Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas and God Bless Each of You

Merry Christmas and come on in Through My Back Door. I have White Christmas coffee on, and you know where the cups and plates are so help yourself. Plates, because we have so many choices of cookies and snacks, I know you will find something you like. I am so happy you came by. This will probably be our last visit until after Christmas, so lets set by the fireplace, eat, drink our coffee and visit. Would you like that? I certainly do. Well, it is 5 days until Christmas and me being the procrastinator I am, have some wrapping to do and two gifts to buy! I am embarrassed, but, it is what it is.lol I was beating myself up for it until I realized I have been too busy socializing to get my "doings" done.!lol I think I may have to join Socializers Anonymous. I have been to about three parties last week and the week before. Sunday my sweet aunt Annie, my cousin Shirley and her husband and another couple came to supper. Shirley and I alternate hosting and it was my year. I love having them and we have so much fun. We eat and laugh and laugh and eat. Then we eat some more. Shirley is a graphic artist and she made me the most wonderful scrap book for Christmas. It pictures of some of my blog posts. I love it and will treasure it forever.
This picture doesn't begin to do it justice. I am going to learn to take better pictures and that is a promise.
This is such a neat album, I wish I could show you better. I didn't even know she read my blog. I will have to watch it!lol I am 12 years older than her, but we are so much alike it is scary. We are both left handed, both collect antiques, and we both like the same things. We are always saying to one another whether its a "thing" or clothes. "I have one just like that."
Last night I hosted my card group party. We have been playing together for 28 years and still have fun.
Regina and Linda having a laugh.
Fran and Regina waiting for their turn.
Linda and Dasko having a serious conversation. I think he is telling her, he is afraid he isn't getting anything for Christmas. In our group of 7, there are 2 Lindas, 2 Reginas, and 2 Bettys. Isn't that weird? I enjoyed having them last night and we had such a good time. Everyone brings finger foods and the variety  always shocks us.
See I would rather be doing this than what I should be! Well today my only sister in law came for lunch and a quiet visit. We ate, drank Hot Cinnamon Spice tea, and talked while the carols played. We were both so relaxed and rejuvenated when she left.
SOOO, after she left, I decided I would go get the gifts I needed, grocery shop, and come home and wrap. Well, it didn't exactly happen that way. My friend Dottie had called earlier, so on my way I called her and she said she was on her way to Marshalls, as was I. We met up, shopped there, ran to a book store that was going out of business, decided to stop at Cheddars and have an early supper. Can you guess the rest of the story? Bet you can. lol I will get it done, I will wrap, and Christmas dinner will be ready by 5:30  Christmas Day. I can't help it I love being with friends and doing things. I am blessed to have so many friends and family. I am also blessed to be a part of the blogging world. Some of my procrastination is your fault. I HAVE to look at all of your decorations. Then I have to go change mine and it goes on and on. Well as this Christmas is coming to an end. I wish each and everyone of you a blessed time with your family and friends. Some of us have loved ones who for various reasons can't be with us this year. Some of us will have family who are there in body, although their minds have faded and they don't know they are there, but you will. Some of us are missing loved ones who have passed away. But let us remember who they were, how we are richer for having them in our lives and let us celebrate the Birth of Jesus with a loving spirit. Merry Christmas.
PS: Beth is fine and Amanda is doing well. Thank you again for your prayers. I am going to leave you with a few of my favorite Christmas vignettes.


  1. Hi Betty,
    Yes, you sure a blessed to have such wonderful friends.
    Dont worry about the "have-to's" in life, they always seem to be there.
    Friends and Family, Yes, that is what this season (and life!) is all about.
    So glad you shared your fun times with us.

    Hugs and Merry Christmas.

  2. Oh Betty, So glad you have had a Christmas season filled with friends and fun. You have been a "Party Girl" the last few weeks. Aren't friends wonderful? You are not alone my friend, I haven't wrapped a single gift. Buying is done, house is decorated, still have a little baking to finish, but all is well here at the homeplace. Enjoy the time with family as Christmas Day is fast approaching. I am so thankful our paths have crossed during 20ll. Wishing you, Dasko, and your family a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

  3. Hi Betty! You are blessed, indeed, to have so many friends in your life! And how wonderful that you are able to share special times with them..... especially now during the holiday season! Enjoy it all -- it is one of the real pleasures at Christmastime!

    I am so happy to hear that Beth is fine and Amanda is doing well! Continued prayers for them.... and Merry Christmas to you all!!

  4. Well, my friend - at least you have a lovely reason for still having "un-done's" on your "to-do" list - I have shopping and wrapping (we're just skipping the baking, decorating and cleaning) - and haven't had any "fun" times with friends or family either. It's been what my daddy would call a "hard candy Christmas" in more ways than one....But the reason for the season still fills my heart. I, too, need to bow out of blogging until after the holidays (at least), so I wish you a season of Christmas blessings, joys, and magic....Smiles & Heartfelt Hugs ~ Robin

  5. Have the Merriest Christmas ever, and enjoy all of your socializing! I am a fellow procrastinator, but somehow everything gets done on time. I actually was in a store today and almost bought a sign that said, "If it weren't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done.", but I figured I would 'wait'...LOL! Happy Holidays, Betty!


  6. What a blessing to have so many good friends and family to share your life with. It sounds like an enjoyable life. I will have "one more thing" to do or get, until Christmas Eve. There is always something to do. Wishing you Christmas Blessings for you and your family. ~Sara

  7. Betty, you are a social butterfly! I smiled to read that in your group of 7, there are 3 pairs with identical names! That is unique!
    I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your kindness. Sending us that book---well, it made me cry but I really needed to get those tears out. It was a wonderful release. The book is so beautifully written. Thank you.
    Merry Christmas, sweet friend.

  8. You are truly blessed Betty. I wish you a very Merry Christmas! Blessings, Shirlee

  9. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas! I just love the way you write, I can just tell it would be wonderful to sit and visit with you. You have some lucky friends and family! Enjoy!!

  10. Morning Sweet Friend!
    I agree you are blessed..With a loving heart and so many wonderful friends.
    Your home is so Christmas Beautiful..Filled with such love. Love the view from the window.
    Hugs to Dasko & you Friend!
    Merry Christmas to you and your Family too!


  11. Merrie Christmas, dear friend. You will get it all done but in the meantime, enjoy yourself. You deserve to!

    We are continuing to pray for your family and for you. The best gifts are friends.

  12. Betty: I am not surprised you have so many friends...what a good friend YOU are. I am happy just to have you as a "blogging" friend! I, too am really far behind as far as Christmas goes, but I leave Friday so I guess I better "get it in gear". Without anything but my Feather Tree, it feels really strange in here. I know you will have a very blessed Christmas with all around you and I wish you a happy day. God has answered prayers for your girls and "life is good."
    Your new album will give you hours of joy re-reading your posts! Be sure to give DASKO a present; he's had a tough year! Merry Christmas, Joy

  13. Looks like a fun time! I am sure Dasko will get something for Christmas! LOL! I hope that you have a VERY Merry Christmas Betty!
    God bless.

  14. Looks as if you have been very busy having lots of fun. I intended to get some wrapping done today....needless to say...no wrapping done. I have all the gifts bought but still need to wrap. Still need to clean house. I did the grocery shopping today. I hope I can get it all done. Blessings and it is always a pleasure to stop by and visit. Merry Christmas!

  15. Wow! You sure have been busy! Enjoy it. Cherish it. Make memories. Have a very Merry Christmas.

  16. Betty, the scrapbook is indeed a very special gift. I love your spoon collection. Hope you have a very special Christmas with your family and friends, so glad Amanda is doing good. Warm blessings and Hugs, Vicky

  17. Betty,
    Sounds like you have been so busy! I love your idea of a club started (Socializers Anonymous)!
    Too cute I tell ya....We all get so busy I think we lose track of what needs to be done and when and where. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  18. Isn't it wonderful to have dear friends!!!! I am glad that you had such a nice time. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hugs, Grammy Lura


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