In fact, when I came home from town, where I was mailing seed orders and getting feed, I came down the driveway and saw him heading to David’s house on the four-wheeler! I was shocked, of course. He said it didn’t hurt to ride the ATV, but he about froze on the way back home. After all, it was 1 degree F last night and even though it’s warming up, it still isn’t warm by any means! He’s thawed out now and is still up and around. (I should have known when he put clothes on today for the first time.)

Ah ha! Caught in the act, four days after gall bladder surgery. Bad boy!

I’m busy getting ready for Christmas, mostly cleaning house. (Not that it needs it!) Bill and his family and David and his family are coming for Christmas Eve dinner and visiting. Then Will’s grandson, Drew, is coming on Christmas for a couple of days (hopefully). The last time Will saw him, Drew was in diapers, so that’ll be a wonderful visit! First, I’m doing the kitchen as that’s where all the Christmas cookies and dinner are put together. Hey, I found stuff on my counter that I had forgotten I had.

We have the Christmas tree inside and thawed out. I hope to get decorations on it this afternoon. Better late than never!

I’d planned on canning up more of those family packs of chicken breasts but with Will’s hurry-up surgery, that got put on the “after Christmas” schedule. If it’s one thing we’ve learned is that you need to be flexible about plans as they’re always getting switched around, often with little or no warning. If they’ve lasted this long, a few more days won’t hurt anything. And we need those Christmas cookies! — Jackie


    • Not ill, just had gall stones that had plugged up a bile duct in his liver. We didn’t want a repeat with pain, which he didn’t have this go around.

  1. I’m so glad to hear that Will is doing better and is up and about. It will be such a joy to have family visit, and especially those who you haven’t seen for a long time. I’m getting ready to bake cookies this weekend as my family will be here for Christmas. Cookies are their own special food group in my house, lol. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Prayers for a blessed week.

    • Yep, it doesn’t seem like “real” Christmas without the cookies. Some of my cookie cutters were my mom’s, so they have special meaning. Merry Christmas!!

  2. Merry Christmas to you, Will, and your family.
    I sure hope Will takes care of himself. I know all about the impatience after surgery!
    It sounds like you’ve got the makings of some wonderful get togethers in the works.

    • We’re looking forward to the get togethers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

  3. Merry Christmas to the two of you! I will be going to Christina’s for Christmas Day, barring snow!!! I won’t drive in it, especially north!

    Take care, and stay well and healthy!!!


    • Merry Christmas to you, too!! We’re supposed to have rain on Christmas. How’s THAT for up North??? Have a great visit.

  4. It’s great to see Will up and about. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful dinner that I know you will prepare. Wintertime is Mother Nature’s time of rest and restoration. Both you and Will run like the wind most days. So, remember to enjoy the season, each other, family, and rest up for Spring. It will be here before you know it.

  5. Merry Christmas. It’s hard to keep a good man/woman down. I’m sure he can’t tolerate inactivity. I’m so happy he’s doing well. Many blessings to you both

    • Yeah, he over-did it yesterday while I was away shopping. Sneaky Will! Now he’s paying for it. Merry Christmas!!

  6. Tiny Tim said it best…”A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, everyone” Our wishes for you as well!

    • Yes, my sentiments, exactly!! We all have plenty to be thankful for this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas to you!!

  7. Greetings Jackie.
    I’m thankful Will is doing better.
    Sounds like it’s definitely cold there.
    It gets super cold here then warms up some.
    Weather just can’t make up it’s mind lol
    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas is planned and Will’s
    grandson, Drew coming. Along with cookies I’m sure will be
    May you, Will and all the family have a most wonderful and blessed Christmas!

    • We’re really looking forward to visiting (and eating!) this Christmas. I don’t think it’ll be white, though. They say it’s going to rain on Christmas Eve. Yuck! Merry Christmas to you!!

    • Yup, just don’t ask him about it today; yesterday, he put on the tractor cab’s side door and today he’s in bed. We aren’t talking about it. You have a wonderful Christmas!!

  8. Hi Jackie…even though my life has changed, I still appreciate you sharing your wisdom. We need it more than ever.
    I don’t want for anything, but so many people are struggling to provide for their families. Some things they can do without.
    On a side note, your tree is perfect! I have always preferred a short needle, so old times in looks. Stay well.

    • Most that struggle are not being lazy. Those of us that can help (locally) should do so. And we do. And do so year round, not just at Xmas. It doesn’t have to be monetary help either. A local pantry is struggling to find volunteers to pack food boxes. Local businesses have been stepping up to help (read: not Walmart).

    • Yes, despite periodic struggles, we feel so blessed to live where we do and have what we have. We see so many folks who are struggling very hard and even falling behind. We always do what we can to help and hope others are too.
      You have a very Merry Christmas!!

      • My husband has gone to part-time as a general contractor. We live on 3 rentals and social security, and he does a little bit of work. I keep hard at work on the garden and canning. Our focus is on the Lord. It’s the only way we’re going to make it in this struggle. Regards and prayers from far north California.

  9. Hi Jackie- absolutely! Cookies are definitely the priority lol! Wishing you and your lovely family a very Blessed Christmas and a speedy recovery for Will.

    • Thank you Robyn. I’m kind of pooped, but there are lots of cookies sitting on the counter right now. I wish you a very wonderful Christmas!!

  10. Merry Christmas to all. So happy Will is doing good. Thank goodness for company or our houses would never be clean.

  11. Glad to hear Will is up and (carefully we hope) out and about. I’m blaming surgery hang-over for his bit of under dressing. My family member spent a few days in the hospital post-surgery (large incision) and a couple days “solo” recouping. But like Will and most of us, you wisely soldier on as no time for lolly-gagging.
    Yeah those chickens packages aren’t going anywhere. Any Xmas food bumps canning them, particularly cookies.
    We’ve got all three “big eaters” coming for dinner on Xmas Eve so nine of us this year. When we were shopping, we didn’t have a final head count but we planned for the maximum number. Glad we did is all I can say.
    House is still reasonably clean from the T-Day Sherman-marching-2-the-sea cleaning I did so it won’t take as long for the Eve cleaning.

    • Naw, Will wasn’t underdressed; he had on two flannel shirts, one insulated. But the wind chill thing got him. I’m sure he wasn’t toddling along on the ATV. He over-did yesterday and is spending today sorting out his sins. I hope. You have a very Merry Christmas!!

Comments are closed.