Giving Thanks

As Christmas is approaching I wanted to take a moment to give thanks for all the wonderful things in my life. Our Thanksgiving this year was not the usual. As Hubby’s Dad was in the hospital in Florida, his parents were not able to come home for our usual family Thanksgiving. Dad is home now, and recovering very well. Our best friends too weren’t able to come as their son was sick. They did pop over and make a plate, but they were still missed. We totally enjoyed having the rest of the family with us. But it just wasn’t the same. All the hecticness and chaos had just made us a bit numb.

As the next few weeks have gone by, life is slowly coming back to normal. The oldest and her husband bought their first house, and we recently did the big move. The youngest finished her first semester at college happy and with good grades. On Sunday a Christmas brunch is planned for Hubby and I and all the kids. Our two married kids spend Christmas with their spouses family. We usually have Christmas dinner with Hubby’s family at his parents, and my mother also comes. But this year we are doing things differently. His brother and family are going down to Florida, and we, as in Hubby, the wild child, youngest and I will do a Christmas Brunch with my mother at her house. It will be a very quiet, and easy day.

barry_frederick_1984Unfortunately we have lost a few family members recently. My Aunt Ginnie, who was in her 90’s, passed on. But also a man who was like a second father to me, Barry. He was my father’s best friend, the wild child’s godfather, and we will all miss him terribly.

That being said, I am very thankful for the family I have. Both by blood, and by choice. We have some amazing people in our lives, and we only benefit and grow from having them.

The thing I am most thankful for? That is easy. That Hubby chose to marry me. Now neither of us are perfect, but we are perfect for each other. He takes such good care of me, and both of our families. I adore him, cherish him, and will be forever grateful to have found him.

Do take the time this holiday season to cherish the time with the ones you love. And if you can’t spend time with them one-on-one, write them, call them, or send them a letter. Connect with them, and share the love you have.

Merry Christmas!hisanta

It didn’t suck again!

Back in October 2012 I wrote a post about our Dyson vacuum. You can read about it here if you want the background. To sum it up, the vacuum had been having suction problems for a long time. After some research online I discovered I could order Pre & Post filter replacements which did the trick. But about a year later it started to act up again. I cleaned it all out, checked the HEPA filter, and everything looked fine. But again we were having suction problems. It still worked, but not as good.

Today I was using it to vacuum the ceiling fan in the bedroom, and decided to vacuum a dust ball off the dresser. I accidently bumped something and it went down the hose. So I went in search for it. I found it, but when I started to put the parts back one of them just didn’t fit right. It wouldn’t latch properly, and there was a small gap around it. I looked all around and saw what I thought was a bearing at the end of the channel it sits into. It wouldn’t move, and looked like it should be there. photo-editBut with closer examination I saw a hole in it. It looked very much like a bead; just like the beads my daughters use to make jewelry. So I grabbed a pair of tweezers and broke it loose. Sure enough, the part slide right back in place.

I finished vacuuming and realized I had some major suction again. I went out to the office and re-vacuumed the rug. I filled up the canister again! Then I told this story to the Wild Child. Turns out it was the backing to one of her earrings!!! She had been so upset because it was titanium and she lost it a week after she got it. Not long after I noticed the suction issue. Go figure, it would be something this tiny causing all that trouble 😛