Saturday, December 29, 2012

Farewell 2012


I had some great things happen in 2012. Some expected and some unexpected.

Here are some of the highlights:

We started the year watching the University of Kentucky Wildcats play basketball and win the NCAA championship with our good friends Karen and David.















In the spring, Asbury University's Men's Tennis Team went to their National Championship.












The men in our family gave us a run for our money this year. Tim had hip replacement surgery in January.

My father beat prostate cancer, and my brother beat thyroid cancer in 2012. God blesses all these wonderful men with great and caring doctors.



My mom and dad.


My brother's family.
Jessica, Eric, Chris, Carol, Kelli and Rob.


















In the spring, Amanda announced she was expecting. In December Allie came into the world three weeks early at a whooping 7 lbs and 11 oz. Big sister Brooke was excited!


Thanks goodness we celebrated Brooke's third birthday early. Her parents are so smart.




It's been a year of celebrating life, family and friends.

I hope you had a great 2012, and I hope 2013 will treat you even better.










Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Girl in the Glass


I just finished reading The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner and was completely delighted.

I was pulled into this story from the first page.

Meg Pomeroy has dreamed of visiting Florence, Italy since she was a child and listened to her grandmother's stories. Her grandmother had a picture from Florence that captured Meg's imagination. At her grandmother's death, it becomes her father's responsibility to take her. He promises for years that they will go together, and even as an adult she believes her dad.

At last he buys her airline ticket and promises to meet her there. So off she goes. Once in Florence she discovers her father stood her up.

The week that unfolds for Meg will delight you.


Susan Meissner weaves together the present and the past beautifully. Not only does she help Meg connect the dots to her own past, but she meets a woman there who teaches her about the history of Florence in a personal way.

This could be the most beautiful book I've ever read.




Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Villages


I've always admired Dept 56 Christmas villages but never thought they were in my budget. So I've enjoyed other people's collections.


Last year a friend gave us a Dept 56 lighthouse. That's all it took.












I started small and ordered Mr. and Mrs. Clause drinking hot chocolate. That was it.














This year I decided the New England Village was going to be our village.






Here's where I got into trouble.......I went to eBay. I'd start bidding low. I had a price in mind that I'd never go over even when adding the shipping cost.

When somebody else outbids you they ask you to put in a new bid. Right away they can tell you if you're leading or not. If you're not the leader they suggest you HURRY and bid again before it gets away.

I've always known my kids were competitive, but now I know where they get it. If you're not careful you bid until you get the lead. It's kinda hypnotic.

One time I had to let the item go. Sigh. So I began a new search and found the same piece for less money with another seller. Lesson learned. Always check and see if another seller has the same item before getting carried away.

It's been fun adding a few more pieces. One problem though buying pieces this way is I don't really have a good theme going.

Some people are bigger than others, and I'm still trying to figure out why.

Hopefully by next year, I'll have learned how to bid and add onto my collection in a more systematic manner.

I'd love to hear any suggestions you might have.



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Flu season


I hope you are all staying well. Flu season arrived early in Kentucky. I got my flu shot in October and so far so good. But I had an upper respiratory infection before Thanksgiving that went into bronchitis, and I still can't shake this cough.

When I first get the sniffles I start taking vitamin C and crave chicken noodle soup.

I want to share a chicken noodle soup recipe with you.

Start with 3 quarts of chicken broth. (Store bought is fine if you don't want to start from scratch.)

If you boiled your chicken cut it up to add to broth later, or you can add cooked chicken from the store and cut it up.

Next take:
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups sliced celery
2 1/2 cups uncooked egg noodles
1 cup sliced mushrooms (I love them but my guys won't touch them.)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Add carrots and celery to chicken broth and bring to a boil.
Next add egg noodles and cook according to directions on package.
When they are ready you can add mushrooms, rosemary and chicken.
Cook a few more minutes and enjoy.

Do you have a favorite food you enjoy when you feel a cold coming on?