At least that’s what I was supposed to be doing. I was probably over at BJ’s perusing pomegranates or at JoAnn’s looking for a bargain. But, my family dinner turned out to my satisfaction and there were very few leftovers, so I guess I pulled it off. I don’t think I would have been able to make my 5pm dinner bell if it had not been for my twenty five year old niece, Kara Millennor whose culinary skills were put to use sectioning grapefruit, helping with the baked beans and just being there to help me with whatever I needed. While draining pineapple juice out of a can for the fruit salad, she even doubled as my impromptu bartender, making me a few “Pineapple Upside Down Cakes” with what she could scrounge from the various nooks and crannies of my pantry/bar. The vodka I had squirreled away came in handy…Her drinks were the best because I’m almost sure she stirred them with her sweet little pinky finger for that added sweetness.
This last Christmas season was running in a kind of slow motion for me. I had a lot on what’s left of my mind and had to seek assistance from my niece Kathryne to decorate my tree at the last minute. In true Fleming fashion, she did the tree perfectly.
After finally taking my tree down just last night ( January 20th), I realizedwhat a nice job she really did by placing the ornaments just the way I like them. In January 2009, I set the goal of making quilts for all of my girls. I managed a favorite Christmas quilt for Traci King, one for my special nephew Billy, one for his wife Cindy, one each for Kat, VA, Leola and precious Stella . A good quilt was had by all thanks to the help I received through the year from Joyce and her magical long arm sewing machine. Joyce is too good to me. Andy, Lucinda, Lon & I had Christmas dinner at Traci and Justin’s and Traci out did herself as usual with ham, turkey, her great Christmas
goody assortment and I know she loves us because she never misses a detail that she thinks will please everyone. She is one of a kind.