Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

It was a beautiful day.

I am excited about seeing family.

I am going to be up late getting ready.

I am out!

Monday, December 27, 2004

Odds and Ends

Christmas is over for most everyone. Our family still has a celebration, though. Our new granddaughter is too little to travel so we are all going to Colorado to be with her there. I am looking forward to this trip a great deal. I will try using my new laptop to keep my entries coming--maybe even a picture or two!

It was so good to have my family here. We had a great day. The weather was beautiful & time was spent outdoors. We have a lot of south facing windows, so the house was toasty warm for Mom. Paul & Janice hosted a soup supper for Dan's family on Sunday evening. Only two of his brothers were able to attend, but I was glad we were together because, like me, Dan lost his father this past year also. It is so important to keep family ties.

I received an email from a fellow rural carrier in Iowa saying a RCA (rural carrier associate) aks "substitute carrier" was killed Christmas Eve day on the route. This is tragic news. It is a reminder to follow all safety rules each day as the carrier was hit broadside after running a stop sign. My route is 96 miles and there are a lot of stop signs and it is tempting to roll through This tragedy is a reminder not to put my life on the line just to get done in less time. Also, the same goes for anyone traveling anywhere anytime.

The tax year ends in just a few days. There are a few steps that can be taken to reduce 2004 taxes. I am going to do a couple.

Now, on to my thank you notes.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Memories

"The best moments aren't moments at all, but the start of long-lasting memories."

This quote is from a Christmas card we received this year. I immediately put it on the bulletin board by my computer because I wanted to be reminded of this beyond the holidays.

When does a moment become a memory? I have celebrated 58 Christmases now and when I think back, it is interesting what immediately comes to mind. Of course, there are the church and school programs and the associated candy sacks. The candle light services that not only are beautiful but the heat from the candles seem to warm the heart.

Christmas and gifts are synonymous, of course. I remember a "baby buggy" I really wanted for my dolly and a ring and wool coat when I was in high school. I remember every purse I have ever received because I love them so much.

Sometimes it seems I recall gifts purchased or received by others as much as my own. My mother always bought a close friend of hers Channel #5 as a Christmas gift. The memory of watching her open that gift and recalling how much she appreciated it is probably why, to this day, it is my favorite and I always wear it when I am going someplace special. One Christmas my brother wanted "sock feet boots." He was so excited when we found our gifts that year. I also remember how disappointed he was when one Christmas about all he received was pocket knives because he mentioned he would like one.

Dan is the best Christmas shopper there is. When it gets close to the Holidays, just about anything I say I like, he buys me. Then he is so excited, he gives the gift to me right away. When my kids asked me yesterday what their Dad gave me, I had to started with the Hoover floor scrubber, the large coffee pot, the leather coat, and lap top computer all received before December 1st. What did he put under the tree? A turn knob for the steering wheel in my mail truck! And, he says he is not done--there is something else he wants to get. He sometimes acts the hard guy but he has the kindest heart of anyone I know.

Well, anyway, as to moments that become memories--my point is we don't know. My hope that the traditions and gifts of the Holidays are as special for my husband, children, grandchildren, and friends as they have always been for me. Then, maybe, the memories will become moments a second time around.