It was a festive weekend of sorts for me, how about you? I can't really say I'm in the "Christmas spirit", but then again I haven't been in the "Christmas spirit" for years now. At any rate, I still like to take in a few Christmas festivities so as to try and find the "Christmas spirit" that I lost all those years ago.
On Friday night my parents were hosting a Christmas party for the folks
at the church where my dad preaches. I called my grandparents on my way
home from work to ask if they would like me to pick them up for the
festivities. My grandmother said they didn't know anything about it,
asked who it was for and I told them Hampton Cove Church of Christ. She
said, no they weren't going because they didn't know about it and if it
was announced (it was) that they didn't hear the announcement. Somehow
this doesn't surprise me. I had a feeling this did not bode well for the
6:30 party. Sure enough, at 6:30, in addition to my brother, parents
and myself, there were only six other people at the party. Everyone was
supposed to bring a finger food and thankfully I prepared three
different items, otherwise there wouldn't have been very much to eat.
Despite the low turnout, we still had a good time talking with one
another and I think some folks even played games after I left. My mother
caused the greatest excitement of the night when she nearly choked to
death on a roll up sandwich that someone had brought. My brother and dad
did the Heimlich maneuver while I yelled for someone to call 911. One
or the other of them managed to un-lodge the food from my mother's
throat; sadly, it did not fly across the room and hit anyone in face,
which would have made for a much better story.
Saturday morning The Tide had an appointment for her annual shots. Why
yes, I have spent a small fortune at the vet's office this year. I wish
y'all could see how excited The Tide is when we go to the vet's office. I
have never in my life known a dog to love the vet as much as The Tide.
One day I may have to bring someone along with me to video her nudging
me out of the front seat so she can get out and run to the door. It's
one of the funniest things in the world and always give me a big laugh.
While we were inside waiting, another dog came in and The Tide growled
and barked really fiercely that even the vet asked about it and thought
it was funny knowing how sweet she is. She got a good report and we were
soon on our way. After a quick stop by Target and Hobby Lobby, we
headed back home to catch up on the DVR.
Saturday afternoon at 4:00 I was supposed to go to a wedding; but, after
being lazy all day, I did not feel like getting all dolled up for a
wedding. Not to mention the fact that the wedding was in Guntersville
and I just did not want to drive over to Guntersville all by my
lonesome. So, I just took a hot bath and put on a fresh pair of pajamas
instead. I called my parents to speak with my mother about a top secret
Christmas mission and my brother invited me to go with them to a concert
at the library and look at the luminaries and decorations downtown. I
agreed and told him to swing by and pick me up. Long story short, the
van had some issues (you know us and our old vehicles) and so my mother
could not be transported anywhere. So, instead of it being the four of
us, just my dad and I went to the concert.
The concert was the Army Material Command Jazz Band and the Rocket City
Jazz Orchestra. Both bands were so great and they each had a few songs
with singers and the signers were also quite good. The concert was free
to the public and started at 7:00 and lasted two hours. There were a ton
of people out and about downtown on Saturday as there were a lot of
Christmas festivities taking place. After the concert, my dad came in
for a quick demonstration on how to mix up the sour dough that Erika and
I learned how to make a couple of months ago. It took all of five
minutes and then he was on his way. I mixed up a second batch as I was
making cinnamon rolls for m Sunday school class.
Sunday morning I got up at 6:00 and rolled out my dough and made the
cinnamon rolls and then watched some TV while they were rising. I got
ready for church, baked the rolls, iced the rolls, and left the house.
The rest of Sunday was pretty low-key with a couple of church services, a
nap, and dinner at Jason's Deli with the over 65 crowd, which I really
enjoyed. I had a few good laughs at dinner and really enjoyed spending
time with my Aunt Linda and some other folks whom I have known for years
and some I had just met.
This week brings a full schedule as well. Tonight my brother is supposed
to come over for dinner and then we plan to drive around looking at
Christmas lights and sing Statler Brothers Christmas songs. We will also
honk at the houses that have Christmas decorations that meet our
approval. We are weird, but this is one of our favorite things to do and
I'm really looking forward to it. It's been a few years since we have
been able to have this quirky brother/sister time together. On Thursday,
we are going to see The Living Christmas tree; Friday is my Sunday
school Christmas party and Saturday is A Christmas Carol and at some point I must fit in a showing of The Hobbit. So, it's a
very full week, but hopefully it will be lots of fun.