Archive for December, 2010

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Almost a New Year

December 31, 2010

Another year has come and gone. I was going to do a post reflecting on the year, but I found these great one liners regarding the subject that I’m going to post instead. Maybe later when I’m feeling more nostalgic I’ll do a reflecting post.

Oneliners for the New Year

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. ~Author Unknown

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. ~Brooks Atkinson

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman

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The Farm

December 30, 2010

Yesterday we set out to visit our farm, which we haven’t been to in a while. Right now we have tenants in the farm house, but we’ve given them notice that they need to vacate and a family member is moving in. Also, instead of buying a house, we’re moving Mr. Dragon’s parent’s house onto the property. It’s an old Victorian, that is going to be beautiful when renovated. ANYWAY, we were scoping out possible places to put the house, and seeing as there is a whole 60 acres to choose from, we were out there quite a while. We finally decided on a place back from the large pond, towards the rear of the property. This will require putting a road/driveway back there and the cutting of many trees. It’s about time to thin the woods anyway, so I figure while they’re out there they can cut where we want the house and road. The pond itself is, like I mentioned, rather large, and looked pretty bad for a while, but now it’s all cleared up and beautiful. So, here are a few pictures I took in the area the house will be in, like an idiot, I forgot to take a picture of the pond.



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Back in Alabama

December 29, 2010

Well I’m back home and I have to say that although the temperature is hovering near 30 right now, it’s supposed to get near 60 and I love it! I nearly froze my butt off back home! I guess this means my blood is all thinned out from living in a warmer climate, although I was walking around without a jacket on this morning, so maybe it got thickened back up again…just a bit.
Our Realtor showed the house while I was gone, and Mr. Dragon assured me that the house was all spiffy for them. However, there’s kind of a difference between what Mr. Dragon calls spiffy, and what I call spiffy. And having lived the life of a bachelor for the two weeks while I was gone, I imagined the worst. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when I got home and other than wincing at a few things that probably should have been cleaned up before the showing, I must say it was pretty good.
After the initial getting reacquainted with each other, Mr. Dragon got up and started the coffee while I was in the shower, picked up Rusty from the vets and is now making breakfast (sausage gravy and biscuits). And so on this “getting warmer by the minute” morning, I have to say that I’m glad to be back in Alabama.

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Last Day

December 27, 2010

Today is my last day in Indiana. I went to Arni’s last night and got the best stromboli I’ve ever had. I debated on getting a Jr. Salad, but it’s been so long since I had a proper stromboli, I just had to have one. The walls of Arni’s are decorated with pictures of locations throughout Lafayette, so I took a picture to show you. Cool huh?

Tonight I get to see Mr. Dragon and I’m soooo excited! I’ve missed him and yes, even his corny jokes. 🙂 But don’t tell him I said that.

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My Mini-me

December 26, 2010

Tess (aka Skye) and I got our picture snapped together at the Christmas party.

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A Little Christmas Humor

December 25, 2010

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010

God loves you more than you know! Celebrate the birth of His son!

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Christmas Eve

December 24, 2010

So it’s Christmas Eve and I’m sitting here wondering, where did the time go? I remember the kids being little and being so excited that I could barely get them off to bed. I finally would tell them that Santa couldn’t fill the brightly wrapped packages until they hit the sack, and if they stayed up too long he’d pass the house and might not make it back. That would do it, they’d scramble off to bed to make sure that didn’t happen. Thinking back makes me smile and sad at the same time. It seems like it was yesterday. Normally I’m pretty dry eyed, in fact in my family I’m known as the Ice Queen because I never cry at sad movies (I hate chick flicks!) etc.,but when it involves my kids I get all sentimental. Even for a life-hardened dragon. The way I feel right now, I guess, has to do with seeing Christmas from the eyes of my children, or rather, the way they used to see it. And that’s a hard thing to give up, the magic of it all. I mean, it’s still special, it’s just now that they’re grown, all of that “special” is filtered through the eyes of adults. It makes it a bit tarnished. BUT I don’t want to dwell on it and snivel too long, after all, I have a Grandchild that can take up the slack and breathe some magic back into it. And maybe the real Christmas magic is this, it is born into our hearts and we pass it into the hearts of our children, and they, to their children.

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I’ve got nothing…

December 23, 2010

I’m sitting here trying to think of something to write about,and I have nothing. We’re getting ready to go finish up the Christmas shopping and I guess my brain is dead trying to think of how best to go about finishing it up. I’m also having a meeting with an old co-worker/friend at one of my favorite coffee shops, which I’m excited about. We haven’t seen each other in over ten years.
We just got back from breakfast at McDonalds, my youngest daughter’s place of employment, and I have to say that although this is her first job, she seems to be doing very well. I told her that although it’s not the most glamorous job, it will help her build a work history and help her in dealing with all types of people. She looks so cute in her uniform, she’s not so thrilled about it.
I have just 5 days left in the tour of my homeland. There’s so much I still want to see/do. I want to drive down 9th street and see my favorite house/mansion. I want to go to McCord’s candies and get either a milkshake at their soda bar or an honest to God fountain drink. The original Frozen Custard is closed, but I could go to their newer chain over here and get a fruit drink, maybe even buy a gallon to take back to Alabama with me. I have a recipe for it, but it’s never quite as good as the original. I also want to make it to Arni’s pizza place, the best pizza in Lafayette, AND their Jr. Salad is to die for. Lastly, I want to go downtown and take pictures of the Courthouse. This will probably be accomplished in a few hours, as the coffee shop we’re going to is across the street from it. Other than that I’ve already visited the places I wanted to see.
So, anyway, I’m out of here. I have to get ready to do the shopping thing.

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I know

December 22, 2010

I suck! I took a camera with me to meet with my sister and friend, and totally forgot I had it with me. So basically what I’m telling you is that I have no pictures to show you.
Today I wrapped a few presents, danced a bit and sampled the peanut butter fudge. Later I have to do laundry and that’s basically all I have going on today.
I noticed that where I’m at now it’s only 27 degrees, back where I live it’s 70 degrees. So I’m taking that as a sign that the cold streak is over in Alabama. I hope the good weather holds out until I get there, I’ll need a little thawing out from the weather here.
Let’s see, what else happened… Oh yeah, I talked to my youngest daughter’s boyfriend (phone) today. He’s such a good, well spoken and intelligent guy. Plus, you know, he’s into computers and gaming and when Diablo III comes out, my daughter, him and I will probably hook up in a game and fight evil together. Tess keeps trying to talk me into playing Left 4 Dead with her, but after fifteen minutes of being heckled, killed multiple times and nearly shitting myself when surrounded by 20 or so zombies, I think I’ll pass.
So anyway, that’s about it. I hope all you guys are having a good Christmas season.