Tuesday, January 06, 2004

We had an especially nice Christmas, but I still enjoyed taking down the tree and decorations.

We went to Mom's on Christmas Day and stayed until Monday. It was a nice visit, but too short. Before we left home on Christmas morning, we gave the boys the presents they found earlier. They were so surprised to get the rest of their presents at Mom's late that night. Ron told me it was the best Christmas ever!

Mom totally surprised me by giving me the corn picture, which I will cherish like she has. My great-aunt painted the corn which was grown by my great grandfather. This corn won a prize at the 1904 World's Fair at St. Louis. It is a work of art in itself as she was very talented, but the farmers in my family always said, "But look at those full ears of corn!" Mom got the picture when Grandmom died in 1965. I'm still looking for the right place to display it.

While in Arkansas, we went to the Flat Creek Dulcimer Shop in Hardy and bought a hammered dulcimer. It has a beautiful sound despite our fumbling during the learning process. Our more musically-talented friends tell us that we are trying too hard, but I've never been one to play by ear. Steve's using the tablature method to learn and I'm trying to transfer my piano method to the dulcimer. Rick picked up a harmonica but has just played with it so far.

Steve and I gave each other 6 windows for Christmas. When we remodeled we had them insulate the front screened porch so that someday we could make it a four season room. And that day has come! The windows should arrive any day. Steve is searching out freestanding corn burners for the new room, but I'm thinking flooring, furniture and window treatment.

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