Well, only eight more days to go until Christmas! Time is speeding by!
For Thanksgiving, we had 14 together for dinner. Once again, I made the turkey, and my daughter made her first attempt at providing Pumpkin Pies, made from scratch! She was very proud of herself, as were we all!
Next up, my brother recieved his Disability! Both back payments and present! Wonderful for him since he had had no income since September!
THEN.........my sister, who has been with her partner a little over 20 years, has decided to marry him! Of course, the news leading up to that was not good at all! Both he and her son lost their jobs. She is working however, and thanks to the new insurance laws, her partner, who has health problems can go on her insurance, even with Pre-existing conditions. Also, her son is not 26, so he can be put on it, too!
Anyway, they aren't having a wedding, just basically a *sign-off* by a minister to make it legal. Their reception will be on New Year's Eve, which is their 21st Anniversary! I'm happy for them all.
On Saturday, two of my Grandchildren and a *Sort of Adopted* Grandchild came and spent the day to help decorate the tree. It was fun. We put it up a day early, as it usually goes up on my birthday (which was Sunday 16th). I knew I would be gone on my birthday, so just had to do it!
My birthday day was a very good one! It started at 9:30 am when my friend Vicki called, and I woke up to having Happy Birthday sung to me over the phone! LOL A great way to start the day! Plus, my Grandson and son, who had spent the night brought me coffee in bed!
My son Aaron came to pick me up at 10:30 to take me to his home to spend the day with my other Grandchildren and his wife had spent all the time since she had gotten up making a "Mexican Fiesta" dinner for me! Tamales, Burritos, Refried Beans, Rice, Home made chips and Salsa, and a large Salad. YUMM! I got to bring some of it home too! Left overs to save me cooking.
One of the most exciting parts of my birthday was, My Brother got me a ring! Not just ANY ring, either! It was an *Open Heart* design by Jane Seymour, and it is a Mother's Ring! With a large stone of my birth month, and the stones of my kid's birth months, smaller on the other side of the front! It is engraved with "My Family"! OMGosh I was so excited and thrilled I almost cried, which of course made my brother uncomfortable! LOL It's Beautiful and I will Treasure it as long as I live!
My sister got me a set of Flannel Sheets, too! YAY!! Wonderful for both the kitty and me! It is really cold right now, and last night was snowing an inch per hour! (Sorry Vlad's)! I was going to see about getting a new set at the January white sales, and now I don't have to! Woohoo!
Oh yes, another awesome thing that happened was, my brother asked if I wanted to go to the Casino a couple weeks ago, and he gave me the money to spend. I actually came out ahead, so I had extra money to use for Christmas gifts for everyone! None were real expensive, but the fact I was able to get them this year at all, was very joyful to me!
I know I've mentioned before, in other articles and comments, that I wondered what my Terrorist Kitty might do to the Tree this year because he's gotten so big. Well, he showed me! I may have to get a new tree next year if someone can't help me fix this one! He didn't pull it down, like last year......................NO, when he stood up against it with his paws stretched out on the trunk, HE WAS HALF AS TALL AS THE TREE!! So he can't get up into it. BUT, being so heavy and leaning on the branches to reach things to play with, he has caused the (whatever metal thing holds the branches up) to break down, and the whole bottom row of branches now sag down To the floor instead of Standing up to help shape the bottom of the tree!!!
Guess I will have to ask some of the Male members of my family if they can figure out what to do with them! Sheesh! My tree now has a Tree Skirt alright, just not the one it usually has!
Anyway, I am going to try to put my pictures up and add add them before I publish this, SOOOO, I'll be Back! LOL