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Onward and upward! something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead and move forward.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Pictorial Christmas 2016


Friday-Dec. 23rd:  Our family gathering


Della Helene Hannah Ruth's 1st Christmas

Mark, Pam, Maddie & me

This daughter of mine is a brat n' a half--photo bombed me with the rabbit ears
or devil horns or whatever.



The best photo Susan and I have had taken together in years and years




My sister collects bird figurines of all the birds she sees at her feeders.  I have given her the ones I had collected and this year, I added to her Lenox collection with a Blue Bird.

Karen made Pammie a beautiful quilt.

The annual "stair" Christmas Grand kids photo.
L-R back row:  Stephen--Marcus
Susanna--Maddie
Me
Helene and sleeping Della

My grandson Marcus' girlfriend--Morgan
Just a tiny little thing that dances ballet
AND
raises hogs and shows them at the fair

Della's 1st Hannukah
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The only unspoken irritant I had?  The grand kids sat at the end of the room, on their phones, texting each other.  Not watching anyone else open gifts and only engaging when they opened one of theirs.  In my humble opinion--cell phones should be banned during family get togethers!
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Christmas Eve evening, my sister called.

"Did this day seem strange to you?"

"Yes.  Strange and sad.  For seventy-seven years I have celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve.  It's been a very long, lonely, sad day."

"I know.  Me too.  Plus, I've been sick all day."
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On Christmas Day, I accepted an invitation from Pearl and Merle to go to their son's house to join their family Christmas.  

Let's just say--it was a different kind of Christmas gathering than I have ever witnessed.
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Now, this grumpy, old, critical woman is going to get the decorations outta here and get my house cleaned up, ready to meet a clean, new year.




10 comments:

  1. Yes. Ban cell phones so your grandkids can feel the love around them! Look at all the lives you started and still fill with love. The pictures are wonderful.

    How did everyone like the spaghetti sauce? You're irreplaceable. Not just for your sauce, kiddo. Lol

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  2. Such wonderful photos!
    I agree about the phones. Simply rude.
    Little Della is one of the most beautiful babies I've ever seen!
    I hope the new year will be blessed for you Judy.
    X5

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  3. Such wonderful photos!
    I agree about the phones. Simply rude.
    Little Della is one of the most beautiful babies I've ever seen!
    I hope the new year will be blessed for you Judy.
    X5

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  4. Such wonderful photos!
    I agree about the phones. Simply rude.
    Little Della is one of the most beautiful babies I've ever seen!
    I hope the new year will be blessed for you Judy.
    X5

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  5. The photos are great, Judy. You look wonderful. On to 2017!

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  6. Lovely family photos!

    Cell phones have no place, at Christmas present openings. !!!!

    Your sister Susan, felt the difference in your Christmas celebration too. that has to be "comforting," to not be alone in the feeling. I guess... "Comforting" isn't the word, but... You know what I mean.

    I did very well, with figuring out who-was-who, because of the name list, on your side bar. But I didn't know who Pearl and Merle are. Perhaps, those older ladies, who are friends???

    You get those decorations put away, and everything spic-and-span, for the New Year! If it is your wish. Decorations put away, should be what a person wants, say I! Like everything else, which is within our ability... Should be what we want!

    And I don/t care if anyone calls me grumpy, because I have that attitude!!!!!!!!! >,-)))))

    Happy nearly New Year's!
    Luna Crone

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    1. Merle and Pearl are my neighbors. I have written about them before, but not lately. When I wrote that their family Christmas time was "different"--I guess I meant, different from mine. Everyone there at a drink in their hand and appeared to have been drinking quite a bit. I'm not used to that.

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  7. I'm sick not so much of cell phones, because I like mine too, but of the complete lack of etiquette shown by people of all ages when visiting in someone's home. To be on your stupid phone -- ANY phone -- for any reason other than an emergency, is rude. It's saying, I'd rather be somewhere else besides here and with someone else besides you and doing anything else besides this. It's selfish and crass. But the reason the kids do it is simple lack of training. The reason adults do it is just plain purposeful rudeness. They know they're being rude and they don't care. And I hear you about feeling the weight of change. We didn't change much up this year, but Christmas Eve fell flat. I'm still not sure why. I went to bed disappointed. All in all, I am never sorry to see these holidays go. Let's get this junk put away and start over. Happy New Year, Dearest Judy! xoxo

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  8. BTW I meant to also comment: I knew who 90% of the people were in your pictures, which I looked at first! I must be like one of the fam by now. xoxo

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