Friday, December 15, 2006


I should not have put snowflakes on my blog yesterday... meybe it was what prompted the huge snowfall we recieved yesterday afternoon? Unfortunately it was not nice dry, ski-ey fluffy kind of snow, it was the fat, wet, wet kind that created instant slush upon touch. Surrrrre was pretty though. I hear that the entire coast, right from California to Alaska is taking a beating and I am thinking about you today. I hope you are not getting outtages.

I baked some yummy cheese topped herbed biscuits for our annual Painters and Potters Pot Luck yesterday. They are quick and easy and of COURSE I put the bestest looking ones on a plate for my sweetie before I put the rest on the plate. Do you do that? Do you give your sweetie the best? I also wrote him a little love note to go along as its easy to neglect my loved one in all the rush of the season. The note told him that I was wrapping gifts - and I wish they were all for him, that I was baking goodies and I wish they were all for him and that I was going to enjoy the party - but I wish I could be spending the time with him! What will you do today to let your someone special that they are the 1'st on your list?

Its so easy to snap at each other when things get tight. We sometimes are more pleasant and polite to strangers than our spouses when the crunch comes. We bite our spouses head off then answer the phone in a sweet and loving manner in the next second. What gives? This is the time of the year, with the pressures, to work even more diligently to have harmony. I know it takes an investment of TIME - the very thing we have least of right now... but trust me, 1/2 hour out of your busy days to get your hearts and minds together can save days of grief and discord later on. Make sure you give 2x as much complimenting as critique... Cut your loved one a little slack and whenever you dole out some critique, do it in a relaxed way with your arms around each other or holding hands.

Love sees through a telescope,
not a microscope.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 AMP

Love endures long and is patient and kind...
it takes no account of the evil done to it
(it pays no attention to a suffered wrong)

The potluck yesterday was a lot of fun. Its always a neat experience to be in a whole room of creative souls, intent on having a good time. We played some get-to-know-you type games and enjoyed a few little skits. We got to see Gramma (Sharon Leonard, our president) get run over by the reindeer, (she has a hoof stuck to her ear...) and an old geezer (Mina Battigan) pester her. You guys were pretty convincing... Thanks for all the effort you went through to provide this for us.

Today's Oxymorons:

nameless celebrity
nasty politeness
national medicare program
natural artifact
natural makeup
natural synthetic
near future
near miss
nearly complete
neat mess
neat office
necessary evil
negative gain
negative growth (economic recession)
negative impact
negative momentum
neutral charge
never again
never generalize
new and improved

Instead of a joke today I want you to go find out what your 'Grinch Name' is. Miles and I are Woefulfrown and Scroogetroll Wickedpants... This link was given to me by Gina who got it from a forum at DST. You can get your Grinch name HERE

Its OK to Say!

I heard about this organization yesterday while listening to the Moody Bible station. Its a great resource if you need help or have questions. They will even provide free legal help if you need it to defend your being able to "Say It"

Surveys show that 95% of Americans celebrate Christmas. Yet, due to political correctness, disinformation, and even the threat of lawsuits from the ACLU and its allies, religious expression at Christmastime is increasingly absent from the public square. Slowly, this holy day is being turned into a secular “solstice season.”

The Alliance Defense Fund works year-round to preserve and protect our religious liberties, including the right to…

...sing Christmas carols at school
...pass out candy canes to classmates it “Christmas vacation”
...sponsor a nativity scene on public property
...say “Merry Christmas”

ADF wants all Americans to know the Truth—that they have the freedom to celebrate Christmas publicly, joyfully, and without fear—for generations to come! We are launching our annual national Christmas Project™ to spread the message, “Merry Christmas. It’s okay to say it.™” Will you join with us?



  1. Barb - while I haven't heard of the ADF, I will say that where I grew up Hanukkah was "the" December holiday celebrated [85% of the town celebrated it]. Mentally I changed all of the "Christmas" related things you have up there and switched it to Hanukkah - works for that too. I generally say "Happy December Holiday" because where I now live, we've got so many different religions mingled together that I don't know which holiday they celebrate - Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Eid, Solstace, none - that for me that's the least offensive path to take. :-)

  2. looks like it was funny at your pot luck ..look like a great bunch ...and it is ok to say Merry Christmas..thanks for that site

  3. Thank you soo much for sharing your lovely wreath with me:) I sure appreciate it..and I also appreciate your stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments.:)


  4. Merry Christmas from Miserlyscrooge Snottyjeans
    hee hee. Loved that site!

    I am definitely not "politically correct" for sending Christmas cheer. Its Christmas Day & it always will be as is the tradition in North America. It breaks my heart to see it change people so much. Lawsuits? Bah Humbug! Everyone gets so offended these days.

    So I digress, fun pix from the potluck. Yep, it was pretty & slushy yesterday. Sloppy mess but fun if you have real waterproof boots. :)

  5. Thank you so much for the beautiful wreath - it's lovely!

    My grinch name is:
    Grimgrump Rottenfoot
    Hmmm....I'm not liking that at all! *laugh*

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Thanks so much for this beautiful wreath and oh; by the way, Merry Christmas!!! :)

  7. Thank you for the holly wreath and the url for the Grinch Name.. it really gave us a chuckle.. and after shopping all morning I needed a chuckle!!
    Crabbygrinch Fussyhead

  8. Thank you very much for the beautiful wreath! Also thank you for allowing Val to use your papers for her fantastic new QP! Another thanks for your nice comments on my blog *gg* So much THANKS for everything!
    Will put a link to your blog in my sidebar now, so I can easily check back here and visit you more often.
    Have a great day Barb :)

  9. Barb, that's so sweet that you save the best ones for Miles. I always save the corner pieces for my DH (and the heels from loaves) because those are his favorites. I have to admit, though..if it's only family eating it, that's not much of a sacrifice because the rest of us don't consider those parts a fave. But if I'm preparing it to take somewhere else, the corners & heels are always left home for Dh.


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