Thursday, 10 November 2016
A Few of my Favourite Things . . .
These are a few of my favourite things . . .
Vintage Christmas Baubles. My mother had some beautiful ones that she had collected when we lived in Germany when I was a child. Oh how I loved them. My favourite ones of course were the red and white toadstool ones. I am surprised that they ever had any red and white left on them for the touching of my fingers . . . I could not leave them alone.
Oh how I loved my Little Golden Books Christmas Books. I think my favourite one was the Night Before Christmas. I had the whole thing memorised. In fact I recited it at a village Christmas concert one year when I was about six years old. I was a real ham.
I also loved this one illustrated by Eloise Wilken. Her illustrations were just darling . . .
I loved all of my Little Golden Books.
Ambrosia Salad. In fact I think we used to call it Five Cup Salad because you had a cup of five different things in it. Mini marshmallows, cherries or grapes, mandarin oranges, coconut and sour cream. I think I will make some for Christmas.
Outdoor Christmas Markets. I love them. I never have any money to spend but that doesn't matter. I love the feeling in the air, the crisp temperatures, the lights, the smells, the colours . . . the sounds.
Christmas Jumpers. (Sweater/pullovers) The funkier the better. Fun. Fun. Fun.
Speaking of fun. I just adore these flats. If I was a lot younger and didn't have feet like an elephant I would indulge myself in a pair of these for the holidays . . .
A bit of Holiday Nail Sparkle. I might do this for the holidays. We will see . . .
Fudge. My mom made the best peanut butter fudge and she didn't use a recipe. She just made it. It was always a real treat for us when she did.
Turning the lounge into a Holiday Grotto come the holidays . . . I try anyways.
Oh, I wish I had the courage . . .
Having someone special to share it all with. This year will be especially bittersweet. I am afraid we got some very bad news yesterday. My sweetheart has Cancer of the Prostrate. Of the 14 bi-opsies they took 8 contained cancer and it is in both lobes of the prostrate. He has been started on Hormone Therapy immediately in an effort to shrink the prostrate and the cancer, and then after he has been on that for several months they will begin radiation therapy. We will be travelling to Clatterbridge Hospital in Birkenhead five days a week for a minimum of three months. With any luck that will do the trick. In any case life just got even more precious, not that it wasn't already precious. I like to think that I eak out the best that I can of every day. This is a challenge, but one we will rise to in the best way possible. We are remaining positive. Silver linings, it is only stage two and has not spread to any outlying areas, lymph nodes, etc. It could be so, so much worse. We are blessed. We will finish out our mission. We have only five weeks left to go at any rate. I am not sure we managed to accomplish much during this time, but we have enjoyed all that we have done. Your love and prayers mean the world to us. I am so very grateful for the gift of eternal families and marriage.
First you cry and then you strengthen your resolve.
A thought to carry with you through the day . . .
To the flames of
All things are possible
to them that believe.
~Jeffrey R Holland
In The English Kitchen today . . . Granny's Beef Enchiladas. Done in the slow cooker, at least the filling is. You finish them off in the oven.
Have a beautiful day . . . keep hoping, keep believing . . . don't forget . . .
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And I do too!