Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas



Hello everyone, it has been a few days since I have been able to post. Life has been so very busy.

We actually thawed out here on Wednesday, it never did get as warm as they said it would but anything was an improvement. I have been on the go every day since. Unfortunately I lost my key chain while cleaning off my car. These included my house, mail box and safety deposit box keys as well as a few others. We searched for hours the past few days but I'm afraid they will not show up until the Spring thaws. It cost a small fortune to have them all replaced but I really had no choice, I now have a new set of keys for everything and finally was able to open my mail box....note to self.......be more careful. Honestly I would rather give something away than loose anything.

Monday will be my last day of shopping, Tuesday I have my course and Wednesday I am hosting my Christmas Tree. It will be so much fun. I have wrapped and filled stockings for all my patients and on Monday I am picking up trays of vegetables, fruit and sweets. I have already got in the wine, cheese, crackers and chocolates. I am so looking forward to sharing my home and decorations this year.

Thursday, Christmas Eve I am going to my nephews. We will all go to Mass then over to friends for a full Christmas Dinner. Christmas Day these same friends will come to my nephew's for another full Christmas Dinner. Christmas night, Monique my nephew's wife, family arrives as well as more friends and it is always lots of fun. I am really looking forward to having this time with the children, they are 12, 4 and 2, just the right age to enjoy Santa Claus.

I come home on the 26th as I have a party to go to in Beaumont on the 27th. I have a good friend visiting from Washington DC who will be at her daughters for Christmas. Her daughter is hosting a party for all her mother's old friends. I am so looking forward to this as I haven't seen her in several years but we have always kept in touch. My only problem is the driving as I have never driven there before and I don't know what the weather nor the highways will be like on that day. Oh well, will just take one day at a time and enjoy the moment.

I will not be posting until the Christmas rush has calmed down though I will still read and comment on all your blogs I promise. I want to take this time to tell you all how much you have added to my life this year. I feel as though you are all family and I have so enjoyed being surrounded by loving, kind and caring "village" people. You know I can't think of another Village in Blogland where I would rather dwell.

I wish all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas....may you only know love, peace and health during this most beautiful time of year.

God Bless.......many, many hugs......:-)



79 comments:

Teacher's Pet said...

Bernie...You are a sweet sweet lady. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.
I am so sorry that you lost your keys....a lot of trouble and I'm sure stress until you got dulicates made. I was wondering if a metal detector would have worked through all that snow...? I have one, and I hardly use it, but I am going to start. I'm going to the beach during some time off and do some detecting, relaxing, photographing and soul searching.
As you get together with your relatives, I do wish you only the best of times, my dear friend. You have a genuinely loving heart. I can feel that from Canada to Georgia. There aren't many people like you in this world. I wish there were more...but unfortunately, most people are usually looking out for number one..and not others. You, on the other hand do just the opposite...and I do hope that you will take care of yourself and your health. I send you much love...
Always,
Jackie

Gail said...

HI BERNIE-

Your Christmas festivities, plans, sharing and events all sound so wonderful and fun and giving. You really do have and share the true spirit of Christmas.
Sorry to hear yo lost your keys - thank goodness you were able to replace them all. Oh my.

Enjoy every moment Bernie. And I am so thrilled to be part of the 'Village' with you and everyone else.

"Merry Christmas my friend......"Merry, merry Christmas....."
Love Gail
peace.....

Wanda said...

Bernie, it's nice that you are out of that deep freeze, but sorry you lost your keys. I woke up to a beautiful covering of snow this morning, nothing like the blizzard on the East coast though or Barb's snow in Colorado.
I need to get a few things Monday too, all the kids come here on Christmas Eve to eat and open presents, they have Christmas morning at their homes and later in the day we get together again.

Have fun at your Christmas Tea Wednesday, I'll be thinking of you.
I'm so very happy to be part of our village too Bernie!
Love,
Wanda

Wander to the Wayside said...

You are one of the busiest ladies I've ever met! You are indeed blessed with family and many friends. Have a wonderful,
Christmas, Bernie. It's been a pleasure to get to know you these last few months. -Linda

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Bernie...AND we LOVE you!!! You have added so much to our lives!!! So sorry to hear about your keys!!! So difficult to have the extra trouble during such a busy time of year!!! It sounds like your holidays will be filled with love and happiness!!! I am so glad!!! You deserve every happiness in the world as you bring so much to so many!!! I love the photo with your post...it speaks of Christmas perfectly!!! I wish you the most wonderful Christmas ever!!! Sending you love, Janine XO

Queenmothermamaw said...

I know you have been visiting around but glad to see a post from you. Sounds like you have great plans. I am so happy to be staying at home. We will all go to Mass Christmas eve and to a party at my daughter's home. Then on Christmas day my entire brood will be here. I wouldn't have it anyother way. Blessing and all the joys of Christmas to you.
QMM

Bernie said...

Jackie, thank you. I never thought of metal detector, it probably would of been cheaper than replacing everything but all is well now. Wishing you and yours all things good my friend, love you .......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Gail, a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.....I am enjoying Christmas this year very much and I love being surounded by friends and family and especially the children.....:-) hugs

Bernie said...

Wanda, my dear sweet friend, I will be thinking of you and your family over Christmas...I hope its your best Christmas ever and I am so glad you have snow for Christmas, that makes it even more special.....big hugs to Miss Alivia and I hope Santa is very good to this special little girl.
Talk with you soon.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Linda, a very Merry Christmas to you sweetie and I too have enjoyed getting to know you these past few months as you have become very special to me. I know you will enjoy your family and grandchildren, all the best..Hugs

Bernie said...

Janine, it was a hassel replacing those keys....phew. I am sending you many blessings and am so thankful you are healthy and able to enjoy this wonderful season. A very Merry Christmas sweetie to you and your family.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Peggy, I am so happy you have your family so close by and are able to be together for Christmas. Did you get the snow today, I was thinking of you when I saw it on the news.
Have a very Merry Christmas Peggy and all the blessings of the season to you and your family..Hugs

Silver said...

Hi Bernie!

Wishing you a wonderful time with your relatives during this Christmas holidays and sending you lots of love and hugs,

~Silver

Bernie said...

Silver, thank you and I am thinking of you and your sons at this special time.....Merry Christmas sweetie.....:-) Hugs

Karin said...

Wow, so sorry you lost your keys! Very frustrating! Love your candle display - very pretty! Have a wonderful Christmas rejoicing in His coming!

RNSANE said...

Dearest Bernie, you have quite the social calendar, don't you? I am really doing nothing. My oldest son heads down to Orange County to visit his dad and lovely other mother and my youngest flies to San Diego Christmas night to spend a week with his girlfriend. Katie, was just here for a week - she's on break from Cal Poly - will graduate in June and I imagine, if she can get a job up here, Jeremy and she will get an apt. together. She's a great girl and I loved having her and her dog, Sammy, visit. Sammy was the best, I snuggled with her all the time!

Please drive safely on all your snowy adventures...and have a joyous holiday with all your family and friends.

Eileen said...

So sorry about the keys, Bernie, you must have been frantic for awhile. I'm glad things are back to normal now.

I love hearing about all your Christmas plans, it all sounds like such fun, so filling (as in heart-filling). I hope you enjoy a wonderful time with patients, friends, and family, and I hope the weather cooperates.
And your beautiful sentiments speak right to my heart. I feel very Blessed to have met so many loving, caring, inspiring people here in the village! The support is overwhelming.
After my Mom passed, for a long, long while there was so much missing from my life, but this past year that void has lessened and I think the nurturing of these good women here has helped so much to fill that void.
I will be thanking God for each and every one of you this Christmas.

We go to Mass on Christmas Eve and then the kids and my Aunt will be coming for dinner. My Aunt is alone now, and she likes to go to midnight Mass at her old parish so I think I will go with her too so she doesn't have to be alone.
Christmas day the kids will be back again, and I'll have my Aunt again too, and my sister, brother-in-law, and their son will come too. Then the day after Christmas is the BIG hullabaloo with Ray's family included and more of my family. I'm looking forward to it all!

Enjoy all your plans with family and friends!
Merry Christmas!
Love to you,
Eileen

Bernie said...

Karin, the same to you my new friend, I wish many blessings to you and your family always...Hugs

Bernie said...

Ohh Carmen, I wish you were closer so you could be with me and share my plans, somehow I feel you would fit right in......Merry Christmas my friend.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Eileen, thank you. I think its wonderful you will go to midnight Mass with your Aunt so she won't be alone....she has lost so many she loved of her own age. Your plans sound wonderful and very busy but I know you will keep it all together and see that everyone is happy. Please give Jayden and Mia a big hug and I know Santa will be really good to them both.
I wish you, Ray and all your family many blessing throughout this beautiful season and always. Love you.......:-) Hugs

Choices said...

Dear Bernie,
Oh! my losing your keys! That is so stressful, but I am glad that you got replacements.
Wishing you a a very Merry Christmas and do care on those roads.

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Bonnie, the fullness of your love is reflected in the fullness of such a delightful schedule of gatherings. You are indeed one that knows how to share and be love. I too, am so pleased that this year has brought us to befriend one another in Blog Land. Your friendship is a joy indeed. Much love and light to you and yours. May each holiday event be filled with abundance and the blessings of JOY.☀.¸¸.•❤•.¸¸.☀

In loving friendship,

Rose Marie

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"My only problem is the driving as I have never driven there before and I don't know what the weather..."

Quit thinking. Just get in the car and go Bernie. Once your hands are on the wheel, you'll be on your way. Put in some music you love and sing, as the miles slip away and you arrive at your destination.

So glad to hear that your nephew's wife is cooking both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners. My mom and I have done that in our respective homes for years. I don't think either of us knows that most people don't cook two festive meals. (Please give your nephew's wife a hug from me. I appreciate her as I'm sure you do.)

Glad it has warmed up, a tad, for you. Freezing here in Texas at 49 tonight. So can't do the cold anymore. Heat is on!

Take good care and have a beautiful Christmas.

Julie

Granny on the Web said...

Sorry to hear you lost your keys, not the sort of Christmas event you need when you are as busy as you are. I hope they do turn up and can be kept as spare, now you have a new set... perhaps someone you know will get a metal detector for Christmas!!!
I was talking to my son and family on Skype yesterday, (they live in Dover/Boston) and he showed me the snow they have in New Hampshire.... I was telling him about the road chaos here in the UK from just an inch or so. It must be a lot worse for you further up into Canada. I count my blessings.
Dear Bernie, I wish you the bestest of Christmases, all the blessings you have given to us over the past few months, I thank you for. I hope Santa leaves you a stocking of good cheer.
Love Granny

wendyytb said...

Merry Christmas, Bernie, and may Peace, Love, Health and Happiness be a resident in your home now and in the coming year.

Tranquility Speaks said...

Your post made me feel SO good. I can't describe the feeling in words! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy new year Bernie. I am so happy that you are so happy :-)

I am glad it's warming up a bit and I hope the weather gets better. Come spring and I am sure you'd have two sets of keys. Enjoy yourself Bernie :)

Diana said...

Good Morning Bernie,
It sounds as though you will be very busy and having lots of fun. I am glad. I will email you probably tonight or tomorrow morning.
Love Di

Sara Williams said...

Bernie, thank you for making me a friend on facebook. It sounds as though you are going to have a busy Christmas. We are staying quiet this year, enjoying our family and home after the year we have had. Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to following your blog xx

Bernie said...

Anne, Merry Christmas to you as well.....have you heard from our friend Margie....I miss her....Hugs

Bernie said...

Rose Marie, thank you for your kind words, sending many blessings to you and yours this holiday season........:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hi Julie, yes we actually eat far too much but it is Christmas and everything taste so good.
I will think of you as I put my CD in and "drive".
Have a wonderful holiday Julie, may you and your family only know wonderful blessings and much love.
Stay warm....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Granny, sending you many blessings and warm hugs on this holiest of seasons......Luv ya....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Wendy, thank you and may you and your family be blessed with health, love and happiness...Hugs

Bernie said...

Hi Di, as always I thought of you this morning at Mass....I am sending you, Jake, and all your family many blessings and especially my heartfelt love over the Christmas....luv you...Hugs

Bernie said...

Stillness my dear young friend, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and your best year ever in 2010......:-) Hugs

Shimo said...

Merry Christmas to you Bernie.
Enjoy it to the utmost. Have lovely vacation and safe drive.
Big Hugs to u :)))))))

Bernie said...

Hi Sara, was so happy to find your blog, hope you are doing better today....Merry Christmas my new friend and am so happy you are following me......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Shimo, Thank you for your good wishes.....I do hope you enjoy the holidays as well though I am not sure if you celebrate Christmas. Big Hugs from Canada.....:-)

The Retired One said...

Oh, Sweet Bernie, may you have a wonderful time visiting all of your friends and relatives during your busy, busy schedule!! I wish you the best Christmas ever and a wonderful and prosperous New Year! I am waiting to hear on my computer so I won't be posting as often either until probably next week, except for a few times without pictures.
I know you will find your keys again when the snow melts or when someone shovels for you and hears a "clink". ha It is so frustrating to lose something, isn't it?
Please know you have enriched my life so much this year just by your positive attitude, your caring heart and your outlook on life.
Also, I want to thank you again SOOOO much for the generous package. You are a dear, dear, friend!

Bernie said...

Joan I am fine and the weather is perfect....it is snowing and not very cold (-15) I have a fire glowing in the fireplace and all feels so right with the world. Blogging has brought many beautiful and wonderful people into my life, I am so thankful for your friendship....you really "get" who I am and I love you for it......:-) hugs

Rebecca said...

So happy to read your post! I can hear the excitement in your words. It IS such a beautiful season with so many opportunities to enjoy friends and family. Your "Christmas Tree" celebration sounds great! Almost makes me wish I were a "patient" (not really)!

Be safe in all your travels. (Roads were very tricky here this morning. I drove VERY s-l-o-w-l-y to church!)

Hold on to those keys! Did you get an extra set made while you were at it? What a frustration that must have been. I'm glad it's behind you.

Now we go about our individual celebrations but we carry with us thoughts, special love and kindnesses of all our village friends. May the warmth and peace, love and laughter that we have shared spill over into all our relationships this week and throughout 2010!

Hugs and the most sincere appreciation and fondness to you, Bernie. Merry Christmas!

Bernie said...

Rebecca, thank you for your kind words. I too hope the spirit of Christmas will remind us of what is real and what is commercial....Luv you and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and your best year ever in 2010......:-) Hugs

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Yes, Bernie - a slip for sure - I must have been thinking you are ever a sweet song, and so the error. You are dearly loved Bernie for sure!

Bernie said...

Rose Marie, thank you, I hear your song all the way here....:-) Hugs

GrandmaK said...

You, my dear, are a treasure and I have found your visits most heart warming. Have a wonderful respite and will look forward to your visits after the holidays!!! Merry Christmas and God bless! Cathy

Barb said...

Merry Christmas to you, Bernie! Your festivities with patients, friends, and family sound like fun. Stay safe and well - have a wonderful Holiday. I know the feeling of losing important items - I think you'll find them in the spring! I've enjoyed getting to know you, Bernie - you are a special blogland friend whom I truly admire.

Bernie said...

Cathy, thank you for your good wishes. Many blessings to you and your family over this most beautiful of holidays. I have so enjoyed getting to know you Cathy and look forward to keeping in touch even more this coming year.
.......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Barb, thank you for your good wishes and I have truly enjoyed our visits together this year. I hope you and your family have the most wonderful Christmas and an amazing 2010 filled with good health, love and happiness....Hugs

Valerie said...

Those candles are wonderful, Bernie. I popped on to wish you a Merry Christmas and to thank you for months of good cheer and friendship. I wish you a happy time in this festive season.

Of necessity I've moved to a new blog, hope you can find me. It's called A Mixed Bag

glnroz said...

Oh, Ms Bernie, and a Merry "Pink" Christmas to you. I do so enjoy your viewpoints in your comments. I shall peek from your viewpoint and work to see. thnx

Bernie said...

Val, Merry Christmas sweetie, I haven't found your new blog yet but I am still trying....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

glnroz, thank you. Merry Christmas to you and yours. I find it is always much better when one views an issue with an open mind and heart.....not always easy....:-) Hugs

Valerie said...

Hi Bernie, my profile should have it listed...

Fairy Footprints said...

Blessings to you and your family

Have a wonderful Holiday.

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Bernie said...

Val, I'm still trying, I will find you I promise, I would miss you too much not too......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Heidi, Merry Christmas to you and your family, Many Blessings in 2010, many, many Hugs:-)

lisasmith said...

Merry Christmas Bernie!!

Bernie said...

Lisa, Merry Christmas to you as well and many blessings for 2010.
So glad you are going to become a part of our lovely village...:-) Hugs

Snowbrush said...

A Merry Christmas to you too, Bernie. I'm so sorry you lost your keys. Too late now, I guess, but maybe someone with a metal detector could have located them.

Bernie said...

Hi Snow, hope you are doing well my friend....maybe Santa will bring me a metal detector for Christmas.....:-) Hugs

Maggie May said...

Bernie I feel the same as you, that the ever increasing circle of friends we have on line is just like a little family...... other people who don't blog, just can't understand it.

Have a wonderful time with your family and hope all your other activities went well.

Many thanks for all your support. It means a tremendous amount to me.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Nuts in May

Bernie said...

Maggie, thank you for your good wishes.....hope with all my heart you are doing well and many blessings for a very Merry Christmas and 2010......:-) Hugs

Mar said...

Hi Bernie. Just catching up with my blog friends tonight. Goodness that must have been an Oh Darn! moment when you dropped your keys. I have almost been in that predicament this past week. Fortuneatly the snow was almost gone. I hope your family Christmas goes well. I wish you a happy, healthy love filled new year. Mar

nups said...

Merry X mas Bernie :)
loads of love

laurie said...

wow, such a busy time for you. have a lovely time at your nephew's! and merry christmas!

laurie said...

ps good luck with the keys...

Garnetrose said...

Bernie, I think we have all been very busy this time of the year. It has been a hub bub of activity here to. I wish you a very merry christmas.

Jerelene said...

Hi Bernie! I am so sorry to hear that you lost your keys...that is awful. Please enjoy the time with your family...you deserve it!!
Merry Christmas!!
Love and hugs...Jerelene

Bernie said...

Mar, I had a wonderful Christmas, so busy and the kids were fantastic.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Nups, thank you and I do hope you have a wonderful 2010.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Laurie, time with my nephew and his family was wonderful....hope you had a great Christmas....Hugs

Bernie said...

Garnet, I did have a beautiful Christmas.....I hope you did as well my friend......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Jerelene, hope you are feeling better sweetie, not to worry I have replaced all lost keys, but it was a real nuisance....:-) Hugs and big hugs to Sam, xo

Bernie said...

laurie, all is well now, have replaced my keys but oh I do miss my great key chain....:-) Hugs

Kay said...

only 364 days til christmas!!! can't wait! :) I hope you had a wonderful time and still are! Hugs and blessings to you

Rebecca said...

Just so you know, I'm sitting here just PANTING until you post again :)

Hope you had a blessed Christmas. We're actually just gearing up...our children and 8 grandchildren arrive this afternoon! 16 in a 2 bedroom house (we DO have the guest cabin in back yard.)

Teacher's Pet said...

December 27, 2009
Hi Bernie! I scrolled...and scrolled...and scrolled...and I finally got to the end of your comment section. I Love it!
What sweet comments you have...and deservedly so!!
I wanted to stop back by...now that Christmas is over and let you know that I am thinking of you...hoping that you are not buried in snow.....and that all is going well for you. I hug you, Bernie! Yep, I do.
Smiles and hugs,
Jackie

Bernie said...

Jackie, Hello my sweet friend, thank you for scrolling.....I am doing fine but am really exhausted as we have been on the go forever. Hope you had a great Christmas, mine was lovely...Luv you....:-) Hugs

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Dearest Bernie, Hope you had an absolutely brilliant and beautiful Christmas...as wonderful as YOU are!!! Sending you much love for 2010 and always, Janine XO