Favorite Gift

Every Christmas there is one toy that excites everyone.  The Hover Ball takes the prize this year, provided by my daughter-in-law to the four youngest grandkids. A clear plastic sphere about the size of a tennis ball, filled with lights and a teeny-tiny weightless battery, and two sets of helicopter-type wings takes off from your … Continue reading Favorite Gift

Omaha National Cemetery

I arrived an hour after sunrise, later than planned, but hopeful for a meaningful photo.  The sun was still low enough to provide long shadows.  The first measurable snow fall arrived over night, and I wanted a picture of fresh snow on the Christmas wreathes laid at each head stone in National Cemeteries.  Green wreathes with … Continue reading Omaha National Cemetery

Santa Claus

Only eleven more days until Christmas, crunch time for preparations.  Long lists of things to do: finding a tree, hanging outdoor lights, shopping, Christmas decorations from the attic, new ornaments, discarding broken ornaments, poinsettias, gathering firewood, card-writing, eggnog, donations, setting mouse traps, travel arrangements, nativity scene, jumper cables, baking, special church services, traffic, parties, visitations, school holiday concerts, … Continue reading Santa Claus

Advent Calendar

Advent is the period leading up to Christmas, where time is taken to prepare for the celebration of Christ's "coming".  The tradition was started by German Lutherans in the 19th century, beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, which falls between November 27 and December 3.  Today, most western Christian churches follow this custom, and … Continue reading Advent Calendar

Helping Mom

Helping my Mom make Christmas cookies is a fond memory for me.  I got to do things in the kitchen during Christmas that I never thought of doing the rest of the year.   Licking the cookie dough off the mixing beaters was a real treat, even if my tongue wouldn't reach all the way … Continue reading Helping Mom