Christmas and the Gift

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins,Read more

Blessings and Boxing Day

“Hey buddy, what are you doing?” “What do you mean what am I doing?” Can’t you see I’m requesting a belly rub through trust and the lure of cuteness.” “Well, you certainly are adorable, Gibbs. A lover, not a fighter.” “I don’t fight, I play. And sleep. And kindly request food. And let you loudly know when I left something in the litter box.” “Yeah, that last one. You are a blessing to me, buddy, but I don’t need thatRead more

One-Liner Food Groups

“I sipped my own coffee, heavy on the sugar and cream, trying to make up for the late work the night before. Caffeine and sugar, the two basic food groups.” ~Laurell K. Hamilton in Cerulean Sins~ The MJM cookie baking extravaganza is over. I’m recovering from the quality control sugar high that comes with this difficult task…along with the additional coffee and tea I was forced to drink because what goes better with quality control cookies than a hot cupRead more

With Open Wings

As I sit on a cloudy afternoon, listening to a feline snore, I think of the past few days and the people I truly adore. I feel the love of family and friends and the season of His birth. The hugs, the smiles and hopeful wishes for peace on this great, colorful earth. Surrounded by a gentle spirit and the gift of open wings, the knowing glance of an expectant child while the church emphatically sings. Never mind the giftsRead more

A Generous Christmas from the Pod

“Jingle! Jingle! Jingle” *snooork* “Wha? What’s happening?” “Wake up Ziva, it’s almost Christmas!” “You woke me up for that?” “Yeah, aren’t you excited?” “We still have two days and a sleep to go before Christmas.” “I know, I can barely wait!” “Wait for what?” “For Santa to bring me…I mean us…toys.” “Like all the toys you hide under the bed and dresser and couch?” “Some are irretrievable. I…we…need new ones.” “Mom just rescued a bunch with her long arms andRead more

SoCS: Hurry Up!

Linda G. Hill gave us quite the prompt for this week’s Stream of Consciousness post: “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘ask someone else.’ Either ask someone for a prompt word or, if you can’t, turn on a TV or a radio and choose a word from the first sentence you hear. Enjoy!” I was alone in the apartment at the time I read Linda’s prompt. So, I turned on the TV. There was Festus on theRead more

SoCS: Tins of Memories

Tin of mom’s pecan fingers Clove-pierced ham Cinnamon and butter yams Brandy-soaked fruitcake Tastes of Christmas gone by Tinseled, ornamental tree Magical lights of color Ruby red poinsettia Presents not quite hidden Sights of Christmas gone by Tinkly angel candle chimes Noisy jingle bells Choirs praising His birth Ripping wrapping paper Sounds of Christmas gone by Tinged by melty marshmallows and chocolate Incense of midnight mass Piney needles of a fresh-cut tree Dough, sugar, butter baking in the oven SmellsRead more

Sweet Anticipation

Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation. What are you waiting for? I’m waiting for the last four Pecan Sandies to cool before dousing them with powdered sugar. Anticipating any minute now… I’m waiting to finish the last batch of Pecan Sandies before moving onto Gingerbread. Anticipating a favorite holiday cookie… I’m waiting for the last of the Gingerbread to bake so that I can apply the eggnog frosting. Yes, you heard right. Eggnog frosting. Anticipating a few Mmmmmmmm’s… I’m waiting for the CinnamonRead more

Days and Weeks and Months

Q: What has 2 arms, 2 wings, 2 tails, 3 heads, 3 bodies and 8 legs? I’m not going to answer at the moment. I’d like you to think about the answer while I ramble through this post. Today, February 9th, is Fat Tuesday. In many Polish communities around the U.S., it is also Paczki Day, although the traditional date is Fat Thursday. Two days in which to eat to excess. From Wikipedia: In Poland, pączki (pronounced PAWNCH-ki) are eatenRead more

Directly From the Heart

The presents have been unwrapped. The non-stop Christmas music has stopped. Mom has gone to Christmas mass and out for dinner. The brother and his significant other have come and gone. The amount of pasta and cookies eaten this past week has exceeded expectations. I’ve determined that I love Kentucky bourbon barrel beer. And both Gibbs and Ziva have been immortalized. This was an unexpected gift. From a young woman who cunningly asked me for photos of Gibbs and ZivaRead more

All We Want…

Everybody stops and stares at us These four eyes will make everyone fuss We don’t know just who to blame for this phenomenon But our one wish for Christmas Eve simply can’t be won All we want for Christmas is a nice soft couch A nice soft couch See our nice soft couch Gee, if we could always have our nice soft couch Then we could wish you, “Merry Christmas!” Dear Gibbs and Ziva, I talked to Santa. He said you will have a couch forever. Love,Read more

Eye Spy: The Start of an Annual Tradition

This day, if you were a fly on the wall or a CIA spy, you might know that I began an annual tradition around 9:00 am CST. At this moment, the blogging community can see it with their own two eyes. I don’t remember the exact year it started (at least eight years ago) – I take a few days off work and bake cookies to give as Christmas presents to family and friends. This year, there will be aRead more