Who Put my Life on Fast Forward – Sunday December 16, 2007

and other great mysteries.

Well, it’s not so mysterious, really. After all, I’m building a house and it’s December. That should be self-explanatory. I told someone that it always seems like by the first week of December, the month is half-over. I guess we let our schedules get fuller than they should. But what to say no to? My friends think I’m saying “no” at an alarming rate. But that doesn’t stop life from happening. So what has been going on? Thank goodness a picture is worth a thousand words. In this post, this will count for a whole dissertation.

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Did he or did he not catch it? I can’t remember but it kinds bothers me seeing him hang there like that. The Montezuma boys came over last Saturday and played our boys (men in both cases). Our men lost but we’ll spare them the grief by not posting their score.

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A baby shower for Lena and Marlin, who are expecting their first baby after 13 years of marriage.

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Charity’s creative decor. The doll on the left belongs to Lena’s aunt Mary.

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The weather has been quite warm. Right now it is raining for which we are tickled!!!! This picture was one I took one evening after work. There seemed to be a fog rising from the ground. It almost look eerie. Or ethereal.

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Work has been very very busy. I said if it gets much busier I will have to hire a secretary for me! A little Christmas music and candlelight goes a long way to keeping things going there.

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Or a new canvas for the wall. Recognize that picture? I got a 16×24 canvas wrap. The wrap is 1.5 inches deep. I bought an extra one for half price so now I need to find a market for it. This one is hanging in my office.

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Playing with depth of focus on my camera. Our Christmas dinner is now history. Fun times!

 

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Ginny and I are in charge of Ladies Night Out so we planned a Christmas Party. Neither of us were feeling to inspired but it all came together and I think everyone really enjoyed it. Myra helped us with decorations which was a tremendous help!! We had asked every lady to bring a small plate of food. Depending on the first letter of their last name, it was either 1. sandwiches 2. salty food (meatballs, quiches, pinwheels, chips, etc.) 3. something with dip 4. dessert/sweets. Well, we should’ve emphasized the SMALL plate in our request because the ladies brought large plates or trays of very fabulous food!!! We did not run out of calories that night!

We split the chairs up into three groups, thus encouraging easier conversation than a huge circle. We did not want tables since this was more of a fingerfood type meal. If we could’ve pulled off adding couches to the dining hall we would’ve. But alas, it looked like too much work.

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We played charades, getting some serious laughs from the brave ladies who acted for us. Here Katy doesn’t realize she is a bride, kneeling before her groom, though she’s not supposed to be praying to him. They thought they were doing something with putting up Christmas decorations.

We also played a game called Commonalities and Uniquities. We divided up into groups of 5. For commonalities, we had to come up with as many things that we all had in common. Our group was laughing too hard to get much of a list together. We found out we don’t all have dandruff and we aren’t all constipated. Some of us obviously were, though, for that to come up. For the uniquities part, we had to come up with some things that were unique to only 1 person in the group. Then we read them to the whole group and they had to guess who it was.

Andrea, thanks for the link to the game. We were going to use it but ended up not playing it after all. Ginny did use it at the Choice Books banquet last week.

I did mention we’re building a house, right? Here are a few pics from today. I went over to seal the grout in the kitchen. Cabinets to be installed Mon. or Tues.

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We did paint the front porch door black. Thanks for your many suggestions!!!

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Our dining room light minus one globe. Notice the mystery spots on the wall. I was not using a flash and the spots were not on the walls. They only showed up on the pictures I took at this angle.

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Looking from the dining room into the living room. Our house is built pretty much square, though it’s hard to tell from these pictures.

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The tray ceiling in my room. Can you tell yet that we like green?

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The tile around the tub/shower (more of my uncle Lewis’ handiwork!).

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Lois’ bedroom has a tan suede paint which is beautiful but hard to get on camera. Looks a little like a canvas background. Hmmmm. Maybe a good backdrop for pictures. Maybe I need to find another chair though!!

Okay, that is a long enough post to last until 2009 or 2010 at least!! Hope you have a great week-before-Christmas. Don’t let your schedule do you in (like mine nearly did). Just say “no” (if you need to).

 

11 thoughts on “Who Put my Life on Fast Forward – Sunday December 16, 2007

  1. Me too to the above post… you guys always have the prettiest parties and I heard so many good things from Sonya and Ginny about your ladies party.  Can’t believe you are nearly ready to move into your house but I’m sure you’re soo ready and excited too.  Bet your mom will miss you though.   I also just wanted to check and make sure you got your money I sent with Rochelle????   Here’s wishing you a wonderful Christmas.  It’s big time snowing here right now and I’m really wishing at the moment to not be singing on Choir so I could have a cozy evening at home with my family.  It really makes it seem like Christmas though.

  2. Great, great post! Everything looks so fun! Of course, it helps if I know all the people on the pictures. I miss you guys! Your house looks absolutely positively lovely. And I know what you mean about the Christmas schedule “doing you in.” Mine is close. I had to say no to some things this week. Looks like the next week doesn’t look much different. Sigh… maybe, just maybe I will get to my winter projects yet. Lena is looking great. Just thought of her the other day and wondered how she’s doing. I guess it should be any day now, eh? Its snowing and blowing and miserable outside. I miss Georgia this time of year. Maybe I should just call you again. Yes, I really DO miss y’all!

  3. The tan suede paint and Uncle Lewis’ tile work make me drool!  This post just might last us until the new year but you shouldn’t deprive us of your witty writ and fine photos for too long.

  4. Wonderful pictures!! Its so good to see what ya’ll are doing down there! Mom was telling me about Lenas shower but the pics helped put it together! Your house looks great! Tray ceilings are nice! I’m so glad ya’ll can have your own decor, and a brand new house! Renting doesn’t do it!!Oh…for the south right now….it is brrrrr.cold and snow…Matthew got stuck in our lane last nite…Mark was up very early this morn plowing our driveway…so, they could get out…and Londa who stayed last night because of the weather.I got to go too pretty soon for work…can’t wait till this weekend ..Mom & Dad are coming! Yippee(like Dan says) Merry Christmas!!

  5. The baby shower and Christmas party looked absolutely delightful!  Sure wish I could have been there.  Thanks for the goodies you sent home with Jeff.  We passed them around after supper last night at Naomi’s.  See you in a couple weeks!

  6. Oh MaryLou!…How I miss you!  My goodness…those pictures make me so jealous! You have no idea.  Sometimes I really wish I was back there.  I’m glad things are going good with the house!  Love the orange color.  Your picture of the ships are so beautiful!  I think that’s the one I picked that I liked the best out of the 2.  No fair that the “overnight run nights” still take effect.  That makes me grouchy.  I try not to think about it on Mondays!  I do something really cool instead.  You know…rent a movie or something.  haha.  But I think of you all the time and I hope things are going wonderfully!  Hope you have a Merry Christmas!  Love You!

  7. You sure know how to make a body homesick!! THe football, the ladies night out(Jesup sure does know how to throw a party) and all the other tidbits! Loved the picture,did you take that?  And of course I noticed that [people were in short sleeves. OUCH!! There is about10 ” of lovely white stuff on the ground. I definately feel like a transplanted southerner.  FREEZING!  Coming back to visit in Jan. Mary Jo is too. Maybe you could do another ladies night out?  : )  HE HE HE!! 

  8. Good job on the creative photography … more fun than the way we normally would take photos. House looks good. I too like green so we have it here and there, both inside and out actually.

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