December in Alabama


You have to love Alabama where you can see Forsythia blooming in December at Christmastime.

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My Top 10 Favorite Things To Do for Christmas


Christmastime is here. We all have Christmas traditions, and here are my top 10 favorite things to do in no particular order.

  1. Go see the Trees of Christmas with my daughter and whichever grandgirls can come along. These are ginormous real trees decorated by local folks. Every year the display is different and wonderful.
  2. Look at Christmas lights at night because you never know when you will find the perfect Clark Griswold house.
  3. And speaking of the Griswolds, I love to watch Christmas movies. Must sees are National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Elf, Young Pioneers Christmas, White Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street.
  4. Sit in the house in the dark and look at the Christmas lights. It’s magical.
  5. Watch it snow. Okay, so last year was one of the few times we’ve had a white Christmas in Alabama, but oh my, was it ever beautiful.
  6. Sing Christmas carols and Christmas songs. In my car, I’m the next American Idol.
  7. Have grandgirls over to spend the night. My perfect Christmas is for everyone to come to my house, spend the night, and wake up on Christmas morning and open presents. Since that is never going to happen, I make my version happen by having all the grandgirls over to spend the night early. I let them open a couple of presents early. They always get more than they can enjoy at once anyway. I LOVE IT.
  8. Work jigsaw puzzles. Since I’m a teacher, I have time off, and being able to work puzzles is a wonderful, relaxing thing.
  9. Travel. Sometimes, I actually get to go somewhere since I have time off.
  10. Geocaching. With the time off, I get to do some caching. That makes me very happy.
  11. More than 10, but the most important–thank God for the birth of Jesus.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, and in case you didn’t hear, oh by golly have a holly, jolly Christmas, this year!

My Top 5 Favorite Christmas CDs


Tis the season, so here are my top 5 favorite Christmas CDs:

  1. A Christmas Album by Amy Grant–I love every single song on this CD.
  2. Cover of "Christmas Eve and Other Stories...

    Cover of Christmas Eve and Other Stories

    Christmas Eve and Other Stories by Trans-Siberian Orchestra–I love the hard-rock sound on this CD.

  3. White Christmas by Bing Crosby–No Christmas is complete without Bing singing White Christmas.
  4. Brad Paisley Christmas by Brad Paisley–Good country Christmas songs.
  5. Christmas Offerings by Third Day–Probably my most favorite group ever.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows


Here are a few window shots I took this week.

Horses seen through a window of leaves.

My view this evening through my car window into the side mirror.

Car window reflections.

Fall colors in the rain as seen through my car window.

Nice project for the week. I’ve enjoyed this one.

Tooth Ripping-Ouch Day


Yesterday was not a fun day. Tooth #12 was ripped out of my head. Yep. That’s its name–tooth #12. That’s the one that if you don’t get it replaced, you look like you just stepped out of the movie Deliverance.

My misery started earlier last week with a little pain that I dismissed because I had successfully completed my six-month dental checkup a couple of weeks before. I realized the pain was real when my tooth broke in half while I was having my relaxing lunch at the river.

You can read about that here.

Talk about a way to ruin your day. I called the dentist, and of course couldn’t see him until the next day. When I got there, I had all kinds of fun on his carnival ride where he turns me upside down on my head to the point I am sliding headfirst to the floor. Man!

After feeling my tooth shift under his finger, he told me that it was one of those freak things that rarely happen. Lucky me. Then, he says he’s going to pull it.

Say what? Um, are you going to put me to sleep? I knew the answer was no, so we talked and decided I’d go to an oral surgeon. He got me in that day, so I left one office and proceeded directly to the other.

When my oral surgeon walked in, he said, “Do I know you?” I told him he had pulled my wicked wisdom tooth with the roots wrapped around my jawbone a year and a half ago. He still didn’t remember until I reminded him of what I told him.

“I weigh more than I look like I do, and I want you to be sure and give me enough stuff to make sure I’m out. I don’t want to know I’m in the world,” I said.

“It seems like I do remember that conversation,” he said with a grin.

The reason I told him that is because on another tooth-ripping occasion (yes, that’s three!) I knew EVERYTHING the oral surgeon was doing. Not fun.

As much as you can love an oral surgeon, I love this one. Both times he has knocked me out completely with what he calls “the good stuff,” and brought me back to life again. His nurse is awesome, and makes me feel as at ease as possible.

I had a bonus of seeing these pretty leaves upon entering the office. I was so goofy on the way out that I didn’t notice them then. 😀

After a swollen-face day yesterday, all is better today. Oh, and I’ve had hardly anything to eat the last three days, and guess how much weight I’ve lost? Not one ounce.

You’d think I’d at least get that bonus.