Saturday, December 20, 2008

What a Wonderful World

With only 4 days until Christmas Eve, life around here has been pretty busy. I do not think I will stop moving until Christmas morning. I have not started wrapping at all. I still need to take inventory and make a list of the things I still need to pick up. Middle Weasel and I are working on a special surprise gift for all the Weasels and still have many hours of work ahead of us. I better get on the ball. The cookies are finished and have been delivered. That is one of my favorite 'chores' at Christmas time. I had great visits with my neighbors as I came bearing cookies. I also managed to receive the biggest compliment and most heartwarming gift from a dear friend.

Patsy is a dear friend and neighbor happens to be the mother of one of my best girlfriends. She lives alone, with the exception of her best friend Lady, who is the best and sweetest dog ever.

The Weasel family enjoy both Patsy and Lady very much. Patsy is not in good health and we try to look out for her. The kids will shovel or run errands and in return Patsy is like another grandmother to them. They love to play with Lady and visit. Last summer patsy was hospitalized and Lady came to stay with us for what was expected to be a few days. It turned out to be closer to 2 months. We didn't mind in the least. We really enjoyed having her here, but also wished for Patsy to get well and strong soon. The kids have been begging for years for a dog. The answer has always been no. I love dogs, but do not have the time or patience to go through training with one. I always told them, "If I could have a dog like Lady, I would", she is gentle and well trained. She doesn't bark, except when she is supposed to. She is my kind of dog.

Anyway, it has always been Patsy's wish that when she passes that Lady be buried with her. Last night, that was my final stop with cookies. I save the best for last as I know that Patsy always has a cold beer in the fridge for me and scotch for her and we visit for a while. During our visit Patsy very sweetly and sincerely told me that she has changed her wishes. That in the event of her death, she now would like Lady to join the Weasel family. She told me that she knows how much we love her and how much Lady loves all the Weasels. I hope it never comes to that, but with how much Patsy loves Lady and vice versa, that was about the biggest compliment and the nicest gift I could have received. I am Thankful.

I have a lot to be thankful for. Yesterday, thanks to many of you, and especially Big Bad Daddy, Michael's Daddy and NukeDad, I received a gift of $250.00 for the Weasel Christmas. Most of all, it was the gift of friendship and caring that touched my heart. I wish I knew how to ~but can't figure it out no matter how hard I try ~ make an award badge to hand out to these fellas. It would picture a weasel and read "Screw the whales, we save WEASELS!" and "I am a great friend and I deserve an award". But since I can't make a badge, this is as close to an award as these fellas are getting, but I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

I am also thankful for my teenager (yes, and all the Weasels). In this post complaining about teen angst, Michelle commented to the effect of my scaring her about raising a teen. "And you're really making me want to send the wee ones to boarding school when they get to the teenage years. There has to be some redeeming qualities right?". Yes they do. She is a great kid with a awesome funny sense of humor. She has an academic scholarship and is a successful athlete. All teens are teens, but I appreciate her being her even more today than just a few days ago.

While on the phone with an old friend far away, I was filled in on all the scuttlebut of the old neighbors. It turns out that a former preschool playmate of Eldest Weasel, at the ripe old age of 15 is pregnant and due in February. This made for a loud wake-up call as to just how good we have it with Eldest. Mr. Weasel had been highly aggravated with her eye rolling lately. After hearing this news he gave her a great big hug, beamed with pride and said "I Love You!"

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16 comments:

Melissa said...

So much news! Congrats on getting your bakng done...and all the other holiday stuff.

How wonderful that bloggy friends got together to Save the Weasels Christmas. Now I can imagine you shopping for gifties for your family and smile.

Patsy must really be impressed with you guys to leave her 'Lady' with you..

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

I love giving cookies and baked goods to people....

everyone loves food!

I haven't done any shopping yet... since I must stay home w/ Magoo I can't get out much...

Going back and forth to Beaver 3 days a week and Matthew's appointments on the next two days just keeps me hopping...

I don't even have my tree or deco up yet... I posted an hysterical picture... lol

NukeDad said...

There's more on the way. Pay Pal and I didn't exactly see eye to eye. Should be there Tue or Wed.

nonna said...

hey! i met lady when i was there. (back before i knew what a weasel was) i'm glad your neighbor changed her mind about taking her dog with her. she seemed to fit right in with you guys.

Weaselmomma said...

@ Melissa ~ Patsy is wonderful and so is Lady. They are so close that this is truly an honor.

@ Terri ~ I hope everything comes together for you very soon.

@ NukeDad ~ You have got to be kidding me. You are just too much.

@ Nonna ~ That's right, you did! Lady is a real sweetheart and she does fit nice with the Weasels.

Melisa said...

How nice!
It's always a good idea to count your blessings. :)

Tara R. said...

Wow! Sounds like your 'three wise me' came through with the calvary big time. That is fabulous. I hope the Weasel family has a very merry Christmas.

RhondaLue said...

what a great compliment from your neighbor!

I have 3 teens and I think if I survive this I'll give myself a darn award. I lose a lot of sleep as they gain independence and attitude and learn how to be devious. UGH! But, when I see a 15 yr old mom I also am so glad my kid didn't do THAT. Though I sure don't look down on the parents of that 15 yr old...I more want to give them a hug. life is hard...raising teens is harder!

Have a great xmas with that cash. You and your fam deserve it!

Momisodes said...

That is so incredibly sweet of Patsy. I can certainly see why she came to her decision :)

How awesome that bloggy friends came together for the Weasel Christmas!

terri said...

Baking is the one thing that's slipping around my house this year. We are nowhere near having the variety of cookies we usually have. Something just had to give.

Patsy sounds like an angel. It must be wonderful to have someone like her in your life.

I know what you mean about the teen years. Just when I think I can't handle one more thing out of mine, I read the newspaper or hear stories of kids who are much, much worse and I remember what good kids mine really are.

Karen said...

I lived through those teen angst years, and made it through to the other side. My kids are now 34, 35, and 37. The very best part about that? Grandchildren. packback is Hell! hahaha!

The Microblogologist said...

I totally need to have it set up where I get memos or something, all the fun stuff happens when I am working insane hours and get behind on my blog reading/writing!

I believe Cheryl and I will be making kolackies today. She has been wanting to make them since getting here, I have no objection of course, yummy!

Mrs4444 said...

Yes, we have much to be grateful for this holiday season. Your lives are so rich with love and good company. What more do you really need? :) (Too bad you can't pay a gas bill with a big smile and a hug, huh?! )

seashore subjects said...

I am envious that you are done with your baking and mine just starts today!

I hear you about the wake-up call on what a teen can be....considering all the bad choices and pitfalls that abound, we are both very lucky to have kids that have strength of character (minus the rebellious hair mine sports)

Michelle said...

Oh I love the idea of taking cookies to neighbors, etc. That's a great idea... that I'll have to look into for next year.

And how sweet with Lady. You are lucky to have such great neighbors and a great family -- and I'm glad that you're happy with your children (that was a tongue in cheek comment you referred to, don't worry).

Here's hoping you have a happy and merry Christmas -- and that you manage to stay warm somehow, too!

Bad Momma said...

So much to be thankful for!

I have been remiss on my blogging & commenting due to cookie baking .... and a bit of laziness.

I love how you look out for your friend's mom and how Nuke Dad and friends are looking out for the Weasels! This is what the season is all about!....*sniff*

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