Sunday, December 19, 2010

" Some Good, Some Bad and Santas Too "

What a day I had today. A little good. A little sad.
Church this morning was a real highlight of the day. The children of our church performed a skit that was just wonderful. They didn't miss a beat that I noticed anyway! 
Our Pastor did a great job with direction, as usual and his wife, well lets just say I didn't realize that she can act!

The little one's brought tears to my eyes. One of the older girls played the piano and it brought back a memory of when Katie played the piano for the Christmas program several years ago.

She was so shy that she only wanted to do it if she could hide behind the Christmas tree! And she did. And she did fine, just as the young girl did today.
Some of my Santa's
My son called me right before the service started. My Daughter in laws purse was stolen last night while they were out. Money was charged on their card. And mementos gone.
Fortunately there are several video's of the thief's spending their  money. The police have an idea of who the culprits are.

I felt horrible for them but haven't given up hope. All of her identification was taken and has to be replaced. Fortunately they will recover the money that was spent. But my granddaughter Sarahs first notes to her mommy cannot be replaced.

One of mom's Santa's
Despite this depressing news I did manage to enjoy our service today.

Than I had to pick Katie up from her church. While she is a member of our church she has been going to a church that is geared towards youth. I can understand as our church is lacking in teens.
The church she attends is mostly filled with children and teens.

I hadn't seen her since yesterday when I dropped her at her friends. When I picked her up today she was feeling miserable. Sore throat, nausea, just lousy. Poor kid.
My BIG Santa!
So I have been playing "Mommy" all day. Making tea, soup, ice water, Tylenol. Nurse Mom.

Oh something I forgot to mention. Katie did so good on her grades this semester that she is exempt from semester exams!
The bad news is in order for her to be exempt she must attend school tomorrow. So sick or not she'll just have to go. But that will be her last day and then her Christmas break starts.

I don't know what I was thinking when I bought that crazy looking one on the right in the back! It can be filled with lamp oil. It has a wick on top that you can't see.
I am anticipating a call to the doctor tomorrow!

I watched a good movie this evening. "Gran Torino" starring Clint Eastwood. I had seen it when it first came out. I enjoyed it then but did not like the ending. I've been wanting to see it again ever since.

It's strange but this time I understood the ending better and it stirred my emotions to the point of tears. It is not a movie for the faint of heart. It has lots of violence and cursing.

But to me it is Clint Eastwood at his best. It is a story of good verses evil, the strong protecting the weak. I guess you could say that I am a true Clint Eastwood fan. One of my all time favorite movies of his is 
"Play Misty for Me". It's an older movie but another good one.
This Santa is one of my favorites.
Right now I am watching " A Summer Place" 1959. With Dorothy McGuire and Sandra Dee. Yes I am a movie fan!

It's cold out tonight but most of the ice is gone. I was hoping that Katie could try to get her drivers license sometime this week but we'll just have to wait and see how she feels.
I am so hoping that my husband makes it home for Christmas. We are invited to my son's house for Christmas eve dinner. My daughter in law and her family always do it up right and we have a wonderful time together. It's just not the same when my husband isn't with me. And mom won't be there this year so I do hope and pray that he makes it home safely.

I found out today that my older daughter Ginny is going to San Fransisco with her boyfriend ( That sounds strange, he's in his 30's!) for the holidays. How exciting for her. She's been there before for work but this will be all play. I hope they have a wonderful, fun time!

I think that's all of the news for today. Some good some bad. 
I am looking forward to the celebration of our saviors birth. Because of him I am able to enjoy my family and friends who have given me a full life and heart. 

I am  grateful to have my family and all of you my good friends.
I thank the Lord everyday for this precisous life that he has bestowed upon me.

Now you will excuse me while I go back to enjoying this over acted and very dramatic love story, "A Summer Place".
It doesn't get any better than that!!

Have a peaceful night.


Lynilu said...

Gosh, that is really too bad about the stolen purse. When it is said that the "valuables" are less important than the other contents, it is so true. That's where the feeling of violation comes in. Just too sad.

I was like Katie when I played the piano. I did well with 2-3 people in the room, but I could never play at a recital. I just froze up! And, believe it or not, I played well; just had incredible stage fright.

Your honey isn't going to be home for Christmas??? Oh, no!! I'm so sorry to hear that. It just won't be the same, I know. And then missing your mom, too. sigh. Not easy. Hugs from me, although I know it's not enough. :')

Snowbrush said...

Diana, I like your Xmas photo.

I haven't seen Gran Torino. I first saw--and enjoyed--Clint Eastwood on Rawhide (do you remember it?). Then came the spaghetti Westerns in which his basic motivation was always money. I did see Play Misty for Me and enjoyed it, but, there again, it wasn't a good-versus-evil film, but rather a film about a deeply disturbed woman.... Oh, that's right, there were his Dirty Harry films, but I guess I didn't take them seriously. In a similar genre, I enjoyed the Death Wish films a lot more.

Bernie said...

Hello my friend, I loved hearing all you good news and was sorry to hear about your DIL. Desperate people do desperate things, such a nuisance for though for her to replace everything.
Okay we are all going to think positive and send happy thoughts that Jake will be home in lots of time for Christmas. Hope Katie is feeling better, congratulations on doing so well her first semester.
I laughed when I read what you were watching, I am watching How the Grinch Stole
Big Hugs....:-)

Rebecca said...

So sorry re. your DIL's purse. It is a PAIN to go through the hoops of replacing cards, etc. And (as you said) the mementos are irreplaceable!

Sounds like you have a movie marathon going there! A couple of weeks ago we watched The Holiday and Amelia - back to back! It was a rare thing for us...

Hoping with you that Jake is able to share the table with you all on Christmas Eve.

Please where a "mask" while you nurse Katie! All YOU need is her cold. Maybe you could be a stand in for her at school today????

Rebecca said...

What's UP with computers? I KNOW I typed "wear"!!!! It came up "where"?!?

Donna's Book Nook said...

Di--you have certainly had a mix of good and bad. I feel bad for your daughter-in-law--that is such a frustration to have that happen!

Sorry Katie is ill--hopefully it's just a cold but it sounds more like flu.

I did see the movie "Gran Torino" and you're right--it's not for the faint of heart, but definitely was a good movie. I could recommend ond that we watched last night; it's called "The Last Song" with Miley Cyrus, but be forewarned--it's a tear jerker!

Diana said...

Hi Lyn,
Jake SHOULD be home on Christmas but with his job we just never know for sure. The company tries but they give no guarantees! Love Di ♥

Hi Snow,
I never really got into westerns much so I didn't care for the spaghetti westerns. But I was a big "Dirty Harry" fan and "Play Misty for Me" the woman in that movie was, well, just plain old crazy!!! And yes I do remember "Rawhide"!
Love Di♥

Hi Bernie,
Supposedly this woman is a know kleptomaniac.I just hope that they can prove it. I watched another movie last night "My Life in Ruins".
Very cute, I know that you would enjoy this one. Love Di ♥

Hi Rebecca,
Not to worry, I read your comment phonetically! I think that's the right word!! If I could go to school for Katie, I would be late for every class. Too many scattered buildings and stairs!! As for wearing a mask, when Jake or Katie get sick I wash my hands and house a lot, the rest I leave in Gods hands! Love Di ♥

Diana said...

Hi Donna,
I wanted to see "The Last Song", it looks good. We have on demand and will probably get it eventually.
I don't mind tearjerkers, everything makes me cry!! Love Di ♥

Gail said...


I love going along with you through your day - fascinating :-)

So sorry about hte stolen purse - 'tis the season' - sad but true. :-(

I love ALL your pictures and I like how you find joy and peace in church. I remember when did - times have changed.
Have a wonderful week
Love to you my friend
peace and hope.....

GutsyWriter said...

Good to hear that your daughter-in-law won't have to pay the bills incurred. Glad to hear Katie did so well in school. I hope that's the same with my youngest son. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Trisha said...

I loved "Gran Torino"! I am so sorry about your DIL's purse! Congrats to Katie, I hope she feels well soon. I'll be praying that your husband makes it home safely for Christmas!

Teacher's Pet said...

Praying for Jake to be home for Christmas!!!!
And...I love the theme song for "A Summer Place." I used to play and play and play it on the piano. Are we old or what!!!???
Love you my friend,

Eileen said...

Hi, Di, I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter-in-law's purse, I know it must really put a damper on the Spirit of the Season. Keep us posted.

And so sorry to hear about Katie, I hope she gets well soon. You've had a lot of sickness in your house this winter!

I hope Jake gets home too, Christmas is such a family time, and I can imagine that you would feel lonesome without him there by your side.

I love your Santa collection! A lot of unique ones too!
And I like Clint Eastwood too. Ray and I saw 'Play Misty For Me' in the theater years and years ago, and I screamed out loud at a few parts in that movie! And I busted out laughing when his maid said something like "Sorry about the mess" or "I'm not cleaning that mess" after she got attacked by the stalker girlfriend! That one was a thriller! 'Had me jumping out of my skin!

Sorry I haven't been here in a few days, things are busy here. I tried to comment on Facebook but it wouldn't take.
I hope it takes here.

Love you lots, Di!, E

Ginnie said...

I agree with you Diana...I am grateful for many friends and so many of them are my blogger friends. I hope you have a blessed Christmas ... you and all of your family.

Linda Higgins said...

WhoooHoooo you have a driver in the house beside you! Ah that is a wonderful Christmas treat for you and Katie! I hope your hubby gets home for the holidays and please get feeling better! Have a wonderful Christmas my friend. You know you were one of my very first blogger friends! I am so thankful that I met you! and my little sister is so happy to have met you too! hugs and smiles sweet Di! Now...make a New Year's stay HEALTHY!

Amity said...

Hmmm...movies? My kids are having marathon movie viewing this holiday..they are all home and all we do???? watch, eat, play!!!

By the way, I forgot to mention how beautiful are your photos of little santas... :-)

Losing a wallet to thieves and all important docs in it? I might curse. Thank God you live in a place where they can track these thieves immediately, but in our place? Oh they would go scot-free...:(

Merry Christmas dear Di and I wish you the best of the coming year...:-)

I am still on break but I missed you so here I am making up for lost times...:-)

HUgs and love always,