Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tinsley and the Christmas trees

I already toldja about our Thanksgiving. And our hall decking.

I got the two Christmas trees up this weekend (one in the living room and the other in the office) and I was so proud and pooped. I didn't even take a nap this weekend cuz I was sooo bizzy deckin the halls. No boughs of holly here. Do people still use that stuff?

Well dontcha know I already got a smidge of a section of lights out on one of my trees...grrrr Not sure if it's just bad lights or a certain fat cat that won't keep her furry self outta the trees, out from under the skirts and away from the ornaments. She apparently has an inclination toward the jingly and glittery ornaments. In the wee hours of the mornin earlier this week I heard a jingle jingle and lemme tell ya it was not ole Saint Nick. Nope. It was Tinsley the tree terrorizer. Ugh.

Last night mega late I heard a clatter and I got outta the recliner to see what was the matter. No sleighs or reindeer. Tinsley the terrible strikes again. She had managed to pull off a sparkly ornament. Did I mention she's declawed? All four. Yeah, but that doesn't stop her not-one-bit. Anyway, as I picked her up and gave her a good stern talkin' to I told her her face wouldn't be all sparkly if she would just leave the tree and its adornments alone. She didn't seem to understand me. It was almost like she was mocking me.

If When she continues to totally disobey me and tears up the tree and its pretties, I'm sure I'll eventually get a pic of the furry little brat.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Thanksgiving has come and gone once again. Um, can someone please slow the clock down?!

*WARNING* lotsa pics ahead... proceed with patience

We went to do the meal with Anthony's fam last Sunday.. and you will recall that COUNTRY HAM is always on the menu there. MMM! There's turkey and lotsa other great stuff, too.

Pretty early on, there was some kinda incident... Dawson said Kyle hit him. His nose bled a little. Boys will be boys.

The grandparents gave each of the grandkids a set of the state quarters. It was cool to see em all together like that.  

The process of the kiddos giving us grown ups their Christmas lists was entertaining. It took FOREVER for Kyle to decide what he wanted. McKenzie was ready to strangle him before it was said & done. (She was the scribe.) 

Bryson is learning to tie his shoes so that led to a "well how do YOU do it" thing that was kinda funny... I always make fun of how Anthony ties his shoes. We agreed he had the weirdest method... 

On Thanksgiving day, we went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel with Janice & Terry and Christy. It was yummy. We went early enough so we'd be hungry for lunch because we went to my friend Brandi's house for what I'll call Thanksgiving FEAST. We had never had turkey that had been cooked in peanut oil in one of those fryer thingys ... I don't know what they're called but that was some awesome turkey. It was so tender and juicy. They had injected it with some kind of Cajun seasoning. Money as Guy Fieri would say. Everything was super good because Brandi is an awesome cook. I wished for a second stomach. So glad friends will adopt us and allow us to horn in on their family time. Plus I had fun playing with Lauren, their 3 year old doll of a girl.

My family got together Friday night. Brandi had shared a sweet potato casserole recipe with me and I gave her a whirl....  
It was pretty tasty, even if I say so myself. I also took Oreo balls. And we had ham and all the bestest fixins to go with.

Yeah, my nephew is a NUT and so is my beloved. They like to do the Barry Gibbs skit from SNL (Jimmy Fallon style) every time they're together...

Here's the whole bunch - -

And the silly shot... always gotta do a silly shot

Anthony's birthday was on Thanksgiving day this year... we didn't really celebrate it per se, but I gave him a couple gifts and a sweet birthday card. He's older than me for the next 3 weeks-ish. He he he

Over the weekend I was a busy bee decking the halls... put up both trees this year and have the garland and wreaths on the porch railing. Gotta put lights on that though. Had to BUY lights first - this was the year that most of my strands were dead. Ugh! Once she's fully decked, I'll post pics. That is if my cat doesn't UNdeck em before I get the chance to get pics...

Anyway, I'm thankful for our family and all the blessings we sure don't deserve. God is a gracious and loving God; I continue to be in awe of how much He does for me and blesses me with.