Today I got to help my dear friend package up her handmade gifts that she sells at the Redmond Market. For the last few weeks we have been planning and creating new ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving and especially Christmas. She is an unbelievable seamstress, her work is something you just don't find anywhere. She is my same friend that helps me create all my Recnac Gifts.
Now as I have mentioned before, my family doesn't really like for me to start playing or even singing Christmas songs till after Thanksgiving. For years that battle has been going on but I think I have worn them down a bit because, now they ask that I at least wait for the summer to be over. Still I struggle with that and when I am home alone the Christmas CDs go on and I am in Heaven. I know people have strong opinions about this very subject, but I have to respond with...everyone has their thing in life (that maybe bugs other people) but we all need to just accept each other no matter what. :)
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." ~ Charles Dickens
How was that speech, do I have you convince? Oh well, I probably will continue to sing Christmas carols all year long because it makes me happy. My granddaughter knows quite a few of them and she never asks me to stop singing them, actually it is just the opposite. I love it when she says "Nana, can we sing Rudolph one more time?" Sure can! Now I am already singing them to little Jenny, one never can start too soon. I even want Christmas songs to be played at my funeral. Yes, Christmas...it's the most wonderful time of the year! I feel a song coming on right now.
Anyway it was a nice day packaging all those gifts for Christmas. Later today I went back to Physical Therapy for my lymphodemia. We had to measure my arm again, to see if the lymphodemia is starting to go down my arm, oh I pray it doesn't. We still aren't making much progress on the lymphodemia suit that we have been trying to get. Our request for it was denied but the company said that happens a lot, now we just need to appeal. What a lot of work and frustration. Like I have said many times, one cannot afford to have cancer, it takes a lot of money, energy and time!
Well I need to head to bed, thank you for being my friends.
"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace." ~ Agnes M. Pharo
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." ~ Calvin Coolidge