Friday, November 30, 2007


The Christmas get together is officially postponed until the 8th. I do hope this doesn't inconvenience anyone too much. By changing it, I wouldn't be surprised if the bad weather misses us. If it happens to get bad again next weekend, we will try to pick a date in January.

Maybe I can get some shopping done this weekend.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Weather forcast

Right now the forcast for our area on Saturday is 50% chance of snow showers. Doesn't sound like a big blizzard. If we are lucky the snow will wait until late evening to come in. Will pray for ok weather. I would really like to go to Tekamah and see Janell's program.

Friday, November 23, 2007


A non-traditional dinner was served at our house. The main course was capon. I had to almost laugh when the girl in the meat department at Walmart answered my question, "Do you have any capons?", with "Is that some kind of pork." Not wanting to explain that it was a castrated rooster, I told her it was a rooster. She said it would probably be with the poultry. (They didn't have any). Did get the last one at Hy Vee. The only traditional food was mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Everyone in our family is really watching their weight so tried to keep that in mind when getting ready. There was a variety of salads, lettuce, jello, fruit, and broccoli. Not the traditional green bean casserole, but a green bean and carrot with bacon bits dish that has become kind of a staple at our gatherings because it is usually all gone. Cindy made a mock chocolate cheesecake pie that was really good and Tammie had brought the pumpkin pie. Joe brought a plate of deer sausage and cheese which also disappeared.
Some of us played a fun game of Apples to Apples which anyone can play. Jacob and Kendra had a hot football game going outside. Jaydee and Joe joined in for the "final quarter." Abby brought her dvd that her Aunt kristie had made for her confirmation last spring. Joe & Angie updated us on their new house. Cindy updated us on her plans with her youth group trip. Tammie told us a little about her mentoring child.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Joe & Angie

Today is Joe and Angie's 14th anniversary. This day was the first time all 9 of Abby's grandparents were present. It may have been the only time. The only picture of her with all of them was taken that day. Present were Jerry & I, Angie's parents,
(Leon and Cindy) my Mom (Rachel), Jerry's Mom (Lola or Nanny). Leon's Mom (Mary) and Cindy's Mom & Dad (Elmer & Bonnie). Since then our Mom's have both gone to a better place. Mary, at age 80, remarried and moved to Utah. Bonnie had a stroke and will probably be having Thanksgiving at her home for the last time. She is always so proud of the fact that she has lived on the family farm all her life. It will be real hard for her to move to town. All the family will be there to prepare the feast. I guess this is what we call "bittersweet."



Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Shae's B-Day

Happy Birthday dear Shae. You are the best little diva I know.

Everyone have a very nice Thanksgiving.

There is a letter in the mail -- yes the real mail -- about the Christmas gathering.


Happy 4th birthday to Shae. She is 4 going on 16. Look forward to seeing her in December.

Monday, November 19, 2007


I talked to Mick over the weekend and he's doing well. He had a colonoscopy and some polyps removed and some other tests, but they found nothing. He is planning on coming Dec 1. I'll see him at my house for Thanksgiving on Thurs.
I'm sure you all have plans by now, but if not, anyone is welcome to come out for turkey & stuff. There'll be 11 Carsons there.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Snowball Gift Update

I think the White Elephant Gift or regifting is a good plan. And anyone who buys new can be creative with a $10. limit. Also -- let's include all "kids" just like the rest of us. We'll just be careful and diplomatic about doing the stealing from them, etc. Because kids are a little more sensitive when it comes to gifting. And since Sue has designated me as being in charge of this project, I will make a rule that there be no black rubber rats allowed. Since it is Christmas, for goodness sake.


Janell, did you know Whoopi Goldberg was born the same day & year you were? You are much cuter though. Wonder how you would look with your hair in corn rows.
Today is Prince Charles 59th birthday. I wonder if he will ever get to be king.

Dad would have been 95 today. About a year before Dad died Jerry was driving to Montana and got real sick and had to be hospitalized with pneumonia in Winner, SD.
When he was released, I had to drive there to pick him up. The girls were not in school yet so I left them with Mom, and Dad went with me. Sometimes we wonder why things happen. I have no doubt this happened so I could have some time with my Dad.
I don't think I ever spent that much time alone with him in my entire life. His life ended the following fall.

Today is Joe's 35th birthday. Even though he dealt us fits when he was a teenager, he is doing quite well for himself today.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Hey, Baby Sister, Happy Birthday. Makes me feel really old when my little sisters are in their fifties and my girls are in their fourties. Have a great day.
Love, Sue

Monday, November 12, 2007

You Say I'ts Your Birthday. .

Happy Birthday Janell. Enjoy our great fall weather.

Happy Birthday, Shirl!

Hope you're having a good one.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Snowball Christmas Gift Exchange

I found out the "rules" to the fun, interactive gift exchange that is sweeping the nation for families and many office holiday gatherings.

Each participant brings a unisex gift -- wrapped or disguised in some manner. The cost range having been preset by the someone in charge.

All participants are counted and the numbers 1 through however many there are, are put in a hat, of course. Each person draws a number.

#1 goes first in choosing a gift. #2 can then chose a gift, or take the gift #1 had chosen. #3 same option. and so forth. A limit of 2 times or 3 is set on how many times an individual gift can be "stolen" or taken. So one gift can't be passed all night you see. After the last number has his or her turn, #1 gets one more chance.
And then it stops and everyone opens and is mildly amused or ecstatically happy.

Does this sound like a fun thing to try for the holiday gathering?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


We will be having Christmas on Dec. 1st. Since it is dinner, not brunch, time will be noon. I will be fixing Elk and a roast (for those who won't eat the elk). Janell has volunteered venison. I sent a note to Scott & Lisa and asked them to let Brad know. I will send a note to Deb. Although I doubt she will come because of the distance. Cindy & Tammie have already planned for this day and with their busy schedules, it is hard to reschedule. Will try to get Joe to come and bring some pheasant. Let me know how many will be coming and what you can bring. I will fix potatoes.
Pray for good weather.

Monday, November 5, 2007


Did we set a date for our Elk Christmas dinner? Lisa and Scott need to know ASAP. The 8th works best for us.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Missing book

I'm having a lot of senior moments lately. One of them is that I misplaced the birthday book. I put it away someplace where it would be safe and now I can't remember where it is. I can't tell you the number of times I heard Mom say something like that! So I know I'm missing some November birthdays, etc. I'm sure one of you will fill in the blanks for me.