Christmas Trees and Cold Weather

Brrrrr, good morning all from a very cold Kimmy’s Patio! It started out a chilly 22 degrees this morning and has now warmed up to a balmy 38 degrees, lol.

Oh yes, and I started the day by getting peppermint essential oil in my eyeball via my contact: lesson here is Wash hands after handling essential oils during oil pulling and before inserting contacts!!! Now on to the rest of my post.

It seems I have been setting up Christmas trees all week, and that is fine, I like to do it. First, I helped my dad and Sean (my oldest) set their tree up…

Dad and Sean looking for the plugs to turn on the lights

Once we got it up and decorated, it was really pretty. He still uses all the old ornaments from when we were kids and when Sean was little. That’s very cool.

The finished product

At first I thought he should go get new stuff, but after seeing his tree and how pretty it was, it is nice that he kept all that stuff all these years. Some people really care about tradition, I am more of a new-theme-every-year kinda girl.

Yesterday my brother called and asked if I would help with his tree, I did and then forgot to take any pictures. Doh!!!

I did take a pic of my breakfast though featuring the egg cups I made with the nutritional yeast flakes. They were good, but that orange was horrible! Super sour and weird texture, I kind of bit into each slice for a bit of juice and wound up tossing them out.

Egg cup and a bad orange

The night was not a good one for sleep, both my husband and I were up at different times, one of those, I snapped this pic of the radar, weirdest thing I’ve ever seen, southern Texas getting snow when we were not, however, we had no moisture to create any.

Strange weather in the south

That’s the news for today, wish me luck trying to get some of my flash fiction pieces accepted for publication, I got a rejection yesterday but I think it might be because I did my cover letter wrong. I will re-submit today and see how that goes. Happy Friday everyone, stay warm now, ya hear?!

 

 

What To Name This Post?

Good morning everyone and how are you today? I hope you all had a pleasant weekend and my prayers are going out to all those affected on the east coast with Irma and also those in the northwest dealing with forest fires.

We have not been back to work on the house yet, preferring to visit family and friends, some day we will get on with our remodeling. Friday night I was visited by a tickle bee

See the tiny bee on my fingernail?

You can also see my nails needed to be redone, which my sister-in-law, Connie took care of for me on Saturday.

Fabulous work!
Nails by Connie

Saturday night we finally got to go see our friends Kerry and Michelle in their new (temporary) home in an RV community in Grapevine. We had a great time and I took a few pics but they were kind of dark.

Michelle and Kerry’s RV
The view from their spot on Lake Grapevine
Back into the park

Life is calm and quiet here, with most people chilling inside their mobile homes, walking around the park or down by the water. We hung out a while, Michelle took me around the park on her new golf cart and showed my their more permanent spot they will move to in a couple of weeks. Then they will stay until mid-December, leave the park for 2 weeks and after that, they can return to their spot. That is life in an RV campground for a while until they decide they want to live in a house again. There is a playground, washer and dryer’s, a restroom and even a small store inside the park. I figure I could last a month, tops!

Yesterday I grabbed the ideal dress to wear to church, noticing right away what a perfect match it was to my nails!

Like I planned it, really I didn’t!

Way to go Cowboys by the way! We had my dad and Dave’s mom over for dinner yesterday, but they went home before the game. I hate late games for that very reason. My boys evidently celebrated the event at a friend’s house, hopefully, they were on their best behavior!

Please keep us in your prayers as my mother-in-law has yet another procedure this morning to drain the fluid from her lungs. Keep our friend Billy in your prayers as well…he was hurt in a motorcycle accident after striking a deer, broke both legs below the knees and could possibly lose his left leg. Pray the doctors can keep that from happening and continue to pray for the victims of Harvey and now Irma.

I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED MONDAY!

 

Weekend Wrap and Countdown to Fun

Good Monday morning everyone! Before I start my post, let me pause and ask for a prayer from you all for my mother-in-law, Claudette, who is waiting on biopsy results. She has not been feeling well for weeks and had a biopsy of two lymph nodes Friday, let’s pray they come back negative!

Alright, this weekend was busy with family work and fun, starting with attending to MoMo’s house since she’s been under the weather. My son Chris showed up which came in handy since we had a hose come loose from the washer and a small flood to contend with. Since he works for Belfour Restoration, he knew just what to do! It is always nice to have him there to help his dad with the heavy-duty stuff. I folded several loads of laundry (actually I hung it) and cleaned things in the kitchen and vacuumed all the dust and dog hair that accumulates on a regular since she has a long-haired chihuahua.  After that, we checked out my Dad’s new roof and facia he had installed on Wednesday and Thursday this week. It looked pretty good, yet they have some finishing touches to attend to today. Once that was done, we went home and cleaned up for dinner and our son Chris, Bubba, and Connie and Dave and I went out to Joes Crab Shack and had a better than usual experience there.

Christopher is hungry, can you tell?!

There have been times that their food was not that great, however this time, it was better. We enjoyed crab nachos, everyone else but me enjoyed crab legs, I got lobster tails, sweet potato fries (yum) and broccoli, in an effort to be good, although the nachos were pretty rich. (I didn’t have too many though).

Yesterday, I went to my neighbor Kim’s house who’s yard looks like what I imagine the Garden of Eden looked like. Anyway, she was trimming her many plants and offered me some sweet potato vines of three different colors, and while I was there, also gave me three baby cactus! I was so happy to have these new additions to my yard! She has so many plants and trees I can’t name them all, but here are some pics I took while I was there.

Her bird of paradise
White plumeria
Her pink Plumeria

Sorry that  I have not posted since last Wednesday, my brain must already be on vacation since the countdown has begun to my Galveston trip coming up Thursday evening! I’m so excited to go have fun with the ladies and especially to get to meet Roxy (The Oily Guru), she lives in Galveston and is actually going to be a mile from where I’m staying with friends. My sister-in-law Connie did a fabulous, summery nail job on me yesterday to get me ready for the trip.

Nails by Connie

Since I didn’t want to mess up my new nail job, I only planted one of the vines, I have many more to go and also the cactus needs to be put in their pots. I cannot wait to see how the addition of these vines may add beauty to my beds in the yards.

Well, I must go get ready for the workday, I hope you all have a fabulous Monday and don’t forget my prayer request. I will be running like a chicken with my head cut-off getting ready for the trip… I don’t want to forget anything you know! Happy Monday!

PS: Don’t forget the eclipse today!!

 

 

 

Day 311-Free Days-Isn't That A Pity

Yesterday I was bragging that because I’m a blogger, I’m always taking pictures to feature on the blog. So how is it then that after 3 years of not seeing my son, he finally comes home and I didn’t get one picture to share with you all today? Could it be that I got caught up in the moment of actually visiting with him to worry about stopping to snap a pic? Maybe, plus, I had been so nervous that something would go wrong with Uber, that when he got here I was just ecstatic! It’s a pity I didn’t, but the good news is, there will be many more opportunities. He is home for good and hopefully his girlfriend (wife) and daughter will be joining him in a month.

Today we all went to celebrate Stephen’s 21st birthday at his Mom’s house and I definitely got a picture of him! Now if I only remembered how to spell his girlfriend’s name. You say it like Mic kay la. We felt awkward at first since we hadn’t seen them in so long, but once food was served, it seemed to break the ice and soon everyone was mingling and we all had a nice visit. Stephen isn’t your typical 21 year old. He is very laid back, studious, and cares nothing about throwing back drinks like other “kids” his age.

The birthday boy, opening his cards
Such a handsome young man

It has been a full and productive weekend and now we are going to relax with our Netflix series, Queen of the South…if we ever get it to start working tonite!!

Have a lovely evening and we will see you tomorrow, on the patio.

Day 258-Free Days-How Was Your Easter?

The reason for the season

How has everyone’s Easter been? I hope it has been an enjoyable day of faith, friends and family.

I started the day with church and it was a lovely service. We as a congregation put a flower in a plain wooden cross and when it was done, it was beautiful. I didn’t take a picture because I had a bad vantage point from where I was sitting, besides, I didn’t know how the pastor would feel about me snapping pics during the service. The hand bell choir did a lovely number and then the children performed a song with the chimes. I could’ve listened to that all day.

David cooked all day and we had a delicious ham, pork roast and vegetables, fresh green beans and his home made potato salad. My brother and sister-in-law brought angel cake, fresh fruit and cool whip for strawberry shortcake. Unfortunately, they also brought a lemon pound cake, which I could not pass up, I made my shortcake with it. (It was a small serving but still!) Back to being good tomorrow! No one is perfect, I follow a Paleo lifestyle 80 percent of the time, and it’s a holiday.

I promised some before and after pics of the front yard.

Before-notice: bushes, ground cover and glass front screen door

I want to say this pic was from a year and a half ago, when we first moved in.

After-Bushes gone! New screen door, able to open for cross breeze!

Two days of work later, bushes gone and ground cover dug out. Love my new screen door! Now, we could sit on the front porch and see the neighbors if we want!

A different view
The left side of the front of the house-all bushes out

 Some pretty new flowers to greet guests.

All in all, it has been a great and productive weekend. How was yours? Tell me all about it in the comments, and join me tomorrow for Motivational Monday! See you then.

 

 

Day 230-Free Days-Sunday Happenings

I so hope you have enjoyed the beautiful day this has been! Sunday in our part of the world got up to 80 degrees, and was spent working on the blog, the yard and dinner for family. Now, to be honest, Dave did the yard, I worked in the office and cleaned up after dinner, but hey-it was still a team effort…go team Smyth, lol.

The family, sans Chris, enjoyed thick, juicy Angus beef from Sams, baked potatoes (some of us had sweet) and salad. Unfortunately, Chris opted to go play disc golf with his friends, which is his choice of course, but he missed out for sure! I did try to help him out before he left by preparing him a special foot soak to treat his athletes foot (poor thing has a chronic problem) and dab treatment with specific essential oils. The foot soak had Epsom salts, tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus and peppermint, along with baking soda in warm water with apple cider vinegar. After he soaked for five minutes, he dried them well and I dabbed them with a cotton ball that had a few drop some of lavender and tea tree oil. These oils are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and some, like lavender, provide anti-inflammatory benefits. I sure hope it helps, but truthfully, he should do the treatment every day.

Now, everyone is gone and I have the evening breeze flowing through the living room, as I Watch Shades of Blue and compose this blog. A perfect end to a joyful weekend. Join me this week for my regular daily features and to hear the outcome of my appointment with the ENT and kidney doctor, which will hopefully end my doctor chores for the month. See you mañana, on the patio! 😎

Day 146-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 24)

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Aww, why they wanna bring us down, right here on Christmas Eve?

I have already talked about the most difficult time in my life recently, so I don’t want to spend a lot of time on it here today. Besides, I don’t want to feel sad today…that being said, my difficult time, of course was my Mom passing away. And the whole month before that.

I was living in Groves, Tx. still, and came back here to be with her for the last few weeks of her life. She had developed dementia, and was not making any sense, so I couldn’t really talk to her and figure out what she was thinking and feeling. That was hard. She was in a lot of pain the last two weeks and I felt helpless to do anything to help her. Then, the last week, (all of this took place in a nursing facility close to my home now) hospice came in and started giving her morphine and said we couldn’t feed her anymore. Waiting for her to slowly die like that was excruciating, and painful and sad. Her organs had shut down, which is something that happens at the end of the disease she had, once you go off of dialysis. She spent the last few days in sort of a coma like state and when she passed away I felt relief for her that it was over, yet profoundly sad that she was really gone.

Not having her here makes the holidays sad, but I know she is in a better place, pain free and waiting for me in Heaven.

We all deal with difficult times in our life, some way we make it through. I know its sad to talk about but it helps to heal. So, let me hear about yours if you are doing this challenge or if you simply want to comment. Have a wonderful holiday with your family today, hold them close and cherish the ones your with. 🙂

 

Day 115-Ready For Feast and Family

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you all are busy in the kitchen getting ready for your own feast- I will live vicariously through you this time! Actually, we  still have our oven and microwave, Dave will be warming the ham we bought for the dinner, here in a little while.

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions and memories?

Photo credit: Getty images Old pride pic from the 60's
Photo credit: Getty images
Old parade pic from the 60’s

I remember as a child being exited to get up and watch the parades. Before they got so commercial and everything has to be about a sponsor, they were actually pretty neat. When we were kids, the joy was in all the brightly colored floats, the super talented marching bands and the cartoon character balloons, featuring our favorites like Bugs Bunny and Mighty Mouse.

The new Humpty Dumpty balloon, followed by a redesigned Olive Oyl holding Swee' Pea, floats down Broadway in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 27, 1986.  (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
The new Humpty Dumpty balloon, followed by a redesigned Olive Oyl holding Swee’ Pea, floats down Broadway in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 27, 1986. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Woody Woodpecker makes his way down Broadway in the 64th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 23, 1989.  (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Woody Woodpecker makes his way down Broadway in the 64th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 23, 1989. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

Another memory is playing football in the backyard, once we let our dinner settle a bit, although, I only remember doing that a couple of times.

My best memories of all though are from the years we traveled to Lucedale, Mississippi, where all my aunts, uncles and cousins lived, to visit my grandparents. They lived smack dab in the middle of a pecan orchard. Grandmother had us kids busy ourselves, picking buckets of pecans, and of course we were happy to, knowing we would earn a dime a bucket and then feast on the pecan pie she eventually made from them. I loved playing with all of my cousins, getting into mischief and hearing all the latest gossip. (this was usually later, after the feast was over) It’s so sad that the older I get, the harder it is to recover my memories, I wish I could be with my cousins today so they can help me out!

Thanks to the magic of Facebook, we at least try to stay in touch with each other. In fact, some of us spoke last night after my cousin Rosa prompted us to remember or state our favorite Thanksgiving memory.

I miss those trips and all the family we lost. Being married and having children, we had to start our own traditions and split time between families. I became known as the dressing maker and we would drop it by my parent’s on the way to David’s Aunt Wanda’s in Wylie, Tx.  One of the best memories I have of those trips is getting iced in one year, and all of us sleeping on the floor in what was then a pretty small house!

I hope you share some of your best memories with me and that you make some new ones, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and I will try to post some pictures from mine later on.

Day 114-Thoughts on Community-NaNoWriMo update

Oxford dictionaries define community as:

  1. A group of people living in the same place or having  a particular characteristic in common (Haltom City’s Vietnamese Community) for example

  2. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals. (The sense of community that organized religion can provide)

The first definition I relate to say, living in a trailer or rv park. It’s a small community, where all the folks there share a common thing-they live in a trailer or recreational vehicle; i.e.; they can all relate to something. They share a common living space and can congregate, talk about it, share experiences and ideas, help each other out.

The second definition I relate to the blogging world. It is the sense of community with these folks where one can share feelings, help provide a service, commiserate with each other, that makes writers want to stay. We fellowship with each other much like people in church do. Sans the covered dishes and physical hand holding, we still feel a sense of caring from the others in the group. It’s a community I’m proud to be a part of and hope to belong to for a very long time. I enjoy having all of you to talk to and welcome the feedback you provide. Some people provide a service with their blogs, others treat them like a journal and still others provide a friendly space for people to share their experiences, feelings and advice. I’m not sure how my blog helps all of you, I just hope it does in some small way.

I bring all this up because this week is all about family, another community of sorts, where we all gather to eat and give thanks for the blessings we have been bestowed. It’s a time for sharing and caring, a precursor to the magical giving spirit of Christmas. A time for showing our love and appreciation to each other by the cooking and eating of food, a re-creation, if you will, of the first meal in America put on by the Pilgrims.

We used to travel to Mississippi at this time of year for a family reunion and Thanksgiving all rolled into one. I miss those days and the fuzzy feeling I got from my little community of aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. They are distant now, raising their own families, and life is so busy for everyone. It’s sad that all we have is social media to keep us in touch with one another. It seems the only other thing that brings us all together (those who are left) is a death in the family. The last time I saw any of my Miss. family was two years ago or so, when my Mom passed away.  It is sad really, and I’m just as much to blame for not keeping in touch. We traveled there to see my sister in Biloxi, although we didn’t (we ended up visiting my niece) because she (my sister) was in mourning for her “other” mother. Later on, after Mom passed, there was a family reunion on my Dad’s side, and I saw a whole different community of people, some I’d never met before. It felt good and strong, coming together with all these people and we promised to stay in touch. We talk a little more than before-on social media of course, but that’s about all.

So, we gather with those closest to us come Thanksgiving, my dad, brother and two sons that live here in the area, and Dave’s side, Claudette (his mom), his brother and wife, and his sister-in-law and her daughter and hubby.  Our family, our community is shrinking, where one time it seemed it was growing out of hand. Now that some of the other kids are grown and moved away, some of our people are sick and cannot attend, and some have passed on, we truly need to cherish and nurture the ones we are with and cherish the time we all have left together on this earth.

Likewise, we need to nurture our blogging community-share our stories, reach out to each other in times of need, and give out the information that we need to help one another reach success. I hope everyone reading this has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving, I hope you achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself and I hope you are spending quality time with the community you live in.  As for my goals, this month it’s all about the writing because I am woefully short of my promised 50,000 word count. I need to turn and burn today because as of yesterday, my word count was 23,031. Ten more days to the finish line folks- can I make it?  We will just have to see. I have a few assignments that, if I really put my nose to the grindstone, might get me passed the halfway mark. Wish me luck, stay warm and dry, and happy food prep to everyone! We may pop a ham in the oven while we still have one, that will be our contribution along with the afore mentioned relish tray supplies. Whatever else gets accomplished may just have to do some in someone else’s kitchen- seeing as we don’t really have one right now. 😉

What are your thoughts on community?  Where are you in your goals?  Sharing is caring- put your comments in the box and let me hear it people! I’ll be waiting on the patio! 🙂