I can’t tell you how wonderful the last several days have been. First of all, it’s just so absolutely marvelous to feel healthy again. I’m not sure I had felt healthy for a long time, but I thought it was my new normal. Age and all, you know. But I kept wondering how I went from walking five miles a day to barely being able to walk across the yard without getting winded. Who would have thought it was the medicine I had been taking for years? I’m telling you, be very careful the chemicals you put in your body even when the doctor prescribes them, because sometimes they do more harm than good. David even says it’s nice to hear me whistling and singing around the house again. Had I stopped? I hadn’t noticed. I was just trying to get through each day and get things accomplished that I was able.
So, this week, for the first time in I don’t know how long, I sewed on quilt blocks in my shop all day and never felt tired once. There is a mystery quilt I am working on that I will tell you about later when I get some pictures. I have never taken part in a mystery block quilt before, but this one sounded like fun and I kept seeing pictures of the blocks ladies were making all over the world and I thought I should get in on all the fun and it has been fun. Can’t wait to see how the quilt will turn out. I’ve been so enthusiastic about it, I am making four different quilts with the patterns we are given.
I know I’ve been talking about health issues a lot lately, but once again a family member was hit with a health problem. One of our grandsons was having stomach cramps and was passing blood and was taken to the hospital this week. Quite a scare, but he is getting better. The doctor believes it is E coli and says it will have to run its course. Seems E coli and Salmonella are appearing a lot in our food and I have a theory on why that I won’t get into here, but people who are working with our food are not being very clean about it. I love Romaine lettuce and I did eat it before we took our vacation in November. I do wonder if part of my being sick was because I had eaten it. We will never know.
We are having our first Christmas family get together this Saturday so I will be baking and cooking up a storm starting tomorrow. Baking rolls, making potato salad, baking a chocolate cake so we can celebrate all the birthdays in December(we have four.) I want to try cornbread dressing sometime and am looking for a good recipe for it. Also I always have to have scalloped oysters at least once during the holiday season. I love scalloped oysters and I even love eating it cold. I see so many delicious looking recipes on Facebook and I want to try them all. Do you have a favorite food that you have to have during the holiday season?
I get nostalgic thinking about past Christmases when our children were young. Christmas is always so much fun when children are around. Our grandchildren are growing up faster than our children did, it seems, but they all still love coming to Grandpa’s and Grandma’s for Christmas and we love having them. Having family gathered around is such a blessing. I remember going to my grandparents’ house Christmas Day and it was always fun, seeing the cousins, eating Grandpa’s homemade popcorn balls and getting fifty cents from Grandpa(yes, fifty cents, I’m that old I thought it was a lot of money.) If there was snow, it was even better and if somebody got a new sled it was wonderful. We still have a sled our children used when they were young. I would love to slide down a snowy hill again and feel the wind in my face. Maybe I might try that this winter.
I’m sitting here on a rainy night, the Christmas tree lit, the fire in the fireplace, candles burning feeling warm, safe, and happy and thinking about the days ahead with joy. I’ll be writing one last post before Christmas I am sure, but in case I don’t, Merry Christmas and may the day be a blessing whether it’s with a crowd or only one remembering the One we celebrate, whose birth over 2,000 years ago changed the world , and showed we can all be united in love if we so choose. Bye.