Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Greetings

"The meaning of the Christmas season can be summed up in four words...
God is with us."
  ~author unknown~

Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Even when the tea grows cold, your friendship warms my cup.

I'd like to say I was fashionably late for Tea Time Tuesday, but I think I'm just plain old late.  We have company this week- my daughter's college roomate from Japan is with us.  My apologies to Sandi, our hostess at Rose Chintz Cottage!

In honor of the holidays, today I am sharing this miniature tea set.

I found this little set among the dozens of boxes of Christmas things that my mom had.  I'm sure she could have kept the Hallmark company in business singlehandedly!  She loved Christmas and it was always a grand occasion at her house.  But then, she could make a trip to McDonald's a grand occasion if she wanted to!

Here all of the pieces of the set.  The set has a holly design.

Last year I found an indentical set while at a yard sale.  I gave it to my friend Lynnette last Christmas.

Thanks for visiting, and please check out the other parties on Sandi's blog!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A decision, for now...

We heard from the transplant coordinator yesterday.

At this point, my daughter is not being put on the transplant list.  She will be having a few more tests, and probably a TIPS procedure (putting a shunt between her liver and spleen).

I have mixed emotions about this.  I'm glad that they don't think she's sick enough to be on the list.  But I know my daughter is sick and tired of being sick and tired.

So, we wait...

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Tale of the Pink Christmas Tree

It's the first week of December, and I haven't done any holiday decorating yet.  Granted, last week was a bit busy, and I'm not one of those who start before Thanksgiving.

When I was a child, we had one of these aluminum trees...

With the color wheel, of course!

We used it for several years.  There was one Christmas that Mom decided it took up too much room, so she only put half of the branches on, and pushed it against the wall.

After that, we had real trees for a while, with an occasional flocked one.  I remember a few in particular...the one my dad picked out that was bald in back- it went in the corner that year.  Another was so dry that it was shedding needles as we tried to decorate it.  And then there was the year we had a live tree...it dripped sap over the presents, the tree skirt and the carpet.  The tree skirt, unfortunately, didn't make it.

When I was a teenager, my mom bought an artificial tree.  It had branches that you had to put in individually.  It was flocked, and shed more snow every year.  Eventually, she replaced it, and my family used it for a few years.  It finally died when my cat decided to climb it and broke two of the branches.

A few years ago, I finally bought a pre-lit tree.  Before that, I think my husband and I fought every year trying to get the lights on!

And here begins the tale of the pink tree...

First, you have to understand something.  My family is always excited to put up the tree.  But when it comes to doing it, this is what happens: my husband sets it up.  He's done.  The kids disappear.  And I decorate the tree.  Just moi.  Alone.  I don't know why that happens, but it does.

So, a couple of years ago, I figured that, since I was the one decorating the tree, that I could decide how to decorate it.  I decided to do a "shabby chic" type tree.  I didn't use all of the ornaments we had, just the ones that fit the theme or were special.  I made bows with pink ribbon and cream tulle.  It turned out beautiful.

You know what's coming, don't you?

I got complaining all December.  It was too pink.  Too girly.  Too much of a "Mom" tree.

The next year, when the tree was set up, I told my family that since they complained so much last year, that they could decorate the tree themselves.  This was the first part of December.  A week before Christmas... NO ORNAMENTS!  I finally bribed my youngest into putting some ornaments on.  It did prove my point that I'm the one who decorates the tree.

Since then,  I've compromised.  I still decorate the tree by myself, and pick what ornaments I want to use, but I don't use the pink bows anymore.  But I'm thinking that when my current tree needs to be replaced, I should pick this one...

(Insert evil laugh here)

Tea Time Tuesday

A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards. ~A.A. Milne

Time for tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage!

I'm sorry that I missed last week's tea parties.  We were busy all week with multiple appointments, and I wasn't organized enough to get my post done early.

Today I'm sharing this tea cup.

It is marked Colclough, made in England.

I think it's very regal looking with all of the gold.

Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to check out Sandi's blog!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Sorry I haven't posted lately.  It was a crazy week.

The transplant board is to meet on Monday.  We should find out then if the decision is to list, wait, or do more tests.

We appreciate everyone's prayers and good wishes.