Bronchitis for Christmas!

Santa and snowmen on our mantle.

Santa and snowmen on our mantle.

Bronchitis for Christmas! Yep! I’ve got it! But I went to the doctor yesterday and now have some great meds to fight it. I couldn’t help but thank God for the wonderful health care that we have in our country. It’s no fun to take medicine, but I know that I will get better quickly with it.

Anyway, so I was at the doctor’s yesterday, right? I ended up waiting about 3 hours to see him, so I was finished with my magazine well before I was called.

I was sitting there. A lady to my right was on her phone. There was one couple and a lady facing me. Suddenly, I couldn’t stand it. I had been stuck inside for 2 days and missed church on Sunday. I missed talking with friends!

I started talking to the people around me. “So, is it the flu?” They all shook their heads and laughed. Facebook is ablaze with reports of Friends and their kids who are down with the flu.

That started the talking. One lady has a canine and cat boarding business. One of her customers had to cancel their Christmas trip because they caught the flu. According to the lady, the family was going to board a couple of pooches, maybe a cat or two, and a bearded dragon.

From there we started talking about our pets. One lady has a farm with donkeys on it.

We had a good time talking and laughing, except I had to bow out of the talking because my throat was sore, but I enjoyed listening to their tales. A man on the other side of the room even joined in on the conversation.

That’s life in the south. Give us fifteen minutes, and we’re all friends!

Merry Christmas, Everyone, and maybe I’ll rally energy to blog more before Christmas Day! But better bronchitis than the flu, right?

Love,
Stephanie

Princess Buttercup decorates her gingerbread house.

Princess Buttercup decorates her gingerbread house.

Lefty and me at his company Christmas party this year.

Lefty and me at his company Christmas party this year.

My house?  No, but I wish it were!

My house? No, but I wish it were!

Home in Madison, Alabama.

Home in Madison, Alabama.

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A Pony for Christmas!

Ponies for Christmas!

Ponies for Christmas!

One overcast December 15th, when I was a girl growing up in rural south Alabama, I got a pony for Christmas.

I’ll never forget that morning.

Aunt Joyce and her kids came that Saturday morning for pancakes. It was a tradition that we all enjoyed whenever Aunt Joyce and the cousins came all the way from Birmingham to visit Grandmother and Papa Lindsey. It was Christmas time, and it would turn out to be a day that I would not forget. Not even 35 years later.

Mom had told my brother, David, and I that she wanted to take a unique picture after we had finished our pancakes. That wasn’t unusual, since Mom has always been a big shutterbug—just like me. Mom told us that we were to walk outside with Aunt Joyce hiding our eyes with her hands. To get just the right camera shot, Aunt Joyce would remove her hands, we were to open our eyes, and Mom would take the photo with my little Polaroid One-Step camera that I got on my 9th birthday.

Aunt Joyce walked David and I outside, with her hands covering our eyes. David and I giggled the entire way, I’m sure.

When she removed our blinders, there, before our amazed eyes was Dad with two beautiful ponies on the other side of our fence.

Here is the picture that Mom took of our amazed faces.

Surprise!

Surprise!

David looks completely shocked. I am smiling broadly. See, I thought Dad had somehow brought the ponies for us to ride just for the day. It took about a second of explaining before I realized that they were ours!!!
Every year, on December 15th, I remember that day and wish my family a Happy Pony Day.

So today, dear Readers, I wish you a very

Happy Pony Day!

Climbing the fence in a flurry of hugs, explanations, and warm ponies.

Climbing the fence in a flurry of hugs, explanations, and warm ponies.

Christmas Card Lane in Madison

I recently visited the old town part of Madison. There is a wonderful strip of local eateries, boutiques, and a cool pet store in the area.

I enjoyed visiting Madison’s new addition to downtown, Christmas Card Lane. For more information, be sure to read my article in http://www.RocketCityMom.com.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the photos that I took of the area.

Merry Christmas!

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The train and the old roundhouse is in the background.

The train and the old roundhouse is in the background.

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