Halloween is over and the Christmas ads are already airing on TV. Amazing how it seems to get earlier and earlier each year. I think we're doing Thanksgiving at DBIL's home with his family and my MIL. Always a fun day but, with dementia, dealing with DMIL can be difficult. I think we have a lot to be Thankful for this year:
Unfortunately, Christmas isn't as exciting and happy as it used to be - for me, at least. In 1998, I lost my mom on December 19th and she was buried on December 23rd. She had been wrapping gifts on the 17th when she suffered a massive cerebral hemorrage (sp). So, the holiday just isn't what it used to be; but, life goes on.
This year I will be making the majority of the gifts I'm giving. Grand God-son's are Pittsburgh Steelers & Baltimore Ravens fans so they are getting travel pillows and full-size pillowcases. I'm also making quilted bags in assorted sizes for several young ladies on my list. My lovely daughter will also be receiving Ohio State University pillowcases - Heaven only knows where she got her interest in sports as neither her father nor I care about it. She's a counted cross stitch person where I would rather be drawn & quartered than do that! So, I've picked up some various sizes of cloth, unusual threads, and other miscellaneous accessories for her. DH & I are giving ourselves some remodeling items for the kitchen. I am thankful that he enjoys cooking - much more so than I do! I have a few special items for friends to make and am undecided on my 84 yr old MIL - she's so picky! The only thing she has ever NOT returned from me is the lap quilt I made her 2 yrs ago and grocery gift certificates so, that's probably what she'll get again this year. Heaven knows she doesn't need "stuff".
Until next time...
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