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Updating my update…

Dear Readers,

I have not forsaken you!  Unfortunately, a family medical emergency has turned into an emergency hospitalization.  I go to the hospital everyday, which is an hour away or more from our home.  When not there I fall into bed exhausted.  I am hoping to at least do a short blog post soon.  Keep the faith.

Christine

 

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Dear Readers, an update.

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I know  I said I would be working on my blog over Christmas, but that has not materialized.  On the bright side my painter came in to touch up the walls on my remodel.  All I have to do now is hang a chandelier.

My breast cancer scare came back okay.  The contrast dye MRI showed no cancer, just excess tissue.  Yipee!

My son is still having great difficulty.  We are on a waiting list to put him into a partial hospitalization program.  Till then everyday, I am on high alert.  I have also had some health issues recently that required an increase in the medication I am on.  In all, very stressful.  All I do is trying to relax and avoid any other stress even if it is minor.

I hope you will all understand.  I am going to try to work on blog posts this weekend.  I am shooting for my new posts on February 1st.

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I’m a little MIA.

Good Evening Readers,

Here is just a quick note to update you on what is going on and why I have not been posting.  Things have gotten quite stressful at the moment in my home life.  My son who has a variety of things wrong at this point has been having greater problems.  This takes up quite a bit of time.

Recently, I have also had some bad news in regards to my mammogram that I had.  I had some anomalies that needed to be looked at via ultra sound. One of the problems is a benign cyst, the other is unknown.  So now I am waiting to be scheduled for an MRI. I have breast cancer on both sides of my family.  So needless to say, I”m pretty stressed out.  I don’t know anything is wrong yet.  So I will have to wait and see.

I am also having some stress related illnesses at the moment too. So I haven’t been doing as much as I would like.

My remodeling is almost completely done.  I just need to have the painter back for touch ups and have an electrician hang up a heavy chandelier.

I plan on working on the blog over the Christmas Holiday so look for more posts then.  Thanks for reading.

Christine

 

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Journal Prompts for December.

Here are some journal prompts for the month of December.  Enjoy!

1. Do a drawing or cut and paste photos of the signs of the Zodiac.  Does you sign suit you?  What is your horoscope.  What are the characteristics of each sign.

2. What are five items you lust after.

3. What does the word honor mean to you?

4. What are your favorite aspects of Winter?

5. Describe the winter scene outside your window.

6.Write out what your holiday menu will be.  Can you add illustrations?  Compare to holidays during other time periods.  What foods would you like to add instead?

7. Describe your favorite cake.

8. What are your favorite Christmas stories and why?

9. Do you like your name? Why?

10. What would you choose as your last meal? Your favorite meal?

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Supplies You Need For a Long Car Trip.

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‘Tis the season for long car trips.  You thought they were over when summer ended didn’t you?  Nope, now it’s holidays with the relatives. How long will you be in the car?  How many kids will you have with you?  What are their ages?  Will pets be with you?  Other relatives?

  1. Car charger, lets face it,  I pads and I pods  and everything else in between use up a lot of power. They are the new babysitter whether we like it or not.  For long car trips they are a life saver.
  2. Tissues/Paper Towel.  Kids spill stuff.  Keep your car clean by stocking some paper towel or tissues for spills.
  3. Snacks. Individually packaged of course.  When the kids get upset they are probably hungry.  Throw a few snacks their direction.
  4. Drinks in a cooler. What are snacks without something to wash it down?
  5. Change of Clothes. People spill things on themselves, it gets hot, kids pee themselves, and so on.  A quick change of clothes is never wasted.
  6. Notebook/Pen. You are always thinking of stuff to do, people to contact, chores to do etc.  Write it down!  Let your child draw, exchange info in a traffic accident, draw a map, the possibilities are endless.
  7. Wipes. I keep these in my car year round.  I have two types of wipes.  Once is a wet ones hand wipe.  I use it after I pump gas or go shopping.  Yuck germs. Then I have a windex wipes to keep the car clean as well.
  8. Change. While most places take a credit card, change still is widely used at parking meters, vending machines etc.
  9. Music. If you have ever gone on long car trips before you know where I am going for this.  Certain parts of the country have horrible musical selections!  Satellite Radio is a gift from the gods!  Just remember to print out a channel guide.

Happy Traveling!

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Ideas for Stocking Stuffers.

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Tired of the same old ideas to put into your children’s stockings?  Here is a list of

1. Candy.  Well duh!  Instead of grocery store candy, so to a candy store or family run manufacturer to get unique products.

2. Hair Accessories.  Christmas is a great time to invest in barrettes, ponytail holders and other things as they come in sets!

3. Cards. No, I’m not talking business or credit, but playing cards.  There are still so many games you can play with cards.  Look in your toy section and find a few.

4. Small stuffed animal. So many cute things.

5. Rubik’s Cube. So many cubes are made today with varying degrees of difficulty.

6. Money.  Simple, yet so wanted by all.

7. Cosmetics. Lip balm, lotion, bath bombs, makeup kits, and more make a great stocking stuffer.

8. Small books. A great paperback or a little gift book works great.

9. Coloring books/crayons. You can get very inexpensive ones at the dollar store.

10. Gift cards.  Self-explanatory.

11. Tea or Coco mix.  Good stuff like food or beverage always is welcome.

12. Action figures or Tiny toys. So many things in miniature. Little cars are great!

13. Pens/Pencils. Use for all those books!

Hope these ideas help!  Or you can do the traditional fruit and chocolate coins as well.  What have you gotten in your Christmas Stocking.

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How to Celebrate Saint Nick’s Day.

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Have you ever celebrated Saint Nikolas Day on December 6th?

Growing up in Southeastern Wisconsin in a German family it was celebrated every year. I’d go to school on the 6th and everyone would discuss what Saint Nick had brought them. It was a very big deal.  However, when I moved to another Upper Midwest state no one had ever heard of it.  Here is briefly the story of Saint Nikolas of Myra or jolly old Saint Nick.

The story of Saint Nikolas starts with a real person Saint Nikolas of Myra (270-346 AD) in modern day Turkey.  Nikolas was known for many good works, among which was giving gold to families in their stockings or shoes put by the fireplace or front door.

To commemorate Saint Nick’s generous nature, every year, on December 5th (evening) children put their stockings out for a visit from a more jovial form of the Saint.

In addition to cities with a strong German influence like Milwaukee, the holiday is celebrated by the Catholic and Episcopalian religions, and descendants with Polish, German, Dutch, and Ukrainian heritage.

Typical things left in the stockings include fruit, chocolate coins, and a small gift.  For my stockings, I would put my list for Santa inside the night before and Saint Nick would take it to Santa and leave a few presents to tide me over till the holiday.  The good children receive treats and the bad get nothing or coal.

For my own son I have also kept the tradition of St. Nick.  It’s a fun, magical time for little ones.  While you can have the day be a more religious one, a secular one is also acceptable.  I try to incorporate my German heritage into the holiday season when I can.

My husband once accused me of making up the holiday so I could buy my son more presents!  Nope.  It’s real.  I had to print out articles from the internet to prove it.  Even some of my Catholic friends said it wasn’t a real holiday – until their priest presented it!  I remember giving them a hard time that they are now celebrating a “consumer” holiday.  Of course now they just argue that it is religious one.  Do you celebrate Saint Nicks or do you keep your stockings for Santa on Christmas?