Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Good Morning Everyone,
It has been a while since my last blog, so I guess I better get with the program and catch you all up with my life.
I have ALL of my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and mailed off.
That is a very good thing, because I really fall prey to all the pretty trappings in the stores at this time of year.
It seems I can't even go grocery shopping without looking for seasonal wonders that I don't need but am tempted to buy anyway.
Yesterday I went to my small Applique group's Christmas party. We had a wonderful time.
Irene showed us all how to make these little pincushions and then hot glueing them to golf tees so they fit on top of a spool of thread. Really cute little things.
I, being the klutz of the club, had a heck of a time with them. I kept looping my threads and making my petals in a line rather than a circle, but my darling friend Irene saved me from myself and got them all where they were supposed to be. She got the leaf petals in a circle, and then I did the flower petals.
Again, I didn't do it "right", but Irene, used to bailing me out, saved the day again and got them all in a circle. ( I had managed to get them into TWO lines this time! Don't ask.)
We had a potluck for our lunch. Everyone brought yummy stuff, most of which they made.
I HAD planned on making a Trifle, using a store-bought angel food cake, but can you believe it? None of the grocers had any Angel Food Cakes, so that idea went by the wayside. I have a wonderful Trifle recipe from Weight Watchers, so that would have worked out well.
At least I had the good intention!!
I, being the lazy one, decided I didn't have time to cook anything, called Subway and ordered a variety sandwich platter. That went over very well. Expensive, but was worth not having to take the time to cook anything.
I even had a small piece of apple pie Loretta made, but didn't eat the crust.
There were even two sandwiches left so I could feed the bear......otherwise known as my DH.
I am a slow eater, and Irene finished before me. So, being the kind and generous friend she is, she finished off my pincushion.
Our applique group is very talented. Actually all of THEM are very talented when it comes to applique, but I am the Klutz of the group. They don't seem to mind, and at least I bring smiles and challenges to the group. I guess that is a good thing.
Did I tell you that I have all my Christmas gifts completed, wrapped and sent on their way?
That isn't because I am so organized. It is a life preservation measure. I really fall victim to all the seasonal trappings the stores have on display.
I am better off staying out of the stores during this time of year. I will buy "for next year", and come home with all next year's gifts, hide them somewhere and then don't find them for years.
Can you relate?
I have found doll houses and doll house furniture 7 years after I purchased it for my granddaughter for Christmas. She was too old for doll houses by the time I found it again.
I have given away small children's socks and clothing because I couldn't find them until the kid was already grown and driving.
I found a set of Lincoln Logs and a Beginner's microscope purchased for my Grandson when he was younger. But I found them when he was in high school.
I have found crystal vases meant for weddings years after the couple divorced. I have found completed hand made afghans made for people I haven't seen in years.
I have boxes and boxes of "Oh, won't he or she just LOVE this!", found in very weird places and years after purchase.
I have uncovered purchases and then wondered "Now why in hell did I ever buy THIS thing!?".
When I moved from CA to WA, I loaded up my trusty F250 pick-up truck with seven loads of new stuff, all purchased between November 20-January 5 (must take advantage of the after Christmas sales, you know!) and taken the loads to the Cancer Discovery Shop.
I have three artificial Christmas trees. Two of which were bought during the after-Christmas sale days. Good prices that should not be ignored, right?
Good Will shudders when they see me this time of year. They know I will be off-loading on them a whole bunch of Christmas stuff that they are already inundated with.
The Post Office sees me coming and know they will get their Christmas bonuses due to all the mailing of packages I do.
Ah, Christmas. The most wonderful time of year. Right?
Only if I stay the heck out of the stores!!!!!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all, wishes you can manage to stay within your budget, or at least find all the gifts you have hidden from past years!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
This is certianly a busy time of year, isn't it!
That's why I call it the "holidaze". We all have so much decorating, baking, cooking, cleaning, schedules to keep, gifts to get all in order and wrapped....you know the drill.
I will have you all know that I am FINISHED with my Christmas shopping, and have sent all the packages out. I'm glad to strike THAT off my list!
But I still have a long list of Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers requests to fill, which I would very much like to complete by Christmas. I know the kids would love to have a nice cuddly quilt for Christmas, and between me and God, we are trying our best to do it.
Honestly, at my age, I can't for the life of me figure out why I do so much decorating!! I mean, once we become Senior Citizens, don't we get a decorating pass?
Mine has not arrived.
Therefore, I drag out all the boxes of too many decorations, get the step stool and ladder, wash the windows, put up a tree, get the Christmas towels in the bathrooms, hang wreaths, Cinnamon spray pinecones for the basket, fill stockings and all that other STUFF!
Once it all gets up, I love it. I turn on Christmas music, light candles and really enjoy life to the fullest with the beauty of the Season.
It's funny, though. I spend weeks getting everything done, and then on the day after New Year's, (typically January 2) can't wait to get them down and return my home to "normal".
"Normal" to me means cobwebs become Dream Catchers, dust becomes slates for guests to leave their messages, dirty floors are proof that I get outside. Piles of ironing prove I have an abundance of clothes for which I should be grateful.
But for now, I am much much too busy to sit and eat cookies!!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I am thankful we don't have to wait in long lines for shoes in our country.
I am grateful for our military.
I am grateful for our border patrols.
I am grateful for weather reports.
I am grateful for charity organizations, and the ability to volunteer to help.
I am grateful for an over abundant pantry that I can clean out and take good healthy food to the food bank.
I am grateful for the spontaneous energy of our Teen-agers.
I am grateful for artists that beautify our world.
I am grateful for the beauty of the changing seasons.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Isn't is wonderful that we live in a country that sets aside a full day for gratitude and Thanks giving!
Despite all the problems we are experiencing with our government, the economy, the riots that have emmanated from the sit ins, unemployment, we can still find reasons for giving thanks.
We can give thanks for our beautiful country, where we can travel anywhere in it without being checked at state borders by armed guards.
We have the right to vote and speak freely of our own opinions without the fear of reprisal.
We have the freedom to worship, and the right to read whatever we choose.
We (still) have the right to medical treatment with a doctor of our choice.
We have the right to attend schools and further our education.
No one can demand we work in a particular field, like many other countries do.
We have the right to bear arms, and the right to be heard in our courts.
We can have wonderful friendships with those of different faiths than our own without the worry of reprisal.
Oh, indeed, beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain.
For purple mountains, majesty, among the fruited plains!
America, AMERICA! God shed His grace on Thee!
And bound Thy GOOD with BROTHERHOOD,
from sea to shining sea!!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Christmas/Holidays 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
A dear friend sent this to me, and I am sure most of you will love it like I do.
Hi folks. This seems like a very good idea to me.
Christmas/Holidays 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear
to provide North Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --
merchandise that has been produced at the expense of North American labor. This
year will be different. This year we can give the gift of genuine concern for
our countrymen. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing
can be found that is produced by North American hands. Yes there is!
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a
shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from
your local hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, privately owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book
of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down your
dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would
like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all
winter, or games at the local golf course.
There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.
And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what
about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this
isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town
friends and neighbors with their financial lives on the line to keep their
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle,
done at a shop run by the neighborhood working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local
cleaning lady for a day.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is
struggling to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their
own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and
beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your
server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights
for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents
stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the
mailman, hair stylist or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining North American pockets so that
China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US,
encouraging local small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.
And, when we care about other our neighbors, we care about our communities, and
the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
THIS is the new North American Christmas tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups --
throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city --
send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news
departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that
what Christmas is about?
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