Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Good morning!  I'm back!

Did you miss me?

Well, I must say I was down & out through Wednesday of last week.  I had a fever that wouldn't break & I did a lot of sleeping, drinking, and sleeping.  Pretty much in that order.

I went to the doctor on Monday and he told me that even if I had gotten the flu shot, it wouldn't have touched this strain anyways.  I just needed to let it run it's course.

So a 2 day school week for me.  Not so bad. I could handle that on a regular basis if the truth must be told.

By Saturday, thank goodness, I was back into full swing because D1 came over & we did this:
~~along with 8 other recipes.  We were in the kitchen for 7 hours baking & making sweet treats!  And my kitchen is already bare as we gave it all away!  Which was the purpose for our baking marathon in the 1st place.

D1 came over around 9:15 and we started right in.  I had everything out & ready to go.  Her mama came over around 10:30 and supervised us.  It was a great day!  I really enjoyed my time with D1 and her mama.  Just wish D2 lived closer so she could play with us as well.  Maybe someday!

Saturday night I was exhausted, but I had to finish up some Christmas cards for the Santa Pics I took the week prior & get them in the mail.

Sunday morning Dream Boy & I headed off to church, with a cookie tray in hand, of course.  We went out for breakfast afterwards and then headed home.  I took a brief catnap & then headed out with D1 for some creative corner time!

We took a glass fusion class together & made 2 ornaments each.  They will be fired & ready to pick up this next weekend.  

They look so rough & raw, but I was assured that they will look really cute once the glass is melted & fused.
D1 came home with me & S1 was at the house waiting for us.  Dream Boy had dinner ready & we all ate together.  

After dinner, D1 was trying to convince S1 to go grocery shopping with her so she wouldn't starve this week, and he was being a curmudgeon about it.  Finally Dream Boy stepped in & volunteered to go shopping with her.  So S1 headed home, I headed to my computer to finish up some editing & the Dream Boy headed off grocery shopping with D1.  

They've done this before - cracks me up.  But they have a good time together.

Only 10 more sleeps until S2 & D2B2 are home for Christmas!!!  I can hardly wait to see them.  We sent out S2's Christmas ornaments to him last week & today Dream Boy is sending a care package of goodies to them as well.  But it will be so good to have them home for almost a week!

I hope you are enjoying your holiday time and reflecting on the family fun & traditions you have or may be starting.

Have a happy Monday ~  I'll be back soon.

As always, thanks for having coffee with me this morning.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee -- Postponed

I'm a bit under the covers weather right now - nurse Libbi the Wonder Dog is sticking close to my side.

Be back soon - have a wonderful day.

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Classroom Cut Ups

It's the day before a long holiday weekend break.

It's the class right after lunch and almost the end of the day.

The majority of the students are girls.

The teacher is moving around the room trying to settle down the girls when a stray student enters the room to deliver top secret information from another classroom.

As the stray leaves, she says to the teacher, "I love you!".

The teacher does not respond to her, so a classroom girl asks why I didn't say "I love you" back?

The teacher responds that she feels it is a term she does not throw around freely.  She doesn't express this sentiment unless she truly means it.  She explains that a lot of kids today throw it around, just as you would "hi", "bye", "see you soon", etc.

Because it is the day before a holiday weekend and the class is not getting on task, the question is then asked of the teacher, "how long before you told your husband you loved him?"

Now the door is wide open & the teacher decides to throw caution to the wind & enlighten her classroom full of girls of her true love story.  

She tells them how her hunny bunny did all the right things.  He presented her with a pearl ring to announce his intention of marrying her one day.  Then he followed up with a "hope chest" which further deepened his commitment to love & cherish her for ever.

Within months he presents her with a shiny diamond, asking her to marry him & be his forever bride.  Of course, she tells him YES!

The classroom is now filled with dreamy eyed girls oohing & ahing over the love story shared with them.

Except one.  

She calmly states that with her parents, it was her mom who presented her dad with the results of a recent pregnancy test that showed positive and that is how their proposal went!

The calm, dreamy state is now disrupted with rounds of raucous laughter!

The end.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

December 1.

The 1st of December.

My baby sister's birthday - happy, HAPPY birthday Robin! 

Which also means......

Where are your feet planted on this the 1st day of the last month of this year? Be sure to join up with me on Instagram @pattilin60 & tag your shot with #feetfirst2014.

Amazing - where in the heck did November go?

Seriously?  How did we get through almost full year again so stinking fast?

Welp ~ here we are, so let's move forward.

Let's have some coffee together.

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

Did you have lots of time with family & friends?  Did you make any new friends standing in line at the Black Friday madness?  Did you even go out in the madness?

Me? Nope. Nada. Nuh-uh. 

I waited until Saturday.  Then I went out with my D1.

But let's back it up - we had a wonderful feast at my big sister's home, complete with 2 turkey's and all the fixings which were completely demolished!  Oy vey - how much can 20 people eat?  A.lot.

Friday Dream Boy & I lounged around the house all day. Literally. We went no where but here. It was a splendid.  Absolutely splendid.

I putzed around in my creative corner and he putzed around in his. Mid afternoon we met up in the living room, where I busied my hands with some crocheting & he busied himself with studying the back of his eyelids.  

When I turned on a movie - he became much more alert and we proceeded to watch 2 movies back to back.  

We decided to join up with some friends downtown Kzoo that night and after a quick supper, we headed to the park for the annual lighting of the trees!  We were entertained by the youth choir from a local Baptist church.  

Whoa!  These kids ranged in age from 5 -18 and could they SING!  It brought such joy to my heart to hear them belting out THEIR joy!

Soon, the Mayor & our city commissioners came on stage to read, "The Night Before Christmas" and then Santa & Mrs. Claus made their appearance.  On their command, the park came to life with hundreds & hundreds of lights!  

When Dream Boy & I stopped to pose for the above pic, I was literally pulled into a giant bear hug!  It stopped me for a second until I realized it was one of my former high school students! 

It was SO great seeing her and getting such a giant hug!  Makes this mama's heart warm & fuzzy.

Dream Boy & I then headed over to our friend's house for leftover Thanksgiving desserts and coffee.  

Saturday was a very mild day in these parts, so it didn't take Dream Boy long to round up his posse & head out on his bike.  So, D1 & I had a spontaneous lunch date & went shopping for Christmas decorations & some creative supplies I needed.  

Saturday night we went out with S&D1 for Dream Boy's birthday.  His birthday was on Thanksgiving day, so we waited until Saturday night to celebrate together.  We went to a local brew pub & had a great time.

We went back to their house & had dessert.  D1 is quite the baker & had made a cheese cake from scratch!  Oh my.  So delish.

Dream Boy & S1 soon got bored and headed back into town to another local brew pub, while D1 & I snuggled in to watch White Christmas.  My favorite & a long standing tradition for me to watch every year.  But alas, I soon became tired & headed home.

Not to worry though - I finished watching the movie at home on Sunday afternoon while I did some Christmas decorating.

Sunday we went to church in the morning and celebrated the 1st Sunday of Advent.  After church we have a time of fellowship & coffee together with everyone.  I checked up on a friend who has been having some rough health issues lately & I had heard this past week was a tough one.

Can you say a little prayer for my friend, Rich?  God knows what he needs - I would just appreciate your prayers for he & his wife.  

While you're at it, will you also lift up D2B2 and her parents?  She & Son #1 were visiting her 'rents over the holiday weekend in Minnesota.  Her dad became very ill through the night on Saturday & ended up in the hospital on Sunday.  

S2 & D2B2 had to fly back home to Seattle, but I know all of them could use a prayer through the next few days as things are figured out by the doctor's.

Well, I'm back to school today.  It was a wonderful weekend & I'm struggling with going back to work.  Anyone else feeling the same way?  

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you have a wonderful day & an even greater week!

I'll be back soon - hope you will too!