Over the last few months I have spent a great deal of time visiting friends and relatives at hospitals and nursing homes. These are places where those I am visiting would rather not be and where I would definitely rather visit than reside. However, each time I stop in, there are a wonderful group of caregivers who make those stays much, much better. This week, my husband and I stopped up at the Stevens Community Medical Center to visit a relative. We had not been there for a couple months but the nurses remembered us and most took the time to stop by the room and say Hi.
It is official: The Christmas season is officially here when you become a "Secret Santa." That means it is time to get sneaky about giving gifts. The Secret Santa exchange has been going on in our office for the last couple years and it is a lot of fun. I love being a Secret Santa and it is also just as much fun to try to guess who your Secret Santa might be. Along with our names we give suggestions as to what we like or collect to give our Santa ideas. This year on that list I noticed a lot of food and beverages listed.
Here we go! The busy Christmas season is upon us and there are so many things to do in a very short time. We barely finish up Thanksgiving, and in some cases haven't even put the food away before the shopping and talking begins about the next holiday. I really try to avoid shopping on the day after Thanksgiving or even on weekends after Thanksgiving. My husband and I actually started our shopping a few weeks ago and I also picked up a few things throughout the year.
I have come to the conclusion that deer are very smart animals. That is, when they are in the field, not when they are on the road. My hunting experience last weekend proved that I am not nearly as smart as a deer, no matter what nature may determine. Of course, you have to take into consideration that the deer are out in this hunting domain on a regular basis while hunters are just there for a few short weeks each year. Naturally, they would notice any changes in the landscapes, unusual sounds or smells.
This weekend we observe Veterans Day which is typically a time to remember all soldiers past and present who have given so much for their country. We honor them not only with this special day but through ceremonies, words of thanks and shared memories. As I was thinking about the day, I decided to do a little research on the Internet about Veterans Day. I ran across an interesting piece written by Sarah Lane about the history of the Unknown Soldier. This is what she wrote: "It is a sad time when an unknown soldier has died in a war.
November is here and in our house that means only one thing -- deer season. This has always been the month which meant hunting and nearly everything else took second place. When I married my hunter husband and took my place in his hunting family, things were a little different. Deer hunting took place on only one weekend in the month unless you went up north to hunt a few extra days. During the week following that weekend we spent time butchering the deer and probably a hog in order to make sausage.
My little granddaughter is eight weeks old now and she is starting to establish a routine, even though it doesn't always fit with the schedule we would like -- she has her own plans. Sometimes it is frustrating for young parents to try to establish a child's routine while not being totally successful. However, with time and patience, either the child adjusts to the schedule you have set up, the parents adapt to the child's routine, or both. This early fact of life in some ways sets a path for the future. There is no mapped course for our life that we are aware of.
Lately, as I drive into work each morning, I notice another golden field of corn has been reduced to rows of stubble. One by one, the beautiful fields are being harvested and prepared for next years growing season. It seems like only yesterday that I watched those same fields being worked up and planted. Then I took pleasure in seeing the tiny seeds emerge and grow into beautiful rows.
I have decided that dieting isn't any fun. I have tried to diet so many times over the years and only once was I ever successful at it. That time, I lost 25 pounds but proceeded over the next few years to put it back on, plus some. Well, once again I am on a diet kick. I quite often procrastinate (imagine that) until the weather is just right so I can go for walks, my favorite type of exercise. That means that in the winter I wait for spring. In the spring it is too rainy and windy so I put it off until summer. In the summer it is just plain too hot so I wait for fall.
Occasionally parents have to say or do certain things that make their kids unhappy. In most cases, this involves not purchasing those high-priced toys or clothes, forbidding certain behavior and being extra careful about who they are with and where they are going. At times a child may fire back with the words "you don't love me" when they are denied something they want really bad.