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Christmas is a time  when you get homesick - even when you're home.”    ~  Carol Nelson

It's that time of the year again. Everywhere you look, there's a reminder:  beautifully decorated Christmas trees, the smell of cookies in the air and Silver Bells by Bing Crosby playing on the radio...

Those are sweet memories of my childhood.  I think Christmas brings the fondest of memories...   Those are the memories I had that were always filled with love....  the feelings of always being safe and snug and wrapped in good times and cheer.  So even when I am home....whether it be for a short visit to see Mom or over the holidays and everyone is there, I am still a bit wistful for those days... days of Christmas Joy. What is one of your favorite Christmas memories that make you homesick?

Random Thoughts on a Saturday:

  • The look on a child's face when they see Santa walking towards them has enough sparkle to light up a Christmas tree.  🙂
  • When a parent displays a child's picture, it is really the parent displaying the pride they have in that child(which is never a bad thing!) and LOTS of pictures = LOTS of pride 🙂
  • Bing Crosby and Gene Autry ALWAYS remind me of a special man....  PaPPap....
  • Dr. Charles Richett won the Nobel Prize in 1913 due to his research that demonstrated  that hay fever, asthma and anaphylactic shock and other inflammatory allergic reactions were often caused by reactions to undigested proteins in the bloodstream from injected vaccines.  (Some researches currently believe it is trace proteins from peanut oil in vaccines that may be a likely cause of deadly peanut allergies that seem to be growing rampantly)
  • My husband gets the credit for this one:   What plant does MSG come from?  A Chemical Plant!!!
  • A good book can transform your thoughts and your life...sometimes for moments; sometimes for life!
  • My new Acorn slippers with sheepskin lining are the most wonderful and most warm slippers I have EVER owned.... (thanks to my daughter and husband for the b-day gift!!)
  • Gratitude for Christmas Memories goes into my gratitude journal today.
  • Today's post is #100 for me!!!

"People often ask, 'How do you start a book?' Well, I've always started this way...Chapter 1."  ~ Paula Danziger

This made me laugh.  It's such a low-key thought approach.  It's like, well, duh, you start at the beginning.

Paula Danziger was an awesome author and wrote a lot of wonderful books. Unfortunately, Paula passed away after complications stemming from a  heart attack in 2004.  But she had already left a legacy to the world of children's literature before the age of 59 including the Amber Brown series, The Cat Ate My Jumpsuit, There's a Bat in Bunk Five, and Remember Me to Harold Square just to name a few.  The   I can still remember reading The Cat Ate My Jumpsuit back in middle school.  That book really sticks out strongly in my mind.  I'm sure it has a lot to do with how much I strongly despised gym class and wished I had a cat that WOULD eat my gymsuit...or something like that.  How I hated that gymsuit.

It is hard to start a new book...or sometimes really easy if an idea pops into your head that you just can't get rid of. But sometimes the idea is there, it won't let you sleep at night, but the story just won't form on the page.  And you are left there staring at the page with the little doodles  you made of your character being very thankful you won't have to be the illustrator if you can ever actually make this into an acceptable (or better yet, bestselling) manuscript!

Right now my ideas are flowing.... ideas, not necessarily a manuscript.  But I'm enjoying the process and playing around with the ideas.  It's Saturday, which is to be my day for writing but I am away from home.... or should I say I AM home?  I'm in my childhood home, right where I read The Cat Ate My Gymsuit.  Memories!  Those are good idea starters too!  Anyway, I'll just have time to write down ideas today, not much else, but that's okay.  I can always write "Chapter 1" as an idea 🙂

Random Thoughts For Saturday:

  • It's amazing that, when the toddler doesn't get the pirate ship he wants at the store, he comes home and builds one! It's okay not to buy your child everything he wants.
  • The brain of a three year old is a HUGE sponge!  WOW!
  • If making a list helps you keep track of what to do, that's great!  Make a list....but try to remember where the list is.
  • Why is it when you think of a really great thought to write down there is never any paper available?
  • Everyone should watch a child at play...... and remember the world of imagination.
  • When we assume something about another person's thoughts, that's unfair to the person and unnecessarily damaging to ourselves (I took that one from Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst)
  • Sometimes people just need someone to listen and not for judgement or advice.
  • Sometimes we assume something based on someone's reaction but don't take the time to consider other reasons for their reaction...which leads to what Lysa was saying above.

I hope you have a nice, relaxing Saturday.  Take a little time to read or watch the curious antics of a child.  Look around and find a sign of God in the world around you.  Enjoy.

First, though they may not all follow me here...I wish to say a word of thanks to my friends who continue to pray for me...my family and I have been through a very rough month or two and are trying desperatly to regain a sense of peace.
This weekend was very beneficial for many reasons. My husband and I (and small toddler) took my 17 year old daughter to IUP to tour the campus. It seems to be her first choice and she, at this point, wants to major in Criminology. IUP has a great program for that but also has many other wonderful programs should she decide to change her mind at any point. She already knows some people there and they seem to be willing to work well with her dietary needs.
IUP is also where my husband and I met. So this was a great way for he and I to reconnect on many levels. The campus has changed so much but there was also so much that was the same and brought back so many wonderful memories...and memories that were sad but we could laugh at now. We sat on the same bench he broke up with me on....(the first time) and he asked for forgivenss! Our dorms have been torn down but the apartment building I lived in for two years was still there. We even met up with some very dear friends and that time spent with them did us both a world of good. There presence in our lives is very meaningful and I hope we strive to make visits occur more often! My husband and I did have some alone time (well, alone if you count a toddler) to discuss a lot of things we haven't had a chance to and that was very important.

I've contacted a professional homeopath as well. I am going to try homeopathy to treat the depression as well as some anxiety and sleep issues I've been having. Though this weekend was wonderful and I'm feeling a bit lifted from it, I still feel the depression lurking and know it's probably going to return, so I put in a call to make an appointment this morning. Hopefully she'll be able to get me in within a week or so. I've used homeopathy previously with our Naturopathic physician...but due to reasons I posted earlier on, I still can't bring myself to go see him. So he has referred me to a professional homeopath. She is further away (an hour and a half) but is willing to do phone visits occasionally after the first meeting. It will be expensive to get started but I'm certain it will be worth it.

I started reading a book about praying too. Well, It's called 'When God doesn't answer your prayers'. It's not by an orthodox author, but I listened to an interview with him on Ancient Faith Radio and he does have a rather Orthodox viewpoint on many things and quotes a lot of the Church Fathers in the book...so far (the Introduction and part of the first chapter) make a lot of sense to me..so I think this may help. I have not lost my faith... and I truly still believe that the Orthodox Faith is indeed the TRUE Faith... I just have a lot of questions about God's will, tradgedies, and prayer. So I am struggling, but find comfort in being a member of His church and having so many that are lifting me up in prayer.

Of course, I'm still taking the extra supplements and am trying to get into an exercise routine. And I'm trying to get back to our better eating habits. We still eat better, I think, than the average American with all the preservatives and artificial stuff we totally avoid, but I haven't been doing well in preparing the green smoothies, fresh juice and salads with our meals, etc.

Well, it's 12:30 and I've just gotten my morning routine finished...the same morning routine that I usually have done by 8:30...so needless to say I am anxious about all there is left to do today. My little one is napping and I wish I could do the same but I'm going to try to manage getting something done...if only I can figure out what I should do first...what's most important and what I can manage.... wish me luck!