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Music Monday: Blackberry Smoke

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Photo by: en.metal-tracker.com

This is one of my brother’s favorite groups. He has seen them a few times in concert and has loved every show. A great band that reminds me of the 70’s. A  southern rock feel. With so much talent. They are fun to listen to.

Have a great week.

Blackberry Smoke: Ain’t Got The Blues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgpA1UCUQ-w&list=RDcgpA1UCUQ-w

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Not A Typical Christmas

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This Christmas was a different one for the ‘Kid’ and I. Since I just started a new job there was no extra money for us to buy for each other. We made the decision not to decorate the house or put up a tree. There wasn’t even a candy cane in the house. There was no traditional Christmas morning breakfast because we both slept in.

This was the first time since the ‘kid’ was born we did not celebrate Christmas in our home. I have to say, this broke my heart. I realize that he is 25 and no longer a child, but I always want to do right by him and that includes having presents under the tree. I want him to have wonderful memories of Christmas and not give him a memory of that ‘one’ Christmas we did nothing.

Not being able to buy for each other this year helped remind us that there are worse things in the world that could happen. It also reminded us to be grateful for what we do have and not focus on what we don’t.

I have a new job.

We were able to be involved in our family gift exchange.

We had a wonderful dinner and in excellent company on Christmas Eve.

We were able to prepare food to take to my folk’s home for our family on Christmas day.

I was able to help my mom out since she wasn’t feeling good.

We realized that the best gifts are not always ones you unwrap. We have the gift that my parents, his grandparents are still with us and we got to share another Christmas with them.

We have the gift of our health and capabilities to go to my cousin’s home and have a delicious dinner and lots of laughter.

We have the gift of hearing, to hear the laughter of my great nephew, the laughter of my brother, sister and extended family, laughter of my parents and kid. Listening to music. Listening to conversations.

We have the gift of sight even though mine needs help with glasses. Seeing all the smiling faces and joy in my loved ones eyes.

We were gifted with friends and family that love us.

We have the gift of our cousins that we love dearly and are grateful for the joy, love and support they show us all the time.

We have the gift of the best Aunts and Uncles a family could have. They love us unconditionally and that is an amazing gift.

We were given the gift to look at things in a new light.

We have the gift of a roof over our heads and food on our table.

We also have the greatest gift of all, a loving, caring and a protecting God. He always meets our needs.

When I look at this year and how it was a different Christmas for the “kid’ and I. I have to say, it was a great Christmas. We were surrounded by people we love and that love us.  You really can’t ask for more than that.

Here’s my suggestion to you: If you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas, or your plans didn’t turn out the way you had hoped, don’t be a Scrooge about it, be grateful for what you already have.

Remember everything you have whether it be material possessions or not, is a gift. Be grateful because not everyone has what you have. There will always be someone that would love to be in your position (good or bad).

If you have a grateful heart you will ALWAYS be blessed.


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Christmas Music: Part Two

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

I hope you are having the best Christmas ever my friends.

Enjoy some music and don’t forget the reason for the season.

Mark Lowry: Mary Did You Know:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXmfkFoX-PE

Michael Buble: Cold December Night:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGpvLR-XKcA&list=PLdakRkpsmtJE_kafGRK4QwjAF2u2TaHvN&index=12

Anthony Burger:  Hallelujah Chorus:        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUBpff5zrV4


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Music Monday: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

TSO

Good Morning, Just a few days till Christmas. This is a group that The Kid” and I listen to while we are opening presents. It’s not your typical Christmas music but fun to listen to if you like lots of electric guitars and drums.

I hope you have a great day.

TSO: Wizards of Winter       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWBjl-jPcVM&list=PL17C986CA3CEED034&index=39


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Guest Writer: Jennifer-Christmas Time Is Here

Photo by: holiday.filminspector.co

Photo by: holiday.filminspector.co

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year.

If you grew up in the 70’s, you probably recognize those lyrics from the beloved A Charlie Brown Christmas movie.  This simple song by Vince Guaraldi melts my heart every time I hear it.  It is not so much the little cartoon (though it is a great story of the true meaning of Christmas) that makes me wax nostalgic, but just the memories of a simpler time.

I have always been a pretty simple person.  I prefer Vanilla ice cream over Razzle Dazzle Berry Crunch.  I have worn the same fragrance for 10+ years.  I still have the comforter that my mom bought me in high school.  I use Ivory soap.  You get the drift.

The sound of those Peanuts kids singing the sweet Christmas song takes me back to when Christmas was just Christmas, not the fast-paced hoopla it is today. Our holiday was not jam-packed with extravagant parties, excessive shopping, and over-the-top decorating that began even before the Thanksgiving turkey left the table!  The song always brings to mind my own little family, my huge extended family, my church.  All those traditions we just called Christmas and did them out of love for Jesus and each other.

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Photo by: lambfood.blogspot.com

My mom and dad did a fabulous job of “Keeping Christ in Christmas” even before it became a thing!  Not one gift was ever opened on Christmas morning until Dad read Luke 2.  We had one Christmas record that contained only carols.  No “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” was ever heralded in our home! The entire holiday revolved around praising Jesus and helping others to do the same.  In a very real way it mimicked the very first Christmas where the angels, shepherds, and wise men worshiped Christ, the newborn king!  I am so grateful to my parents for instilling in me, that simple approach to this time of year.

I have so many other memories of Christmas, yet the simple ones remain my favorite.  My Aunt Brenda’s pumpkin cookies, Aunt Jane’s old fashioned decorations, Grandma Sherman’s house every Christmas Eve.  I can still hear the laughter, smell the ham, and feel the excitement of seeing all my cousins!  Christmas Eve was definitely crazy and loud, yet still quaint and…simple. The Christmas story was always read. A Charlie Brown Christmas was always watched by some of the kids.  Lots of hugs and “I love you’s” exchanged.  Lots and lots of simple happiness and cheer. Just the way I like it.

By Jennifer Michael

I am so glad Cousin Jennifer has decided to write another post for us. Thank you Jennifer for being a guest writer. I enjoy your perspective and writing skills. Can’t wait till the next one.

Leave your comments to let Jennifer know how much you have enjoyed her post. Let her know you want more.


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I Hope….

 simple flower

I didn’t have a blog post planned for today. I owe you an apology.

I’m so sorry. It has been one hectic week and I have not had the time to work on a post.

 Here’s a little something.

I hope you have had a great week.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

I hope The Ohio State Buckeyes beat that team up north today. GO BUCKS!

I hope you had/have safe travels

I hope your Turkey was moist and plentiful.

I hope you didn’t eat too much, as I did.

I hope everyone survived your ‘Black Friday’ shopping spree.

I hope you found great deals and no one lost a limb in the mad dash.

I hope you are relaxing today and recovering from a busy week.

I hope you remembered to be Thankful for all you have.

I hope you have all your needs met.

I hope you didn’t spend too much money shopping.

I hope you hugged your loved ones.

I hope you are hugged often and loved deeply.

I hope you have laughed this week and everyday.

I hope you told your family and friends you love them.

I hope you looked for the little things that made you smile.

I hope your next family gathering will be the best one yet.

I hope you are taking care of yourself.

I hope you are enjoying this weather (Ohio folks).

I hope you are finding your joy.

I hope you forgive me for not having a post.

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I will leave you with one of my favorite renditions of a song.

I “hope” you enjoy.

Joy to the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRIYrQFwqyU&list=PLkW_qeRTF9XX2tJ4webh4rG9i_Vf6peF7


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75 Things I Am Thankful For

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I love this holiday. It’s always full of love and loved ones. I just want to share what I am thankful for.

  1. Family: I love my family deeply and I am so grateful for each one.
  2. ‘The Kid’. The best kid a mom could have.
  3. Siblings…Love you knuckleheads.
  4. New job.
  5. Having a year off from actual work.
  6. Discovering new things about myself this past year.
  7. A beautiful sunset.
  8. The changes of the seasons.
  9. A spring breeze blowing through my home.
  10. My niece and nephew
  11. My great nephew and new little nephew or niece on the way.
  12. Prayer
  13. Prayers answered
  14. The right to serve my God.
  15. Music
  16. The ability to hear and see.
  17. Starting a blog….a great outlet to share with others.
  18. All the men and women that serve our country.
  19. New adventures
  20. The capability of learning new things.
  21. A tall glass of sweetened ice tea.
  22. Cousins: you all rock.
  23. Friends: Thanks for loving me for who I am.
  24. A working vehicle.
  25. The sound of rain on a tin roof.
  26. Waking up every morning.
  27. The flow of a good pen.
  28. My Bible
  29. A roof over my head.
  30. Food in the fridge.
  31. Loving and forgiving parents.
  32. The internet
  33. Grandparents that spoiled me as a child.
  34. All my in-laws and extended family.
  35. The ability to read and write….Thank you teachers
  36. Humor…..nothing better than having tears run down my face from laughter.
  37. The smell of cut grass in the summer.
  38. The state of OHIO
  39. The colors of autumn leaves.
  40. Sunshine
  41. Blue skies with big white fluffy clouds.
  42. Hearing a child laugh.
  43. Not having to do laundry by hand.
  44. A ripe tomato from the garden.
  45. A summer rain shower
  46. All the mistakes I have made…they made me grow.
  47. Photography….outlet for some creativity.
  48. Heat in my home on a cold day.
  49. “The Kids” quirkiness, even though they aggravate me sometimes.
  50. My parents staying together for over 50 years.
  51. Hearing and knowing the Word of God.
  52. My family photos
  53. The collection of family music.
  54. The ability to help others
  55. Knowing how to organize
  56. Ordering online….so convenient.
  57. Watching trees blow in the wind.
  58. The sound of a piano, mandolin, violin, guitar or banjo.
  59. The trash man. He takes away all the unwanted things from my home, so     I can have a clean home and street.
  60. I know how to play Euchre and Marbles.
  61. My mom & brother taught me how to play baseball.
  62. The Ohio State Football team.
  63. Daisy flowers
  64. For all of you that read my blog.
  65. Being curled up in a comfy blanket.
  66. A handwritten note/card.
  67. A shoulder to cry on
  68. The sound of the ocean.
  69. Having an external hard drive to save all my photos and music.
  70. A GPS…I wouldn’t be able to get from A to B without one.
  71. Police and firefighters
  72. A place to lay my head at night
  73. A good haircut.
  74. For eye glasses so I can see clearly.
  75. Chocolate

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

What are you thankful for?