Monday, November 20, 2006

Little Gifts....


I spent almost all day Saturday dragging the holiday decorations out of storage (we keep 'em under the stairs, clear in the back so we have to unload the entire closet to get to 'em...yea, that makes sense...), and decorating the family room in the basement (yep, just the family room...the rest of the house will get it starting Wednesday). The entire time, my son would wander through saying "oh for heaven's sake..." or "...isn't it a bit early for this nonsense?" I would smile and say, "it's never too early!" and "you know you love it." Sure enough, when I got all done, turned off the overhead light and turned on the tree, he said, "looks really nice, Mom." Gotta love those little gifts....

Saturday night I drove out the the local WalMart to get a new tree skirt for the tree in the family room, and at the end of the street near the high school, I was greeted by the heartwarming site of holiday decorations lighting up the night in a townhome's yard....beautiful white and red decorations, brilliantly lit...it made me smile clear down to my toes. What a wonderful, wonderful gift....

I told my husband last night, "you know, the holiday decorating I do throughout the house is my gift to you, our son, and to myself; but the decorations we put outside in the yard and on the house are our gift to the community...our small way of sharing the joyous holiday spirit with everyone around us." He looked at me like I was a bit nuts (nothing unusual there), but he understood what I meant.

Little gifts abound....share them, little ones, share them....

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Series of Moments


...all strung together, they form a whole. Happy moments, sad moments, important moments, insignificant moments, loud moments, quiet moments, joyous moments, devastating moments, loving moments...a long, wonderful series of moments that, taken as a whole, are life.

This thought popped in to my mind as I drove back home from a day in Rapid City earlier this week. I had gone to Rapid to meet a dear old friend for lunch - for a moment, as it were. We spent a few hours sharing good food and wonderfully good company, glancing outside the restaurant at the snow every now and then, commenting "well, we'd better both head home before it gets any worse." When we did finally, reluctantly, part company, we headed in opposite directions (her to the north, me to the south) into the snow.

I drove through Rapid City and headed down the highway to home, with snow blowing hard and visibility about 1/2 mile...I was not thrilled to be driving in the snow, and I was not looking forward to having to do so all the way home, but I knew the trip had been worth the journey already. About 20 miles south of Rapid City, the snow tapered off and as I approached Hot Springs, I topped a hill and was dazzled by one of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen in ages. The skies to the west were the brightest blue and the clouds were outlined in pure gold. The air just glittered...it was breathtaking! (Of course, I didn't have my camera with me...Murphy's Law, right?!)

And as I continued my sojourn home, I thought about moments....my day had been a series of rather disconnected, but still flowing, moments. Taken separately, some of those moments weren't all that great, while other moments were truly stellar...but when you string all those moments together, you get a pretty damned decent day. :)

So, little ones, enjoy your moments - the good, the bad, the happy, the sad - and the life those moments create. It's all good....

Monday, November 13, 2006

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (almost!)


Anyone who knows me, knows I am a total nut about the holiday season. I love, love, love the time from Thanksgiving to New Year's!

My family always says that Christmas "blows up" in our house when I decorate each year - no room is safe...I even do the bathrooms. I have tons of holiday decorations, and I get more every year. Someday, when we build our dream home at Twin Butts Vista Drive, I'm gonna have a big ol' room to store all my decorations and trees in, so I don't have to dismantle everything each year if I don't want to. And I'll go sit in my Christmas storage room when I need a fix of holiday cheer during the year.

I have always been a HUGE fan of the holiday season, and I seem to get more excited about it every year. I have NO problem with the stores putting our their Christmas stuff immediately after Halloween; it drives my husband crazy, but I love it! I love the music (and I am thrilled that it is already available on our digital music service!), the shopping, the crowds, the lights, the parades, the food, the parties, the wonderful feelings of good will and cheer! Love it all!

So I'm a happy camper about now, getting all geared up for the holidays! Only a tich over two weeks until Thanksgiving, which is for me the official kick-off of the holiday season. There's stuffing to be made, turkey to be stuffed, pumpkin pies cryin' out to be baked, tummies to be stuffed to the max, and - best part of all - college football to be watched. Oh yea, college football - another wonderful and welcome tradition of the holiday season. My grandfather used to say, "the living room is full of footballs!" this time of year. And I uphold that tradition well - we watch every danged bowl game we can, and every regular season game, too.

Yep, it's the most wonderful time of the year, little ones! Embrace it, rejoice in it, live it!!!!!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Of Cardinals, and Lemons, and Crap - Oh My!


Cardinals: My son's high school football team lost in a heartbreaker 20-27 in the second round of the playoffs. The one bright spot, from my vantage point anyway, was that my son really did well as the "color commentator" for the local radio coverage of the game. We've been getting so much great positive feedback! Sure wish we coulda heard him, but the game was played too far away to get our local coverage; we were in the stands screaming our heads off, anyway. So, the Cardinals end their season 8-2 (not bad at all, if you ask me), and thus ends my son's high school football career....

Lemons: Football injuries to my son culminated with a torn right knee PCL (will heal with time and physical therapy) and a torn (completely severed, I fear) ligament in his left thumb that will be repaired via surgery tomorrow. We're getting enough damn lemons here to make lemonade for the entire country....

Crap: The political season is, thankfully, about over. I have been deluged with political mail for weeks, and today the canned, computerized phone calls started. By the time I received a THIRD call in just two hours from the candidate I actually support for the US House seat, I was ready to vote for the other guy, just on principle. It's bad enough that the candidates are drowning my mailbox with unsolicited, unwanted, and totally unappreciated (by me, anyway) mailings, but my phone lines?! Good god, leave me alone! I'm an intelligent adult; I have weighed the issues, learned about your stand on things, and I will make my own well-thought-out decision when I get to the polls on Tuesday. Yep, I'm gonna write in "Bill The Cat" for every damned office.....

Come Tuesday, all you US-based little ones, get out there and VOTE!!! If you don't vote, you can't bitch (another stellar ~DKBB~ mantra).