Shooting the Moon and Christmas

Such a simple thing. I’m crocheting on a basic easy easy dishcloth which has a multiple of 5 stitches using 2 of the most basic moves of all. Today, for some reason, I’m having a little bit of trouble keeping them lined up. It’s almost like there’s a small magical ghost who switches one around on me and I don’t catch it. Then after going for awhile, I realize something’s wrong and I say, “how did that happen?” To a degree that’s common in all thinks in life…….small mistakes we all make. But to have the little ghost move stitches around on ya about every 5 minutes is frustrating. Today isn’t a good day for TV either. Can’t seem to follow a simple movie……got the characters mixed up in my head this morning. But I still have hands which move, eyes to watch and some good functioning parts of my brain for which I am thankful.

Now I just don’t understand some things in life. Like shooting a rocket into the moon to see if there is hydrogen and water. Can you believe it? I’m ashamed to say that I don’t even remember why we went to the moon in the first place and all of our subsequent visits since then. And to shoot the moon—$79 million!! We did it for free when I was a kid. Just imagine what we could do with that extra money here on earth. Of course I’m thinking of humanitarian ways. But the way things are going, they’d probably just use it to give congressional leaders a raise…0we just can’t win. Right?

Now the other thing. I received an email from the American Family Association which leads you to this page:

Would you be willing to boycott stores which refuse to allow the word "Christmas" to be displayed?

Christians celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Christ. Yet there are those companies which feel that a public recognition of the birthday of Christ is not appropriate. Why? Because a few people may be offended!
Would you be willing to boycott retailers which refuse to allow the word Christmas to be displayed in their stores? Give us your answer. We will forward the results to those retailers which refuse to allow Christmas to be displayed in their stores or promotions.

And another one of their websites One company says ‘Yes’ to Christmas, and one says ‘No’. They mention both Sears and GAP. What a difference between the 2 of them on their stances.

I’ll be curious to know how many sign the petition and which company will they choose.


Only in America ……do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.


siberian tiger

A picture from the San Diego zoo on our last vacation before I got sick.


Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

We celebrated our Christmas yesterday since Chad will be in the hospital on Christmas day. He gave me a prepaid TracPhone. It’s a nifty little cell phone which has no contract  and no bills.  You just buy minutes ahead of time to use when you wish. It was very thoughtful. Instead of adding me onto our cell phone family plan with Verizon, it is cheaper for me to use this. I only need it when I go out with Pam. She makes me stay right by her side when we go grocery shopping or into any store since she doesn’t want me wandering away. Now I can have some “freedom” and we can use my cell phone to communicate.

hanakkuhHappy Hanukkah to all of my Jewish friends. This year Chanukah is celebrated December 21-29. The 8-day festival of light that begins on the eve of Kislev 25 celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adultertion and of spirituality over materiality.


Here is a picture of little ornament bells which I crocheted and put into our Christmas presents this year. Very simple to do but yet from our heart.

A few questions which some have been asking about. Yes. I do have a driver’s license and am permitted to drive. However, I think it would be foolish for me to drive even if just down the street for a cup of coffee. Yes, it would boost my self-esteem but why would I put others and myself at risk? I know some people with dementia and parkinsonian symptoms do drive but that’s on them.

And Chad is our son. He’s 27 and works as a banker. He’s having his gastric bypass surgery tomorrow morning at 10 AM. We have to be there by 8 AM. Need to rise and shine early……….I used to get up at 5:30 AM every morning. Don’t know how I did it. So, if you believe in prayer, please say one for Chad for tomorrow. He is supposed to be in the hosptial for 3-4 days. Hopefully not any longer.

I probably won’t be posting for a few days since Pam and I will be having long days at the hospital.

May the Love, Peace, and Joy of Christmas be Yours Always.

Love came down on Christmas Day so many years ago and brought the greatest happiness the world would ever know…

Peace came down on Christmas Day to fill the hearts of men with all the sweet tranquility each Christmas brings again…

Joy came down on Christmas Day as angels came to earth heralding the miracle of our Messiah’s birth.

A Christmas Prayer

Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus,that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Let kindness come with every gift, and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessings which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.  Amen

Robert Louis Stevenson

I love you gals and guys — Marry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!


We Like to go Christmas Shopping Too!

I’ve been a little lax recently in doing my brain games and puzzles. There’s something to say about timing. I received an email  2 days ago from Lynn D. who sent a link called Spot the Difference. She says, “I started that last night and didn’t stop until I had advanced about 5 or 6 levels and was way past my bedtime!  I might tackle it again on a day when time isn’t an issue. It’s a great mind exercise, especially as the levels advance.”

Well, I’m like a little kid today. Isn’t if funny how we all take things for granted. I always took having a car for granted. I miss it terribly now. So Pam is taking me Christmas shopping today and I am so excited. I’m kind of embarrassed to even say it. But not being able to get out when one wants to isn’t always easy. Just to get in the car to go get gas, buy some milk or just take a little ride. Although I bothers me that I cannot drive, I’m delighted that Pam can still drive and we can go out together. I’m reminded of some days in the past that I even thought Christmas shopping was a chore! Not now! Funny how things change over time.

Remember, anyone with a disability still gets excited too.

Enough for now. I have to get ready!


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