I made it through this week and I made it through NaBloPoMo! Yay for me! A post every day is definitely an accomplishment for me. I’m glad I did it!

I will be really glad when this week is really finished. A funeral and a wedding in one week makes for quite the emotional roller coaster, let me tell you! But, I made it through the funeral/memorial service, I got my first Avon order in today, I finished at work early so that I could get a much needed nap and I’m nearly done with tonight’s wedding prep. Yippee! I will be so glad for Sunday’s afternoon nap. 😀

Congrats to everyone else who made it through NaBloPoMo, too! Happy end of November!


Now for a vacation!

Well, I am back from the memorial service for my uncle. Thank you all for your prayers. I really appreciate them. It went well. My uncle Tom’s first ex-wife (current good friend)’s significant other did the memorial. Does that make sense? I hope so. Anyways, it was a perfect length and some of his family and friends went up and talked about him. It was very touching. I know he will be missed by many people. My hubby wrote a great post about the service. I, too, pray for all those left behind, saddened by his leaving. I hope that I will be a good witness of God’s love to them.

Thank you, honey for a beautiful post!

Only two more days of blogging every day in November. I thought it would be harder than it was, but there were a couple of days that I struggled to find a good topic to post. Today is one of those days, so I will expound on my NaBloPoMo experience so far.

I have been enjoying it. I hope that I will continue to write at least 5 times per week. I did enjoy the challenging days. That was what it was about, right? I don’t think I really got any new readers from it except maybe one, but for me that wasn’t the point anyway.

I look forward to next year!

Tomorrow is my uncle’s funeral. Please pray for his family. It’s a really difficult situation, obviously. I’m nervous to meet my cousins again. I’ve only met them once in my life. So, pray for me, too. I would like to know them better.

I recently did a meme in which I told of how I was always told as a child that I looked like Molly Ringwald. Of course, she was older than I was. Doodaddy asked for a picture and I have finally found one! So, here is me looking like Molly Ringwald.


Do you agree or disagree with what everyone said?

This Saturday one of the men  in our congregation is getting married. Early last week, Monday or Tuesday, he showed up at our front door saying he wanted to get married the day after Thanksgiving. Hubby didn’t think he could get a marriage license that fast and he was right. So it’s this coming weekend. They are both so excited to get married. It’s a surprise to everyone, but they are all happy for him.

I am the official wedding decorator. I am having fun getting everything ready. The colors are beige and lavender. My brother and sister-in-law used lavender, too, so I still have things I can use from their wedding. I made topiaries for their wedding and I plan on reusing those. This is a nice diversion from the usual things I do for the church. Something a little more fun! Weddings are such happy days!

We have also volunteered our kids to be flower girl and ring bearer. I will also take pictures for them. I’m looking forward to it even though it will be a lot of extra work. Like I said, it’s fun work!

carmacks1955.jpgToday I learned that my uncle, son of my grandma that just died, has also died. He died on Thanksgiving day. His neighbor found him with a gunshot wound. They think that he committed suicide. I am deeply saddened by this news. What makes it even harder is that he apparently had been doing very well lately. I have never known him not to be having problems with drugs and alcohol. Apparently, though, the past two years he has been free of that bondage. I am sad that I didn’t even know that. I’m also sad that I haven’t seen him in so long when he only lives an hour and a half or two hours away. Granted we’ve never been close and my dad has been dead for nearly 7 years (so we don’t do family get-togethers), but still…

He has two daughters. One is older than I am and one is 4 days younger than I am. I didn’t really know either of them very well. I met the older one maybe twice in my life and the younger one once. They have both gotten closer to my uncle in the past ten years. He was out of their lives for some time. And now he has grandkids. I just have to wonder what happened. If he was doing so well, what happened? What kind of pain was he going through, especially to have done this on Thanksgiving day just before he was going to be picked up to go celebrate with his family? These situations are so sad because they don’t make sense. It seems like the people around someone who has committed suicide should see the symptoms, but it is so rare that it is so obvious. I want to make clear that I’m not trying to blame anyone. It’s impossible to tell sometimes. Of course, maybe there was another person involved. That would make it less sad in this situation I think.

Oh, it makes me sad… 😦

school3.jpg Thanks to Aunt Christine for the pictures. On top picture, my uncle Tom is the second youngest. The youngest is my dad. On the bottom picture, my uncle is the one in the bottom right-hand corner. My uncle Dick is in the bottom left-hand corner , my uncle John is two over from Dick and my aunt Christine is the one above my uncle Tom. This was before my dad went to school.

Over at RevGals, Singing Owl wrote this:

Ah, the day after Thanksgiving–groan! Fortunately, I love Thanksgiving leftovers.

Thanksgiving is the American holiday when the greatest number of people travel somewhere else to celebrate. I am posting this from my son’s home in Minnesota where we are recovering from the food shopping and the preparations and the meal and the clean up. It is difficult to think of anything requiring much energy today, and I am enjoying my sweet baby granddaughter, so I will keep it simple. For those of you not in the USA, I apologize for the nationalistic tone of this Friday Five!

1. Did you go elsewhere for the day, or did you have visitors at your place instead? How was it?

My family and I went to my mother’s house for Thanksgiving this year. It was quite enjoyable!

2. Main course: If it was the turkey, the whole turkey, and nothing but the turkey, was it prepared in an unusual way? Or did you throw tradition to the winds and do something different?

We had our usual turkey, but my sister-in-law also made a cranberry, apple, pear dish and her family’s baked beans recipe. I really enjoyed the baked beans.

3. Other than the meal, do you have any Thanksgiving customs that you observe every year?

We don’t have any special traditions for Thanksgiving. I think writing this at 3 in the morning is not helping it to be interesting…

4. The day after Thanksgiving is considered a major Christmas shopping day by most US retailers. Do you go out bargain hunting and shop ‘till you drop, or do you stay indoors with the blinds closed? Or something in between?

I do not go out shopping. I think I would have shopping rage. That would be like road rage except your driving a cart. I am still up waiting to see what deals will have when it is finally midnight over on the west coast. I don’t usually do that.

5. Let the HOLIDAY SEASON commence! When will your Christmas decorations go up?

I have no idea! I was thinking about how nice it would be to do it the other day until I realized it wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet. It just seemed crazy to me then. Probably as soon as I can get the house picked up some more so we have room to work, I’ll haul everything out.

3:01 and still no Apple Store! Come on! 3:06! I’m posting this now.

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