Sunday, December 14, 2014


I've been missing in action, I know, but my "new" camera will no longer allow me to download my photo's..and I haven't been able to figure out what is wrong and the manual and even phone calls to Samsung, isn't getting me anywhere..
...since I cannot share any of my photo's ...  I'll just do the best I can.
I took this picture of my favorite coffee pot before my camera stopped working. I am trying to get our home decorated for Christmas.  The tree I ordered online arrived on Friday..and I am SO pleased!  It's just beautiful and I will do it again next year.  

Hopefully I will get my camera problem figured out and be back.

 We...finally have our wet you may have heard on the news.  When we get rain...we REALLY get rain.  It's called the Banana Express..since it comes from the direction of Hawaii.  
More later.  Please don't give up on me.  I'm just slow..and computer and camera problems leave me confused and flustered.

To be honest...I'm fighting the Christmastime blues...the 15th at 3:30 in the morning is the anniversary of Patrick's death. It does get easier as the years pass. It never goes away but it's bearable.

I know this time of year can be a delight..and usually is for me...but things are not always lovely and we can only cope.  Decorating and visiting your blogs is a huge help when I can't sleep and my mind won't turn off and I wonder at my loss.
I also wonder at my good fortune that I've been able to keep going.  Others have suffered worse.

Sometimes I give up and take a's just an aspirin with Codeine but it helps a lot.
So..that's it. :)

In spite of it's really been a nice December.  I must remember to be thankful that we are together, at least most of us.  With a family as large as's nearly impossible now.
Yes..I must remember to be grateful!

More rain this week?  Maybe..




  1. Merry Christmas sweetie! Quit beating yourself up about things! You do a great job. Modern technology is wonderful when it works but when it doesn't it's pain!
    Glad the tree was what you many times it's not. You need some new memories of this day. He wouldn't want those bad ones to be a part of your Christmas. I will be glad to see the tree when you figure out that danged camera!

  2. Holidays are hard for people who have lost loved ones. It does not matter if it has been a week or years since their death. They are still missed especially at those special times of the year.
    Its okay to say you are blue, and there is no need to feel badly that you are grieving. God Bless you!!

  3. Mona Honey, I wish I lived closer to help you with your camera - its only technology and usually I can figure out the problem. Sometimes it is just a little button or glitch - if you want send me the info in an email of what or what not the camera is doing and I will try to help. How the heck is my Maine Man. I hope he is relaxin and enjoying watching you boogy aboot the house decorating, eh. I'm hopping about spreading good cheer. All or snow is gone from the huge nor'easter we had a few weeks ago and now it has been raining for 11 days?? Thinking about you honey and how lovely your home looks when you decorate. Take care my California Girl and Maine Man. lol Lilly

  4. I won't give up on you, Mona! I hope you can get your camera figured out. I hate those types of problems.

    Holidays are hard when we miss those that we loved that have crossed over . Just imagine the celebration they are having THERE---EVERYday!

    God bless you- I am praying for peace of mind for you and a wonderful Christmas season. xo Diana

  5. how happy I am to hear from our Dear Mona! Yes, the holidays can be bittersweet for many. I know your family will be comfort to you. The new coffee pot is just darling! Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas day! Hugs sweet Mona!

  6. Morning Sunshine, yes I am talking to you as whether we feel it or not we glow like sunshine on the outside. I understand where you are comming from for sure.
    Love the coffee pot, was that a yard sale find?
    Take care, catch ya later

  7. Merry Christmas to you dear Mona! Sending you a GINORMOUS HUG this morning and praying that God will comfort you when you are feeling blue!

  8. Hi Mona! I'm sorry about your camera and hopefully it will get resolved for you. I know it's not the same as a husband, but my Daddy passed away on Dec. 13, 1997 and he loved Christmas so very much and I always miss him so much at this time. Now my little mother has joined him. But I'm so thankful to be close to our daughter's family and those little grandchildren. You take care and I'm sending love.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Oh Mona, I am so happy to see a post here!!!!!!!

    Sorry for the sad memories... In hopes that you can find full peace, with them.

    And for the ding-dang-camera-etc. issues. "Murphy's Law"... Worst time of year, to not be able to download pic. -pout-

    So happy for your RAIN!!!!

    Lots and lots of gentle hugs,

  10. camera problems would throw me into a panic... i wish i were there to help.. hopefully you will find someone who can help you, i find that when someone on the phone can't help, i hang up and call the next day and get someone else.. or i have been known to ask for the supervisor. did that twice and they can always help. good luck and all i can say is thank the good Lord for what you have now..

  11. I was so happy to see your post this morning...I've missed you! My camera did that one time....the chip was full, have you checked that? Hope you get it fixed...I want to see your home all decked out for Christmas hugs....

  12. Mona I have missed your posting. Hope you get your camera fixed and please take care. Think always of the good memories and try not to dwell on the painful ones. My prayers are with you every night. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  13. Cameras and printers don't like computers that much do they! I've discovered that for myself. I think we all have a sadness to cope with at Christmas don't we Mona. The sadness will pass and Christmas will be wonderful soon. Sending you special Christmas greetings from England today. 🎄

  14. Nice to see an update and love that coffee pot! Hope you get the photo thing figured out. I can't even imagine how hard it must be to lose a spouse and glad you have so many blessings in your life to buffer somewhat, that loss. Have a great holiday. Up in the mountains we are thrilled with the rain - it is filling up the lakes so nicely.

  15. Bringing you some Christmas cheer! Love that coffee pot. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  16. Have a very Merry Christmas and stay on high ground.

  17. I'm so sorry for the sadness you're feeling right now, Mona. I've been there so I know how you feel.
    And this is a wonderful forum for you to talk about how you feel because everyone here cares for you.
    In spite of everything, I think your spirit is going to allow you to have a wonderful holiday. Sorry about the camera issues. I'm not tech savvy enough to figure any of that out either. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  18. I know computer and camera woes get me all flustered too. I do hope you find some help.
    This Christmas will be a bit sad for me as my aunt and uncle both are gone as of September this year. They almost always had Christmas dinner at my house. I always miss my parents and brothers who we would get together with, too. It will be just the 4 of us, but we do have a good time together and I am thankful for what I have, as I know you are too.
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  19. they tell us here that what you are getting is the pineapple express. at least you finally have rain. sorry you are feeling blue but aren't your friends supposed to be arriving soon? hopefully they will help you to feel better!

  20. Love, love that little coffee pot of yours sweetie. You have quite the eye behind a camera dear lady.

    'Seems the Holidays have been harder on me than at the time Mom passed. I have a dear girlfriend who lossed her Mama about the same time I did and she said, she too is having a harder time....go figure.

    You take care darlin' and enjoy all your beautiful goodies and that precious family of yours. You are dear to many.

    God bless ya Miss Mona!!!

  21. Mona I agree with Jean - I think you are too hard on yourself. We love you with pictures or no pictures. I do hope you figure out what is wrong with you camera. Christmas brings out the blues sometimes my friend. I am sorry.

  22. I hope you get that camera figured out so we can enjoy your beautiful home and decorations. I'm glad you finally got rain, but I do hope no floods or mudslides happen! Have a good week Mona! I've missed you!

  23. Wish I could help with your camera blues! Maybe someone will jump on this message and be able to help. Does the camera have a card and do you have a place to put the card on your computer?
    Probably too much to deal with with a new tree and friends visiting too.
    Enjoy your next weeks Mona . . . I am excited to see your tree!
    Sending hugs and love . . .

  24. Dear Sweet Mona - So sorry about your new camera. I know how it is when you can't go to sleep - it's 2:31 now and I am on the computer hoping to get sleepy.
    Hope you get your camera fixed so we can see all your pretty Christmas decor.
    Have a great week.

  25. Dear Mona, I bet you just felt like ***####!!!!ing. If techknoigy is going ok then it is fine. If it goes hay wire, then I get cranky. Just because I don't know what to do.
    Thinking of you at this time.Wait until you see those grand children and they will put a smile on your face.
    I am having a cooking day with my 11 year old today.
    Hugs Kay

  26. I know it must be hard for you, I glad it is just a wee bit better, they say time heals, but sometime I think it takes a long time, take care my friend,

  27. My camera stopped allowing me to download or else my comouter did. I researched it online and found a way around it. If you haven't had any satisfaction, let me know and I'll share. It's hard to turn off the memory, and we really wouldn't want to, but you are doing the right thing by remembering all the things to be grateful for as well.

  28. computer...ackkk...some days I can spell...some days I can type!

  29. Technology will drive you up the wall, won't it? But, what would we do without it -- now that we're so used to having it? I'm sorry your camera isn't working for you--but I do love and your posts--no matter what you write about. I love your beautiful pictures, but it's always good to see a post from you. Knowing you, you'll have that little camera "bug" worked out soon.

    Holidays do bring on the blues--for a lot more people than are willing to admit it, I think! Bless you, Mona! I hope, when the "Big Day" gets here, you will smile at the parts of your family that you still have around you--and they'll know that you're so thankful to have them around you--and they'll be so very thankful you are here for them, too. <3

  30. Hi Mona,
    What a neat and festive coffee pot.
    Holidays aren't always just perfect. Lots of memories of loved ones that have passed.
    I sure hope you can feel some joy this year although I know it must be so hard.
    Thinking of you friend,
    I am on fb.

  31. Hello Mona,
    Ive been thinking of you...knew you would be fighting the "grinchie's" too. Its been an eventful year, some bad and good. While I cant be thankful for the bad, I am thankful that God carried me through, for that I am most thankful.....I love you.
    Merry Christmas
    Mary R.

  32. Frustrating I am certain to get that camera a going. I just wanted to drop by to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with blessings.

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  34. For all of the fun we have with our cameras and computers, they can sure be nerve wracking sometimes, can't they! My computer was down since sometime in November until I got it back from the computer repair shop on Christmas Eve. My husband kept trying different things to get it working and finally gave up and took it to the repair shop. I was so glad to have it back home, but was too busy with family/holiday stuff to even get to use it.

    I hope that you were able to get your camera to do right and that your Christmas was lovely.

    Happy New Year!

    Susie D.

  35. Dear Mona, I've had you on my mind so much the last week or so..been so busy and haven't visited as I should. Things after yesterday will settle down to a more normal schedule.
    Yes, I get so frustrated when my computer or camera isn't working right..most of the time, tho, it's ME that's not working right. :)
    Christmas time IS joyful...but we do miss our loved ones..I lost 2 school mates this Dec and my best friend's husband died a day or two after Christmas. Then, this morning, I received word that a favorite cousin that I love dearly passed away. I've spent most of this day my eyes are swollen, my nose is stopped up and I have a headache. I, too, take Tylenol PM when I'm a little upset about something. It won't hurt us to take them when we need them.
    As I age (I just turned 77), it seems more and more things make me cry at times. I am a marshmallow at heart. :)

  36. Hi sweet lady, I pray you found peace and happiness through the season. I'm glad it's over, ready for a new year of blessings and calm seas. Happy New Year. fondly ~lynne~

  37. dearest bean.
    i hope your silence here does not mean you're ill.
    i've just been checking back often and thinking a lot about you these days. hoping all is well.
    in your heart and in your body.
    you're a little ray of sunshine you know. and you're missed.

  38. I second tammy j's comment...certainly hope all is well in your world, Mona!

  39. I went looking for you today, because I miss you. I hope you are alright. I know the problem is with the camera. Can you believe, I got a new ccamera and now today I don't know how to work it. I NEEEED lessons. Then I have to hope my mind remembers what I learn't.
    HUgs Kay

  40. Don't you just hate technology problems??? At least you are still trying to blog. I gave up on mine for about 2 years and have just started back. Of course, it will take awhile if ever to get readers to come back but I'm going to try to stick with it. I very much understand your thoughts/feelings on Christmas. We lost our young daughter in 1986. Christmas has never been the same. It's much, much better now that we have grandchildren, but she will always be missed. Hope you are having a Happy New Year so far and that your camera woes will soon be a thing of the past.

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