Monthly Archives: November 2012

47|52 Counting Our Blessings (Nov 19-25, 2012)

With four consecutive days off from work, we enjoyed several occasions with family.  The first was Thanksgiving Day.


All of us were able to snuggly fit around our expandable dining table and serve ourselves family style rather than our historical buffet style.  I clicked the button to take this photo just seconds before Mom began our prayer, in which she expressed appreciation for every window we have been given to have shared time with loved ones and that we cherish each of those memories whether that amount of time was large or small.  It was one year ago today that my brother’s baby son Zane died.

After our satisfying meal and the cleanup, several of us played some card games and laughed until it nearly hurt.  Laughter can be so healing.


Friday I began the preparations for putting up our Christmas decorations in anticipation of Sunday when our kids will come over to help.

Saturday included a few hours with my mother-in-law making some arrangements for the food and other details for her wedding next Saturday.

Sunday morning Keith suggested that we get new Christmas ornaments in an attempt to having a tree decorated in a theme with nice ornaments.  So, we went shopping and agreed on some new ornaments.  Later we had a nice meal, decorated the tree and played a board game with Travis, Kelsey and Scotty (Kelsey’s boyfriend).  Of course when we got the Christmas decorations out Kelsey and Travis found the kitty Santa outfit and, as you might expect, Purrkins was absolutley thrilled with it.  The eyes say it all.


46|52 Festivities On The Way (Nov 12-18, 2012)

Sunday we met at my mother-in-law’s home to get together with family and put Christmas decorations up around her house.  This December our family has Irene and Wes’ wedding in addition to Christmas. So, the preparations are underway for both festivities.


Visiting until more of the crew arrives.


Irene became the designated hooker, you know, the person who puts the hooks on the ornaments.


Keith had the honor of putting the tree topper on…ta da!!!

45|52 Waiting…but not for long (Nov 5-11, 2012)

Cleo, as in Cleopatra, is Wes’ and my mother-in-law’s newest household member.  She’s a loving, active greyhound who did sit still long enough for this one, quick, iPhone snapshot.


44|52 Who are they? (October 29 – November 4, 2012)

On Halloween Travis was not initially interested in helping give candy out to the trick or treaters but soon he changed his mind.  He found an old mask in the top of his closet then Keith found an old trenchcoat. Soon a few other accessories were gathered.  Each time the  doorbell rang Travis sauntered to the door as he got into character to give out treats. In between trick or treaters he watched tv all ‘dressed to kill’.


Another picture I took this week is of a vintage album that has some old tin type photos in it and I’m trying to identify the family and people.  It is either in a Buckner or Smith line.  Read more about Esta’s Little Album on my other site.