December 25, 2013

A Fond Christmas Memory

For some odd reason, I don't remember a lot about our Christmases growing up. Oh, there are a few things I can recall like the little Life Savers 'books' Santa would bring us, the Christmas coloring books and brand spankin' new crayons, the candy canes, and the gift my sisters and I got to open on Christmas Eve. It was always new pajamas, or a new outfit to wear on Christmas Day. I don't think we appreciated it then as much as we do now. I don't remember too much about any gifts I (we) got, or if we were disappointed because we didn't get what we wanted. Those things just aren't important enough to remember.

The fondest Christmas memory I have is the time we couldn't afford a tree or maybe we just waited too long to get one. I really don't remember that part. My mom, being the creative and crafty person she was, noticed the GIANT pine tree on the side of our neighbor's yard which had a broken branch. It was HUGE! I don't know if Mom asked the neighbor or not but she went outside and snatched up that humongous branch and brought it in the house! She trimmed the branch so it would fit in the corner of the living room. She propped it up, and if I recall correctly, she had to secure it to the wall to keep it from falling! We decorated it with our usual holiday ornaments, tinsel and star on top and that's the ONLY Christmas tree I remember as a kid! It was an awesome Christmas tree! It's great how Mom made sure we had a tree that year. I'll never forget it.

December 23, 2013

No Rain by Blind Melon

Yes, my life IS pretty plain, but it's mine and no one else's. I love the simple things in life. I love watching the rain fall, watching for rainbows, and waiting for the birds, rabbits and squirrels to come out and play. I love the blooms that Spring brings, the chirping sounds of nature, and the warmth of the sun. I love rock music, suspenseful movies, and spicy food.

I love to sit down with a good book and a cup of tea. It's a great escape from the simple, sometimes boring life I live. I complain about things that don't seem right and when things seem much more difficult than they should be. I don't sleep all day but sometimes wish I could. 

I sometimes have an odd point of view and many people don't 'get' me but those who do are near and dear to my heart. They're there for me when times are tough and they understand my tears. As long as I have the people in my life that I love, then I'll have it made. Those who think I'm insane? Eh. Their problem, not mine. I'm ok with that. 

December 22, 2013

Tea, Rest, & Rock Music!

Here I sit tonight, nursing a sore throat with a cup of tea with lemon and raw honey. I'm hoping it won't last and I'll feel better come Christmas. Shopping is done, thank goodness! We don't have any major plans this year; just Dad and I, my son and his girlfriend, Lindsey. My daughter and her boyfriend, Zack won't be able to make it down since they have to work Christmas Eve. But all's well; they came last week and we spent a good day together. We'll have a simple ham dinner and open a few gifts. We'll spend the day watching funny Christmas movies, like "Trapped In Paradise" or "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Oh, I can't forget Dad's favorite, "Bad Santa." It's raunchy, but hilarious.

Right now, I'm resting. I'm snuggled in a nice, warm throw with my cup of tea. I'm listening to music that always makes me feel better, no matter the circumstances. On my playlist tonight:

Blind Melon's "No Rain"
Incubus' "Drive"
Bon Jovi's "Bed of Roses"
All-American Rejects' "The Wind Blows"
Apocalyptica's "Nothing Else Matters" (a cover of Metallica's hit)
Creed's "Higher"
Collective Soul's "The River Flows"

And the entire new album by Avenged Sevenfold. I was never a big fan of theirs. Just couldn't get past the singer's voice (too gravely for my taste), or the drums, which were always more annoying than anything else. The lyrics have always been good and the guitars are awesome. I tried for years to like them....knowing they were talented musicians and all, but I just couldn't do it. This time they nailed it. From the theme of the entire album (end of the world) to even the drums. It's sad they lost their drummer to prescription drugs a few years ago but this new drummer is easier for me to listen to. There's a beat now instead of that continuous rat-ta-tat-tat that annoys me to no end. The singer seems to have smoothed his voice some...for lack of a better description. The guitars solos are awesome, as always but it's more than that. There seems to be even more guitar. Anyway, they nailed it this time. I'm lovin' it. It's Rock Music, what can I say? I'm a sucker for power ballads and guitars.

So, tomorrow is Monday.... I hope the relaxation (and tea) help me kick this sore throat because I can't even sing along to my favorite songs!!