Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Fragments

Mrs. 4444, from Half-Past Kissing Time, hosts Friday Fragments each week. It's a great excuse to get all those little snippets that gather in the brain and don't seem enough for one post but together they can make one fun blog post! I love to have you smile when you come over to visit. I hope I've done so! Please visit Mrs. 4444's Fragmented post so you can find even more severely fragmented posters like me.


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A facebook friend wrote ----our girls are looking for the Traverse City area houses with the best Christmas lights & decorating (not necessarily most elaborate.) We'll deliver a plate of homemade Christmas cookies to our faves.

Isn't that a cool idea?! I'd deliver a plate of cookies to the folks who decorated the above house (the ditto house!)

My family and I used to pile in the car on Christmas Eve and spend hours driving around looking at the lights in Lansing, MI.    It was a real fun tradition.   This was before giant blow up santas or net lighting or icicle lights.


When I moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1984 I learned all about luminarias. The idea of filling a paper sack with sand and a candle hadn't spread far and wide as it has now.  I was in love with the glowing bags that lined the thick stucco walls and the flat roofs.  I wish that I was more of a photographer then because I would have had thousands of photos.  We would buy a stack of paper bags and carefully fold down the tops two or three folds and then fill the bags with sand or  cheap kitty litter and then plop a votive candle in the middle.  I swear I still dream of the New Mexico luminarias.  It was magical.


Some advertising slogans are better than others - I was standing in line at the post office watching this woman  looking at the Parcel Post boxes and all of the different sizes of bubble mailers and they were clearly NOT what she was wanting.  Finally I hollered out to her and  motioned for her to come to me.  She looked confused, but came anyway.  I said, "If you're looking for the 'if it fits, it ships' boxes, they are over here on the other side."   She knew exactly what I was talking about and found the box she wanted.


My Mom & Dad and Me :)  around 1968 KISawyer AFB

The last two years of my father's service in the Air Force he was next in line to go to Vietnam.  He was stationed in Marquette, MI and the winters were so cold and so snowy that people were volunteering to go just to get out of Marquette.  My Dad never had to go because he chose to deal with the snow :)

I told my friend, Lori, this story and she sent me a photo of her backyard two days ago.  She doesn't live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan but she gets a lot of lake effect snow.  Here's her yard.

That's a bird bath out there by the trees.  She said she had to shovel a few times after this photo was taken.  I'm not sure I'd volunteer to go fight in Vietnam in order to get away from snow. but I'm certainly glad no matter what the reason, my Dad stayed in Michigan with us. 


My Thanksgiving dinner turned out to be just me and my husband.  The other people I had invited all had to cancel for one reason or another.  Pre and Post transplant patients are like that - they can be in the hospital, family can all of a sudden decide to come or they just might not feel well - so it was a disappointment, but I totally understood.  This Christmas I decided to volunteer to help with the Christmas Dinner that TRIO (Transplant Recipients International Organization) puts on in our community.  We invite anyone in the community who is associated with a transplant patient both pre and post.  Since my husband was transplanted on Dec 23rd we see Christmas as our transplant season.   It's so nice to spend the day with our new family.  Anyway, I wanted to make sure that I volunteered at least once this season, since my Thanksgiving went kaput, so the TRIO Christmas dinner is a guaranteed done deal.  Tom and I have been to the dinner twice since we've been in Jacksonville, so I'm excited.


I hope you have a wonderful week.
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas.



Anonymous said...

Your mom and dad don't look so cold but you look FREEZING. Maybe it's because your legs are exposed lololol. I didn't know you lived in Albuqueque - my aunt and uncle and cousins live there. I am going to ask them about the luminaires now. Where did you find the ditto house photo - hilarious. Great friday post K.

mub said...

Those luminarias are so pretty. If I hadn't gotten married in December with risks of wild snowstorms I would've liked to have them lining the sidewalk to the church door.

I love that photo of you with your parents!

The TRIO dinner sounds like it will be fun, I hope you guys enjoy yourselves =)

Kirby3131 said...

Hey Lori - the photo is from hysterical isn't it!

Of course you have family in ABQ LOL I can hardly believe how much you and I are connected.

Mub - That would have been nice to have them lining the walkway, but nope, they aren't great in high winds lol

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I love luminaries - some friends of ours live in a suburb where the Home Owners Association mandates they put them out on Christmas Eve...they balk at the 'mandated' part, but then really enjoy how pretty it makes the neighborhood look! ;)

LOVE that picture of you with your mom and dad! Priceless! :)

I wish we'd get some good snow - we might have to move to Michigan to have the winters I actually wish for! ;)

Happy FF! :)

Nancy Campbell said...

We used to do the luminaries in Arizona, and they are magical.

Unknown Mami said...

I've never seen luminarias in person. They look amazing in the photo. Speaking of photos, I love the one of you and your parents.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

LOve the pic of you with your parents!

Mrs4444 said...

I'm very glad you have a successful transplant to celebrate; I can't think of anything better :)

I've never seen luminaries IRL, but I can picture their specialness for you.

We have family in Marquette. Also, I'm told the college never has "snow days;" because of the weather, they have technology to "attend" class via their laptops when necessary.