Sunday, October 23, 2011


It is very late on Saturday night and the last thing I need to be doing  is blogging.  My “to do” list is two legal pages long.  I have about 20 tree emails to answer…a full plate

I just made me a cup of Island Coconut coffee and decided I had been thinking about a post all day, so the to do list could wait.

We have finished two houses that took a LONG time and we have another huge house tomorrow AND my legs are screaming.  (as in drugs screaming and rubbed down with bio-freeze)

Even after doing trees for almost twenty years I still forget how the first week is getting your legs back under you.  That probably only makes sense to a tree decorator.
I have a giant bruise on my hand from bending my little finger back last night…I feel bunged up after 2 days.
But that’s not the post….
Not even sure why this is on my mind except that  the day before I started trees I did something I still can’t believe I did.

We drove a couple of hours to see one of my dearest friends.  Oh, how I wish there had been more hours to stay. 
Jack and  Jack aka Woody went with me…For the most part Woody was a wild man but I am so head over heels in love with him that his antics hardly move my needle.   Plus I am his Grammy. 

He had been with me most of the week while Amanda and Micah moved. (he is not good moving help)
He had made me laugh so hard and given me a thousand kisses, so he could get by with almost anything.
He is just a free spirit

While he and Pop watched  TV and ate all the fabulous goodies Pat served them…
She and I set in two green leather recliners,  drank wine and caught up on life.  She gave me a foot massage and then a head massage and then a (pre-tree) shoulder massage (that’s a friend)…and it was heaven.

She told me about her mission trip to China where she cut 20 heads of hair a day…She is an awesome hair stylist.  That is how we met 25 years ago. 
Her clients get their hair done, their make up touched up, lipstick applied and then a shoulder massage.  That’s her trademark.

We talked about kids,  about life, deep stuff, funny stuff.   We  laughed and hugged and wished we lived next door. 
I was reminded again why I love her so. 
She is the hostess with the hostess and every visitor she has feels like they are the most special person on earth.
If you are reading this Pat, you are a gift to every person that calls you friend.

We had fabulous soup, chicken salad, coconut cake, wonderful coffee..all served as only Pat serves…with love and flair.

I came home with some goodies for me and some for Amanda's new house. 
I forgot to mention she is my favorite decorator of all times.
On the way home, I am beginning to move into panic mode as I think about all I did not have done. 
I have a new iPhone 4 and so I got that and my Ipad out and was going to update them.  That would be making good use of a couple of hours on the road.  I updated Facebook and somehow an entire new look came up on my Ipad. 

I have 1000 plus friends on FB and that’s nothing to brag about, (I am not that great of a friend) but we have just lived a lot of places, coached a lot of kids.
I hit friends and instead of a list coming up, the faces of everyone came up…like in  nice big sizes..

I started scrolling through and was overwhelmed at all the people that I loved…how my path in this thing “called life” had crossed with all these people.

I took a trip down memory lane…It was so sweet. Many people I know  better than others…

Some I have years of history with.  Some I only know from the blogging world. 
Some I know because they are friends of my kids, some from my childhood (which was a thousand years ago)! 

It was one of the best ways to use those two hours…Just realizing I know some very special people and being thankful.  Try it and take your own memory trip.

Amanda and Micah are all moved in.  I have been little help with tree season here,  but hope to get a day soon to help her…

This will be the picture of the week.  Dana kept Jack (Woody)  today and tonight.  He and Gray are having a slumber party.

Greg not only married a beautiful wife, he married ONE BRAVE WOMAN.
This is  Hobby Lobby and a picture she sent us today…Gray and Jack in Hobby Lobby!  Enough said!

Dana is one BRAVE lady.  Jack and Gray in Hobby Lobby

I am not a big baseball fan, but I love the World Series…..

Scotty McCrerry made me so proud singing the  National Anthem a few nights ago.

I was so impressed with him just singing the song and not adding anything…Totally loved it. 

Have a great week.  I will be under a tree or on top of a ladder or in a bathtub of HOT WATER. 


Love Being A Nonny said...

Girl, You make me tired just READING this post! I want a friend like yours! Lunch AND a massage....WOW!

Theresa said...

Oh girl, I can't imagine having to decorate trees NOW but I know you have to do that to get them all done! What a wonderful visit with your friend! I know that you enjoyed just sitting and resting for a while, chatting and getting a massage:) That's a great friend!

Those two are precious resting in the buggy:) LOVE Hobby Lobby!

Have a blessed day my friend, hope you have a successful day, HUGS!

Linda said...

How wonderful to spend time thinking of your 1,000 facebook friends, and how they have blessed your life! I think God wanted to remind you of your worth and how people love you...and that you are appreciated and needed in this life!

I am glad your friend pampered you. What a gift she has! I want to be that kind of friend who ministers to others like that. That is sweet that she used her gifts on a mission trip! And that she fed you and blessed you with goodies as well as affection.

You may have a busy season ahead of you, but I know that you enjoy making people's homes festive with beautiful trees! You are blessing them! it is a ministry. You are gifted!

I know it makes you weary and drained...but I will pray that you will hold up well and find time for relaxing times in the tub...and relaxing times with Jack...or the kiddos. And special times of devotion with a cup of coffee with the Lord each morning before you get started.

God is good...and He will be with you everyday...all along the way to Christmas. And since He is the real "Reason for the Season"...perhaps you will have some opportunities to share with your customers the miracle of His birth...and the wonderful miracle he has done in Jack's life, and how much you love and trust in Him.

I know you have blessed my life with your humor...and your love of family. And I was so touched by your faith during Jack's illness. Even though it was so hard, you hung on and God blessed your faith and trust in Him.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Courtney said...

Enjoy tree decorating season. I always enjoy looking at the houses you do. Rest up!

Debby said...

What a great friend you have.
Your job sounds back breaking to me. Exciting but alot of hard work.
A soaking tub is where I would be for sure.
Love the picture of the boys. Looks like Mama was prepared with the pillow pets. They are really out.
A busy week with moving and etc.

Vicki said...

Pace yourself, girl, pace yourself! Too bad your friend doesn't live close enough for shoulder massages every day during tree season. Can't wait to see your masterpieces!

West Side of Straight said...

Your are such a busy lady and such a good friend and grammy! Just remember, this is another busy season, such as they all are. Hang in there. Have a great day!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the photo. Sounds like you had a wonderful visit with a dear friend. Christmas certainly starts early for you. May your decorating be fun and without issue. I totally forgot to watch Scotty. My husband wasn't home and he would have most likely watched the game. I love his new CD. My very first country music I have ever bought!!

Shana said...

I love facebook but I don't have as many friends as you do!!!

Melanie said...

You are a hard worker and this is your season...

Great picture of 2 sweet boys ~

Nezzy said...

Oh girl I can't even imagine decoratin' all the beautiful home you do for the holidays!!! I just do the Ponderosa, my little MIL's place and the church and that my friend does me in! Heeehehehe!

I do love Christmas though!!!

I just spent the last week on a 'workcation' down in Brownsville Tx at my Mama's. We came back the Houston way and I thought about ya when we were about 45 miles from your place. Dang if we hadn't had only ll00 mile to go I'd drop by!

That sleepin' Hobby Lobby cart is just too darn stinkin' precious!

God bless ya and have an extraordinary day sweetie!

Justabeachkat said...

No one is as better friend than you! I'm so glad though that you have a friend who shows her love in such special ways.

The season has only begun so pace yourself sweet friend.

Big hugs,

nancygrayce said...

Wow! You put up and decorate Christmas trees? Do you live near me....more importantly does your hairdresser live near me? I wish mine would give me a shoulder massage!

Marydon said...

Shoo doggy! You have exhausted me! When you get a minute, c'mon down ... mines ready for you. Chuckle.

Have a lovely weekend ~

Terra said...

I follow both of your blogs and can almost imagine how busy you are from now til Christmas. I hope your aches disappear as the season goes on, as you said the aches are in the first few days. Your friendship sounds so sweet, and now I want to find you on Facebook, dear one.