Here is a peek at our fun and festive "Baking Day" at Kathryn's. 

Several of us gathered on a rainy December Saturday morning to mix, melt, stir, roll, bake and decorate lots of sweet, decadent goodies. 

We all brought an appetizer to share and nibble on while we stayed busy in the kitchen!  It was a day full of friendship, sharing and laughter. 

Freshly baked Sugar Cookies and Almond Bark...Oh My!

Mark and Kathryn put their spatulas to work and  made homemade

 Linda took a break to hold her sweet grandson!

Here are two of the three little helpers that decorated the dozens of sugar cookies Linda baked. They were so cute and the cookies were beautiful!

I had such a good time with everyone and I look forward to this special tradition with my friends at Christmastime.



San Diego has been soggy.  The river valley (where two of our major malls are located) flooded, hillsides slid, and it's was a mess in a lot of areas.  I don't remember the last measurement on rainfall over the past 4 days, but it's a lot! 

We've exceeded our annual average by several inches.  It just doesn't rain like that here.  You know the song, "It Never Rains in Southern California"?  Well, this past week,  it has rained and rained and rained.  The ground is saturated. 

We've had a reprieve until last night (Christmas night), then it began raining and we are due for several days of more rain. It's not supposed to rain as much as it has been, which is good news, but I am not sure what effect even a little more rain will have on the areas already flooded.

The Poinsettia Bowl was here Thursday night and for all of you sports fans, I know you saw and heard about the flooded stadium and parking lot (that 1.5 million of gallons of water that was pumped out in time for the game) and probably saw the field (before) in its oh, so soggy state.  (Photos from signonsandiego.com)



Amazing difference isn't it?



We spent our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with family and friends. 

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Merry Christmas from our home to yours!



I have been out-of-sorts, stressed out and impatient lately. I feel off kilter and out of whack.


I have asked myself that very question over and over.

And I have come up with several answers.

It's that crazy, list making, shopping, too-much-to-do time of year and to top it off,  I am feeling a bit "Scroogey" this year. Bah. 

Plus, I think I am fighting the cold virus that my daughter M and now hubby, Bruce have been sick with.  I've been feeling worn out and tired and so I have been trying to get to bed earlier and get more rest.  I have been diligently taking Airborne and doses of vitamin C lozenges.

My job has delivered a whopping share of crazy-making, pulling-my-hair-outta-my-head days/weeks, too. 

I suppose it could be everything all together, or just one thing, or hormones (aren't they usually partly to blame?) ... or maybe it's just something that happens to everyone now and again. 

Yup, that is what I think it is. 

Time for another good night's sleep.  Sweet dreams!



This Christmas I have simplified everything. 

We chose a small tree and I decorated it with a single string of lights and ornaments that created the theme for our tree "an old fashioned country Christmas".

I went through my boxes of Christmas decorations and only put out a few favorite decorations around the house.  I chose ones that copied the theme of our tree.   

It feels good.



I realize it's been two weeks since I posted anything but I have been happily spending time with my kids and grandbabies who are here for a visit!

Our daughter, A, hubby K and grandbabies Grace and Aaron are here from Utah and we surprised the whole family and flew our son, T in from Virginia to visit, too! 

More surprising the rest of the family...

Greeting Nana and Papadaddy at the door

Reunited with his "irish twin" sister, M

And gal pal and our "adopted" daughter, Olivia

Our house has been filled with the voices of Nemo, Dorrie, Sully, Mike, Boo, Woody and Buzz.  (Grace loved watching Finding Nemo, Monster's Inc. and Toy Story). Just this week, we watched Cars, Elf and Rudolph, too.

Grace has stayed occupied playing with boxes of wooden blocks, Hot Wheels
and Matchbox cars, her baby doll, toy groceries filled in her shopping cart, and coloring.  

Here is our slidin', noodle eatin' and cookie makin' grand-daughter in action. 

Slide again, Memaw!  More!  More!  More!

Grace loves some noodles and sauce! and Meatballs!

Rolling out gingerbread cookies to cut out, ice and decorate!

Aaron has been very content to nurse and sleep in between some long periods of looking around. And growing.  I swear that boy has grown inches and put on some pounds (probably ounces) since they have been here.

T and his sister, M went to Snow Summit to snowboard and have some brother/sister catch up, bonding time. 

With much reluctance, I saw T off to the airport on Sunday (I did not want to let him go, but the Navy needs him back)  and am I enjoying the last few days of my time with my eldest daughter and grand-babies. 

 A and I and the kidlets went down to Mission Bay to ride her tricycle (that her Papou and Yia Yia got her) and play on the play gym and of course, in the sand.  It was a beautiful day to spend down there.  Aaron chose to take a snooze in the stroller.

I had to go back to work today...it was not the best day work-wise, but it was great to be back in the company of my good friend and co-worker, Linda, and our one "boss" who understands how crazy things are and how to make the day better.
 Tonight, Domino's pizza and red wine are making the best end to a stressful day. I mean, really, thin crispy crust pepperoni pizza and Leonesse red wine, what could be a better end to a rough first day back to work?

Maybe, no dishes?