Looking back, briefly…

I’ve wrapped up 2013 with a wonderfully magical trip to visit The Mouse.  My feet are sore, but I am rejuvenated and revived, ready to start another year.  The trip has been way too full to document in real time, but you will be treated to a montage in a couple of days.

Let’s put together a medley of  2013’s greatest hits…  First, and probably most significantly,

I celebrated my 60th birthday in February…

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I dreaded this change of decade for months before it occurred and it took me months afterward to accept the inevitable.  The changes in my body and face still surprise me, as if they had happened suddenly and without warning.   I’m still not too happy about the sagging, but it’s better than the alternative.

I spent lots of time with grand-daughters…

Family…

and friends…

There were some fests, trails, craft and car shows, and Always Nashville…

We painted, carpeted, repaired, and landscaped…

I’ve got to fill up my mug and head on back home.  Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.

I leave you with this quote…

Rarely, if ever, moments come that are so defining in our lives.  The years are glutted with benign matters which impact us more deeply than we could have ever imagined in our youth.                   —-Joel T. McGrath

Counting down to Christmas: 2 more days…

Both Casey and Jr. were called out to close a road this morning, so we didn’t make it to church.   We did, however, make it to Olive Garden for luncheon, then back here to open presents.

After some exciting naps and songs, we all drove through the Fantasy of Lights, which really was fantastic…

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We’ll all be at church together on Christmas Eve.  Casey and I are planning on leaving Christmas Day…

3 days, 17 hours,  28 minutes until WDW!!!

Counting down to Christmas: Solstice edition

Did you get to enjoy the Full Cold Moon on the 17th-18th?  The skies were clear here at Sonnystone and the moon was Huge, its light a wonder, blue-white, reflected by a layer of snow still covering the gardens and grass.

The snow is all gone now, rained out by flooding waters.  As the moon wanes, the color is now mud-gray…  Not pretty, but there’s still something to celebrate!  We begin Winter and the promise of a little bit more sun-time every day.  The word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still”.  Evidently the star-gazers have observed this phenomena ever since they started gazing, but the sun is Really moving ever so slightly north during these days, increasing our daylight hours.  It must have been a pretty important day to the Ancient Astronomers, because they sure built some interesting structures to catch that returning light…

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It’s hard to feel too bright about  all this on a gray day like today…as Steve Martin said, ” A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”   

But I’ve still got the Christmas spirit, kids.  We finished up at school in festive fashion, lots of candy, cookies, cakes and hugs.  The home-baked goodies are worth the calories!  Sister Donna and I are meeting up at Trinity UMC for candlelight “Messiah”.

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But I’m mostly obsessed with my Disney trip now.  I Love the “My Disney Experience” .  If you remember, the WDW folks are testing out some new stuff with our family.  It’s mostly the use of wristbands, access to FastPasses before we arrive, and mobile programs to help guide us through the park same-day.    The “My Disney Experience”, hereafter called MDE, allows me to plan to a degree satisfies my deep need to control.  We pick a Disney character to “be” and I am convinced that I Really am Mrs. Incredible…

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I need to bring myself back to today…and Christmas…but Santa has a lot of competition from Mickey this year!

5 more days until WDW!!!

Counting down, #6 or #5: losing count

My fb countdown says 5 days…I say 6…  Whatever, I finished up the baking last night with oatmeal cookies;  tied them into gift bags for my co-workers to enjoy today…

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According to my handy-dandy Disney Experience:

7 more days until WDW!!!

Counting down, #9: the baking begins…

A familiar recipe…Mom’s handwriting…

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Sift, blend, beat, add, mix well.   Stir in, drop, bake…

Is there any better cookie than good old chocolate chips?  Well, maybe snickerdoodles…tomorrow…

10 more days until WDW!!!