Saturday, December 04, 2010
Hi..I did a lot of painting today, we also checked cows, went to town to pick up my new stove from Sears, moved hubby out to hay field to haul more bales. I painted the wood work in the living room and painted my kitchen cupboards. I also did night chores, hauled wood to the house and helped move hubby home from hay field..can't leave the tractor out overnight it's too cold.
I like all the fun ideas friends have responded with :) for Christmas ideas.
I had a really fun idea when I gave my nieces and nephews gifts when they were little. I made popcorn balls, wrapped them in plastic wrap, tied a pair of mini mitts around the popcorn ball. I've used it for gifts for the slo-pitch team kids, too :)
Another gift idea I had was when my kids needed new pillows, I picked white ones wrapped in clear plastic..if there's writing put it to the back, then I took felt and cut out snowman features..black for mouth and eyes, orange, carrot shape for nose, then taped then on, I used a $ store fleece scarf tied at neck and more black cut outs for buttons..they turned out quite cute!!
I found a great article in Family Circle that had 5 good points..it's called Easy Does It
Give yourself the gift of managing the extra workload with more grace than grouchiness.
1. in addition to your to-do list, make a not-to-do list
2. watch for warning signs that you're in overdrive..raised heart rate, irritable, stress eating....find a way to slow down.
3. stop every so often for meditation, prayer or thinking about what's good in your life.
4. be aware of anxious thoughts and replace them with positive ones.."I can do this" "I'm good at this"
5. make rest, good nutrition, and exercise priorities, think of your energy levels as a bank account you don't want to overdraw.
Well, I better get to bed tomorrow will be more painting and I have a Christmas party in the evening!!!
Have a great weekend..keep on Sparkin'....
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Hi...Today hubby got back to hauling bales and I got back to painting!! We checked the herd first thing in the morning, then checked some gravel pits since hubby needs a bit of gravel..the closest one is easiest to get to, the other one was blocked with snow. Then we had lunch..grilled cheese and tomato soup. Then I helped hubby move up to the hay field and he hauled 5 loads today. I went home with the first load and finally put up the Christmas lights on the house..we have the icicle kind of lights and I duct ta;e them onto a wire strung around the front of the house :) You know you're a redneck when you duct tape up your Christmas lights!! haha!!
Then I got back to painting and started on the living room. I'm finished for the night so I need a pot of tea and a rest!! Oh, ya I also did night chores, moved hubby home and made pork chops, sweet potatoes and mixed veggies for supper.
I haven't made much progress on my goals..I did ride my bike for 15 minutes, and walked quite a bit when I turned the 2 saddle horses out to the south pasture and walked to the stack yard twice, plus painting..and the lights.
I'd love to hear some of your fun Christmas ideas..some of mine are.....
Since we have an artificial tree that we use each year I miss the smell of fresh pine so I cut a bottom branch off one of our big yard trees and put little sprigs here and there to decorate..on top of pictures in livingroom with a little bow, around Christmas displays, behind my handmade wooden nativity scene..sure the needles are a bit of a pain but it brings in the fresh pine smell!!
It wouldn't be Christmas with out making my Grandma's Christmas salad..she passed away when I was 10 but she was very special to me. I even have one of her special bowls that I always serve it in..it's the salad that has 1 cup coconut, 1 cup mini marshmallows, 1 cup drained crushed pineapple,1 cup mandarin orange sections and 1 cup sour cream (I substitute low fat cool whip) stir all together and to serve I take another mandarin orange and divide it in sections and place them like a flower on top..each section is a petal and a cherry in the center.
One of my favorite things is to send out cards to keep in touch with family and friends..I send about 50 and I usually buy 2 or 3 boxes at Walmart after Christmas when they are on sale. I try to include a picture and a letter I print out newsletter style. I love to give something little to my 11 nieces and nephews at Christmas and sometimes did phone cards, or lotto tickets..fit nice in a card but they don't always work where they live..all across Canada..Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan. I've finally come up with
Tim Horton gift cards..$5 each for coffee, or donuts etc, they mail nice and work across Canada.
Well it's almost 11 pm so I should finish this up and get to bed!!
Thanks for dropping by for Christmas tea and a chat..I hope you'll share your fun Christmas ideas...
Keep on Sparkin'...
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