Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas and After

Hi all. I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas with your families. I was able to finish all of my baking and then take charge of Christmas dinner (with some help, of course), even with an hour-and-a-half power outage (I KNOW!) while the turkey and dressing were in the oven. You should've seen all of the menfolk (brother, son, nephews, dad) hustling outside to get wood hauled in and start a fire. The man I hang around with showed up during the outage and saved the wine-drinkers with a fresh bottle. It all turned out great, and my son and I are considering turning the oven off during the roasting next year, just to see if it works out as well.

Mom was going downhill on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (her favorite days of the whole year), so we finally took her to the hospital Christmas Night. As it turns out, we did the right thing. She's perked up a little, and the docs are trying to bring on some improvement, but it looks bleak. My brother and sister-in-law left for home on Sunday to tidy up some work things. I'm picking up my sister-in-law at the airport in a little bit, and my brother will probably come back this weekend.

So I'll be in and out here, but mostly out. I'm gonna leave you with some happy pics of my tree and the stockings. I'll check in when I can. Make some fun. It's really important to make as much fun as you can.







28 comments:

Sharon said...

I am sorry to read how ill your mom is. Sending happy thoughts and prayers her way.
Your tree and stockings are just absolutely gorgeous. I have been wanting to stitch stockings for the longest and now I just want to all the more. Beautiful!!

Karen said...

Doris, your tree and the stockings are beautiful. You and your family are in my prayers. {{hugs}}

karen

Kathryn said...

I've never commented here before, but have been reading your blog for a little while now.
I really enjoy your happy personality, exquisite stitching, and cheerful honesty. Your personality shines in all of your posts.
Wishing you strength and courage Doris.
Kathryn

staci said...

Your Christmas tree and mantle looks gorgeous!

I'm sorry to hear that your mom isn't doing well. I'm hoping for the best...and sending lots of hugs and prayers for all of you.

Laurie in Iowa said...

(((Doris))) Your tree is beautiful and all those stitched stockings - fabulous.

My Corgis, Emma and Owen, and I make a point of having fun every single day... it makes all the difference.

Maggie said...

Sorry to hear your mum is not well, i hope she shows some improvement soon.

Your tree looks fantastic, so do all those lovely stockings, wow!

Von said...

Oh,Doris, sending you hugs and good thoughts as you care for your ailing mother.

Love reading of the Christmas Day excitement at your house, thank goodness for the extra wine, extra wood, and that power was out for just 90 minutes!

Wishing you much happiness and peace in the New Year!

Lee said...

What a gorgeous tree! And those stockings?? Swoon! You're amazing.

I hope that the docs can help your mom in some way, but I'll bet that you and your family are her favorite balm.

One day at a time girlie, one day at a time.

I'm thinking of you.

Katrina said...

Doris, I am so, so sorry to hear your mom is not doing well. There are just no words. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Your sentiment about having fun and enjoying the moments of life is beautiful.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Hi sweet, Doris! I'm sorry to hear about your mom - I'll keep her in my prayers. Your tree and stockings look so pretty! I love the angel hanging above your doorway - so very pretty!

I wish you joy and peace and love in the New Year and the strength and rest you need for your mom.

FayeRaye said...

I sure have been thinking about you and your family Doris... I am sorry to hear of the news with your mom... hold onto optimism, cherish her memories and remember the good times. Faye

stitchinfiend said...

Doris I am sorry that you Mum was so ill over the Christmas period. Your tree and stockings are breathtaking. Hugs

Kellie said...

Doris,
Your tree and stockings are beautiful. I am so impressed that you pulled off Christmas dinner with a power outage. LOL! I would have been a stressed mess!

Your mom, you, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hoping for the best.

Kellie

Deb said...

Your tree is beautiful and your mantle beautiful as well. Love all the SB stockings. Hugs and prayers to you and your family and especially your mom.

Margaret said...

Doris, I'll be sending prayers for your mother and thinking of you all. Your tree and the stockings are beautiful. I'm glad you all got to celebrate. Hugs to you.

VALIE said...

Sorry to hear that your Mom is unwell - happy moments marred by sad news. I'll keep my fingers crossed that there is still plenty of fun in the coming days. And love - but it does not seem to be in short supply.
Thinking of you.

Loraine said...

So sorry about your Mom. Hope she improves soon.
I love, love, love your tree and stockings! So darling.
Take Care.

Jan said...

Doris, keeping your mom in my prayers. Praying for you to receive peace and comfort as well and extra energy to go that extra mile for your momma, I know that you want to do everything you can for her. Have a great New Year's and remember to have some fun!

The tree and stockings are gorgeous!!

Einschies blog said...

Your christmas tree is incredibly lovely....and so are the stockings by SB...

Best wishes to you and your family, especially your mom,
Gaby from Germany

Siobhan said...

Doris, your tree and the stockings look beautiful. I'm so glad that you had a good Christmas.

Your mom is in my thoughts and prayers, as are all of you. Big hugs.

omashee aka Barb said...

Doris, know that my prayers are with you, your mom and loved ones. So pleased that you had such a nice Christmas with your family (in spite of the power outage). The tree and stockings are beautiful!

Sherri said...

Doris, I love your stockings and how you decorated the mantel. So sorry to hear about your Mom. You will be in my thoughts.

Giovanna said...

Your tree is magnificent, and what beautiful stockings! Sending good thoughts for your mother, and good wishes for the new year.

Robin said...

Doris, I'm so sorry your mom seems to have taken a worse turn. I'll keep her in my prayers and also your family. It's so hard to see loved ones suffer. Love the stockings and tree.
Robin

Ellen said...

Sending you lots of hugs and positive thoughts as you take care of your mum. Love your gorgeous stockings!

Take care,

Brigitte said...

What a nice Christmas Day you must have had with a wonderful tree and those gorgeous stocking hung on the mantle.
But so sorry to read about your mother being so ill. I'm hugging you and sending you all my positive thoughts.

Michelle said...

Sending prayers for your mom. The stotcking and tree are gorgeous! Love them!

Anna van Schurman said...

Your tree was gorgeous. I love a full tree--hate the sparsely decorated ones...if one can be said to hate a Christmas tree.