Monthly Archives: December 2013
At the beginning of the year it took me a few weeks to decide how to set up the blog for the year. Consequently, this is my 50th (not 52nd) post on this blog for 2013.
The last two days of this year were good days spent around the house and with my husband. One of the things we did was shop for a new chair. So many of the chairs just didn’t seem to fit one or both of us.
Finally, we found a chair that fits the space we have. It has a small footprint and allows someone to visit with those in the kitchen and dining room. The one we found swivels.
The seat turns without increasing the footprint of the chair. As a bonus, Purrkins is a lovely accessory for it. We also got 2 matching barstools that swivel.
Looking back over the last 12 months the things that stand out include:
- Several good vacations with Keith
- Updates to our lake place
- A genealogy trip with my Mom to Virginia and North Carolina
- Reconnected with my Dad after 18 years apart
- Our neighborhood destroyed by the May 20 tornado yet our home miraculously sustained relatively minor damages.
There are many more things I did, people I spent time with, things that I learned this past year.
It’s a new day for new things.
In August Travis got a new, to him, car then in October he was involved in a car wreck when someone hit him. The insurance company gave him a check to get the car repaired and Travis had to get on a waiting list with an auto body shop to get an estimate. Finally, the auto body shop started figuring out the cost to repair the car and soon surpassed the value of the car so the insurance company declared it a total loss and on December 22 paid off the loan to the bank. That same day Travis made all the financial arrangements to get a new car then he and Keith went car shopping that evening and settled on 2011 Honda CR Z. Since the insurance company had a final check to get to Travis the deal on the car wouldn’t be finalized until Friday. Then the next day, Christmas Eve morning, the insurance company hand delivered to Travis the final check. So, Travis was able to get his replacement car on Christmas Eve day.
Around dinner time on Christmas Eve our extended family came to our house. We enjoyed good food and good company. For our gift exchange this year we used Elfster to draw names. It is a free, online tool that draws names according to restrictions you establish, such as a wife can’t draw her spouse’s name. Then participants can add a wish list that links to sites such as amazon. Participants can email anonymously or not and have group conversations similar to facebook. I think we all liked it and we plan on using it again. We also played the white elephant game which added more laughter to our time together.
For the first time in many years my father joined us on these special days marking this as a very special year. Christmas day we had a smaller get together and had a wonderful prime rib dinner. Our Christmas week was a joy!
Thankfully the second limo holiday light tour planned for this season with my co-workers missed the ice storm by a day. The 14 of us crammed into a Hummer limo and were chauffeured around Oklahoma City. The best lights we saw were at Midwest City’s Holiday Lights Spectacular 2013.
The following day the Oklahoma City metro had an ice storm and by Saturday afternoon we had about an inch of ice covering everything in our yard.
Since our neighborhood lost trees in the May 20 tornado we really didn’t have any worries about big trees breaking on houses or wires and wreaking havoc in other ways. The roads were not as awful as you might think.
I hurt my back this week and have been in quite a bit of discomfort so, at my husband’s recommendation, I went to see a chiropractor for the first time in my life. I thought I was feeling a little better then when I leaned over to get a better angle for the photo of the grill (above) my back gave out. So, that photo has an added memory for me.
For weeks I’ve been waiting for our trip to see the Chickasha Festival of Lights. Finally Saturday evening the chauffeur arrived at our house with the Hummer limo we rented for the evening and drove 18 of my family and friends to enjoy the Christmas lights.
You may think that a limo would be roomy. I suppose it all depends on how many folks are in it and with 18 people the leg room is limited even for those of us with short legs. Still, it was a fun way to spend time with family and friends.
Once we got to our destination we oohed and awed over the lights in the crisp, night air. Then we loaded back into the limo and when we got back home we had some comforting, homemade hot chocolate thanks to my husband.
Even though there was still ice and snow on the neighborhood roads several of my family were able to make it to my mother-in-law and father-in-law’s house for a Christmas Tree trimming party. Each one of us brought an ornament with our name on it for the tree.
Kelsey and Scotty accepted the responsibility to put all the decorations on the tree while I tried to figure out my remote control for my camera.
Part of the group visiting with one another after eating some goodies.
Chloe sitting pretty and hoping to be noticed.
A few highlights from this Thanksgiving week:
- My family was together on Thanksgiving Day and this was the first time since 1995 that my father was with us.
- Everyone made or brought something making it a wonderful meal that was devoured in minutes.
- My mother-in-law and father-in-law celebrated their one-year anniversary on the first of December.
- Friday after Thanksgiving Keith and I borrowed his step-father’s motor coach and took a vacation to Broken Bow.
We left for our vacation early Friday morning and had an uneventful drive. We found a nice spot where we sat up the motor coach and since we still had a couple of hours of daylight we visited Girls Gone Wine, a nearby winery, and sampled a few wines.
Saturday we drove all around the area and stopped at many places to admire the scenery and wander around taking pictures.
Sunday I watched some ducks swimming in the lake and we enjoyed feeding the squirrels at our campsite.
By mid-morning we headed to Arkansas where we played in the dirt at the Crater of Diamonds. We got some tips from a woman who found a 28 point white diamond just the day before but we didn’t find anything. Instead, we left plenty for others to find.
Monday we packed up and got an early start home. Along the way the outer back tire on the driver’s side blew out and Keith limped it 25 or so miles to a nearby town and thankfully they had a tire in stock to replace it. With nearly a 4 hour pitstop to take care of the tire we made it home safe and sound by dark.