Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Feelings

This Christmas season has been different.  I started out as I always do playing Christmas songs and trying to get more in the spirit as the big day looms. But something was out of kilter. I have read many journals in J-Land where the Christmas spirit seems hard to muster for 2006.

 

My heart goes out to those of you who are having a hard time of it. You will all be in my thoughts this Christmas morning.  My own worries pale in comparison to what others are experiencing and I hesitate to even mention them. I want to keep everyone in the loop, though.

 

We learned about ten days ago that our landlord’s father fell and broke his hip.  His father and mother are in their mid seventies and he feels the need to move them to Savannah so that family and friends can check in on them each week.  He will be renting the house to his parents when our lease expires at the end of February.  We will have to move!

 

So, amid all the rush and hoopla of the season, we have been looking at real estate with more of an eye towards buying this time instead of renting.  Yes, we have decided to start putting down some roots here in the Savannah area.  We’ve lived here ten years now, so I guess it’s about time.

 

With the added stress and time invested in looking at available housing, I have been behind in my shopping and had to play catch up with all my Christmas chores.  Finally, my shopping is all done and I only have to work until noon tomorrow on Christmas Eve.  I’ll finish wrapping all the presents when I get home.

 

Tonight I am going to push all of the thoughts of anxiety out the window and sit down once more with my guitar to share another seasonal song.  I hope you have a Merry Christmas come Monday and may all your prayers be answered.  Peace and Joy to you all!

 

 

50 comments:

nightmaremom said...

aaawww Sam.. no doubt you and Paulette will find the perfect place.  I have no doubts!!!  Merry Christmas to you and yours... I hope Santa brings you all that you want.   Can't wait to see/hear the videos!
hugs
d

mosie1944 said...

And a merry Christmas to you also!  Good luck with your house-hunt.

mutualaide said...

Sam, you see, Life just keeps rolling along, no matter the season.  You are correct, so many here in our neighborhood have been struggling with all manner of difficulties.  It's disheartening surely.  But I think that even those of us who may be struggling are trying to keep our faith and our Christmas spirit alive and well -- in spite of.  This is the best time of the year, but it can also be the most difficult time of year for many.  Pray we all have a wonderful happy holiday!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!  I ask only for Peace on Earth this year.

mutualaide said...

Forgot to mention -- good luck on your house hunting!  It's nice you'll have a place to really settle in to and call your own!  Merry Christmas!

ajoleblon said...

Merry Christmas Sam!  Hope you find the perfect home!

nightmaremom said...

Video is there now... awesome!!!  Thanks for sharing
hugs
d

mosie1944 said...

Alrighty-then!!!  Thanks for the musical, live-in-person Christmas card.

mutualaide said...

Oh cool Sam!  Video is great and I so enjoyed the carol -- I am in awe of the fact you hvae the confidence to post yourself right here on the 'net!  Not me.  Not never.  LOL!!!


Merry Christmas!

robinngabster said...

Merry Christmas Sam...I hope Santa brings a lovely new home for you and your wife.

xo
Robin

mariebm56 said...

Merry Christmas Sam!
May all your dreams come true this Holiday season, including finding a new home~
Marie
http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariebm56/PhotographsMemoriesToo

stupidsheetguy said...

Well, let's hope your rendition can lift a few spirits around these parts, and soon!

All my best wishes for a Merry Christmas, and a great 2007.

Good job on the Carol!

Jim

inafrnz247 said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours...  I pray your wishes are granted in the new year, and throughout.  

Hugs and Blessings,

Michelle

libragem007 said...

Hi Sam,
It was nice to come here and visit you again.
I agree with what you said about "something in the air" in holiday 2006 that seems to pull Christmas spirit from a lot of people. I've felt it, my husband felt it, I've seen it in people I know..I'm like..what's going on?
There are less fortunate and there are those who will have a hard time going through this holiday season..I wish the best of them in the coming year.

And to you and yours Sam, Goodluck with house hunting and wishing you a joyous Christmas and a Prosperous new Year.
Gem :-)

http://journals.aol.com/libragem007/JournallyYours/entries/2006/12/22/give--forgive-get--forgetthen-fall-in-love...with-yourself--/1278

barbpinion said...

Many of our J-land friends, including myself, are going through difficult times, Sam, but we will all be okay. You will too, and I know you know that. It is such a blessing to know so many people who read our journals ( both yours and mine), are praying for us. Isn't God good? He is always placing blessing within our hands.
How wonderful that you are able  (and willing) to share your talent with all of us. I have had to move unexpectedly myself, so know how stressful it can be. But whenever I had too, I made myself look ahead to the new place I'd be living in; would look, after moving in, for what I loved the most about it. Doing that made the transition less painful. I am looking forward to hearing what you and your wife love the most about your new home.
   ((((((SAM)))))
   Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/THERESTOFTHESTORY

gravydogg55 said...

 MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND THANKS FOR BEINg A HELPFUL FRIEND. sam

slbourgoyne said...

I can sympathize!  We had a rodent come in and gnaw holes in all our plumbing while we were spending the weekend with the grandchildren.  We now have to replace the drywall in almost every room.  Needless to say, there is no christmas tree or any other decoration in this house.  Thank goodness we can go over to see the kids and enjoy their's.  Decorated our little carpenter gothic church today.  Made me feel better.  And I think of Jan and am grateful that it is only dry wall and pipes.    

Love and merry Christmas, Lynn

madcobug said...

The best of luck to you and Paulette finding the place that is just right for you both. I loved your song, you did good. Merry Christmas to both of you. Helen

mavarin said...

It may be inconvenient, but buying a house will probably turn out to be a Good Thing.  Merry Christmas from an almost completely undecorated house, no snow in sight (and where the heck are those Christmas CDs hiding?). - Karen

jeadie05 said...

Well done Sam I loved that ,bless you and Paulette have yourselves a merry Christmas too ,and good luck house hunting ..love Jan xx

memes121 said...

Well Sam, everything happens for a reason. It is stressful but, next year you may be looking back in your new house to realize that this turn of events was a gift. A gift from God. Merry Christmas friend. Tammy

onestrangecat said...

Best thing I have ever done was to buy my house.

I know there is added stress for the holidays with trying to find another place to live.  I am sure that you will find a house that you love even more than the one you are in.  Hang in there.

Kathy

labdancer51 said...

I wish you the very best of luck with finding a new home Sam.  We were really glad when we bought our house, it was of the best things we did.  I hope you both have a really Happy Christmas. :o)

Sandra xx

pharmolo said...

Good luck on the house hunt, Sam. And Merry Christmas to you too

tendernoggle said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS SAM!
CARLENE

my3gifts said...

Merry Christmas Sam! I'm praying you find the perfect home!

God Bless
Christy

lurkynat said...

Gee thanks Sam! HAve a blessed Christmas wiht your family! And I hope that all of the joy, kindness, neighborly love, granparent love returns to you and Pauline in droves! God bless you! Merry Merry!
love,natalie

lurkynat said...

Gee thanks Sam! Have a blessed Christmas with your family! And I hope that all of the joy, kindness, neighborly love, granparent love returns to you and Pauline in droves! God bless you! Merry Merry!
love,natalie

jlocorriere05 said...

I love that Christmas song! Have a very happy Christmas Sam and Paulette! I hope your house hunting in ther new year will bring you a new home you can be happy in and be able to call your own. I'm sorry this has come at a bad time for you, right on top of Christmas, moving is stressful at any time but having to move when it's not your own choice must be worse. Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels/  

ally123130585918 said...

Sam I am so sorry to hear that you have to find another home ~ but I am sure there is one out there just waiting for you and Paulette to move into ~ and it will be nice to own your own house so there will be no worry of moving again unless you want to ~ and Savannah sounds a wonderful place to put your roots down ~ despite this worry I hope you both had a peaceful and happy day ~ and thankyou for sharing your music with us it was lovely ~ Ally

csandhollow said...

Sam I am sure that you will find just the right place for yall.

coloneljan said...

I loved singing along with you like the old days!!!  As you know we still can't  move into the house!  I wish for you a whole and completed house.  We did spend Christmas in the new house--We had no heat or hot water, but I cookeed on my new stove and put up a Christmas tree--we broke out the new couches and chairs in the living room and had Christmas dinner.  The Spirit of a strong Mom who could make a home anywhere lives, I guess.  In the end I got the Christmas spirit and is was a peaceful weekend.  Keep us posted on your house search.  

childebrand1968 said...

Sing away, Love  :)

I don't envy you having to house hunt, but make the most of it.  Hope you find something as close to perfect for you both, fast... LOL

Hope you had a great Christmas!

Cat





onemoretina said...

Bravo, Sam !  A lovely song, sung wonderfully well by a special guy.  I am hoping that you had a good Christmas, and that you find the house of your dreams in the New Year.  Hears to good things for all of us !   xx   Tina

sanforized6 said...

Sinatra, EAT YOUR HEART OUT!! You da man!! Sorry I'm so late in commenting, BUT, things have been a little stange out here in Colorado, to say the least. You, and yours have a great remainder of the Season, and I'll try to be a little more responsive next time. rich

donejustwrite said...

Sam, I'm behind in my journal reading (again) so am late in wishing you a Merry Christmas and letting you know I'm saying a prayer that all goes well w/the upcoming relocation.  Love these audio clips you're doing!!!  I'm so behind on technology - will I ever learn how to do all this stuff, too???

ksgal3133 said...

Wishing you a very blessed and peaceful 2007.


Gretchen
http://journals.aol.com/ksgal3133/LivinginSavannah2

tallnfuzzy said...

Happy New Year!   Hope this will be your best ever.

Derek
http://derekveal.blogspot.com/

bvaneps834 said...

Verrry nice!! Maybe you can get a house near Paula Deen!!

drb1064 said...

hope you find the home of your dreams. thank you for the kind comments you have made about my journal. I have added you to my alerts so will come back soon.
Deb
http://journals.aol.co.uk/drb1064/whatever

lindapaterson177 said...

Just found your journal I hope that you eventually had a good Christmas and that you find your dream house soon.
bella xx

jayveerhapsody said...

Having survived numerous moving day catastrophes during my life, I can only sympathize with you! I hope your move will be a pleasant (if there is such a thing!) and smooth transition. All my best to you and your family in the new year!         Jon

http://journals.aol.com/jayveerhapsody/LoneStarConcerto/

mrsm711 said...

Hope the house shopping went well.  That could be a blessing in disguise that you have to look for a new home.  A new beginning to a New Year.  I din't know you could sing.  I'm Impressed.  Loved it.  :)
http://journals.aol.com/mrsm711/LatteDah/     Tracy

luddie343 said...

Though I regret your February move won't allow you to join us in SC I do extend my hopes that things go as planned.  You're right, it's a seller's market, so now's the time to buy.  Will miss meeting you, but promise to raise a champagne toast in your honor!  CATHY

barbpinion said...

Hi Sam,
Just stopping by to let you know I was thinking of you and your wife. I hope the move has not been too difficult. And I'm looking forward to hearing what you love about your new home the most. You sing as well as you play.
Hugs, love & always, my prayers
Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/THERESTOFTHESTORY

ksgal3133 said...

Just wanted to stop by and say hi :)
Hope you are doing well.

Gretchen
http://journals.aol.com/ksgal3133/LivinginSavannah2

bvaneps834 said...

REALLY ENJYED THE SONG SAM! GIVE US MORE! BARB

gravydogg55 said...

  SAM  I ENJOY READING YOUR JOURNAL  -  sam

jacksj989 said...

I am sorry for not being able to read your journal for a while but, hopefully, I will be able to get to your blog a little more often now.

By for now,

John.

lipglosslush7 said...

since i'm just getting to this now...IT"S CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!! :)
You can sing, Play Guitar...Write a Fabulous Blog....is there anything you Can't do?

mariebm56 said...

Yes, Christmas in JULY!
Sounded great!
Thank you, Sam, I really enjoyed it.
You ARE such a multi-talented young man!
Ü
Marie