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"Never place a period where God has placed a comma." Gracie Allen
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –e.e. cummings

Don't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 2013

December is almost over - as is 2013. Life has been busy this past month and a half. Getting "ready" for Christmas was not high on my list. Too many changes. Grandma was in the hospital and family called as her condition was fragile, but she rallied and came to our Christmas Eve family celebration. However, Grandpa spent the day in the emergency room and has been in the hospital since then. They are 90 and 91 and are the beloved parents of my late husband.

This post is all over the place and just as random as my brain is right now. I usually like to create a variety of things in December, but about all I did was paint a tarnished trivet and sprinkle glitter on it. I stuck it up on the mantle that never got decorated. I also went to the Dollar store and brought home some of the ugly little ceramic houses, sprayed them white, and glittered them. They do look so much better and will be fine for January and some of February with the snowflake and candles that were already there.
Christmas balls were discovered in a box of ornaments and I asked my daughter if I could put them outside. The box was hers and hadn't been put away from moving here with me earlier in the month.
One morning I was looking out my kitchen window and saw an eagle flying back and forth over the dairy. A while later it was sitting on top of the power pole that is about 100 yards from my back door. It's a horrible picture, but I want to remember this later. Wildlife in my backyard makes me happy.
Work on my bathroom also happened the week before Christmas. Tonight I primed the base boards that were removed so I can put the first coat of paint on tomorrow. It's not a fancy re-do, but I like it already with the flooring, new vanity, and new "throne". All this should have been completed a while ago, but when you need to wait for the floor everything else stops.
 Thank you for stopping for visits during the past year! I appreciate each of you and treasure the comments that you leave. May you be richly blessed in the new year!


Deanna said...

I hope your home improvement project comes right along. Will enjoy seeing pictures.

May you have a wonderful new year.

It's bothering me how fast the year flew.

I'm sorry that your loved ones took ill. Hope they have improved.


Unknown said...

I can't wait to see the finished bathroom! It has been a crazy month for sure but glad that we were able to squeeze in a few times to see each other!

Salmagundi said...

No wonder you have been a little absent recently - so much going on. Hope your in-laws are better - it's so hard when they get older. Bob's mother is 99 years old, but still got out for Christmas day. Once you retired, don't you wonder how you did it all when you worked? May 2014 be kind to you and many blessings come your way! Sally

Annesphamily said...

Oh goodness Marilyn, I need to kick up my prayers for you and yours! Your bathroom will be perfect once it is all put together. It will be worth the wait! I hope your in-laws feel better quickly. Life is tough and as we age it seems the process is slow! Love that eagle. I am so amazed at all the blessings in daily life. I hope 2014 is good to you and yours. Wishing you good health and good blessings. I think it is sweet that you have all of Wally's tools. It will always remind you of what he loved to collect! I don't think I know a man who doesn't love his tools! Whenever I hear about men and their tools I chuckle and think of Tim Allen when he was on Tool Time! LOL! Always love hearing about your days. Hope all is well with the kids too. Hugs, Anne

Donna said...

You have had your hands full! Hope your in-laws are much better soon.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!

sarah said...

So neat to see bald eagles again.

DeniseinVA said...

Hi Marilyn, I too hope your in-law's health improves. They are a wonderful age and I know they need to be given extra tender loving care, as we do my 93 year old father-in-law. How neat to have your bathroom redone. I so look forward to that day. Your decorations look lovely and to see an eagle like that, wonderful! I think your photo is great. Well, I am rattling on so I will finish off by wishing you and all your Loved Ones a Very Happy New Year! Would you believe for the first time ever I made Black-Eyed Peas today. We've always been with family when we've eaten them before. They didn't turn out so bad ;) Wishing you much joy in 2014!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

The eagle is great!! And a Bathroom Redo!! How exciting!!

Thanks so much for your visits!!

Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!


Stephanie said...

Wow, love the photo of the Eagle! They are such magnificent creatures :) Can't wait to see how your bathroom looks - I am sure it will be quite beautiful. Enjoy your weekend!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Marilyn, so sorry to read you have had family illnesses over Christmas, I wish them both a speedy recovery.
The picture of the eagle is a once in a lifetime shot, how lucky you are to see him.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year !

The Polka Dot Closet said...

So sorry your Christmas was so hectic, I hope grandma and grandpa are feeling better! It is so great that you are getting so much done now that you are retired! My bathroom was one of the first things I did!


Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Happy New Year Marilyn! I hope your in-laws are feeling better these days, and that you had a blessed Christmas.
How funny that we both were re-decorating little houses white. Nothing like a transformation to spruce them up - speaking of, best of luck with your bathroom re-do!
xo, Susan

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Gallery Glass was made by Plaid and is a paint and you can by the black strips that is used like the leading. I am not sure if they still make it though....

Thanks for stopping by!


DeniseinVA said...

Hi Marilyn, just stopping by again to say hello and to thank you for visiting me. Cabin Fever is prevalent I think :)