27 Dec 2011 12:46 pm


I happily worked on my Christmas tree this year, anticipating the reaction when our family (especially my four grandchildren) arrived for Christmas Eve.


No matter how hard one works there are always a few last minute things to do. I almost forgot to hang the stockings.


Almost every room downstairs had some Christmas frippery hanging around. I take “Decking the Halls” literally.


The Santa tree went back up this year and our dog, Penny treated it with respect. (That means she didn’t use the tree as a chew toy.)


The tree on the piano was filled with special ornaments given to us by a dear sister-in-law, some in memory of her two lost children.


The dining room wasn’t left without Christmas touches. This year we hosted the annual Christmas Eve celebration at our house. We had a sit-down Dickens Feast with Turkey, Ham, Scalloped Corn, Baked Apples stuffed with dried fruit and pecans, Glazed Carrots with Pecans, Duchess Potatoes, Salad, Broccoli Cornbread, Rolls, Holiday Mincemeat Pie and Hard Sauce, Kentucky Derby Pie, Rum Cake, Banana Split Cake, Christmas Cookies and Eggnog with Brandy, Rum and Nutmeg. So what that the kitchen was filled with too many cooks? The result was glorious and delicious.


We have lovely bushes beside our house that have holly-like blooms on them that are at their best on Christmas. These berries added some love to the kitchen. I took time to drink in the moments and the wonder of this Holy time of year. We watched Jesus of Nazareth, which to me is the authoritive Christmas Story. We watched Elf and Love Actually.


All the attention and work was worth it watching our grandchildrens’ wonder at Christmas.


Farewell, Christmas, 2011. You were a joyous and hopeful occasion. I look forward to seeing you again next year.

More Christmas Frippery here. I love it!

24 Dec 2011 09:46 am


This fall has been a busy one for me and I haven’t visited the Wide Awake Cafe for a while. Although I have no time at all today, I want to wish everyone who visits this tiny cafe a Very Merry Christmas. Christmas is my favorite time of year and every year I find myself wishing that the whole season lasted longer.


Christmas means so much more than dressing the house.


Wishing for snow like we had last year but it’s not in the forecast this year.


Still, we will have light.


Merry Christmas!

14 Dec 2010 08:11 am


Santa Claus gets frisked by the TSA. Hat tip: The Drudge Report

30 Nov 2010 12:29 am


I am grateful to be living in this era of YouTube.

When I was in high school Mixed Chorus our director, Edna Earle Massey taught us Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. One Easter performance Miss Massey had us walk down the aisles of the auditorium while singing the majestic music. I will never forget the feeling that music was flowing through every cell of my body as the voices soared all around me. The audience stood as was tradition.

The above excellent performance by one hundred singers in a food court in Ontario brought tears to my eyes.

05 Jan 2010 01:16 am


My niece, Maine, finally found a proper chair to sit in at the Manor House in Eniskillen, Northern Ireland. She traveled to Ireland with her boyfriend and his family to celebrate Christmas with the grandmoms, aunts and uncles who still live there.

Maine didn’t escape the typical marriage questions from her own family, “when are you and Daniel getting married?” She was peppered by that question by the female side of the Irish.

Maine is like a lion and when she roars everyone listens. She is a blogger now, as well as an artist, and an actor studying the art to earn a Masters in Fine Art in Austin at the University of Texas. We really missed her at Christmas and we are glad she is back for at least a little while.

Christmas was a whirlwind of cooking, wrapping presents, decorating the tree and watching the Christmas lights as we drove to visit family. SNOW! It snowed on Christmas Eve. It was glorious and made me remember what it was like to be a child.

The best Christmas gift is always an act of love and I was the recipient of a very sacrificial and loving gift from my daughter, Charlotte. When she found out that Sarah Palin was appearing at a bookstore in Norman, Oklahoma she stayed out all night the night before to get a ticket, (it was extremely cold) and then stood in line for four hours the next afternoon in order to see Sarah Palin and to get her to sign the book she had bought for me. Here she is, in line with a smile on her face as she is meeting Sarah. I’m halfway through her book and it is revealing the authentic Sarah Palin, a tremendously exciting American citizen with a rich and unique history and story.

When I read the letter Sarah wrote to her children and family about her soon to be born, baby boy,Trig it brought tears to my eyes. This is a gifted, intelligent, thoughtful and exemplary woman America has met and embraced, thanks to Senator John McCain. No wonder liberals and the Obama administration are going nuts over Sarah Palin. To which I say, you’ve got nothing, nothing, to counter an authentic, American like Sarah Palin. She has captured the imagination of the citizens of the United States who wish it to remain the United States of America, not the world.

So, Sarah is roaring and it is my deepest wish and aspiration to help her roar. The Republicans, the Tea Partiers and the American people need to be very proactive in our desire to stop the Obamanization of our country. 2010 is the time for all of us to roar our opposition to the socialization of our nations’ economy, health care system, banking system, and the Democrats plans to tax us all to death.

What does it say about Obama’s take on America’s national security that it took three days for Obama to make a statement about the Christmas terrorist and only four hours for his operatives to hit back at former Vice President Dick Cheney’s criticism of their anemic response? I prefer a lions’ response to the enemies of our nation, not the mousy little timid approach that the Obama administration gave us.

Who do you think is our nations’ enemy Mr. Obama?


So what did Charlotte do after she met Sarah Palin? She went to Hollywood to see the premier of Avatar.

Happy New Year! 2010 will be a year to remember. Just hide and watch.

Sissy Willis is roaring her opposition to Martha Coakley, the Ted Kennedy senatorial replacement candidate.

30 Dec 2009 11:46 am


26 Dec 2009 09:38 am


On the afternoon of Christmas Eve it was warm enough to sit on the front porch. After everyone got together for our traditional family Christmas eve gathering it started to snow and the roads very quickly got treacherous. Everyone in our family made it safely home and we awoke to a beautiful snow morning.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

20 Dec 2009 11:32 am


What do you do when you receive a gift that is wrapped so exquisitely you are hesitant to open it because you will damage the art?


The joy and ingenuity that went into the wrapping of the gift is quite evident. The message: sweet and touching.

I still haven’t opened the gift because I hate to destroy the wrapping. No staples went into the wrapping of the gift. Just glue. So a sharp letter opener might work and eventually I will open it…. very carefully.

I will.

The child who gave me this gift is one of my art students. Art teachers are not on the top of the list when parents and children buy presents for their teachers. I have never felt entitled to gifts anyway. The joy of teaching the students about art is gift enough for me and when I receive the drawings and artwork that they eagerly bring to me when they come to class it’s like Christmas every day. I keep their art and display it. Then I put it in a student art scrapbook.

None of my students will ever see their artwork cast into the trash. But that’s just me. When I first began to teach art I didn’t like it very much at all. I didn’t have patience and that was a major frustration. But as the years have gone by I have grown into a teacher who appreciates the talents and gifts that each child brings.

The student who gave me the beautifully decorated home made package is a very uniquely talented and whimsical child. I know that the gift inside the package will be as delightful as the packaging.

The anticipation is delicious.


What is the true gift of Christmas? The eternal gift that Jesus gave to all of us.

09 Dec 2009 05:10 am


31 Dec 2008 02:18 am

This past December 21st my niece, Maine and her two brothers, Eric and Kevin sang, “O Holy Night” at our church’s Night of Christmas Carols. My sister, Lucy, my daughter, Kate, and niece, Maine and I also sang three carols together, “Away in a Manger”, “Silent Night” and “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.” My daughter, Kate and I sang Ave Maria together.

My brother, Guy sang “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, my father sang “A Blue Christmas”, and my niece, Olivia sang “Silent Night”. My niece, Elizabeth played the flute in a duet. Kevin played “Carol of the Bells” on the zylophone. Eric very debonairly sang, “Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas”.

In other words, our family performed half of the program.

It was the first time in many years that so many of us participated and sang so many songs at church. That is one of the most precious memories of this Christmas for me. My eleven month old grandson, Noah loves music and he really enjoyed it and was singing along with all the songs.

It’s a shame we have to wait until just a few weeks a year to sing these beautiful Christmas carols.

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