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The First Leon (Noel backwards)

When we lived on Cherokee Rd. we were the first house built in the area. Our house was on a  curved road surrounded by fields. In December, mom would pick me and Chelle up from Grandma’s in December. We would drive around town looking at the lights and decorations. We would arrive home after dark. She would pull up the driveway and as the garage door slowly opened, it was my job to get the mail.

This sounds so easy.

It wasn’t. Continue reading

Holiday Hysteria

hysteriaI have a very special holiday memory.  This was a dinner concert that our church sponsored. It was held at the Green Lake Conference Center.  The halls were decorated beautifully for the holidays with little twinkling lights, Christmas trees, and poinsettias.  There was a guitarist who performed for the evening.  He had special effects that accompanied him and our children’s church choir joined in singing the chorus for a favorite Christmas song, “Go Tell It On The Mountain”.  This made it so much fun and the music was phenomenal.  My youngest daughter, myself, and my youngest granddaughter, Aubrey, attended.  My other granddaughter, Jessica, was one of the performers.  Aubrey literally danced the night away.  She was probably four at the time, loves music, and especially loves to dance.  She had a ball.  We have the cd of this performance and it is called her “Boom Boom” tape which is often played in full force at Christmas time or whenever the mood strikes us.  This was such a fun way to start off the holidays for us. Continue reading

Show Me the Money

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Chore list from age 5 – Notice no allowance listed!

As a child, I remember having some chores, but because I didn’t have to do my work alone, it never seemed to be a big ordeal.  Mom had taken the time to type a list for Lisa and me that we were expected to do in order to get a weekly allowance.  I don’t actually remember ever getting the allowance, even though there was a spot on the chore list to write down the amount owed.   Continue reading

The Go-To Kid

choresWhen I was young and living at home I was required to do a great number of chores around the house.

I have two siblings, one four years older than me and one five years younger than me.  It seemed that I was always the right candidate to impose most jobs onto.  Continue reading

She Can Do It all

She Can Do It All

This job list is from when I was about 11 years old.

Saturday mornings were for cleaning when I was a child. Mom worked in the morning and then went grocery shopping. Michelle and I were left at home to get our chores done.

I remember that my responsibilities not only included making my bed and cleaning my room, scrubbing sinks, and toilets, and vacuuming the house but also motivating my sister to get her jobs done as well.

THAT was the challenge! Continue reading

The Guilty One

choresBeing the youngest of three girls had benefits when it came to chores except for the guilt. I often felt guilty because Sandy seemed to be responsible for all the chores. If I wanted to help, I was either too little, too slow or I didn’t know how. My ability to feel guilt got overdeveloped. It never occurred to me that being five years younger than my sister did present challenges. Continue reading

My Favorite Halloween Candy

Thinking back to my trick-or-treating days, I have a hard time remembering details. I’m sure we must have gone trick-or-treating, but I’m also sure it was minimal. My favorite candy bar at that time was a Hershey Bar with almonds. I do remember that getting chocolate was the exception to the rule. More common were Life Savers or other less expensive candies. I remember a couple of years when we Trick-or-Treated for UNICEF. This never really took off because the concept was a mystery to most of the households. Continue reading

The Smarties Choice

halloweenHalloween is fast approaching and a surplus of Halloween candy is appearing in all the stores.  How to make a decision about what to purchase for those hungry goblins, ghosts, and scary witches is always a challenge.  Well, as most of us over the years have come to realize, we all have our favorites.  I happen to love candy corn.  I see it on the store shelf and my mouth drools.  Unfortunately, after I give in and purchase said candy corn I usually overindulge and manage to get an upset stomach.  This, of course, takes the joy out of this selection of candy. Continue reading

All Things Candy

I’m a fan of anything sweet, so I think the best part of Halloween has to be the candy!  From candy bars to smarties, there are not many types of candy I don’t like.   Continue reading

Don’t Mess With the Original

don't mess with the original

I know that back in the day, kids would go from house to house Trick-or-Treating with a pillowcase to collect candy–not even necessarily wearing costumes. Halloween, as we know it today, began in the 1930s with children receiving homemade cookies and pieces of cake, fruit, nuts, coins, and small toys. Continue reading