Sleep in this house is a precious commodity lately. Excitement building up to Christmas has the little girls sleeping very restlessly and when they wake up they often join us in the bed. With a king size bed, one girl fits, two girls means everyone is cramped with parents sleeping on the edges, and if the third girl joins us, she sleeps horizontal across foot of the bed, lying on top of the covers. The third girl will grab the extra comforter kept on the cedar chest and wrap up with it.
With Christmas approaching, having one or more girls in the bed has been happening more and more frequently. This makes it hard for me to sleep or stay asleep. So I am have been getting by on about four hours of sleep a night. Last night we actually had no one in the bed with us. But at 4:30 AM my mom called. My mom is sick and having issues with her COPD and anxiety. She meant to call my brother to come in to see her, but instead she called me, several times. About 6:00 AM I finally fell back to sleep.
At 7:00 AM, I was woken up by a 6 year old bouncing on my bed yelling 4 MORE SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!! What an interesting awaking to a busy run around day. We had to get everyone up and going. With the sleepless night, I was dragging and needed those two cups of coffee this morning.
In midst of all the chaos today, Mom has called several times. She is not doing well today and her nurse was not able to get in to see her. Her door was locked and she was not answering it. I tried to call her, but the phone was going directly to voice mail. She finally hung up the phone and I was able to talk to her to tell her to unlock the door because a nurse was going to come and see her.
Mom said she had opened the door; I called her nurse to get someone to her home to evaluate her. I am waiting on the nurse to call me after she has seen my mom. I have packed a bag and will be heading down there this evening. My brother, mother and I have a hard decision to make regarding Mom’s care. It became evident to me today she can no longer live alone. We will need to convince her to either move in with Richard and I or move to assisted living, neither of which she will want to do. Thankfully my brother is off this weekend so we can make this decision together with a united front.
While all of this was happening with Mom this afternoon, Douglas began the Christmas baking with the family favorite of Peanut Blossom Cookies. The first batch was just about wiped out with snack today. I told him he will need to make another batch or two this weekend.
Since the mention of a recipe in a blog without posting it annoys me, here is the Peanut Blossom Recipe.
Peanut Blossoms Cookies
1 ¾ cup regular flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup smooth peanut butter
½ cup shortening
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons water
Unwrapped Candy Kisses
½ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine all ingredients except candy kisses and extra sugar in large mixer bowl. Mix on lowest speed until a dough forms. The dough will be very stiff and possibly crumble a bit. If it seems too crumbly add up to two more tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon at a time.
Place the extra sugar into a small bowl. Take a teaspoon of dough and roll into a ball. Take the ball and roll in the sugar, then place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and firmly press a candy kiss into each cookie. Let sit the tray for about a minute then move cookies to cooling rack. When completely cool, store in air tight container
Our family “secret” for baking the cookies is to take the cookies out at 10 minutes, press the candy kisses into the cookies and then return the cookies to the oven for about a minute. This makes the kisses melt a little.