Thursday, December 31, 2009
Plus no big celebration here- I doubt if I'll even be awake at midnight. :)
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Then I made cute "Happy Birthday" cards and a small picture for each child to color. I put those in a plastic bag with a candy cane and a holiday bookmark, with each child's picture on it. (The bookmark was more of a gift for "mom" than for the 3-year-old.)
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I love the "long trunk" trees...
and black bears (on a bandana tree skirt).
One of the things I decided not to put up is the big tree. I'll try to take a few more pictures, now that we have some lights up. Even just having a few lights makes all the difference.(Like Annie's boys looking at their tree)
Sunday, December 13, 2009
NOT the river behind our property.
This is the river behind our property.
It has been too rainy for them to be able to clear our lot. The first river picture is what the river looks like just downstream from us- so there is still hope that the river will come back. At least there was some water now, rather than none. (Just up stream from us, the water goes underground, so with the drought and the water level so low- no water above ground. Then just downstream from us it comes back up again.) So, should we pray for rain for the river, or pray for a dry spell, so they can clear out the cedar? :) We are going to back about the 1st of January to look at things again. We drove back home on Saturday afternoon.
I did get home in time to make cookies for Sunday.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Mom and I were both at work at The Silver Hanger on Friday. It was a pretty slow day there, other than the fact that there is always work to be done. And I did have one bride come from Georgetown to try on her wedding dress, even though the streets were snowy. At one point, mid day, I was thinking that if the snow continued and the streets were bad, mom and I would just go home in her car and I would drive. But by late afternoon, the snow had stopped and the streets were clear. Mom and I were closing up the store at 5:00. As she and I were both doing the tasks of turning off lights, locking doors, turning off computers etc. - the phone rang (probably about 5:10) Mom answered it and it was a call for me. While I was talking on the phone, mom decided to go ahead and leave to go home. (Not an unusual thing- we don't very often actually leave at the same time) It was probably about 5:30- 5:40 when I left the store. Which put me at the intersection of Franz road and highway 99 at the precise moment that another car decided to turn right in front of me.(Normally I would go home on I10. When I left the store I had decided to go home across Franz road rather than on I10 because all afternoon I10 had delays because of the weather and even though the roads were clear I10 was still backed up) I was driving east on Franz road, I had a green light and the other driver had a green light , but the other driver did not have a protected green arrow for turning left. (He was driving west bound on Franz and turning left to southbound 99) When I realized that he was turning in front of me- I hit the brakes and steered to the right, but I knew that I could not avoid a collision. After impact I ended up going over a cement curb and coming to a stop on grass. His car spun back around and came to a stop in the center of Franz, facing east. One possibility is that the first impact hit on my drivers side front corner and then the second impact was on my drivers side rear door. (that is an explanation as to why the front of the burb was all torn up and the rear door on the drivers side smashed in). Although I never really looked at the damage to his car or spoke to the other driver. I did see him get out of his car and he was limping around, but he did not leave in the ambulance- so I assume he was okay. I was busy with the three angels surrounding me. One was a lady that was in a car following me. She watched the entire accident from behind me. She saw my brake lights come on and she was the first person there to help me. Even though the burb stopped after I hit the cement curb, the engine was still running. Her first words were "turn it off". Then she helped me get the driver door open- it was jammed and hard to open. The two other people were in a car that was behind the other driver. So they witnessed the accident from behind him. They were also waiting to turn left onto south bound 99. They had no explanation as to why the driver decided to turn when he did. In fact they were completely surprised and could see that the only outcome was "bam". Those three people stayed by me on the side of the road and told the police man what they saw. I have some bumps and bruises and sore spots, but I was wearing my seat belt and did not hit the steering wheel or the wind shield. (no air bag in a 94 suburban:) I had to call Ron and ask him to come and pick me up. He had been sick all week and was at home taking a nap (because of the snow, he came home early from work) What a call to get when you are sleeping, "come and pick me up, I think the burb is totalled". So the burb is gone, but I am so grateful that I'm not gone :) While I am telling this with my funny sense of humor, I am serious about my gratitude. We take so many things for granted- one of which is how quickly something unusual can happen. We get so busy with the challenges of life, that we rarely ever think, "that in just a quick moment things can change forever". I am so grateful for those three strangers that were there as witnesses and for my aid. They each had other places to be, but choose to stay there with me. In a quick moment, their lives were affected also. So...sorry Karen... but the burb is gone. But it gave a good fight, even refusing to die until I turned it off :) And there really are angels among us- both the ones that are seen and the ones that are unseen.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Our family Thanksgiving together was perfect! (except we missed Mike and Carrie) :(
But it sure was nice to get home last night. Our only casualty of the trip was Ron came home sick. So he is home in bed and I'm at work. I have tons of work to do this week. Lets see how much I can get done before I get sick!!! I'll try to catch up on my gratitude posts and our family Thanksgiving later.
I go away for just a few days and now I have this huge list of blogs to look at! hehe