From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Friday, November 24, 2006

The Holidays Have Begun

All In The Family...



Santa hat Hold on to your hat -- life will be in fast motion for about the next six weeks. Or that's how it always seems to me when Thanksgiving is over.

Well, bring it on. I've done a lot of the Christmas shopping already and we put up the tree today, as we usually do over the Thanksgiving weekend. It seems too early when we put it up, but as Christmas approaches, I'm always glad that it's done and I don't have to worry about it.

I was worried that Casper (the kitten) would have a party with our usual Christmas tree, so I bought another little tree this year that we can set out of his reach.

However, Keely didn't think the new little tree was adequate, so we decorated the usual tree. To make it more kitten-proof, we attached to a small table with six bungee cords and didn't put any breakable ornaments on it.

Since we had the new little tree, we decorated it also and set it in its high place. The heart of the house is like a forest right now. There are five trees in all -- the big one, the new little one, the little fiber optic tree in the kitchen, and two mini-trees. I will get it all straightened out somehow tomorrow.

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CONTENTMENT: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, sing often, pray always, forget self, think of others and their feelings, fill your heart with love, scatter sunshine. These are the tried links in the golden chain of contentment.
(Author unknown)

IT IS STILL BEST to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasure; and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.
(Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957)

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