I looked at the calendar today and realized there are only twelve more days until Christmas. I have been busy making gifts and ordering gifts. Thank goodness for the internet. I really don’t like shopping and we haven’t had a whole lot of time to shop this year, so most of my gift buying has been on the computer. You can buy just about anything there nowadays. And it’s brought right to your door. I have heard that some people have been having trouble with people stealing their boxes from their doorsteps. I’m usually at home when the mail or the UPS man comes so I get my boxes inside right away. Besides that, I have dogs who alert me.
Speaking of dogs, I babysat two of our daughter’s dogs recently. She won tickets from Sirius Radio to go see one of her favorite groups, Phish, at the Met in Philadelphia. She is always winning tickets, but this was a big one. It was a closed group with only ticket winners going to the show. So she and her husband got sitters for their boys and dogs and had someone come and feed and water their chickens and they took off for Philadelphia. They had a wonderful time and we got to have our grandpets for a few days.
Remember Oliver who got his leg trapped in a trap and had to have it amputated?
Here he is still going strong and getting around quite well on three legs. But he was homesick for his buddies, I could tell. He was not at all happy to be here even though I fed him treats and gave him attention, I knew he was kind of depressed. He looks sad in this picture. One day I thought he had died, but he just was feeling sad and wouldn’t eat. When they came to pick him up, he was like a whole different dog. So happy and jumping up and down. So when people say dogs don’t have feelings, don’t believe them. They do and they miss their families when they are separated from them.
All the dogs sat outside the door and stared in whenever I was inside. All these dogs are people dogs. That’s Molly in front, Farley behind her and Belle is laying down. That’s what she does most of the time anymore as she is twelve years old.
We bought a new fake tree this year. We have been using the same tree for several years, but it takes so much time putting it up, every branch having to be put in place, so we decided to get an easier one. This one comes in three pieces and sets up in minutes.
I put the flags on in honor of our military men and women who are stationed all over the world and won’t be with their families this year. A friend’s son is in Korea and his wife is expecting a baby this Spring so it’s hard for them to be apart.
David and I took a day trip to Frankfort where the candy factory is. Last time we took our grandsons with us to pick out candy, but this time we picked it out ourselves. It was fun looking at all the candy and the grandchildren will be happy this Christmas when they open one of their boxes.
I was looking at the Atlas as we drove. I always have an Atlas in the car even though we have GPS because I like to know where we’ve been and where we are going. Anyway, I saw we were near Rockville, Indiana where they have the covered bridge festival in October every year and thought it would be fun to go there off season. So off we drove. It was a beautiful late Autumn day. The sky was so blue and it wasn’t too cold out. During the covered bridge festival it is bumper to bumper cars and the crowds are so thick, it’s hard to get around. We went one year when it was like that. There are flea markets and craft booths set up everywhere then with all kinds of things to sell. The smell of caramel corn and sorghum is in the air. It really is fun, but it’s nice to go there when there aren’t crowds.
Some places were like a ghost town with the stores boarded up and no people around. This is a whole little town that’s been closed up for the season.
I guess you better not go play on the dam.
And old mill not in operation at the moment.
One of the covered bridges that goes over this dam.
There were a lot of places with the name Raccoon around these parts. Raccoon hunting must have been popular back in the day. There was big Raccoon Creek and Small Raccoon Creek and Raccoon Road, etc.
No cars were allowed on any of the covered bridges, but you could walk across them.
In Bridgeton there is an old mill that has been restored and still grinds grain. We visited it years ago when this man and his family had bought the mill to restore it. They’ve done a good job. There were different kinds of ground grain to buy and I bought some pancake mix that had been ground there. Notice to self…..although it sounds good, old fashion type pancake mix is not made from the regular refined grains in mixes like Aunt Jemima. I made pancakes from this mix and did not like them at all. Sorry. My tastebuds lean more toward the refined grains. But I did buy some maple syrup made right here in Indiana and it was delicious. Very different from your store bought syrups, but very good. The man who bought the mill was still working there. I bought some things just to help him out a little. He had lots of things for sale besides all the packages of mixes he had ground. I try to help small businesses when I can since David and I ran a small business for twenty years and one of our competitors was Wal-mart. It’s not easy to keep a small business going under those circumstances so we were happy to have loyal customers who would come in and buy from us. Keep that in mind when you are shopping this Christmas.
I wanted to take some pictures of some of the things I have made this year. This is just a few of the quilts and pillows I have made.
The small quilts are patterns I got from Kathleen Tracy’s blog. She gives out free patterns every month or so, plus sells quilt books, some of which I’ve purchased. Her quilts are fast and easy to make. Sometimes it’s nice to make a quick project. I have been working on some larger quilts that I cannot show right now as they may or may not be gifts sometime.
Well, I hope you are looking forward to Christmas and are getting as ready for it as you want to be. There is a man who has built a small village in Canada who posts pictures of the village and writes a story about each building that brings back memories of a quieter, more peaceful time. I think he must have grown up like I did, in the country, with simple pleasures and close family ties. That is the kind of Christmas I would like to have. One of peace, with simple things being the best and being with family around the table. I wish that for all of you. Peace, love and Joy. And remember that Jesus is the center of it all. Bye.