A little memory ..

Winter is still here and many of us as adults cannot wait for it to be over, so you won’t have to shovel the snow, worry about getting to work on time or simply being snowed in… The view of snow changes with age as many people have told me. I like snow, but still only a certain amount of it, so that makes me as bad as the next person….

But as a kid I never thought about snow that way.. it was simply great no worries, no shoveling, or at least limited shoveling… toboggining, and so forth. A day outside in the snow was simply great to a certain extent!!

Or to top that, a snow day… No school and I could stay home for the day because there was too much snow… A real drag from my mom , because that put a damper on here daily routine to say the least, and no time for coffee with friends, talking on the phone, NO… I was there and demanded attention or to be entertained would be a better choice of words. No daytime TV, no computers… Just simple everyday amusement… Go outside and find something to do, was my mom’s motto and take care… Of what I never knew?? and nor did I ask either….
I just got dressed and went outside…

Though getting dressed to go outside in the snow did require some planning and time too…. Firstly, was my snowsuit dry from yesterdays excursion outside and were my boots dry??? Major concerns for me when I really needed an excuse why not to go outside… And my mom seemed always to be prepared with dry clothes and boots, so as to set me on my way in the perils of winter…. I must say I was not the only kid around in this position… All moms sent their kids outside no matter what the weather conditions were and we were outside for hours running around getting up to something but nothing bad…

Then after we were turning blue from the cold we all seemed to be magically called inside so as not to freeze our back-sides off and have something warm to eat and drink before the next artic expedition in the afternoon… Where we could spend another couple of hours killing time, because we were too tired from the morning round of activities and all the moms were the same…. Kids outside now !!! Then we walked around, hung out in someone’s garage so as not to get too cold or hoped to find a friends mother who felt sorry for us out in the sub zero temperatures ( not really true but it felt like that.)
No sympathy and so we dragged ourselves around until we could go inside for the day and then the great question “ Did you all have fun outside together?”… Really now, standing or walking around in the cold was not our idea of having a great time together and nor did mothers understand this…

But after peeling off all the layers of clothing and looking as though I had been to the artic and back I simply appreciated being inside… And the thought of the next day’s adventures in the snow seemed like a great idea too, because it was something we looked forward too.

Enjoy the snowy weather no matter what age you are!

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Icy Ice Cream

Nothing better than ice cream in the summer and the fact that it is national ice cream month somewhere in the world makes it even better….. I love ice cream!!

Sitting here thinking about the ice cream makes me think back to the long summer days when I was a kid and the great ice cream that I ate, and the big event of going out somewhere to have an ice cream was indescribable, because it was such a treat and so it made having ice cream all the better.

Nowadays, I don’t think ice cream is a real treat anymore like it was back then. Ice cream brought a highlight into my week and it was something to look forward to and I know it was the same for my friends too. Ice cream was special for us….

There was one place I remember that had soft ice cream …. The big choice: chocolate or vanilla but you could have a topping on the ice cream cone or a sundae with some hard to describe super sweet topping of either chocolate or strawberry … Not that the toppings weren’t made of artificial ingredients as was the fad back then… it was simply a great tasting treat and who cared about what it was made of…. I only saw the ice cream and the topping and it was great!!!

Or there was some other place not far from our house, where you could go into the ice cream parlor and sit down and order a sundae and it was served in a glass looking like a big wine glass (I felt so sophisticated and grown-up) , two scoops of ice cream and gobs of hot fudge poured over it and some whipped cream and topped off with a cherry…. That was the ultimate in the ice cream world in my eyes back then…..

Though there was some stiff completion out there as to where had the best ice cream and those places were on the ball when it came to creating something using ice cream!

Some ingeniously integrated ice cream into their menu with the root beer float that had a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass of root beer, or the other one; a glass of soda pop and a scoop of ice cream in it. That was living at its best and nothing could possibly be better than that in the summer.

Ice cream seemed to have some special meaning for me and my friends and when we got old enough to go to the place on our bikes where we could buy ourselves an ice cream cone, we knew then and there that we were adults and knew how to enjoy life with our ice cream cone in our hand, and after we finished eating the cone ride back home from our big adventure …. The world was ours and that was because of the great ice cream cone that we had just eaten! I love ice cream

Ice cream still tastes great and nowadays there are lots of flavors to choose from, so there is a sort for everyone. How many flavors there are I can’t tell you, but it is a lot!

Either way, somehow ice cream always seems to bring back great memories and eating ice cream is one great thing a lot of us seem to have in common. Enjoy your ice cream!

Perfect times – are they lost?

Perfect times seem to be a thing of the past. I got thinking-I can still do that; an amazing fact!!! About how it was when I was I kid. Life seemed sooooo perfect and the books we read or the TV shows we watched were full of happy people and there was never violence. Those were happy times!!!

What sparked this off was an old TV show that I saw on TV the other day; depicting the happy family. You may remember – Mom stayed home and cooked and was always perfectly groomed and smiling no matter what happened – Are mom’s like that today???
The kids were clean and happy and never complained. Dad was happy too and came home in the evening with a smile on his face as if he just had the best day in his life…. Maybe he did and we just don’t know what he was up too??? I don’t want to ruin the perfectness here… so the dad had a great day at work and is plain old happy!!!

Then there was the great book with Dick & Jane and their dog Spot – that book taught me to read and everyone depicted in the book was happy even the mom & dad. Happiness never seemed to stop. It was everywhere you turned and I was happy too, and didn’t know any better. Life was full of happiness.

I can’t remember as a kid my parents even arguing…. They were happy too, ok- they got upset with me once in a while or our dog but those were only trivial setbacks as I see it now. But back then that meant the end of the world, if I got in trouble!!!

Somehow through the years people stopped being so happy on TV and the people around me don’t seem as happy as they were years ago either. What has happened to being happy?????? Or has the world changed soooo much that people have forgotten what it is like to be happy.

Sometimes I wish for those carefree and happy days of the past again, because people seemed more relaxed and not always in a hurry or worrying about the latest up-date on their social network or some other device that distracts us, so that we have no time to relax and enjoy life.

It would be great to see more content & happy people around – and not in the superficial sense either. Will those sort of days ever come back or are they lost forever??????????

Seasons Greetings

First of all, I would like to thank all of you who have decide to follow my blog and also all those folks out there for reading it.

So, with this little post I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. And health & lots of happiness and success for the New Year 2013 too!

Enjoy your holiday season where ever you are in the world.

Seasons greetings to all,
sue

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What’s Cooking?

What’s cooking for the meal for that big day can be a tremendous feat if you are not organized to the last second or at least I think so???? Everyone seems to be running around trying to get those last minute things for their Christmas meal or the last minute present because they forgot someone on their list. Well, those things can happen….. I am saved from this dilemma this year because I am for ONCE in my life organized and believe me I find it hard to believe myself but it is true!!!

My guy asked me this morning if I was feeling ok, because I am soooooo organized this year. I told him that I thought for once in my life I want to be organized and have time for everybody on the 25th instead of spending all my time running around doing something. I want a relaxed Christmas and so I will have it!!!! No questions asked here- that is my decision!!!

My tree is decorated and the food is purchased and all my presents are bought; so Christmas you can come to our house. Who says life has to be stressful at this time of year??? Ok, I know thousands of people around the world would argue this point with me, but with a little foresight and planning there is no stress and hey if something goes wrong on the 25th then it goes wrong. I am too old to worry about what everyone thinks of how I do things around my place and if something burns on the stove top then it can be either forgotten or I’ll make something else to replace it… life can be so simple!

My mom was amazing when it came to organizing our Christmas dinner on the 25th and she always remained cool and served up a super meal in my eyes! Mom – thanks for all those great turkey dinners you made us. I know I can cook pretty good but my mom’s Christmas dinner can still top mine. Plus, I’ve never been as organized as she was and thought this year I’ll try her strategy and see if it works….. Please let it work and I’ll be the happiest person on earth

Another thing, I read all those articles about how stressed folks are or will be on the 25th. I always wonder are people stressed so then they have something to talk about or what is it??? Even when I am not organized I don’t feel stressed-out. I think society puts too much emphasis on stress and so everyone is convinced that on the 25th you have to be stressed instead of taking things as they come and enjoying life for a change.

So, relax and take things as they come because then there won’t be any stress and enjoy the day when it’s there!

Sleigh Bells are Ringing

Oh there are only 10 until those sleigh bells can be heard outside your house and Santa will slide down your chimney and fill your stocking. I hope everyone has been good this year and not misbehaved…….

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Those were great times when I was I kid crossing off the days on the calendar and hoping that I wouldn’t do anything that would upset Santa Claus… I wanted him to stop by our house and so for me being good in December was on top of my list and not to forget the mile long wish list that I wrote too with all the stuff that I thought I needed.
When I think back to the things that I wished for it seems light years away because when I see what kids wish for today my toys seemed so dull and boring to them. But for me they were action packed with adventure and brought me and my friends’ hours of fun!!! I loved my toys

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There on my list when I was young were dolls and a baby buggy or some great piece of clothing to dress my doll in or a cassette with some cool music on it (Cassette – what’s that????) or there were the wonderful books full of adventure that took place in unknown places around the world – making my fascination run wild and letting me be part of something that I wouldn’t experience at home. Sometimes a dress would be under the tree that I could wear on Christmas day. Do little girls still wear those??? Santa was always so thoughtful. Or if I was really lucky there would be all kinds of chocolate stuffed in my stocking and the healthy orange( that was something that was always in it)…… oh those wonderful childhood memories!!!

I knew on Christmas Eve that when I placed the note beside the plate of cookies and a glass of milk on the kitchen table for Santa that there would be some great things in store for me on Christmas day…… Though sometimes I was soooooo excited that it seemed to take ages to fall asleep and my mom would always say “You must try to sleep or Santa won’t stop by.” How could she say that??? I was so excited about that jolly guy stopping by our house that I just couldn’t fall asleep; but sooner or later I did and would wake up and go down stairs to see a wonderfully lit Christmas tree and all the presents from Santa Claus under it. And Santa was such a great guy that he always left something for our dog Cesar too! So, I knew the Cesar must have been friends with Santa.

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So, I am just going to count the days now and make my wish list and hope that all my wishes come true even though I know that guy Santa Claus says I am toooooo old but hey, Who said you can’t enjoy the spirit of Santa at any age.?

A Christmas Card Sent To Me

Christmas cards seem to be something of the past. Remember years ago when friends, family and acquaintances sent you a Christmas card. Those were great cards with the same saying but always with a great different picture on it. Those were Christmas cards!!!

Somehow, you can still buy Christmas cards but no one seems to send them out like they used too. Back in my younger days my parents got literally loads of cards wishing them or all of us a Merry Christmas or Seasons greetings or whatever else was written on them. And nowadays I seem to be lucky if I get 3 Christmas cards….. The real sort I mean that you get delivered and they land in your mail box and you can display them proudly on the mantle.

What do I get now….. Some crumby electronic thing that I will delete after a couple of days…. Don’t misunderstand me here. I am happy that the sender thought of me but that still cannot replace that great piece of paper staring at you from the mantle piece and all the other cards there too biding for your attention to pick it up and read it again or when family or friends come over and they too head for the Christmas cards to see what you have received in the way of Christmas greetings…. Oh paper Christmas card don’t disappear from our mantle piece. I need you there to bring the peace and joy that makes the Christmas cheer for my living room ohhh dear!

I know that this whole Christmas card deal costs money and takes time but isn’t time that we take time for those lovely Christmas cards that could be displayed so proudly and enjoyed because the person who sent it to you or the person you sent one to can see that you took time or they took time and isn’t that part of the holiday season to take time???

Enjoy your real paper Christmas cards and remember someone took time to write it and send it to you!

THE FIRST SNOWFLAKES

Oh the first snowflakes are in the air and how lovely and white the ground does seem. Those first snowflakes every year are such a wonderful sight to behold and always bring back memories of my childhood where I would run outside to try to catch the very first flakes of snow.

Those were wonderful times back then when I was all packed in my snow suit and would run outside and try to catch the snowflakes that were falling from the sky. But I would be sooooo sad when those wonderful flakes of snow melted in my hand and I would stare at my hand and think “Why did you melt little snow flake? – You looked so pretty to me.”

I never understood the scientific aspect of snowflakes when I was a small child and nor did they interest me either. All I saw was some great white stuff falling from the sky! And that was all that mattered and it meant that winter was on its way and I hoped the snow would stay on the ground so that Santa Claus could make his way to our house with his sleigh. Very important you know for small kids and I was a firm believer that that guy Santa Claus existed!!!

Then the time came when I found out that those magical snowflakes falling from the sky were frozen ice crystals… well, that just broke my bubble of the mystical powers of those wonderful flakes, and then to top it off the same year I was informed that there wasn’t any Santa Claus. I knew then and there life would never be the same for me without those mystical snowflakes and the jolly guy who slides down the chimney to deliver the Christmas presents. How could life be sooo hard on me????

But somehow I forgot about all the scientific stuff and just started to enjoy the wonders of the snowflakes that were falling from the sky because knew they look so lovely and pristine to me and each one wasn’t the same so I knew they were falling just for me… my very own snowflakes!!!!

Enjoy the first snow fall if you live where there is snow and look at all those lovely snowflakes falling softly towards us…. I still love the first snowflakes!

Why Must I Buy a Christmas Present?

Why must I buy something and spend a fortune on Christmas presents?? Is this because society wants me too or is it that I may have a guilty concise if I don’t spend a lot of money on Christmas presents? Both are good questions indeed and as far as spending goes it has been decided at my place what will be put under our tree from me…. All things will be made by me and I will/ have take/ taken the time to create each one.

My first project was to knit a couple of pairs of slippers for around the house… That’s a useful present and I know for sure it won’t get thrown away or end up in a box. And just the other day finished knitting a hat too. All that stuff that I knitted my not have cost a buddle for the material but I took the time to make some thing’s for my friends and family.

Plus, there is all the baking that I will do, so everyone gets homemade cookies too… NO, package mix either!!! Good homemade cookies made from scratch. They smell great baking in the oven.. sorry I couldn’t let you get a whiff of that here. Just shut your eyes and dream about it…

Then there’s the project that I am working on and no it isn’t your normal present for your parents… I have spent hours wondering what to get my parents and when they have everything then what??? I pondered for hours and asked friends and they all came up with the same idea… but I knew that wasn’t for me!

I want something original for my parents something that they can look at and remember me with and it doesn’t contain any calories either. Can you guess??

I bet not because your to fixed on the idea with knitting and think – OK , she’s going to knit something- WRONG! I am making a video of what I do in the course of the week including work and all the other stuff in my life too… That’s original and it only costs me my time and burning the DVD that I have to buy and I am sure my parents will get hours of enjoyment out of my video depicting all sorts of aspects of my life including this blog! My parents don’t understand really what a blog is, so I gave up trying to explain. But they do know it has something to do with the internet… that vague virtual world out there.

Sorry got side tracked – But I believe if a person puts a little thought into things they could come up with some really nifty ideas for Christmas presents and at the same time showing their family and friends that they put some thought into the whole deal and didn’t just spend some cash on any old thing that everyone else has.

Take time and put some thought into the holiday season and you will be surprised at how many folks really like the gifts that were created by you and not off the shelf.