23 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 12-17-16

  1. We are in Fredericksburg, Va. We came up to help celebrate fifty years of marriage for this young couple we lnew when we lived up here.
    I can’t say much now because of this keyboard and we’re off to breakfast.

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  2. I am babysitting today. It looks like Little Guy’s other grandmother will be picking him up after all (to spend time with her & his dad), after saying she wouldn’t because of the snow. But I am prepared for her to change her mind, if she does.

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  3. πŸ™‚ Children’s Christmas programs. Especially grandchildren’s.

    πŸ™‚ Watching granddaughter in “The Worst Christmas Pageant Ever.” She is a ham and loves to perform.

    πŸ™‚ Watching her play a song for her school Christmas program. She also had a big part in the musical. Our grandson sang in the worship team group. The director of this program has the right balance of doing well and enjoying what is being done. The children clearly like singing the songs etc. The message is always wonderful. It is a Christian school, but my experience with one was not the same at all. So grateful for this music teacher.

    πŸ™‚ Watching both of these grandchildren play basketball.

    πŸ™‚ Enjoying time with the newest grand and celebrating Christmas early with them all.

    😦 Being apart, so that all of these don’t happen often enough. December brings a whole lot of driving for us. Glad, though, that we can do it and that, at least, two families live close enough for us to do it!

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  4. Looks like Mr X’s mom will not be picking up Little Guy, but she might pick him up later.

    According to last night’s forecast, we were supposed to get a few inches of snow, with the snow turning to a snow/rain mix around mid-morning. But the straight snow is still coming down steadily. (Forecast still says it will change over, eventually to just rain, sometime this afternoon.)

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  5. πŸ™‚ Work may began moving again soon on the house. Foundation & main bathroom, consultations tomorrow morning (bad time for me, but I decided to allow for the exception as it fit with workers’ — and I am hoping it won’t take long and they’ll get here a little earlier than planned so I can still scoot off to church, even if I’m late)

    πŸ™‚ A good, productive week off. More weeding out of closets and a cedar chest & my grandfather’s cedar-lined old trunk in the bedroom today, I think — old, never-worn-anymore clothes, be gone

    πŸ™‚ The blessings of anticipating a better-functioning, better-looking house in the months to come. Next Christmas, Lord willing and this all doesn’t kill me first, it should look great πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ Brisk weather to go with the season (we’ve had a few summer-like Christmases through the years — 80 degrees, though that’s rare and it remains cold at the dog park no matter what)

    πŸ™‚ Christmas is on a weekend!! That’s a huge deal for those of us who work & only get the single holiday off. This way, it’s combined into a longer stretch (we’ll have Monday, the day after Christmas off — and Christmas Eve is on a Saturday, which makes things a whole lot easier for me as I’m picking Carol up for services at Hollywood Pres again this year) — typically we get to leave work a *little* early on Christmas Eve, but not by much, so it’s always a scramble to get somewhere that’s any distance to drive

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  6. DJ – Hubby also has a job that doesn’t involve an extra day off. Like you, this year he will be getting Monday off since Christmas falls on Sunday, but then he works five days in a row, rather than having his normal Wednesday off, so it’s not really an extra day off. But that’s fine with him, so he doesn’t have to cram a day’s worth of deliveries into another day.

    The job I had before I quit to have Nightingale also was like that. I worked for Martin-Brower, a company that supplied McDonald’s restaurants, which we called “stores”, with their food, wrappings, cups, etc. (almost everything they needed, even certain cleaning supplies). We had to work on Labor Day, Memorial Day, & Independence Day if they fell on a weekday. We got off Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day (though we didn’t have New Year’s off initially) but would have to work extra hard the day before & the day after those holidays.

    The ladies I worked with & I were customer service reps, taking the orders for each store, from 8 – 11 each morning, with other work duties for the rest of the day. I often thought it would be easier to just go in & take the orders & then go home on those holidays off, because although we’d have 50% more calls to make on the days before & after, we still had to have them finished by 11:00.

    I’ve often wondered how the processes have changed since I left. We went from using large order sheets to fill out as we took the orders (also adding the totals on an adding machine as we went along) to putting them into computers. I wouldn’t be surprised if the McDonald’s managers now put in their own orders from computers at their stores.

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  7. And I’m sure you had to work the day after Thanksgiving, too? One of the hardest days to go back to work, in my mind.

    We do get Labor Day, Memorial Day & Independence Day (and our birthday and work anniversary holidays each year), so it’s not bad. But many of the aerospace and other companies around here actually shut down for 2 weeks through the Christmas/New Year’s holidays (all paid) which would be so sweet.

    I guess the public service sector, though — from law enforcement to medical to restaurants/retail to newspapers — has to plow through pretty much everything.

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  8. Yeah, we worked the day after Thanksgiving, too.

    When I had that job, Hubby was working for a food service company that serviced institutional accounts, so he had those days off, but I had to go to work. That was hard.

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  9. It was a nice reception. We saw people we hadn’t seen in 16 years. At breakfast, just TSWITW and I and another couple had breakfast with the celebrants and their family. They (the kids) were just kids when we last saw them. Now they are grown and the ones who put on the celebration.
    This couple came to our fiftieth in Hendersonville.

    There was also sad news about one of our colleagues who had died. Two who were in bad health. But it was a joyous occasion.
    The sad thing, on a personal note, is that I will likely never see most of them again.

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  10. Short term Mumsee. They were all members of our church in Falls Church, The guy who died used to go on mission trips with us. A young guy by my standards. Former Marine. Capt. Oliver North was one of his commanders.

    When we woke this morning, there was ice on the road. I couldn’t even get out to the car.
    But it began to get warm and the ice was gone when we left at about 11:00. It took 4:40 to drive home. It was wet but not bad driving.

    Glad and sad at the same time.

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  11. 😦 Ice on top of snow.

    😦 We will miss church two weeks in a row (though there probably won’t be a service to “miss” this week).

    πŸ™‚ Some very cooperative birds coming to our yard, and some real beauty to be seen from inside.

    πŸ™‚ A nice casual visit with our son-in-law this afternoon. It’s nice when the relationship is good and he can feel comfortable dropping by alone, not with her.

    😦 A project that has been far more complicated than the publisher suggested.

    😦 My Christmas letter has not been finished yet, largely due to above.

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  12. Very slippery on the roads around here, too. Very cold, too. Not too different from Winter, though. πŸ˜‰

    Kizzie, None of our children live in the same place. Two families are only about 45 minutes or so apart. It is much more economical to live where we do. It also gives my husband opportunity to continue doing his music with others. We may end up having to move closer to one or the other. Our area has lost a lot of industry and, therefore, a lot of the younger generation. One of the missionaries now has a ministry giving Christmas gifts to those in the nursing homes, who have no one else around. The number of these people astonished me a few years ago. Now I understand. It is not an easy decision, but I would imagine we will know when the time is right.

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  13. Now things are icing up.

    Tomorrow we are expecting temps in the lower 50s, but then they will drop to the lower teens (or lower) Sunday night, causing the melted stuff to ice over.

    I feel bad for people who have to drive in that, like my husband.

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  14. It is zero out this morning, but the wind is blowing so I suppose that makes it cooler. But it is a lovely day to do chores. Sometimes I have sent the smallest one in early if she is looking like her face is freezing (not dog park freezing but the kind where the water in your skin tissue freezes and you develop frost bite) but all were fine today. We got to sing There’s a Blue Sky Way Up Yonder.

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