View Full Version : MONDAY - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

December 5th, 2011, 08:38 AM

Happy Monday, everyone!

I spent the weekend down at Mom's - guess you figured that was why I was MIA. The dear girl wanted to do some Christmas shopping, stitching (sort of) and I was smart enough to bring some hand stitching for the night time.

Around the Hill, Luscious is the considered Clark Griswold. That is NOT because of his flamboyant way of stringing lights on the house, a phenomenal display or even a multitude of lights. It is simply because for years or perhaps even eons, no one on this country road ever considered it necessary to string lights anywhere except their own tree. 16 years ago all that changed! My LL is Mr. Christmas, my own personal Santa. He loves everything about Christmas. He dons his Santa cap on Thanksgiving, starts his prep for lighting, tree set up, etc. Back then, all my chicks were still in the nest. They were thrilled to find a grown up that liked Christmas the same way a child does. You know, presents under the tree, lots of paper, ribbon, hot cocoa, ornaments, and naturally, pretty lights.

The first year, we noticed an anomaly. Cars began to slow down in front of our house and pass at a snails pace. I found it rather humorous that a few strings of light could cause such pause. Each year he would think of adding another string here and there. He even made a huge cross out of wood and decked it with lights and placed it within a humble stand of pines. Then something happened. Some of the oldsters on our road (at that time we were the only residents under 60), began to string up lights, too. How nice! LL looks at it as proclaiming the Light of the World in living color. The lights are still very humble, nothing fancy - take my word for it. No lit up reindeer, snowmen, walmart blow up displays. Just a string of lights here and there with a lovely cross in the pines.

Besides others turning on their lights, I never considered the impact of those lights. Such as who the people passing in their cars were or where they lived. Until the year that my Mom was in the hospital for Christmas. While spending some long hours at her bedside, a nurse showed up one evening. She peeked in and asked, do you know who lives next to Mrs. Fain? I replied, well that would be me. She came in and told me how she lived in Virginia and takes the country road that weaves through ours to get to work. Each Christmas season for the past 16 years, she has looked forward to seeing the lights and that cross. She told me that because she works third shift at the hospital, it was a way of reminding her of the joy of Christmas, preparing her for another difficult night with those who needed intimate care and healing. And when she would be on her way home, she noticed the lights would be on (hubs turns them back on at 4 am and I turn them off at daybreak), as a reminder that Christmas still lives in the heart of many.

At first I didn't know how to take this conversation.. The lights were there for many reasons to my man. He was the child that his mother depended upon to get things done. And that meant hanging a string of lights around their porch. He puts the lights out in memory of his childhood, his mother, for the child in him that still loves the look of Christmas, and to announce to the world that he is happy to show his pride in his faith through that cross are just a few of the reasons he loves to string the lights.

It's Monday. Lucious Larry left for work a wee bit ago, the lights turned on this morning at 4 a.m. I am sitting here at the front window at the computer and watch the cars as they slow down as they drive by and I remember that the lights mean different things to different people. I am happy when I think the lights represent a hope to some of those folks today.

Have a great day, everyone!

stitching woman
December 5th, 2011, 08:48 AM
Blondie thank you for your story of LL wonderful lights. As we all get caught up in the rush of Christmas the lights are such a good reminder of why we celebrate the season.

December 5th, 2011, 09:13 AM
What a beautiful story! It brought tears to my eyes. Tell LL he still makes the women cry....and have a wonderful Monday everyone!

December 5th, 2011, 09:29 AM
Blondie not fair, you brought tears to my eyes too. What a wonderful husband you have.

Well another weekend bites the dust. Errands Friday and Saturday really cut into my sewing time. Yesterday I was able to make 2 more bags, except these two have zippers. They are called Lazy Girl (I think). I will get photos up later. I have a few more bags to make so I think that is what today will be for. I am almost done the black & white quilt. Should be done for Christmas.

Les (my DH) now has a job!! Wonderful especially at this time of year. I hope it really works out for him.

Tomorrow friends are taking us to a concert. We are going to see Bob Seger. Should be a good one.

Well enough rambling, have a wonderful day everyone.

December 5th, 2011, 09:54 AM

Thank you for sharing the story of the lights. You are married to a very special man.....!

Monique, I'm so happy your DH found work!!!

Our water heater went out yesterday. It will be off all day today until DH gets home from work with the pressure release valve it needs. It's amazing how much we rely on something as simple as a water heater....contrasted with the millions of people in the world who don't even have running water.

I have a busy week ahead of me, with a trip to Springfield on Wednesday to see a specialist for my foot. A trip to springfield is an all-day event, but possibly I'll be able to squeeze in a quick visit to the quilt shop. That would make the day worthwhile to me!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful day. I may bake some cookies today. I'll check in with you a little later. Hugs, Barb

December 5th, 2011, 10:20 AM
I love your story. What a lovely thing you LL's lights are; not only for the neighborhood. We normally would have done our (just a simple string across the house and another on the garage) but were so busy this weekend. I didn't even get my inside decorations our as planned. Next weekend!

How about a picture of your lights.....and everyone elses' too!


December 5th, 2011, 10:27 AM
BlondieAmazing. I love seeing lights I am 28 years old and it just doesn't feel like christmas with out them. What is bad is that the city I live in. We had to open gifts on christmas eve just because Christmas day held us going to grandparents and such. So it gave santa time to visit our house by going to look at christmas lights. I love that even though your LL has no kids at home he still decorates and that just makes my day. There should be more people like him out there.

Monique congrats to your DH and hopefully all goes well with him.

I have to tell you all that mondays are my start to my week and normally I am ok with going to work and setting the tone for the work week but today I have to say I dont want to go. I posted last night I got a little more advanced sewing machine. I am super excited about it. My singer simple could not really handle sewing on seams or for that matter threw the batting and material at the same time. However this brother is so quite and wow so amazing I just want to stay home and play with it. My DD still has a cold and well I am not done xmas shopping yet. I think this weekend will be the last of the christmas shopping I hope. My machine was a great early gift and I am so excited to get every thing set up in my craft room at least rearranged after christmas and all of my decoration and there boxes out of there.

Ok I am done rambling ladies I hope you have a great day! Its monday remember and it sets the tone for your week remember that its what you make of monday!

December 5th, 2011, 10:28 AM
Oh Blondie thanks for the story. As I sit here I have to wipe the tears from my eyes and thank the good Lord that the lights do mean different things to different people! We each I'm sure could tell the story of the lights in our life. The lights remind me of the ULTIMATE GIFT that was given for me. Even though I didn't deserve it! Thanks again for your wonderful story! :icon_bigsmile:

Sandy Navas
December 5th, 2011, 10:29 AM
Blondie, your post today has put me in a very pensive mood - I didn't shed tears with others, but I am truly turned around and looking inside myself. Wondering why I don't want the 'chore' of putting out decorations this year. I may have to rethink that.

Monique - see, collective prayers work. You tell Les that all the women he loves so much (because we are your secret enablers) were pulling for him. I hope it is a long-term position and very satisfying to him.

Bernice and Myrna - dry those tears - LL is already taken for sure and for certain.

Barb - Why do all equipment failures occur on the weekends when there are no services available? I'm sending you warm wishes for a safe and successful trip to Springfield - should I call ahead and warn the quilt shop that you will be coming in?

Working on Christmas gifts today - I have another portfolio started. Sure hope it turns out better than the first one. When I wing projects like this I learn as I go. I've already made adjustments to correct some minor issues with the first one. The first one is finished except for closing the bottom edge with binding.

To all my wonderful friends out there who need some extra support, I am sending prayers - this list is long. To those who are feeling aches and pains, I'm sending hugs and a big soft shoulder. To those who are just floating along, I'm sending you wings. And I'm headed away from here to whip some crazy into someone, add some levity to someone's life, and start trouble for just about anyone who doesn't agree with me!!!! Love you all.

December 5th, 2011, 10:34 AM
Good morning, Friends. What a beautiful story, Blondie. Thank you for sharing it and reminding us to stop and take time to really think about the meaning of the day. Sometimes the busyness and 'gotta does' get in the way of what it is really all about. Thanks to you and LL for bringing such job to so many.

Monique....am so happy your DH got a job! Such a wonderful Christmas gift!

Sorry to hear about the broken water heater, Barb. So, are you getting one for DH for Christmas? heehee! Hope all works out well with your foot.....are you in pain?

Love the cartoon, Nancy. Sure did bring a smile to my face.

Am going to try and finish up the decorating...that always helps to put me in the spirit (that and listening to El Divo's Christmas CD!!!!)


December 5th, 2011, 10:35 AM
Good morning to you, too, Sandy! It seems like great minds think alike....we are often posting at the same time! :)

December 5th, 2011, 10:50 AM
Morning ladies, It's a whiter(than yesterday) scene I woke up to this morning. HUbby was away at the crack of dawn to make sure he got there, in case the roads were bad(they were fine, incidentally).

Monique, glad your DH got his job, hope it works out great for him!
Barb, hope your poorly foot is ok.
Blondie, what a great grandma you'll be, you already have the art of storytelling down!

I am away now to feed the baby, the birds outside(again, boy do they eat a lot!) and make some chicken soup.
Have a fab day all! :)

December 5th, 2011, 11:01 AM
Blondie, thank you for sharing such a wonderful story ~ LL's lights warm hearts both near and far! Monique, so glad ato hear about your hubs job, what a wonderful Christmas gift for your entire family!

Today will be shopping or decorating ~ I'll decide after coffee...

Blessing ladies!


December 5th, 2011, 11:31 AM
Blondie, loved the story. I would love to drive by and see them and meet both of you! Merry Christmas!

December 5th, 2011, 12:00 PM
Good Morning Quilty Friends, We are back from spending Thanksgiving with our Daughter - I missed reading this every morning - Thanks Blondie for the great story and what a great reminder of what our actions can do to others - Monique, so glad that your husband is working and hope this works out great for him. Today, I want to finish a quilt for a friend whose mom has cancer - need to get this done so I can finish a bunch of cross stitch decorations that I worked on last week - Love my daughter but she does not have a sewing machine - is she really my daughter? Hope everyone has a great day!

December 5th, 2011, 12:50 PM
What a beautiful story! It brought tears to my eyes. Tell LL he still makes the women cry....and have a wonderful Monday everyone!
i am going to copy and paste to my friends list - thank you blondie for sharing this story - love you! :)

December 5th, 2011, 02:39 PM
What a wonderful story. It reminds me of my childhood back in Indiana and the way my Mom would decorate the tree and Dad would hang the lights along the front porch.
We had a few snow flurries here this morning which has put me in the mood to maybe finally do a bit of decorating myself after the past few years of not being very Christmasy.
...now where it I store my ornaments?....

December 5th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Blondie, great story! LL is a wonderful guy and you're one lucky lady! His love for Xmas brings so much joy to many others, what a gift.

Monique, how grand for DH to be able to go to work again. Prayers that it works into a permanent offer.

Barb, bummer on the WH and foot. More so on the foot, WH is replacabe, foot not so easily. :) Quilt shop stop is a must reward!

We'll be driving the folks to the airport at 11 and then stopping at a sewing center to look at embroidery machines. Yeah! I would love something bigger than 5x7 but am holding my breath on price....

Prayers for all, hugs to all, enjoy the day folks, Ruby

December 5th, 2011, 05:02 PM
Hey everybody!

It's nearly noon and I am just getting to check in! I have been trying to figure out where in the world Em's speech grant application went. I called the office and they have no record of receiving it! Yikes! I even took it into the post office to have the thing weighed so I put enough postage on it. My biggest concern is that there is an envelope out there with a lot of personal information in it.
Thankfully, the lovely lady in the office says I can fax the information to her directly and she'll process it right away. (LOVE HER!) If we don't get the grant, Em will have to rely on the school district to provide all of her speech therapy needs. Again, yikes. She has been able to keep pretty close pace with her peers by having almost double the amount of time the school can provide. Here's to hoping she qualifies!
It is really cold in the house! I need to go build a fire! We spent most of yesterday at Mom's hanging her Christmas lights. It is not a job my husband likes to do, and he's the one that will climb the ladder. (I don't do heights well.) Mom has a huge flowering cherry tree in the front yard and we try to re-wrap it every other year or so. Mom is going to need to hit the after Christmas sales for lights this year. When we lit it up there are a few spots that are dark. The yard is so pretty with all of the lights. I am a huge fan of lights in moderation. I think the "Clark Griswold" displays are a bit too much, but I like to see them along the houses or even a single tree in a yard is fun. Em found a set of purple ones at Halloween and has them in her room, across the book case, as a night light. A lady down the road has string along her garden fence that use the old-fashioned glass bulbs. She changes out the bulb colors for every holiday. At Christmas she puts in all of the colors. We really enjoy looking at them all year long as we drive to school. I should drop her by some cookies and tell her that.
I'm going to go build that fire and get back to finish painting Em's t-shirt. Annie's face is now dry and I'll heat set that. Then I can get on to sewing her together!
You all have a great day!

December 5th, 2011, 05:26 PM
Afternoon, lovely quilty friends! Had a hectic day at work, but nice and short, was done at 2:30 then raced through a couple of chores. Now enjoying a cuppa tea with y'all before I take Spike (my beloved Pug) to the vet to get his nails clipped, and swing through my DD's bank and make a Mom to the rescue deposit to her account - she doesn't want me to but I"m doing it anyway, durn it! She's in college and works very hard in school and at her part time job. A little help now and then eases things, I know, she's just stubborn about taking it.

Blondie, loved your story about LL and the lights. I wish Mike enjoyed Christmas, but he just doesn't, although he indulges me with the decorations and gifts that we do.

It's going to be a hectic week with little sewing, we're going to WV on Thursday to settle on the new vacation house, then are spending four days there furnishing it, doing a little target shooting, and just hanging out in the new digs. I'm super excited about it.

I have yet to be able to get through to Singer to find out where to send my machine for warranty service. Phone lines are busy busy busy, and no response yet to the email I sent. Mike bought me a super cheap Brother to fill the void while I wait for my Singer, but as we all know - you get what you pay for. It theoretically sews and quilts... we'll see how that goes.

Well, Spike and I have dawdled here long enough. Nancy, thanks for the cartoon, it made me laugh!

December 5th, 2011, 08:49 PM
Hi Ladies
Well, I am happy you liked my morning thoughts. Really, it is amazing when you find out what others think of what you say or do. Makes me think of those who stand behind me in lines at the grocers, pharmacies, fast food, etc. You know they hear what you say. Hmmmm.
Cathy, it sounds as if you are feeling better, GREAT. Hope that Em's grant comes through. You and I both know the benefits of intense speech therapy.
Off to read what's been going on today; I was able to sew some HST's together - still not sure what I am going to do with them but it was some busy work.

PS. Ladies, my hubby's little string of lights is just that. A simple little string of lights and his little cross. Like I say - amazes me that folks slow down because in town there are phenomenal displays.

December 5th, 2011, 10:54 PM
Blondie, sometimes it's the simple & beautiful things in unexpected places that matter the most to people.

December 6th, 2011, 09:14 AM
Love the LL Christmas lights story. There's nothing like non-fiction! LOLCute cartoon!
I love your story. What a lovely thing you LL's lights are; not only for the neighborhood. We normally would have done our (just a simple string across the house and another on the garage) but were so busy this weekend. I didn't even get my inside decorations our as planned. Next weekend!

How about a picture of your lights.....and everyone elses' too!