Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Fragments

It's Friday Fragments Day!!
It's Friday Fragments Day!
It's Friday Fragments Day!
It's Friday Fragments Day!  
It's Friday Fragments Day!

Welcome to Friday Fragments!  This is the place where we're able to put little snippets of fun or interesting things together without having to stretch that idea into an entire blog post.

Mrs. 4444 is our lovely host and I am so grateful for her continued hosting of this fun carnival.  For more Friday Fragments finds, please head on over to Half-Past Kissin' Time.  Thanks!


I didn't put a tree this year.  I love my Christmas tree and I love going through each and every ornament, but I go through this every couple of years and I just can't begin to put up the tree.  I have a set of lights on the windows and I have the stockings hanging as well as a few other decorations, but not the full blown decorating thing.

I'm not even Bah-Humbug!  I am loaded with Christmas Spirit, just not the tree.


I have this little Mexican clay Nativity set that I love, but I do something funny each year.  Sometimes I don't notice until I put everything away after Christmas, but today I made it my photo of the day and so I noticed right away, but after editing.  I rarely get the Joseph figure in the correct spot.  Usually I put one of the Wisemen thereby mistake because he has this red heart looking box in his arms.  I arranged my Nativity scene, took all of the photos I needed to pick out a good photo of the day, edited the photos, picked my favorite and added it to my 365 Photo Project calendar.  Then I saw it.  No Joseph.  One Wiseman.  Too funny.


Our transplant community is having a Christmas Day dinner.  This has been going on longer than I've been a part of the community, but it's so nice that I'm now more involved.  I did make a suggestion this year and asked that the organizers listen to me -- I didn't like the food that we'd been served for the past few years -- so I asked if a few of us could make the side dishes and the organization could spring for the meat and dessert.  Thankfully everyone agreed.  Now I'm petrified that we won't have enough food.  I just found out that we will have almost 50 people.  I'll be a busy bee cooking Christmas morning!

I teased my husband when I got home yesterday afternoon that I could tell he was super busy because the dishes hadn't been done and the overflowing trash was still there.  He never does those jobs anyway and I truly was just teasing.  I went and took a nap, due to a short sleeping night, and when I got up he had done the dishes, taken out the trash and was at the store buying groceries for the week.  I love those types of surprises. 


That's Tom and I just last week on Grand Cayman.  
Pretend that the water is a gorgeous blue because it truly was!!

Today - 23 December 2011 - is the six year anniversary of my husband's liver transplant.  What a blessing and what a Christmas gift it was for both of us. We have truly been blessed as Tom has really had very few complications since his transplant and is living a much happier life.  He's still a grumpy guy, but those times come far less than they did pre transplant. :o)   Who knew that one of the darkest times of our lives came to be the beginning of the happiest years of my life.


I hope that you are enjoying Hanukkah or Christmas or the Solstice or whatever it is that you celebrate this time of year.  I also hope that you stop by Mrs. 4444's place for more Friday Fragments!

Have a great day!


traci's mixed bag said...

I feel you on the not being bah humbug but still not doing all the expected Christmas "stuff". I just apologized to all my facebook friends, telling them they probably won't get a Christmas card from me this year. But I will do a FF post. ;-)

I hate to say it but the wise man makes a better Joseph.

I'm happy to hear your husband is doing much better after his transplant. What a great thing to celebrate every year. Merry Christmas.

Karen and Gerard said...

That's wonderful the liver transplant was such a success and that he surprised you in such a practical way!

Heather said...

I've got my tree up because hubby and the kids put it up while I was napping one day, but I didn't get my lights or any other decorations up this year... and I think I'm okay with that because the boys have been doing a number on the tree and I think the other decorations would just cause me to spend more time saying don't touch that...

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

....and may your husband live a long healthy life. There is so much ahead of him. What an accomplishment. Both for him and for the science of having the skills and knowledge to do transplants!!!

Nothing wrong with having no tree, I don't think. But, I must also add that I LOVE your clay nativity set. That's adorable.

Also....sweet, sweet photo of such a blissful, happy couple you two are.

Friday Fragments

....and may I add my wish for you:

Happy Christmas and Merry New Year!!!

Laurie Matherne said...

Many years, I live vicariously through other people's Christmas trees. I have one up this year, but it really is a pathetic little thing. Like you, I have other ways of celebrating the season.

bill lisleman said...

Happy Liver anniversary - is there a special greeting for this, maybe a secret hand shake or something?
At times I think Joseph was just added as an afterthought but he should get credit as the world's best stepdad.

Unknown Mami said...

I'm so happy things have gone so well for Tom post transplant. Merry Christmas! You don't need a tree to celebrate.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

So glad to hear that Tom was given the wonderful blessing of the liver six years ago. Love the pictures of the two of you! Your nativity is so sweet. Have a wonderful time at your dinner. Hope you have enough food!
Merry Christmas.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Perhaps Joseph was taking out the garbage, good husbands have been known to do this, and he missed the photo opp?

starla said...

Oh I did not want to do the tree this year...but the kids -especially my 13 year old daughter is all about the tradition. Music, lights...and well her Grandma send her an Ornament every year. So she has to have a tree to hang it she is so persuasive!

HAPPY LIVER ANNIVERSARY!! what a blessing!

shopannies said...

loved reading your post so much you have going on Merry Christmas

come see what we have been up to

AutismWonderland said...

I completely understand the whole tree's a hassle but I do it anyway.

And then I like it when it's up.

Beautiful photo of you and your husband in the Caymans ~ a liver transplant anniversary is truly something worth celebrating :)

Mrs4444 said...

I could absolutely do without the tree. However, that would never fly in this house, even though I feel like the Little Red Hen when trying to get it put up.

I love that photo...

So, did you have enough food?

Kris said...

I love your nativity, it is so sweet. I have also mixed up Joseph with the shepherd before and now my kids rearrange all of the "roles". I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.