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We are looking for a jacket for Maggie. She has a jacket from last year but the zipper does not work all of the time. Maggie is tough on her zippers. Her jackets are in good shape but the zippers wear out. I save her jackets, one day I will learn to sew and replace her zippers. We are looking at Goodwill or Plato’s Closet, the resale shop. The winter jackets are just starting to come out. William has three jackets, he has stopped growing at 6′ 2″, and Beth had a jacket from last year, but we found one at Goodwill that she liked, so we bought it. It was only $7. If this winter is bad, I want to make sure that the kids have warm jackets.
It is about twenty five degrees today. By Friday it should be forty degrees and raining.
I was driving home yesterday and saw some kids walking home. While waiting at a stop light the kids came to a waist-high pile of snow in their path. Instead of walking around it, they crawled over it and slid/rolled down it. They were having a great time. I remember being that young. We haven’t built a fort or had a neighborhood snow ball fight in years.
We will probably take the Christmas tree down next weekend
12.16.13 The smaller cat got caught in Maggie’s built in dresser yesterday. When Maggie pulled out the bottom drawer the cat climbed in the dresser drawer and then back behind it. We tried to call the cat to get her out, sometimes she comes when we call her. She didn’t come out this time. We tried to reach in, over the back of the drawer and get her. We couldn’t get her. Then we got their cat food dish and shook it to see if she would come out to eat. She didn’t. Next we tried the cat nip. She tried to climb out but didn’t have anything to push off of with her back legs. We gently started to close the drawer some until she was able to use the back of the dresser as a base to push off of and she was able to get out. We were all very happy that she was safe.The cat wasn’t upset by the experience at all because she tried to climb back in later.
I have all of my mandatory volunteer hours at Maggie’s school now. We need ten volunteer hours a year. I will still volunteer more during the rest of the year, but it is nice that the pressure is off.
Maggie and Beth, and Beth’s boyfriend have gone tonight to the church youth group Christmas party.
Our little cat likes the Christmas tree. She is playing with it a little bit. The morning after we put the tree up there was a chair close to the tree with the back of the chair by the tree. She was standing on the back of the chair playing with one of the ornaments. I am not really worried that she will break an ornament. Most of our glass ornaments were broken when the kids were young. One of kids was reaching for a ornament on a higher branch when they were young and pulled really hard. The tree broke in half. No one was hurt but most of the breakable ornaments were broken and lot of the lights broke. We bought a new tree and put the unbroken ornaments back on it. Now we make an ornament each year but it is usually the flat wooden ones that we decorate with markers and our names and the year. If the cat pulls down an ornament it probably won’t break, but some are decorated and she might eat part of it.
I have started making my New Years Resolutions. I am not sure if the kids make any. I remind them about making them each year, but they decide for themselves what they want to do. To me it is a good time to look back on where I am and where I want to be. I do this twice a year. Once at New Years and once at Easter. Jesus died for us and washed away our sins on Easter, so it is a good time to see if any changes are needed.
This year I have decided to try to cook more on only pans that will fit into the dishwasher.
written 11.15.13 We are celebrating Beth’s birthday tonight. Her birthday is Sunday. We had planned to have the party next Friday, but yesterday she asked if we could move it up.
written 11.16.13 I have found the game Bejulled. Oh my. My kids play it sometimes. One of the kids downloaded it onto my phone. It is a fun pass time, that has no value. I have now played it a few times. It is very addictive.
We had Beth’s birthday last night. It was fun. Mom came over. We had dinner and cake and ice cream. We did measure on the measuring stick. Beth has been the same height for a few years. The stick that we measure on is six feet tall and about two inches wide. We draw a line on it for the height and put the persons, or cats, name their age and the date of their birthday. After three years of Beth not growing, that spot on the board is full. Now we have arrows from the information to the height line. We did not measure the cats this time. They were hiding.
The kids wanted to know if we could use the same stick to measure their kids. I said yes, but it would get really full if they each had a lot of kids. We decided to get a separate stick for each of their families. But…this also means that we would need to get together for all of the grandkids birthdays. They decided that if we all live in separate areas, they can mail me the measurements of their kids and I could add their height to my measuring stick.
written 1/13/14 – It has been a lot warmer. It was above freezing and rainy over the weekend. The kids fort is starting to melt. When it was snowy we had made a path to out gas meter. Now it is melting down to the grass.
We need to darn some of Beth’s sox. I don’t know if we need the darning ball…I am not sure if that is the name of it…or if we can darn them without it. I haven’t tried to darn soxs since junior high and I wasn’t successfull. The mending has to be flat so that it doesn’t feel strange to walk on the repair. Beth loves her sox, they are fun designs and she doesn’t like to get rid of them so we need to try to repair them.
Maggie has built the cats a house. It started out as one room, but the larger cat couldn’t turn around in it, so she added a side room. It also has a sun roof. I am not sure why she added the second side room with the empty peanut butter jar on it. It may be because she can take the peanut butter jar off…it isn’t taped on…and she can play with the cats through it.
written 12/31/13 – Today is New Years Eve, This year went by so fast. It was a better year. I like to look back at the last year and see how we did. Last Sunday the Pastor said that we could the Bible verses from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (New Living Translation), We could look at each line and see if we had done anything in each of these seasons. For example in a time to be born, what had we started or gotten set up and in a time to die, what had we finished or said “I am not going to do any more”. I had never thought of looking at these Bible veses this way.
“1 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.” (Footnote 1)
I want to look at these lines and see where God has taken me and my family last year.
Last year was a very settling year. I tend to like to be everywhere. Last year I took a better look at what was working and actually took the step of dropping some of the things that were not a benefit to our family. It was a tough decision, but now I have more time to concentrate on productive and helpful things.
I lost the power cord for my Nook in early December. It was fully charged at the time so I decided to keep using it and post it when we found the cord. We have found the cord.
Monday 12.2.13 I have lost the charging cord for my cell phone and the cord for my Nook. We saw the cords last week. Luckily the kids have a cord that will work on my phone. Charging cords at our house are like sox, they keep getting lost.
Maggie had her last day of guitar today. She was relieved. She liked the other students and the teachers, but wasn’t thrilled with the guitar. Her other classes don’t end until the end of the year.
Monday 12.16.13 The smaller cat got caught in Maggie’s dresser yesterday. It is a built in dresser. When Maggie pulled out the bottom drawer the cat climbed in the dresser drawer and then back behind it. The drawer doesn’t come completely out of the dresser. We tried to call the cat to get her out, sometimes she comes when we call her. She didn’t come out this time. We tried to reach in, over the back of the drawer and get her. We couldn’t get her. Then we got their cat food dish and shook it to see if she would come out to eat. She didn’t. Next we tried the cat nip. She tried to climb out but didn’t have anything to push off of with her back legs. We gently started to close the drawer some until she was able to use the back of the dresser as a base to push off of and she was able to get out. We were all very happy that she was safe. The kitty wasn’t upset by the experience because she tried to climb back in later.