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While I was taking down the Christmas tree last night, I realized I might have a bit of an obsession with Hallmark ornaments.

And Willow Tree figures.

Not bad for someone who hates Christmas.


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Wonderful Christmastime

I have very little Christmas spirit this year . . .

I’m sick to death of Christmas . . .

tired of 24/7 Christmas songs . . .

tired of Hallmark movies . . .

I’m so ready for this day/season to be over . . .

I had a wonderful day with the family . . . no drama . . . which is always nice . . . but I’m just DONE with it and ready to move on . . .

And then I heard this on the way home . .


And for some strange reason . . . it didn’t twang on my last nerve . . . I was singing along instead of changing the channel . . .

Merry Christmas






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It’s not Christmas until I watch A Christmas Story . . .

Considering it’s Christmas Eve, I’m running out of time to watch it.

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Slow Moving Vehicle

I have Christmas spirit . . . I’m excited about seeing the decorations downtown . . . I’m excited to see the Church decorated for Advent . . . I’m looking forward to the Charlie Brown Christmas special on TV on Thursday . . . I got out the tree . . . I ordered Christmas Cards . . . I’m doing some shopping . . . but . . .

My heart isn’t in it . . . I know I SHOULD do this, that, or the other thing . . . and I have done some decorating . . . I have bought some presents . . . but . . .

My heart isn’t in it this year . . .

I’m not really sure why . . .

Maybe it’s because I’ve had a sudden realization that it’s the 5th Christmas without Prince Charming.  Maybe it’s because I’m watching my Mom go to the “year three” struggles where she is realizing that this grief thing might linger a lot longer than she anticipated . . .

Maybe it’s because I’m realizing that this grief thing is gonna linger a lot longer than I anticipated . . .


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Red Kitchen Aid Mixer

For many many years I’ve wanted a red Kitchen Aid mixer.

You know, the cool stand mixer that does everything and looks so fabulous on your counter.  Yea, that one.  I’ve wanted one for longer than I can remember.

But there are a couple of problems with that desire . . .

I don’t bake or cook enough to justify spending $400 on a mixer.

The kitchen in The Little House is, well, little . . . and I don’t have enough space on the counter to house a large Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

But I still want one . . . and my Mom knows about it my love of a red Kitchen Aid Mixer and laughs at my continuous debate on whether I should buy one.

So this year when I told Mom I needed a new hand mixer (because the one I got as a wedding present over 30 years ago is about to stop working), she surprised me with . . .

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My very own red Kitchen Aid mixer!!

(Just when I thought neither one of us had any Christmas spirit this year, she surprised me with this and I’ve been laughing about it since Christmas Day.  I told her it was the best Christmas present I’ve gotten in a long time.)






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The Christmas Card

Prince Charming was a big kid when it came to Christmas. He loved everything about the holiday.

That’s what made celebrating it this year so hard.

But I did celebrate.

I decorated the tree. I put lights up outside. I bought presents.

The hardest part, though, was the Christmas cards. It was something he took great pride in. And took great pains to get just right. Finding the perfect picture for the card was important to him.

And now it’s important to me.

How do I find “the” picture that would depict my year?

I wanted something with me and the doggies. I wanted to show that we are learning to cope with our new life.

This is what I settled on


It was taken shortly after Prince Charming moved in. If you look closely, you’ll see his shoulder and his arm behind Millie. It seemed perfect. It was us – with Prince Charming there but just slightly out of focus.

We are learning to cope. We are starting to smile. We miss him terribly.

This isn’t ever going to get easier is it?

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Christmas Came Early

The results are in!

Yes, Prince Charming’s Dad has cancer.

It’s small cell lung cancer . . . from what I understand that’s the “bad” kind of cancer.

Well, poop!  That isn’t what we wanted to hear!

Okay, they talk to the cancer doc.  The cancer doc needs more info before he can talk prognosis and/or treatment options . . .

Blood work and more scans . . .

More waiting . . .

The cancer hasn’t spread!  They can’t cure what he’s got but they have a good chance of getting it into remission.

Plans are for radiation and chemo over the next few weeks . . .

We still have a rough bit of road ahead of us . . . but it doesn’t look nearly as bleak as we originally thought.

Our guardian angels must have been watching over us . . .


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