Saturday, December 15, 2012

No Miracles on the 95th Exit.....


Bells will rbe inging the sad, sad news,
Oh what a Christmas to have the blues...

("Please Come Home for Christmas", Gary Allan

I definitely have the blues.

We had planned to go down to Texas and see my family, as usually.  We were going to go to Dallas, where my sister and her family is, the town my mother lives in, and the swamp where my Cajun uncle lives with his niece and the brother of his late wife.  I was so excited. about the trip, like I always am.  The trip always puts me in the Christmasy mood.

But we can't go.  

My upcoming surgery is nearly $9,000 and so we're having to count our pennies.  And a trip to Texas would be expensive, like it always is.  Too expensive to go.  My mother feels sorry for me because she knows I'm such a Mama's Girl and wanted to go see her.

One thing is that my Mumsy and sister said for us to NOT send presents.  They said they understand about our money problems.  That makes me so sad.

Blaine and I are so despondent that we are literally not celebrating the holiday---we haven't put up a tree or anything.

So what I'm going to do is put a link here to another Christmas we had where we spent it with all our relatives, in Dallas, my mom's town, and my uncle's swamp abode.  I also have a picture there of the aran sweater I knitted for the brother of my uncle's late wife.  I knitted it blind, guessing at its size.  And I worried as I measured what a "medium" (his size) was.  I used measurements of medium size men's sweaters in patterns in my knitting books.  And lo and behold, it fit him perfectly---I couldn't believe it.  He wore it to work the next day---he loved it.

Anyway, here's the link to that happy Christmas.  I can only hope that next Christmas will be as nice as that one was.

Link here.

(You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.)



  1. So far, I am just not in the mood for Christmas this year. Don't have the tree up or anything! My son & his gf will be leaving next weekend for Christmas with my in-laws. I had thought we would wait until they got back & have our celebration, especially since I had been told the sil wouldn't have his girls for Christmas, instead his scheduled weekend would be the following weekend.. Was told Friday that my oldest dd is going to go ahead and have a big dinner at their place on the 25th. I am now tempted to not cook at all this year & instead take everyone out to a buffet instead & give them our gifts then & just stay home on the 25th with no pressure. But think I am being Scrooge, so don't know.

    1. Hi Cindy! I totally know what you mean. I'm not in the mood for Christmas this year either.

      The only Christmas "decorations" we have up are two Christmas cards--one from Blaine's mom and one from my sister.

      My sister's card is so beautiful that I'm going to put it on the blog---and then frame it after Christmas. She and her daughter have begun a totally professional card-making hobby. Her cards are awesome and one of a kind.

      One thing I'm trying to keep in mind is that Christmas isn't just about presents trees, etc., but it is for when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord. So I am trying to keep that in mind. I'm "saved" and so I give thanks to the Lord for that. (I'm not putting down other religions, I'm just meaning my own right now.)

      Also, when I see the news about the Newtown massacre, I try to remember how much my loved ones mean to me. You just never know if something bad will happen to your own family. And so I'm also trying to use Christmas to be thankful to God that I have my mother, my uncle, my cousin Becky, and my sister.

      And also that I am totally thankful that I have friends like YOU!

      Love ya,