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Trying to Avoid all the Seasonal Traps

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!

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APRIL_IN_MN 12/9/2011 4:15PM

    You are WAY ahead of me on the gift end of things. I am never together enough to get things ahead of time. (I guess that does save me the problem of losing pre-bought gifts, but it means I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off most of December!) Even then, I still "lose" gifts--like the year "Santa left some of the toys in the attic, kids." Thankfully none of them remember that! haha! Hubbie and I were watching the kids Christmas morning that year and I asked him "Where is the xxx we got xxx?" to which he replied, "no clue... did XXX already put xxx in the bedroom?" That's when it hit us both that in the midst of toy assembly the night before we completely MISSED an entire bag of gifts that were hidden in the attic!

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GRANNYSUE9 12/7/2011 11:31PM

    I can so relate! Don't know what it is about this time of the year. I have all of my gifts bought, wrapped, under the tree and mailed those that needed to be mailed. Now I am trying to stay out of the stores so I don't buy anything else!

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/7/2011 12:54PM

    LOL I can so relate but I am not near as organized as you no wrapping done .Still in pre-Christmas chaos !

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GRAMMAMARY 12/7/2011 9:01AM

    I think we've all done that. My biggest temptatin is work. I see all these great fabrics and have such wonderful plans for them but then with working so many hours this time of year never seem to have time to complete all my projects. And now we are having a bonus discount day this Fri and Sat which even applies to sale items and since the flannel is 60% off right now getting another 30% off on top of that is really tempting me. This is the weekend for the State Ballet christmas performance of Coppelia and since two of my grandchildren are performing in this production it will be a challenge trying to find time to get to the store since I'm their Taxi service for Thursday and Friday and will be going to the performance Saturday afternoon.

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MNABOY 12/6/2011 11:39PM

    You must be my DW long lost and unknown sister.

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/6/2011 1:26PM

    I relate SO much! I dare not shop throughout the year for people because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will not remember or find those things again for a long, long time. I have the majority of my shopping done (but not wrapped); now it's just a few stocking stuffers since we have everyone (including CA family) coming to our house for Christmas this year. That means NO SHIPPING for once--WOO HOO! I stay out of the malls and stores for the most part during this season and try to have most shopping done before Thanksgiving. Makes life so much easier!


Oh, and I do not believe you are nearly as much of a klutz with your applique as you make out--you are way too talented for that!

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/6/2011 12:46PM

    Hehe, I can so relate. I have taken to ordering gifts online for my parents and having them sent directly to them. My kids (ages 16 and 13) now get money to do with as they wish. Makes my life so much simpler...and I can stay out of the stores with all their holiday spending traps.

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Much, MUCH Too Busy to Eat Cookies!

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!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/30/2011 7:12PM

    great blog!

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    Aww those kids will LOVE the quilts !! And hey if your to busy to eat those cookies, we on the Dawg team are NOT GONNA complain !!!! WOOHOOO WELCOME BACK TO THE DAWGGIES TEAM !! WOOHOOOOO ON ur MARK !!! GET SET !! GET READY for on Sat we are gonna HOLLAR "GO" AND OFF WE WILL DO SO !! WOOHOOOOO !!!!

Hope you enjoyed the BRIEF TIME OFF !! THough it does NOT SOUND like you HAD ANYTIME OFF !! WOHOOOO DAWGIES ROCK !!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/29/2011 1:09PM

    I like it--the 'holidaze' season is definitely upon us! I have yet to see that decorating pass either, we decorate up a storm for Christmas. Hope you are able to get all those quilts made by Christmas, but no matter what, the kids will love them, I'm sure. You ROCK!


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NOTFATCAT 11/29/2011 1:04PM

    It must be 'the' spirit that guides you this time of year.
Your quilts will be appreciated by those kids and also give them a sense of 'the' spirit.

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LKWQUILTER 11/29/2011 12:57PM

    I can eat those cookies while I am decorating too. lol I agree with you, love the holiday spirit too.

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More to be Thankful for:

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.

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    OH MAN !! Esp thankful for the SHOES !!!!! OH YEAH !!!

Hey girl ,, MISSING YOU during the break !! how R U? I can NOT WAIT for the wintah challenge,,,,, time to look for the wintah challenge goals to be set up,,,and I didn't check,,is ur page set up for the new season?

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NOTFATCAT 11/20/2011 4:36PM

    Ditto that.
Happy Thanksgiving.

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A Time for Gratitude

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!!

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RUFFIT 11/21/2011 4:53PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!! Moni emoticon emoticon

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NYBABE1 11/19/2011 12:12PM

    Awesome blog! I am so greatful and proud to be a American! emoticon

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DRKYASHI 11/19/2011 12:12PM

    Amen! I think we often (during these economic times) lose sight of how truly great it is to even LIVE in this country. Thanks for a positive post! emoticon

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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.

Great Idea!

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
doors open.

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
hometown theater.

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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RUFFIT 11/11/2011 9:47AM

    Great ideas!! Thanks for posting. Moni

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4DOGNIGHT 11/11/2011 8:49AM

    I approve! Thanks! Carol

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GRANDMA1951 11/11/2011 8:32AM

    Great list!!

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MNABOY 11/10/2011 11:30PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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