I don’t remember too many traditions growing up, but we did always make candies and fudge at Christmas time. My favorite fudge is Velveeta Cheese Fudge. Yes, it has cheese in it and it is unlike any fudge you have ever tasted…very sweet.
The next thing we made was Chocolate Butterscotcharoos. These are like peanut buttery rice crispy treats with chocolate/butterscotch on top. Yummy!
We went and picked up my grandfather for Thanksgiving. I use the term “picking up” lightly since it is a 6.5 hour drive to Abilene to get him. When we got to his house, his roses are in full bloom and there were butterflies everywhere! The monarchs are migrating south for the winter. I tried to get some pictures, but most of them flew away. It was getting dark , and was supposed to get cooler, so they did not return. I managed to get 1 good picture.
Ok…I know that when you get old, you have the right to be grouchy…but he has given new meaning to it! It is no wonder that he has 3 of his 5 children NOT talking to him and haven’t for a while. I am finally starting to see his true colors. It takes a very strong person to be able to look beyond the cynicism and ignore the rudeness. After a day I was ready to drop him off on the side of the road. Don’t get me wrong, I still love him because he is my grandfather…but OMG! I was told how everything I did was wrong! He complained about eating Thanksgiving dinner too late (we ate at 6pm), and how I did a 1/2 ass job refinishing our 22 year old table (it was not smooth enough), and how I need to use my blinker correctly (don’t push it all the way down if I am merging or it will break the clicker in it) and how we keep our house too cold and we need to turn the fans off and I could go on and on. I could go on…but he is old and I guess he has a right to be grouchy…maybe…
If you know me…I mean really know me, then you know about my bucket list. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to see 3 people in concert. These are the 3 artists that define the era that I grew up in, not to mention who I think have had the most influence in music for my generation.
I almost had a car accident when I found out that that my FAVORITE of the 3 was coming to concert in Houston. And I went. Then, Madonna came to concert in Houston. And I went. Then, I could not believe it, but Michael Jackson announced concerts! I tried…and tried to get tickets. Every time he announced more shows had been added, I was online trying to buy tickets. I had no idea how I was going to get to London, but I was determined! They were sold out.
And then he died.
I guess it was meant to be. Had he not died, the movie would not have been made, I would have probably not ever seen him in concert.
Last night, my 2 teaching BFF’s and I went to see MJ’s movie- This Is It. Thanks friends! I had so much fun!