Saturday, December 20, 2008

Award - Weather - Life and Remembering


Michelle at Chocolate and Marmalade Tea presented this award to me. I love Michelle's blog. She always lifts my spirits. Thank you, Michelle!

"This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."Now I'm supposed to find eight others to bestow this on. Here goes!

1. A Second Helping
2. A Mellow Life Is A Good Life
3. Daily Yarns 'N More
4. Creative Thoughts
5. Flip Flop Floozie
6. Life With Liza Ann
7. Seasons Of Life
8. Faith, Family, Food and Fun

This week has been very warm... even for our Decembers. I think we hit 80° yesterday. At 1:30 pm we are at 75°. Tomorrow our weather will change. There is a 60% chance of rain. The high will be around 60° and the low around 30°. Then Monday it is suppose to be windy with a high of 52° and a low of about 29°. Tuesday's high will be around 58° and low of 41°. Christmas Eve we get warmer with a high of 68° and low of 43°... which is more like our winter temps.

Life and Remembering -

Life is getting better. I'm moving around easier. I just worry about Mama. Mama is getting confused when she is talking. I will stock it up to pain meds for now. She saw the surgeon this week and he said she seems to be healing fine. Mama tells me that her leg has swollen more again. I really haven't understood why she is having the swelling. She said she has increased her water pills. I tried to get her to get her family doctor visit sooner than the January 2nd appointment that she has.

I feel joy this time of year, but I also feel sadness. My thoughts turn to my Daddy that passed away in 2000. I do find joy in remembering him playing Christmas carols on his guitar and singing. I especially miss hearing him play and sing Silent Night. My sadness comes in knowing that he is only here in our hearts.

... brighter notes of my life. I got the carrot cake layers made and in the freezer. I have such a wonderful husband to help me out. Oh... I know he didn't read my post yesterday. Frank mixed sugar cookie dough up. The dough is in the fridge ready to bake. Now isn't that true love! The sugar cookies will get baked tomorrow.

As long as I can remember there has been sugar cookies in the cookie jar or can this time of the year. I said cookie can :-) At one time we had a huge lard tin that we painted and wrote COOKIES on. I made a lot of cookies back then. I'm not sure where we got the lard tin from because if we had bought the lard in that tin we would still be eating the lard. Frank was in the Army then so it might have been from the mess hall.

I did a bit of digging and found an old Polaroid picture. I wonder why we kept it. The picture was taken in December of 1971. I was somewhere between three and four months pregnant with our son and not the happiest camper... I had morning sickness from three months to end of pregnancy. I remember being frustrated. I had never frosted sugar cookies before. I cut out my own patterns for the cookies out of brown paper bags. You can see the large tin in the background with COOKIES written on it. I still have the green mixing bowl and the rolling pin. The handles are no longer on the rolling pin. I still have the green cake cover too. Remember when avocado green and harvest gold where the "in colors"? You can see my old checker-board cookbook sitting on top of the ice bucket. I still have the cookbook. We lived in a single-wide house trailer over in Bluff Creek Alabama then. I don't know why that counter is so messy. I usually kept it neat. Okay... go ahead and click on the picture for larger view.

It was fun remembering. The sugar cookies this time won't get frosted. These days I roll the dough into small balls in the palm of my hand and then place the balls of dough on cookie sheets... then I take a glass and dip the bottom of it in sugar and flatten the balls into nice rounds and bake. If I have any colored sugar around I might sprinkle the cookies with a bit before baking... a lot less frustrating :-)

One more thing to share today. A genealogy friend shares his grandmother's collection of Vintage Christmas Cards. I hope they brighten your day as you look at them.

We do not remember days; we remember moments. -- Cesare Pavese


  1. Thanks for the award, Zaroga. I'll get to work on it in a few days. Christmas is a sad time for me. Seems all the really happy Christmases are in the past and I, like you, spend a lot of the season remembering. Must be the way life was intended. There are lots of us in the same situation. Hope you have a great Christmas.

  2. Hey there Zaroga!

    I know what you mean about the holidays after you lose someone. We are going through that too, only it is the first Christams without my Mama. It's very hard, but I know she would want us to be celebrating and making it merry & bright for the kids in the family. So that is what I have been doing. I hope she would be pleased.
    By the way, I hate this warm weather we are having! I always do! I really should move a little farther north to be able to have snow more often and colder winters that FEEL like winters! And let's not even get started on the humidity and the hot summers down here! UGH!
    LOL! Have a very blessed Christmas!

  3. Thank you! I hope I can find the right Bloggers who deserve this!

  4. Thanks for the award and for thinking of me :)

  5. Thanks for the award! I enjoy your blog. I'll see what I can do to pass it on!

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  7. Thanks for the award Zaroga. It's been pretty busy around here the last few days. I'll pass this on when things settle down.
    We had -5° this morning. The dogs didn't even want to go out.
    The last comment was me...I just can't spell today.

  8. Aw such a fun picture. I remember those days of learning to make things by the books. And some how every thing in the kitchen was disrupted by making some thing home maid. Thanks for sharing your story. Happy holidays to you and your family.

  9. Thank you for award, Zaroga. You made my day:)

    I will pass it along after the holidays.

    Merry Christmas

    Linda C

  10. Just stopped by to day hi.
    And send a big hug.
    Merry Christmas.


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