there are 230 volunteers.  Out of the 230, forty five of us received the award.

I am in good health and hope to keep that way. I hope that this finds you in good health and I also hope the You have a very merry Christmas and that 2007 will be the very best you have ever had.

With love George Scott

One Way A Deadline Helps

I work a 14 hour day tomorrow at my tempt job and start a full time job on Wednesday.  Funny about starting a new routine, gives you motivation to get things done.

These things have  been on my to do list: mending, cleaning the pantry (there’s stuff in there from before I started taking care of Gpa), organize the office.  I got the mending done last night.  This morning the pantry as well as the other kitchen cupboards.

I’ll eat lunch and take a break and then tackle the office.

I also want to plan the menu for the week and get the groceries needed.

Oh, and since it is Memorial day,  today  I’ve been thinking about the people in our family who have fallen while serving our country.  The family didn’t talk much about things like this so I’m sad to report, I only know that my Uncle Neal’s twin brother died and my Grandmother’s cousin is still on the Arizona.

I am thankful for their sacrifice.  I do wonder why I only know one sentence about each of these men. To me that’s sad.  How do I pass that on to my kids and their kids?

Spring Time Garden

It was about this time a couple of years ago that I found the community garden.  It is very good to dig in the dirt and watch the plants spring up and grow into food or flowers.  Gives me hope.

I’ve been in a mood lately.  It’s hard searching for a job, going for interviews and then not getting anything!  I’ve applied to jobs I am qualified and ones that are entry level.  Nope, still looking.  Though I have gotten a couple of temporary assignments.

I haven’t spent much time pondering on the mood.  Just been letting it sit there, brooding in the background as I do what I do each day.

But during the plant sale at the garden which coincided with preparing the church for Easter.  I took some time to look at the mood, the things I’ve been focused on and what I can do to move forward.

I feel like a seed that has been given water and sunshine and yet is fighting the resulting change and growth.  A plant doesn’t look anything like a seed.  In fact in many cases, the seed has to split in half and let the seedling sprout up through the middle.  Talk about growing pains.

So as I dig in the garden, and tend the new plants, I’ve been looking at what I like to do best and how I might be able to translate that in to a source of income.  I’ll keep you posted on what I figure out.

Dead People You Can Talk About

We had a rocky Easter.  Lillie hasn’t been processing Gpa’s death and it came to a head on Sunday.

We had a bit of a blow up before Church and she came later.  Then we worked it out on the way to some friend’s house where we had been invited for lunch.

We had a lovely visit.  We talked about Gpa and a few others who are n0 longer with us.  We talked about plans for the year.  But the calm didn’t last long once we got back into the car.

I mentioned a friend of her’s that died when they were in the 6th grade.  We were driving the same way we did the day we went to the friends service.

A few moments later, Lillie says, “I think it’s rude that you talked about my dead friend.”

The conversation escalated quickly.  I had not meant to offend.  We had talked about other dead people and I didn’t say anything bad about her friend.  She couldn’t hear that and all had a turn at yelling.

She got to the point of telling me that I’m the parent and I should parent.  UM, the girls are 25 and 27.  But I heard what she said and I got control of my yelling and told her to stop.

Then I said, “there will be no more negative talk from now until we get home.”

Whew, it is not good when you don’t process your grief.

We all hugged and remembered that we love each other and are doing better now.  Sometimes it takes longer than a year.

I would have to say that we lived the reason for Easter and found a way to extend grace to each other.

 

 

My Valentine

Today I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s day with the babies, giving my son and his wife a chance to have an evening out.

I’m thinking pizza, always a favorite and a netflix movie.  However, that may change as my grandson was asking about Wall-e.

I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.

I hope you have a great valentine’s day, whatever you do.