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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Name That Christmas Carol



CHRISTMAS  CAROLS   see if you can name all of them. They are so well known that 2nd or other verses may be quoted.  The number of blanks does not indicate the title.


  1. and heaven and nature sing …………………………………………….
  2. field and fountain, moor and mountain
 ……………………………………………………………..
3.  they looked up and saw a star shining in the east
    ………………………………………………………………..
  1. for lo, the days are hastening on, by prophet bards fore-told ………………………………………………………………….
  2. hail the heaven-born prince of peace
…………………………………………………………………
  1. word of the father, now in flesh appearing
……………………………………………………………..
  1. we hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell
………………………………………………………………………………………
 7. come and worship, worship christ , the new-born king.
     ……………………………………………………………………………………..
8        see the eastern wise men bring gifts and homage to our king
………………………………………………………
      9.  the angel of the lord came down and glory shone around
              ……………………………………………………………………..
10.          a voice, a chime, a chant sublime, of peace on earth,
good-will to men
………………………………………………………………………………


AN EXTRA – NOT A CAROL -  ONE OF MY FAVORITES


he speaks and the sound of his voice is so sweet the birds hush their singing
……………………………………………….

All lyrics were checked with the Broadman  Hymnal , 1940
               The carols begin on page 137.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thoughts on Being OLD



If you are lucky, you’ll be OLD SOMEDAY TOO! No, taking good care of yourself is helpful only up to a point. With a little thought, we can all think of people who did everything wrong, then lived to a ripe old age.

My beautiful Aunt Daisy lived to be 102. That was her age the last time Tony and I visited her. She lived in a nursing home because her children were too old to take care of her. The lesson there - if you plan to live with your kids, do it before they are too old to protest. That day, she told me she was worried about her little sister, who was only 96.

Following are a few suggestions. I’m trying to stop cussing so much but just close your ears.  When talking to an old person, DON’T assume they are anything different from what they were ten years ago. For example, unless they tell you they are hard of hearing or have other problems related to age, communicate with them the way you always have.

  1. Most of us have some hearing loss. Speak slowly and clearly --- don’t mumble and look at your crotch. HOWEVER, dang it, Don’t YELL!

  1. Just because I forget something it doesn’t mean I’m senile. There were words, names, phone numbers etc. you could not think of when you were in your 30’s --  so when I do that now, why do you all look at each other and nod, like ok, that NASTY word: dementia . If I keep referring to my daughter as “that woman,” well, only then you may want to look into it.

  1. Hey, guys, guess what?  I know all about SEX!  You are not JESUS nor is your brother. However, I do not appreciate the president of the United States discussing birth control and his approval of abortion etc. when he is supposed to be running this country.

  1. I am so old that I am disgusted and sickened to know that drugs are being widely used in the White House. Also, I totally object to beer being made in the White House by chefs that I am paying. Yes, I enjoy a beer several times a year as well as a mixed drink. In my reading of history, most presidents apparently did enjoy an alcoholic beverage, even Carter. But a drink before dinner or a glass of wine is a far cry from wild parties attended by the president.

  1. Most likely, because I am very southern, I still appreciate good manners.  The words , nah, yeah, what, naw, etc. - really grate on my nerves. If you object to using “Sir” and “M’am” then just say “Yes, Mrs. Thompson” or “No, Mrs. Thompson” – those are still polite.

  1. Do not wear a hat at my dinner table. Place your napkin in your lap, opened about half way if it is a large dinner napkin. Do NOT chew with your mouth open!

  1. My Mother did not allow folks to discuss politics or religion at her dinner table. I still think that is a good rule unless people mostly agree.

  1. We have noticed on many MD visits as well as others, that people ignore me but refer questions about me to Dee. For example - “What meds does she take etc?”  Dee usually says, “Ask her yourself, she’s not senile!”

  1. Recently, I read that a man, in his seventies, had retained the same IQ he’d had when young!  Oh, what a big darn surprise!  Sometimes my hands tremble but my brain is still in place!

  1. Please, do not stand over me so close that I have to break my neck, looking up at you. Talking to your crotch gives me evil thoughts ----  as in, wishing I had a pitcher of ice water to pour down your front!

  1. This is not about me but various other old friends and family. Many of them are terribly lonely. Even if they were very ‘’outgoing’’ and social before, for various reasons, they are not that way now.  I wish folks who are able would either drop by to see older friends or just give them a call. How about reading to them, something fairly short that can be completed in one sitting. For example an old book of Erma Bombeck’s little stories or my favorite: Lewis Grizzard. Since these are old books, they’d be easy to find at the library.

with Dee and precious Coco in 2005, shortly after moving here