Merry Christmas!

You can bet Santa and those reindeer have a busy night ahead! 🙂  Things won’t be nearly so busy at our cave.

The little red truck has to be in the shop at 8 a.m. today and I hope they keep it forever!  I’ll follow Vince and give him a ride home and in exchange, he will take me out to breakfast.  Then I’ll make the pies (pumpkin and buttermilk) and cornbread to be used in the dressing tomorrow, season the bird, clean out the smoker . . I’m roasting the turkey and smoking a ham, and hopefully spend the afternoon sewing/quilting.  It’s been so long since I used the longarm, I might’ve forgotten how to do it.

Chad is going hunting Christmas morning and plans to be home around noon.  It will just be us here so it should be a quiet and relaxing day, but I wanted so badly to go to Louisiana for Christmas.  Chad had to tell them at work last week that he’s going off to school in January but he wants to continue to work weekends here.  That’s fine with me because it means he’ll be home on weekends.  He’s mainly doing that so he’ll have a job for the summer.  Then after the summer, he’ll try to transfer to the Wal-Mart in Pittsburg.  Anyway, somewhere in the back of my thoughts, I wondered is maybe Wal-Mart would say no to the weekends only schedule and tell Chad he could leave now.  Vince is off for two weeks and I had it all figured out in my head that I could get the car packed and we’d all be on the road within about 23 minutes of finding out Chad would be off for a few days.  That didn’t happen, the weekends only schedule was approved and I’m glad for Chad that he has a job but sad that I won’t be with mom and dad and niece and nephews and those four little children that I love!  I’ll remind myself to Bloom Where I’m Planted and we’ll have a wonderful Christmas Day and I’ll remind myself that driving 12 hours with Vince, Chad and Speck is a whole lot different from driving 12 hours by myself and then I’ll be thankful to not be making the trip!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!


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    Happy Healthy Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for all the tips, ideas, and patterns you have shared.
    I love the idea we have something in common, although we are miles apart.
    Your adopted son was 21 this month and Chris and I adopted our son 21 years ago on December 10th, although he came to live with us when he was 8 years old and is now 37 married with 2 daughters. [ English law was a real pain trying to adopt an older child! ]
    I look forward to reading your news in 2009

    Diana [ Happy Room England]

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    Evelyn says

    You should definately plan a Valentine’s trip to see you parents – the roads are much less crowded then! In the meantime – enjoy your Christmas – sounds like you are cooking up a feast! My sister and her husband bought 30 meals for local homeless people this year in leiu of sending out gifts. We are staying in Canada – many miles from all our family, but we are together and planning a fondu dinner! And, of course, we have a Chriskind (Christ Angel) and Santa believer in our house!

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    Your day sounds busy to me! I can just smell the smoker going! Yummy! Hope you find some Judy time in you sewing room!! (Hugs)

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    Elaine says

    Merry Christmas Judy and family! Sounds like a great day at your house for Christmas. Our girls and familys will be here tomorrow, so looking forward to that. There is one of those food savers under the tree for us (gift from Santa); so can’t wait to use that. Now if I could just start baking bread like you do.

    Have a great holiday! Elaine

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    Donna (from MI) says

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. I am jealous of you being able to use your smoker. It has been way too cold and blustery here to try to use mine though I hope to put it to use next week. We will be going to my sisters this year so all I need to do is desserts. And our tradition is to have Chinese on Christmas eve. That is what my husband and his mom did and we have continued it. When I sugested to my kids that we do a mini-Christmas dinner tonight (since my son will be elsewhere tomorrow), they both looked at me as if I had two heads. Chinese it is.

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    Julie (from Arizona) says

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for all the wonderful patterns, thoughts and support you give us.

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    Merry Christmas to you and yours. I love the bloom where you are planted phrase. Thank you for being part of my daily life through your blog. I consider you to be my friend.
    God Bless.

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    You are so right. It would be great to be with family this time of year. So Lem and Honey Wilkes and Wade Hamilton will be the family I am with this year.

    Enjoy being with Vince and Chad and Speck. Glad to know that he is doing better.

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    Sandy says

    I hope you and your family will enjoy your “quiet” Christmas Day. Who knows what excitement may pop up unexpectedly! We gave up travelling home to Nova Scotia for Christmas many years ago, and are reminded every year (when the airports get crowded with stranded travellers) that it was a good decision.

    Our home will be quiet also. Our daughter will be working from 7 am to 11:30 pm (a shift at each of her two jobs), and hubby will join her as a volunteer for the second shift (at a homeless shelter), so I hope to spend some time in the sewing room. Haven’t been in there much lately.

    Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and all the best in 2009.

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    Linda B. says

    Merry Christmas Judy and family. I enjoy reading your blog. Merry Christmas to all that read here, also. Sending wishes for good health and much happiness to all !

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    Eve says

    Merry Christmas, Judy, to you and all of the men in your house, too! Don and I are going to stay home and cocoon this year. We have a family get-together at my parents’ on Saturday, and another w/ Don’s family next Tuesday. And my DD will be in West Palm Beach w/ her SO until Jan. 2nd, so we’ll get together in January. I think we’re going to ‘cheat’ this afternoon and go pick up our Christmas dinner from the grocery store and just kick back tomorrow. My body is grateful. So I’ll be sitting here knitting socks for myself, a ‘hairy’ scarf for my DD, and maybe even start the shawl for my Mama (out of a bamboo blend yarn). I finished the 2nd sock of my 2nd pair last night—and I’m loving it! So thank you for your blogs. You are soooo inspiring to me, both w/ your quilting and your knitting. I love you, dear friend!! Eve

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    Toni says

    Merry Christmas to all of you. I’ve so enjoyed reading your blog for the past year. Thanks for all you do for us.

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    Loretta says

    Merry Christmas, Judy, and to all the others who either posts comments or just read, like I do most of the time. Even though most of us are only technically connected via the internet, I feel like I have found a whole world of new friends.
    Tell Chad my son killed an 8-point this morning, down here in south Louisiana, where it is 79 degrees!
    Hugs to all,

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    Bobbie says

    May you and your family have a BEST Christmas. Sounds like you all will be stuffed and such good food. We have for the past 5 years will have a steak and shrimp dinner with every side dish you can think of-its easy and it doesn’t take all day to get it on the table. The kids and their kids will all be here-I can’t imagine Christmas day without them-has never happned–lucky me!! Tonight we go to Billie Jo’s(Daughter) house for a junk food meal-I’m taking Rye bread hors d’oeuvres( <<had to look up how to spell that) and a hot artichoke dip thing that is to die for. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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    I’m sorry you won’t be able to spend Christmas with your family. Our Christmas has been postponed this year because DD has Nutcracker performances through December 27th and we can’t get her home until the 29th.
    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season where you are planted.

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    Oh dang I wish I could find my missing car keys today just like that. They’ve been gone for months so no remote entry. Merry Christmas, Judy!

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    Wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
    I wanted badly to follow the stash weekly report, but altough I dropped out after a few months, I did follow your blog and used alot from my stash this year. I did not actually buy much fabric, but I got more in (from friends) than I used, and I kind of lost track.
    Looking forward to read your blgoposts in 2009!