Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas Palms

Christmas is right around the corner. The lights are going up, the shops are playing "Silver Bells" and the traffic has increased as people do their holiday shopping. I must say this year is going to be a wonderful year. As we move closer to the day we celebrate the birth of our Christ, I'm reminded of the Christmas memories I have of years past. One particular Christmas, I was just a little girl. We traveled all the way from my home town in Pocatello, Idaho to the balmy streets of Richmond, California. I loved the contrast. We left the drifting snow and freezing wind behind. We all got in our old station wagon and traveled over the mountains and down through the beautiful Redwoods. Finally, after what seemed like days to me, I would spot some of the first Palm trees on our journey. The sun was shining, and the weather looked more like Spring than Winter. I started my love affair with California on those annual Christmas treks. I love the country, I love the weather, but most of all, I love the Palm trees rising majestically toward the sky. Anticipation began to make this little girl fidget in the backseat of the car. I knew we were getting close to grandma's house. I wanted to get out and run. No icy pavement, no bulky car coat! Freedom! It was a mark of anxious anticipation, those palm trees so long ago.
Today the California palm tree is still my favorite. Although it seems it would be difficult to decorate one for Christmas, some have figured how to frost them with lights. How beautiful the palm with lights! Oh how I love California Christmas Palms!

Look what I found! A real Christmas Palm! Whooppee!

Thanksgiving Memories

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My mother was here with us after she and I travelled to Oregon to be with my sister for surgery. By the way, my sister is doing great. She had a thyroidectomy and all the tests have come back negative for cancer. Thank You Jesus!!!
Anyway, several of my friends have asked for this great recipe for cranberry salad. I thought I would share it with you here.

Cranberry Salad

1 package fresh cranberries
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 large package raspberry Jello
1 cup boiling water
1 can crushed pineapple (drained)
¾ cup diced celery
2 apples (grated)
½ cup pecans

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Servings: 12.

Grind or chop cranberries in blender or food processor. Work sugar into cranberries until completely dissolved. Dissolve Jello in boiling water and add to cranberries. Add pineapple, celery, apples and nuts. Chill for a few hours before serving.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

I'm Glad I Have Friends

This poem is dedicated to all of you who have left comments on my blog.
I love you, my friends!

Everytime you write a note
Everytime you smile
I wonder what I've done to merrit
Youre friendship in my life.

You bring me so much joy
Every word is sweet to read
I thank the Lord for you, my friend
And for bringing you to me!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Mommy and Madison

Happy Days

I don't know when I've been so happy. Madison, my little granddaughter is everything I could hope for. You see, she is my precious daughter's baby. I think that is why I love her so much. She is an extention of my love for my own little girl.

Most of the time she reminds me of my daughter, but sometimes, in a wave of precious delerium, she is just Madison. Her smile is her own...her little faces are truly original. That is when I'm reminded that God in all his magnificance has created each one of us uniquely. Every time I get a chance to be with my little Madison, I am reminded that God is the creator of beautiful wonderful life! Thank you Jesus!

The Joy of Grandparenting