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A bittersweet week

I'm sure most of my readers are keeping busy this month with various preparations for Christmas. Our house is no exception. Rob is busy with his last few classes of the semester and preparing for exams. He also helped out with some landscaping at church Saturday morning when the men had a work day. I've been busy shopping, sewing a few last minute Christmas gifts, and baking a few cookies.

Monday was a very sad day at our house because of the death of our seventeen year old cat Adelaide. She had become very thin recently and was showing other signs of distress. She had a lot of personality for such a little creature and will be greatly missed here in our home. My husband wrote a tribute to her here.

Friday morning I joined a group of people from our church to help with the Christmas decorating. There was a lot to be accomplished but the work went pretty quickly with so many people helping. It was enjoyable to fellowship with ladies I have known for some time and to meet one new member who has recently moved here from Illinois.

After a sad beginning to our week we had a rather sweet ending. My good friend, Sandy and her husband went up to Ohio for Thanksgiving and brought back some cornmeal mush (in a loaf form) and some maple syrup. Sandy and I used to work together and she knew that I love fried mush.

Friday evening we had a special meal of fried mush and sausage patties with maple syrup. After our supper we spent the rest of the evening decorating the Christmas tree.

Have you ever eaten fried mush?

Our one remaining (eighteen year old) cat, Clementine spends most of her time under the tree. We got her at Christmas time when she was about one year old and she has always loved sleeping under the tree.

On Saturday my friend Judy and I went out to the Grain Loft in Duncan for their grand opening. They sell a variety of grains, grain mills, mixers, blenders, dried beans, seeds, rice, nuts, etc. They have a lovely new store and they also deliver here in the area.

This morning we went to a nearby nursing home where one of our pastors has a service each Sunday morning. Rob helps with the music from time to time and it was enjoyable to sing some Christmas carols with the residents there.

Although we are saddened at the loss of Adelaide we have much to be thankful for, including our family, friends, church, and the peace we can have through the Lord Jesus Christ.


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7 Comments on “A bittersweet week”

  1. #1 Vikki
    on Dec 5th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I’m very sorry for the loss of your dear kitty. They are so much a part of the family that it’s hard to lose one. My mother always said that the worst thing about cats and dogs is that they don’t live long enough.

  2. #2 Deb
    on Dec 5th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Becka, I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. I have a feeling we’re getting close to a sad time, too, as our dog Pepper is already 14 and has started showing some signs of aging distress. 🙁 I hope you will soon be feeling better again after this sad time.

  3. #3 Carrie
    on Dec 7th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your kitty. Pets get to be part of the family. Truly, we do have so much to be thankful for.

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Dec 7th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Oh, I forgot to say that we ate fried mush when I was a child. It was so yummy, and I really need to make it for my family.

  5. #5 Becka
    on Dec 10th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for you kind words, Deb. We were sad to lose our cat, but we know she was only going to become weaker and have more pain and distress. It still does seem like she should come running at various times of the day. She will live on in our memories. 🙂

  6. #6 Becka
    on Dec 10th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you, Carrie. When you had the fried mush as a child did your mom make it from scratch or could you buy it ready made? They sold it in some of our grocery stores in Ohio.

  7. #7 Becka
    on Dec 10th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks, Vikki. Your mother was right. 🙂

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