Thursday, November 26, 2009


(Think big-voiced Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof here) Tradition . . . TRADITION!

Thanksgiving kicks off a season of Tradition at the Butterfield abode. It all starts with a big Thanksgiving breakfast, then the breaking of the dried bread and the making of the stuffing, the cleaning of the bird, the stuffing of the bird, and the cooking of the bird. And while the bird cooks, we watch football. If we have company (which is rare), we have snacks around all day, a puzzle to work on, games to play, and always football on TV. If we are company-less (which is the norm), in the early afternoon we begin the task of outdoor decorating for the holiday season. This process will take at least two days (we rather cover the house, yard - front, back, and sides - and fences with holiday glitz). And after the outside is done, it's time to unload the myriad of boxes containing the indoor decorations from under the stairs, and I will spend the next few days, as my DH so aptly puts it, making "Christmas blow up all over the house." Our halls will be decked from stem to stern, inside and out.

And it all starts with...TRADITION! And for that, I am extremely thankful.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with the traditions and goodness you love, little ones, and may you pause to give thanks...for TRADITION!

~Happy Thanksgiving!~

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Just a little bit of Christmas....

If you read my blog with any sort of regularity, you know I am totally nuts about Christmas...the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day is my FAVORITE time of the year. In deference to my husband's wishes, I put off decorating inside for Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. But I needed SOMETHING of Christmas in the house now...just to tide me over. So I got myself a Christmas's got a pretty Thomas Kinkade picture on the face and it plays a different Christmas song on the hour (12 different songs). It plays softly so it's not overpowering, and it's got a light sensor so it doesn't play when it's dark.

Let just a little bit of Christmas in early, little ones....prepare your heart for the holiday season!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Feed Your Mind

This week the book club I belong to will be discussing "The Shack" by William P. Young. If you want an interesting read, give that one a go. Keep in mind it is a fiction book, so if you're a literalist don't get your panties in a knot over it. Just open your mind and give it a go. I thought it was a good story....

Over the years, our book club has delved into some pretty awesome literary work, and some fluffy fun stuff. You can see what we've read, and what we plan to read, at Chadron Reading Group.

Whatever your favorite literary flavor, little ones, feed your mind with a good book now and again....