Friday, January 23, 2015

Empty Space

I'm not sure exactly how to explain it...but "empty space" is important to me. Maybe something to do with my type 2/4 personality :) Cluttered space makes me crazy. I even tried putting two more chairs in our bedroom, which wasn't clutter, but I realized that I NEEDED the empty space, so the chairs went upstairs. My snowmen decorations are alreay stacked on the dining room table waiting for boxes. Even with just the Christmas decorations, I needed things to be put away and everything dusted, with again, empty space. I will take a little break, and then get out a few Valentines items. So today is my day to get a few of those things done. I had a tough week of driving, this week. On Monday, I had to go to San Antonio with Ron- Tuesday I went to Boerne in the morning, then in the afternoon, back to San Antonio, this time with mom. On Wednesday evening, I needed to go to Kerrville. Yesterday TWO trips to Boerne. So...today...I am not going out of the house. In fact yesterday would have been a perfect stay home, curl-up-on-the-sofa-rainy-day, but instead I was out driving around, going to the doctor, getting groceries, and getting cold and wet. Mom always tells me to rest, but I've got things to do! Just not driving anywhere :) and trying to make....empty space- lol. My sewing room and my office need serious attention.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Inside Snowmen

The only snowmen at our house, are inside. That is why we retired in Texas. No more snow outside. It has been cold here for a while and we did get a small amount of freezing rain yesterday... but no snow. One of my friends was sad to put away all of her Christmas decorations. I realized that I have a way of keeping some of the Christmas decorations out for January. For Christmas I put out all of the winter and Santa Claus and nativity decorations. After Christmas, I put away the Santa Claus and nativity items and keep the snowmen items out. When we lived In Oklahoma, that worked perfect, because may times in January there would be lots of snow. When we lived in Katy, I sometimes had a hard time leaving those decorations out, because January was sunny. Here, it's cold...not much sun...but no snow.





New Years List

I found a cute list to use for goals for the new year. It is a fun list because it is less formal and less complicated than normal new year resolutions. We are sharing our lists on our family blog. It is fun to see how each person uses each word. And fun to see what each person would like to do in the new year.

Here is the list...
1. Start...
2. Plan...
3. Have...
4. Build...
5. Write...
6. Read...
7. Make...
8. Do...
9. Give...
10. Visit...
11. Learn...
12. Eat...
13. Be...

Some of our family added a few (fun) words...like... Stop, Call, Master, Wait, and Always. My extra word that I added was "Blog". One of the things I want to do for the new year, is to blog on a consistant basis. I have this blog, a "Cousins Blog", a "Family Blog", and a "Silver Hanger Blog". I love the way we can use the internet to stay connected as a family, and for a journal, and for advertising. Here is my new picture for the "Cousins Blog".


On the cousins blog, I share videos, stories,and activities with the grandkids. My goal is to post something there once a week. (I didn't keep that up very well last year and now the kids forget to go look there on a regular basis) 

This blog, I get printed into a book once a year. That is why it is important for me to post here often. 
I love having these books. 



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year

The week after Christmas, I had an eye doctor appointment and mom had a "port flush" appointment. I also managed to get an ultrasound appointment on the last day of 2014. (last "free" medical thing for the year). The medical appointments really are going to slow down for 2015 ;)
For New Years Eve we went to one of the neighbors and played Pictionary for 3 hours and then watched "Celebrate San Antonio" from 11:30- 12:30. We haven't actually been awake to celebrate the new year for a long time :)


Here are a few of my favorite...random pics and in really random order,  for 2014-
(a few of these are repeats...but some, not anywhere else on this blog)  :) 






































Christmas Day

Christmas Eve, morning, we went to Vernons for breakfast. We didn't get up very early, so we were the last ones to arrive there about 9. We stayed until about 11 and helped them clean up. That evening, I went with mom to the "Candle Lite" service at her church. As it turned out, it was good that Ron and I had our little Christmas date on Tuesday afternoon and evening, instead of on Wednesday, which allowed me to go to church with her. On Tuesday afternoon we went to the Hobbit movie and then had dinner at El Chapparel on the way home.
Christmas day was very quiet at our house...just three old people ;) I fixed a nice breakfast and dinner. In between those two things I went to get mom, at noon, and bring her home for the rest of the day. Ron spent the day reading and watching TV. Ron and I don't buy gifts for each other. The reason we had two gifts under the tree, for him to open was because Alsterlunds and EvaMay each sent something.









Christmas at the Care Center

One tender mercy for this year, is the fact that the Bandera Healthcare Center is only 10 minutes from the house. This care center is one of the best in the area. Of course, no one that has to be in a care center likes being there and the complaints are numerous. But, for the most part, everyone that works there is very considerate and kind to the residents. We wanted to say "thank you" to those working there. Only thing was, when I asked how many peole work there, the answer was "89"...okay bigger list than expected. But...I came up with a really cute idea...just took alittle more planning and work than I originally thought. The Monday before Christmas, Ron helped me take three boxes of small gifts (96) to the care center. Each package was hot chocolate and cookies.




I think I have a few more pics...somewhere...still trying to FIND those :) 
When I find them I will post a few more here. 

Christmas with the Andersons

We celebrated Christmas with the Andersons the Sunday evening before Christmas. We went and got mom and had her here for dinner and activities too. (the elders also came for dinner that day). Since our family was together for Thanksgiving, all of the kids had plans to just stay home for Christmas or to travel to be with in-laws for Christmas. Audrey and Sam had plans to fly to St. George for Christmas. So...Sunday evening was the best option to have Christmas with them. We had dinner, then the boys opened up gifts, then we did our traditional "Thompson Christmas devotional". My physical Christmas shopping this year was only for Eli, Noah, and mom. My online Christmas shopping was for Eli, Noah, and the Simms kids. The Christiansens, the Petes, and the Thompsons all got a cash deposit toward gifts. Amazon...tempted me with suggestions of "you might also like these items" and I bought more for Eli and Noah than planned :) With only 3 or 4 items to "make your parents crazy" :)- like an airplane that talks when you shake it and shoes the light up when you jump. My tree looked pretty good for a few days, with gifts under it :)