Monday, December 21, 2015

"Mature" Elves Aren't Scary

I was trying to explain to Hubby the other night the phenomenon known as "Elf on the Shelf".   Remember, (a) we never had kids and (b) he's a guy...this isn't big on his species' Top 10 List of "Things You Need To Know About Christmas".  

He listened thoughtfully, then pointed to a book case which houses more than one Elf and said, "But ours aren't creepy."

Nope, they're not.  They're part of our childhood.  And that makes them fun.

I received my first Elf as a kid from my Aunt. (The one I took care of at the nursing home).  Every year at Christmas Whitman's Chocolates came out with small boxes of candy and one of these guys...

I'm not sure how many of these we actually received over the years.
I just know when I got married, 3 of them came to live with me
while the rest elected to stay at Mom's house.

 When I first put them out, Hubby grinned.
A couple of years into married life, 
my Mom-in-law said she had something from Hubby's childhood 
but she wasn't sure if I wanted them.  

One look and I was hooked!
I'm wondering if my enthusiastic gratitude worried her.

Yep, Hubby had Elves too!
But his were slightly different.
These guys have bendable legs and came with musical instruments.  

Okay, so one of them was a little creepy.
There's something a little off about his expression.
(I call him "Creepy Clown Elf" and I have no idea why.. I don't hate clowns).

There was even a little Scottish Elf, 
complete with Tam o'shanter and tartan pants.

 No matter how you feel about Elf on the Shelf,
I love my little guys, 
with their storybook faced innocence and bell topped caps.

It's just not Christmas until they come out to watch over the tree.

NOTE: Yes, there are some "unusual" things on those shelves with the elves.
It's an antique book cabinet....filled with....antique things, 
many of which belonged to our grandparents and their generation.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thank You Thursday

Thank You Thursday salutes: NASA.  That's right.  Those Apollo missions were one of the highlights of my childhood.  And this message from the Apollo 8 crew is a perfect reminder that we are all in this together....on the Good Earth.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thank You Thursday

Thank You Thursday salutes my maternal Granddaddy: Hubert Howell. 

He lived in another state and I didn't see him often, but he crafted the most beautiful wooden creations. He made the doll cradle and chair in this photo for me, when I was three. It was October and he'd just finished them when he began to feel ill, yet insisted we receive these gifts at Christmas, no matter what. He died the next day. He was such a craftsman that I STILL have both of them, (plus the elephant in the cradle). 

The spinning spice rack he made for Mom is in my kitchen at work and I use it daily. Guess sentimental is in my DNA.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Yes, I Do Need To Share This. Why?

 I'm the one who gets the soldier requests for applications for our charity...and then follows up with the applications/documentation.  In yesterday's batch was one from a Marine who, while on his fourth deployment, tangled with a 160 lb. (72.5 kilos) IED which injured his back, gave him Traumatic Brain Injury and scramble some of his internal organs. He had to medically retire.

At the ripe old age of 28.

So for him and the other 154 on our ever growing Waiting List, please share with your friends and family.  Don't do it for me.  Do it for THEM.  Thanks!

(Crossroads Wounded Warrior Archery Foundation)