Hello December

December greeted me with a head cold. I don’t get sick very often and haven’t had a cold for years. I can handle the annoyance of being congested and the slightly sore throat; it’s the restless nights and feeling “punky” that I don’t enjoy. As they say, “this too shall pass.”

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I got all my fall and Thanksgiving decor put away earlier this week. When we were first married J started getting me a Christmas Village; over the years I have received a nice arrangement of pieces. I got the village set up Tuesday evening and put a few wintry decorations around the house.

December 4

Between a congested head and tired eyes it’s hard to concentrate on my book and J got into a movie the other night. I’m not a big Adam Sandler fan, but The Longest Yard is an enjoyable movie.

And in case you are wondering: The Secret Piano: From Mao’s Labor Camps to Bach’s Goldberg Variations. This true story written by Zhu Xiao-Mei is about a talented Chinese piano player that experienced China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960’s-70’s and moved to the United States for a few years after her release from labor camp.

December 4

Last month I mentioned that I was enrolled in an art class. Turns out there were only two of us that signed up and the class was cancelled.

I’m going to try again as Saturday is the next mixed media art class that Jodene Shaw is teaching. The Building Blocks class is full and I’m excited for art and meeting new people.

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How are you coming along on your Christmas shopping? I have started.

On J’s side of the family (he has one older brother and one younger sister) the six brother and sister in-laws do a name draw and buys for one person. We send each other a list of ideas, so that makes it easy. We have three nephews and one niece; three of them are 3 years old or younger, that makes it fun! I have come across several websites that make cute baby and kid stuff.

For my side of the family we try to get something Dad can use on the ranch; J usually has an idea or two. Mom, Sister and I keep it simple and get each other something unique and fun.

The most difficult person I have to buy for is the Rancher. I am open to ideas, please share in the comments.

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6 Responses to Hello December

  1. Darcy says:

    I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well – that is a bummer. 🙁 Hopefully you’re back at 100% soon! My husband is hard to shop for too. This year I’m getting him a set of reins. Last year I got him a knife that I had engraved with our brand (a good friend here makes them, and they are reasonably priced and great quality). He really liked the knife. Other ideas may be a nice leather wallet, a new tooled belt, a pair of nice elk hide gloves, or Under Armour shirts. Anything Under Armour here is loved. 🙂 Good luck with your shopping!

  2. Cheri says:

    Sorry you were/ are sick. I’m knocking on wood. It been ages since I’ve been sick too.
    Seems odd. But we don’t exchange gifts. The in laws might give us something. My mom might. I send my son money! Ha!
    Cameron has an older brother and sister. A nephew and niece that are away. I have 3 sisters. 2 nephews and a niece. We do send them money too. I always like to get cash! 🙂

    Maybe I’ll find some cool stuff at the Cowboy Christmas in Vegas! 🙂

  3. Oh no one likes to be sick, especially in December when there are so many extra things to do. Hope you feel better really soon. I have absolutely no suggestions for gifts, I have a terrible time with choosing myself. I certainly hope you are able to participate in the art class, it is always fun doing something you enjoy and meeting new people too!!

  4. Kim says:

    Jill has been sick this week (a gift from Kinley). Hope you’re feeling better!

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