Monday, December 31, 2012

Not A Recapping Post

I'm not going to do the recap of this past year.  Instead I'm going to ask for some healing thoughts.

My dad is back in the hospital again.  One of his heart valves is failing and they can't do surgery.  He has pneumonia and several other issues which are causing complications.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Grocery Shopping

I must be out of my mind to decide to grocery shop at the end of the month the end of the year.  The three stores I went to were crowded.  I did manage to stay under budget and get quiet a few bargain.
At my first stop I purchased the unsalted nuts that I like from Trader Joes.  J bought his pineapple and flavored almonds.

Next stop I bought brand name pasta at bargain prices from Big Lots.  $1.00 a box for veggie pasta when the same brand is $1.29 where I normally would buy it.

We stopped for lunch and I had a craving for an Angry Whopper.  I haven't had one of those in four years.  Not since I moved out to the West Coast.  I rarely eat beef so please don't judge me.

Last stop was the commissary on McChord AFB.  Here is where I struck gold.  Two boxes of cereal, J eats the cereals not me as they are too full of sugar, for only $1.19 each.  Kleenex tissue 184 ct. boxes were on sale for $1.00 each so I picked up nine boxes.  With my chronic sinusitis I go through a lot of tissues. 

On the way home nausea struck.  It wasn't from being hungry nor from what I ate.  I'm not sure what brought on the episode.  No strange smells being pulled into the car from outside either.  Maybe it was J's driving?  Some of my readers know what J's driving is like and how he sometimes swerves while driving.  One cop has pulled him over actually thinking he was intoxicated. 
Maybe I should get one of these to combat J's driving effect on my stomach?  or possibly keep some of this on hand?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Neighborhood Changes

By the beginning of Autumn I thought most of the military moves were finished on my street.  Usually the Army tries to move families April through September if possible.

In just the past six weeks we have had three houses empty and two fill up with the neighbor just to the right of us moving out this week making it now four moves.

Watching the Bs move is rather funny.  Perhaps I should go outside with a mug of hot cocoa and direct them on how to pack the truck better.  Why on earth they are deciding to do a DITY move I don't know.  The Penske truck is loaded all awkward with things falling over in it and the female adult has already screamed as things fell on her.  Nothing heavy mind you but still enough to frighten anyone that is unsuspecting.  They decided to add on a car carrier and loaded up the pickup onto the carrier first before loading the moving truck.  Well that was really smart.

Hmm...wonders if they thought about backing the Penske up into the driveway with the garage door open and loading stuff in that way rather than crossing the street for every box and mattress?

I think one of them is sharing the single brain cell.  Perhaps their two year old has it today because he seems to be enjoying the moving sport.

Three days now the truck has been there.  The idea of a DITY move is to pack up the household before you get the truck there so you can save on the daily rental fees.  I've done enough DITY moves and I'm getting too old to do any more with my bad back.  Maybe if I were twenty years younger I'd think about it but not now.

Mind you my neighbor is now 22,  married just three years with a child that is 27 months old.  Lucky wench got pregnant right after her husband got back from his deployment.  I went to her baby shower as she gave me an invite and a listing of her registry.   Sniffs...would have been nice if she would have sent out or hand delivered a thank you card for the gifts I gave her.

Hoping that who ever moves in is quiet, clean, neighborly. 

  Who remembers Bewitched?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Choices For Today

1) take a shower and do nothing else since the shower will exhaust me.  or
2) take a sink bath and do laundry.

I chose option #2 since I want some clean clothing.

I slept until 1000 hrs again today.  So tired.  Whatever sinus issue I have can back to hell where it came from since I am sick to death of being sick from it.

In symptom news:

Absolutely fricken nothing!  Not even sore breasts now.  So obviously the HCG shot is totally gone from my system.

I discussed with J testing.  He and I both agreed to wait until the specified time of 15 past IUI are up to test.  In my case, since I have endometriosis, there is little harm to me to be on progesterone for the full 15 days.  As a matter of fact will lessen some of the symptoms of the endometriosis if I am lucky.  So I won't be testing until at least the first of January if not the 2nd.

Hope everyone thinks this is a good idea.  I'm sure my doctors do since they are the ones that told me to do so in the first place.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

So I've Been Sick that any different from most days?

Wonderful side effects of progesterone are getting a bit better if I sip ginger ale throughout the day.  Just one can helps immensely. 

My sore throat and swollen glands that the PCM wrote off has now gone into a sinus infection with a chest cold.  Gold Star for my doctor on that one.  Love the bloody green discharge from the nasal cavities and now coughing up green.  Doctor you need to update your medical knowledge.

Thankfully no fever.

I'm tired.  Don't know if it from the progesterone or being sick.

My lips have absolutely no color.  I mean they are as pale as my face without make up.  I sleep in for about 10 hours and still wake up exhausted.

But I did manage to cook turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, crescent rolls, and a green bean casserole for Christmas dinner for J and I.  Yes I washed my hands with soap and water several times to make sure I wasn't going to spread germs.

Here are some photos from Christmas Eve with the cousins:
Why is it that so hard to get every one to smile and keep their eyes open for one photo?  K, J and J are in this one
J here with K in the back left.  Have I ever mentioned how big my husband's family is on J names?
J and J here wearing their Santa hats.  With J in the far back right near the map.

I guess that is good enough photo wise for now.  I have a lot more photos.

I think I like this Santa hat.  Maybe next year I'll get myself one.  Though it does seem to be a guy only thing at J's family as four men were wearing different Santa style hats.

Sunday, December 23, 2012


Progesterone is the gift that keeps giving this holiday season.  My only hope is that I'll be needing it for the 10 weeks and not just the two week wait.

Symptoms as of last night:
Weight gain
Vomiting...almost came out my nose last night
Breast Tenderness

Knock on wood, I haven't had a migraine this time around.  Mood swings yes, headaches no.

Government web link to side effect of Progesterone weight gain/loss
have my doubts this would be any better than the Endometrin I'm on right now.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Well it is the fourth day past my last IUI.  All is well so far.

Last night the progesterone medicine made its presence known to my body in several ways.  1) the mess.  2) the nausea.  3) the breast tenderness.

Two cycles ago when I did an IUI with progesterone support I didn't get the second or third symptom, only the first and the migraines.  So far so good.

As a friend has said and all my doctors have told me, "there is no reason why you can't and won't get pregnant soon.  It is just a matter of time."  So J and I are being cautiously hopeful.

I am going to try to restrain from testing until Jan 1st as that will be 14 days past the IUI.  I was going to wait until 15 days past IUI but seriously who can wait that long.  J should be home on the 1st and I'd like to share the news, whatever  it will be, with him there.  Besides if it is positive I could leave a voice mail message with the clinic to do a blood test for the 2nd.

The hard part is going to be the waiting.  Tomorrow begins the implantation window which usually occurs days 5-9.

Wish us luck!
  These are so cute!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Last Dinner Of Autumn

For those of you from ICLW, Welcome!, I have a tab set up that you can view about my infertility journey and other tabs to enjoy as well.

Look who has come for dinner?  Did it smell my cooking?
Is it looking for mice?
No it seems to be looking away now.
Ah it is waiting.  This hawk has been feeding off the birds that visit my feeder every day.  Nothing I can do about it right?
How about some fowl weather pot pie?
The aroma  of freshly cooked bird pie is such a delight to the senses.
Left overs put aside.  And no I didn't use the hawk. I didn't touch the hawk.  I did make chicken pot pie last night for J and I.  He came home at lunch when I was boiling down the chicken and making the broth.  The smell was so good he said he had to leave the house it made him too hungry.  
Only enough for two people for lunch today out of the six servings this dish makes.  J ate 2.5 portions last night for dinner.  I too at a large portion but that is okay since I made it all from scratch and knew exactly what went into the recipe for sodium control.

I am excited to see that there is a hawk visiting our yard.  I'd rather not find mice in the house and if it wants to go for them I'm cool with that.  Wish it didn't eat the little birds too but well I'd be a hypocrite because I ate bird, albeit chicken, last night too.
What a pretty pie dish!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cookie Day

These are the cookies I made up yesterday for J to take to work today.

Oreo cookies covered in vanilla candy melts.  Easy to do but yes it is time consuming.  Would probably have been even more time consuming if I had used the decorator bags to pip the candy into the molds.  I did try on just two cookies to spoon the different color in place but it bled out.  You can see the two cookies in the back that I tried it out on.  Really I don't think the soldiers are going to care what they look like but only how they taste.

In other news, for the past three days I've been making pineapple smoothies.  I found that I really don't like the one with the frozen banana in it at all.  It gives me indigestion.  Yesterday I made pineapple and blueberry smoothie which wasn't bad.  Today it was pineapple and blackberry smoothie.  I make enough for two servings so that I get my serving in every morning and J can have his serving, I stick it in the freezer, as more of a frozen fruit ice in the evening.

My smoothie recipe:

1 cup of frozen fruit
3 ice cubes
1 TBSP honey; more or less for sweetness
3 pineapple rings
1 cup almond milk or low fat milk

Puree' in blender and serve in a glass.

I bought a large package of Oreo double stuff for the above cookies.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In The Meadow We Can Build A Snowman

I realize it is lopsided but I did tell J to stop shoving it my way.  We built a snowman together.  I started the mid section myself and he finished it.  We lifted the mid section together and mounted it on the bottom.  I made the head. 

Why pointed?
Sorry if it is blurry, it was windy last night.

The snowman is wearing a hoodie like my husband so they both have pointed heads.

J never asked why the point on the head.

We had a snowball fight before starting on the snowman.  Just couldn't help ourselves.  Last year we had a lot more snow by now and I wasn't allowed outside because J was afraid I'd get hurt.  Ugh!  Just because I had an IUI yesterday doesn't mean I'm going to stop living life.  Exercise is good for me.

Today, after I get done with the laundry, I'm going to start making cookies.  Since his brigade is home now and not everyone is on leave yet I'm making cookies to say "thank you" to the soldiers.  I used to make cookies for them before they deployed too.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


I woke up to this.  Last night it snowed only a little.  I love snow.  Hoping we get a bit more this week so I can make a snowperson.

Still no word on J being able to re-enlist.  He did find out why his down range SFC said no to recommending his re-enlistment.  One reason was me.  Yes, really it was me.  Why?  Well he said that I had too many doctor appointments.  Okay so yes I'm very sorry I'm infertile but I do need my husband there for the appointments where he had to provide his specimen.  Excuse me for wanting to start a family.  They can't legally use this against him in the context of my infertility but they can say that my health is an issue and he is a liability because of it.  I don't request that J take me to my appointments except for the infertility ones and I've gone to quite a few of those alone too.  He wasn't around for the SIS or many of my ultrasounds.  So much for the Army being progressive.  I have requested use of the family car for my appointments and his bosses get pissy that I need the car for appointments.  Well sorry as far as I know there is nothing in his contract saying he has to have a car or a cell phone for that matter but the Army gets mighty pissy when the cell phone is shut off or out of range.  He only has to have a contact number, mainly a home phone, for them to reach him.

Today I have the IUI.  J had to explain to them it was a procedure that he had to be there for.  Well he damn well better be there for his part.  I'm sorry but I'm not letting just anyone be my baby's father!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Triggering Today

Today was my ultrasound appointment.  I really don't know exactly where I am in my cycle because last cycle was so screwed up.  I haven't been using OPKs, not that I don't have plenty on hand, but I just didn't use them this cycle.

Captain H is a new doctor at the clinic.  Really nice man so far.  He was gentle with the probing though he did have a hard time finding my ovaries.  Most new doctors do have a difficult time finding them the first probe.

My uterine stripe is 12.8, really thick.

Right ovary has a 5.5 mm follicle

Left ovary has a 29 mm follicle

I gave myself the trigger shot as soon as I got home from the clinic.  I asked J if he wanted to do it this time since it has been a while and he said no.  I told him he has to at least watch.  He did but it still bothered him.  Honestly I didn't even feel the injection.  Yes, I'm that good at giving injections!

I have to say that last cycle I didn't eat coconut or use coconut oil but I did this cycle.  I've noticed that when I use coconut products in my daily dietary intake I have better follicle output.  Coincidence?

Remember this again is a natural cycle.  They don't give me stims any longer because I develop cysts.  Captain H, though I though 29 mm was a bad number, thought it was really good and I should trigger today with an IUI tomorrow.

SRM will hopefully be calling me before 1400 hrs to schedule the IUI.  J has an all day class tomorrow so for us first thing in the morning would be best.  Hopefully we'll get a really early time.

Three days after IUI I am to start the progesterone support as ordered.  I didn't even have to ask for it this time.

Last evening J and I were discussing foster to adopt.  I was telling him how adopting and older child might be the thing for us.  Often the older children are harder to place and would love a home just as much as the newborns.  He thought it was a wonderful idea.  I even suggested adopting every couple of years through the foster system of which he again liked the idea.

One way or another we'll have our family.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


I just want to know why?

Why are the wrong people ending up with guns?

I have to go through a check to get a gun. 

I had to get finger printed and obtain a permit to carry.

 I make damn well sure that my firearms are locked up with the ammunition stored away from the firearms.

Removing the right to bear arms won't solve anything.  Violence is still going to happen.

I'm sure some psychologist will explain away why the man did what he did to those young children but it still won't make sense to the majority of the population. 

I'm sure his mother loved more than just those children she taught.  She obviously loved her son too since he was living with her.  She didn't have to let him live with her.  She could have turned him out of her house since he was an adult.  No, I do think she must have loved him and just couldn't feel it.

So sad.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Still on the Bench

J and I are still waiting for an answer.  No news is good news right?  Well not for stress it isn't.

We are hoping to have an answer by the end of today or at the latest early next week.  Half days will be starting at most offices on the installation soon.  If J is going to be able to re-enlist they'll need to get this approval from the colonel soon.

In sad news, a friend of J's family died recently.  J's mom emailed him about the death.  I haven't seen him so sad in a long time.  May Col. Q. rest in peace.

My labs came back from the draw yesterday.  All is fine.  No numbers were given to me.  I really didn't think I was deficient to need support since I do take vitamins daily.  Now to figure out why I'm still sick.

J told me that maybe I need to file an ICE complaint about my doctor.  Honestly I had forgotten about that option.  I'd rather not have to report my doctor for anything but his general knowledge is lacking.  He is the same doctor that won't prescribe narcotics and refused me any before my laproscopic surgery back in June.  Many of you will remember how much pain I was in back then.  This is the same doctor that has misdiagnosed me on a few visits too and refused to put in referrals to specialists too.  If we didn't have such a shortage of available doctors for dependents at my clinic I would actively seek out switching in a heart beat.  It could take months for me to get a new doctor, not a PA or NP either since with my medical issues I need an MD, D.O. or what have you.

I hope that everyone has a good weekend.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

More of the Same

I'm exhausted. 

I went to the doctor's office today.  My PCM looked down my throat and said it was fine.  Is he going blind or am I stupid?

My glands are swollen, my throat is red and my tonsil are sticking out.

He offered to do a culture if I thought I needed it.  I don't have a fever so I said no since I know I'm not infectious.  He offered me the Isolep solution again.  Gag No Thanks!

So I guess it isn't just my RE office that is suffering the budget cuts but my PCM office that is being tortured with budget cuts too.  I say this because I told the doctor that I've had this problem since September and he thinks I'm fine.  Okay, sure.

He did order blood work for the fatigue.  Vit B 12 and follate.  I'm thinking that yes I might be a bit low on the B 12 but still in the normal range.

My PCM also didn't like the long list of problems I have.  By problems I mean diagnoses by other doctors and started eliminating them on the computer from my records.  I had to stop him.  He heard in my voice that I was getting angry, especially when he tried to take out my infertility diagnoses.  I mean I wish I didn't have it but taking it off my records won't change that fact considering I am still actively trying to conceive!

Why are they instituting such budget cuts that I end up with crack pot doctors?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In Darkness there is Light and Hope

My living room lit only by the tree.

This year I know will be my last Christmas while trying to conceive.  We are wrapping things up.  It isn't that we don't have hope but that we are realizing that it isn't just the age of my eggs, even if they are still plentiful and good quality, it is the zona pellucida that has thickened making penetration by the sperm difficult and add in a hostile uterus.

We've created babies together.  We've lost them together.  Our marriage is still intact though wounded.  Come April we'll be deciding what our next step is together.

I'll be hoping for lighter, brighter time together without having timed intercourse.  Without worrying if we can afford another treatment.  Without the stress and limitations I think our marriage will once again blossom.
In 2000 I remember while visiting my parents, my neighbor brought over her granddaughter and daughter.  I was to be very happy for her, the daughter that was always a bully.  The grandmother said to me I'll have one someday too.  I told her I'll never get pregnant again.  Well I did get pregnant again, and again, and again, but I've never to have had that chance to hold my own baby.  I wonder if I didn't have endometriosis if I would have been able to do donor eggs?

Now I just hope for a miracle that my endometriosis doesn't get worse.  I hope for better times.  I hope that all my infertile friends will find a way to become parents.

My true hope if for all of you out there.  I hope that you find joy and peace this holiday season no matter where you are on your life paths.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pool Therapy and Cycle Update

Today I'll be walking in water.  I had to put it off last week due to the endometriosis putting me on full pelvic rest.  I'm no longer bleeding but I'm still having pelvic pain.

It is CD5 and I'm already getting the EWCM, what the heck is going on?  The cramping is bilateral too.  I think my cycle is seriously mucked up.  Maybe I didn't start 5 days ago and instead I should have counted on the 16th day when I had the first break through bleeding?  If so that would put me at closer to CD 10 and would make a lot more sense for the EWCM and cramping.

God, if this is some cruel joke you can stop now.  I know I'm getting rather old to be still trying but you blessed many a woman that is older than I with a perfectly healthy baby.
This year I placed my four glass angels on the tree and added the gold one I had in the box too.  Can you believe I've lost five babies?  Sometimes there are just no words to express the loss we feel.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Married To The Army

Of late I've been able to catch on demand a few episodes of a new show on OWN called Married To The Army Alaska.  Not sure if any of my followers watch this show but I highly recommend it if you like the Army Wives drama.  The show on OWN is more realistic than the drama on Lifetime network.

There are days, heck weeks, where I feel like my husband is married to the army and not to me.  This past weekend was just one of those many times.  I'm not complaining mind you but just telling you like it is.  I'm used to putting our marriage last to his job.  I'm used to having to cancel well made plans at the last minute.  We will find time to be together.

What I am going to complain about is that J is still waiting on a final decision.  Yes, the "Hail Mary" that we've been waiting for.  He'll know this week.  This word will be the final decision.  Meanwhile J is working and going to ACAPP.  He is doing everything he can to please everyone involved in this process.

I honestly can't wait for this decision to be final.  I can't take much more of the stress.

CD 4 and I'm having bilateral pelvic pain.  Rather soon for follicles to be causing pain.  J and I are remaining hopeful that soon we'll catch an egg.  So many things in our lives our now on the last chance.  We had to put off creating a family while he was deployed, though I do know of some that have continued to try while their husbands were away it just wasn't for us as we didn't have that option back then.

if you want to watch the show I mentioned above.

Friday, December 7, 2012

CD 1

I started this morning.  I rather knew from the ultrasound that this cycle was going to be a bust when even my doctor had no confidence.

I called my clinic and left a message with them to try to schedule a mid cycle ultrasound.  This means if all goes well I'll be ovulating a few days before Christmas.

In other news, a friend offered me a rare gift today.  I met this particular woman while in college.  She is married to one of my husband's friends, again from college.  She and her husband are lucky enough to have three sons.

The gift she offered me was precious.  She, from what she said, has been talking with her husband for a while about what J and I are dealing with in infertility.  She is willing to be the donor and surrogate for J and I.

Now the only problem is that she lives clear across the country.  J doesn't yet know about the offer.  You can bet I'll be talking about it with him tonight.

It is something we'll need to talk about for a while too.

With my stage III endometriosis the chances of me being able to donor eggs and having a baby as a final outcome and not another miscarriage are slim.  I realize that if I do have my friend do all this for me that my insurance won't cover any of it and I'll be paying out-of-pocket.  More to think of.  I can't put us into further debt for my wants and needs.

I can still hope for a miracle.  I don't deserve any more than the next person.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lit Up

Well the lights are up for what we planned on putting up this our last Christmas at our house on post.  I'm going to miss this two bedroom house.  I'm not one that likes apartment living and I'm afraid that is what we'll be heading into after J leaves the service.  Nothing against living with family but I'd rather have our own place even if it is a really small apartment.

Today is CD21.  I was put on full pelvic rest yesterday.  CD 16 I started to bleed.  I won't be taking the progesterone this cycle.  No sense since most likely this cycle is a bust.  The heavy bleeding only occurs when I lift, squat, strain or stand for too long.  I guess that is why I'm on pelvic rest.  Rather hard to do with workmen in the house fixing things.

I had to remove boxes and clothing from the closet today.  J knew they'd be coming by but his mind is so focused on finding a new job he doesn't think about domestic issues and helping me out.  I'm also doing two loads of laundry.

Don't worry if the bleeding gets worse than brown today I'll be sure to put my feet up declare a strike on housework really quick.

Yes it is possible that I had another follicle or cyst hiding behind my uterus.  I had one that was found during my pelvic surgery in July.  I had a really awful ripping sensation over the weekend like something tore on the left side where I was getting the pain but where the doctor saw nothing in the ultrasound.

I did ovulate.  However, the chances of a embryo implanting with such a hostile environment right now are really slim.  If it tried to implant it would disengage with the uterine lining that is trying to slip away.   I'm due for a new cycle in about 5-7 days.  We'll see if I start on time.

I plan on finishing up the Christmas shopping for J this weekend.  I'll be careful to not exhaust myself too much.  If there is pain I will stop.
This book looks pretty intersting.  I wonder if a workbook would actually help me get pregnant.  If so how do I use it?  Do I tear it up, process it for injection or do I just try to insert it in my V?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Split Top Chicken Pot Pie

This is actually my own recipe I created from various sources:

1 cup frozen peas
4 cups chicken, cooked and diced
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced and pan cooked
1 packet chicken broth sodium free
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp.  Thyme
1/3 C. butter
1/3 C.  flour
2 3/4 C. milk

Brown mushrooms in a large non stick skillet.  Add in chicken and peas and put to the side for later mixing with the sauce.

Grease, I use spray oil, a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish.

In a large sauce pan melt butter then add in flour until well mixed.  Slowly pour in milk making sure to break up any lumps from the flour and butter mixture.  Add in packet of chicken broth, Thyme, and pepper.  Cook over medium heat until sauce is thickened.  Add to the large skillet and mix well into the other ingredients.  Pour into greased baking dish.

Pre heat Oven to 350 F.

1/8 C. of vegetable shortening
1/2 C. milk
1 C. flour
1/2 tsp salt, I use celtic sea salt which I have to grind
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Mix together in a large bowl the flour, salt, and baking powder.  Add in the vegetable shortening by cutting it in with a fork or pastry device.  With a spoon stir in the milk until a dough is formed.

Drop teaspoon sized dough balls onto top of chicken mixture in the baking dish.

Cover with foil wrap and bake for 30 minutes at 350 F.

Uncover and raise oven temperature to 450 baking for 15 minutes more until the dough is golden brown.

We couldn't wait to get into the pot pie so I forgot take a photo before serving.

Reheats quite well.

Tonight I'll be making Lasagna from one of my own favorite recipes too.

Think I'd like to read this particular cook book to find out if there are dishes I'd like to make.  Does anyone have a copy of it?  Can you recommend it?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Book I Couldn't Finish

I love to read.  If there was a book that became a movie that I wanted to read I would sometimes see the movie first and later read the book, much later.  For some time now I've been trying to read Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus but I just can't get past the first eighty pages.

I've watched the movie on television and delighted in it quite a bit however, the book moves so much slower and jumps around quite a bit.  The book invariably ends up back on my to-read list never to be finished.

I'll call this book my mountain.  It is 875 pages in length in the soft cover edition I have in my mitts.  I've read longer books that were more stimulating.

If you enjoy the writings of Mark Twain you'll most likely enjoy reading this particular novel.  Currently I am reading a book by Mark Twain and am again having difficulty getting into the book.  Perhaps it is the writing style that I don't enjoy.
Another book by Allan Gurganus I've yet to read nor purchase.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Celebrating the Holidays

We put our manger up early last week and J's mom send us the wise men for the creche this year.  Last year she sent the manger, holy family, shepard with flock and angel.
The paper chains and Kirigami snowflakes are slowly going up.  The snowflakes in the living room are of various colors on one side and white on the other.  I've been making them over this past year.
This year's Advent wreath.  I bought a brass frame with candle holders built into it along with the appropriate candles from a local Catholic book store.  J cut branches off the rosemary from my garden and wired it to the wreath.  Every night through Christmas we'll be lighting the wreath.  One purple candle (the candle of Hope) for the first week of Advent, two for the second (the candle of Peace) and on the third Sunday we light the pink candle which is known as Gaudete the Shepard's candle representing Joy .  The final purple candle represents the message of the Angels : “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

Even J is decorated for the holidays.  I bought him a Santa-style hat which has antlers.  He wears it quite often.  This photo was taken at his cousin's house recently.
 For the last three years J and I have enlisted the aid of his cousin's children in decorating the main window in his cousin's house where we get together at each year.  I think it turned out quite well this year.

kind of cute but I'd rather have this: