Tuesday, December 20, 2011
"May the Lord gently bless you
And place in your care,
The blessing of love
And kindness to share."
Today's blessing of the 12 Blessings of Christmas is Love..have you heard the quote " you can give without loving but you can't love without giving" ...I'm not sure whose quote that is but I think it's very fitting for this Christmas season. I hope you all have love in your life and there is so many different kinds of love..romantic love, a parents love, a friends love..self love..all are important for balance in your life. I am truly blessed by many people who love me. First and foremost is my loving husband of 34 years, my kids, my grandkids, my relatives, my friends...when you stop to be grateful for all the blessings you have you really do mirror that back in your life.
A quote from Happiness.org.."Let us choose to remember the love in our lives, all that is there in our lives rather than what's missing."
"When you seek love with all your heart, you shall find it's echo's in the universe." ~Rumi
Today was a busy day, we went up to Weyburn for a last day of shopping, and hubby did some business..I got the fresh groceries I need for the Christmas's..before that I downloaded and e-mailed some pictures for hubby's work..easier said than done as I had to use hubby's computer since the new camera wouldn't download on mine and his computer has lots of problems!! Is there anything more frustrating than a computer on the fritz??
We had lunch at A&W and I had the grilled chicken breast burger..yum yum..they serve it on a wheat bun with lettuce and tomatoes and pickles...and my favorite..coffee :)
We also stopped at a friend's and bought a huge container for storage..the kind they put on ships..we're going to but it next to the shop to store oil, parts and the quads inside. It's like 10'x48'..it will be very handy :)
We got home in time for a quick supper of smokies, cabbage, baked potatoes and mixed veggies..hubby did chores and checked the herd and chopped the water holes while I mad supper. After supper a neighbor came over for a visit and beer and we exchanged Christmas gifts. When him and his mother are gone over Christmas he may want us to do some chores for him..depends on if they decide to stay overnight where they are going...He has lots of sheep and some cattle....we had a fun visit with lots of laughs..exercise for the insides :)..or as my late mother used to say.."I laughed so hard the tears ran down my legs..." I always loved her sense of humor..one of my best memories of her :)
Well..I didn't get any goodies sent to friends yet..I'll try to do some tonight..before I fall asleep.. hubby is already asleep on the couch!! That's what I did last night..
Tomorrow is housecleaning day :) Have I ever mentioned I'm housecleaning challenged?? ugh...
Thanks so much for dropping by..Love to have you drop in for a visit..keep on Sparkin'
"Whose job is it to love you, understand you, appreciate you? Yours of course. When you finally realise this, you set us all free. Thank you so much!!" ..Happiness.org
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Hi..I am almost ready for Christmas..all that's left is to clean the house..and around here that should be at the last minute or it won't stay clean..haha..now to order a maid..haha any offers?
I finished all the baking including a new recipe from my mother in law that didn't turn out nearly as good as hers; sugar cookies, gingerbread men, my mom's brown sugar shortbread, poppy cock, fudge and cinnamon rolls and 2 swedish tea rings..which cooked over in the oven so I had an unplanned oven cleaning, too. Then I made 2 huge dutch ovens of cabbage rolls..one for early Christmas with our son and one for late Christmas..New Years with oldest daughter and her family :)
So at this rate I'll be off to Weyburn tomorrow and have to pick up a couple grocery items.. sweet potatoes, foil for the turkey and dish soap...hubby has some business to do, too.
I need to make one trip to our local town for mail and deliver a few gifts along the way.That'll be Tuesday or Wednesday...should just take a few hours out of one of those days...
Besides all the bakin' and cookin' today I went with hubby to check on some oil sites for his job and take some pictures to give to the office tomorrow, then I checked the herd and chopped water holes..and did night chores for hubby.
Now it's time to relax on the couch with my lap top and catch up on spark :)
Today's Blessing is the Blessing of Friends!! I am truly blessed to have lots and lots of friends..Spark friends..neighbors..former co-workers..classmates, parents of my kids classmates..on and on..I have several really close friends, and hundreds of other people I consider my friends from lots of different communities....I hope you are as blessed as me in the friendship department :)
Christmas is a great time to catch up with friends with cards and visits and gifts..I have a few close friends that I exchange gifts with, I send out about 50 Christmas cards, and I've spent some fun times with friends already in December.
I'm going to try and connect with lots of my Spark friends over the next few days to send some goodies, comments and Christmas greetings. I started yesterday and sent a few so that's a start...
...so if I miss you..I want to take this time and wish you all the Merriest Christmas ever and the Happiest New Year!! Let's rock 2012!! WooHoo!!!
Thanks so much for dropping by!! Keep on Sparkin' all my dear Spark friends :)
...May you always have LOVE to share
HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS who care.
(a Spark friend sent me this today by e-mail..it's perfect for my blog!!)
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Hi..hope you are having a better weekend than me...hubby is in a bad mood since his cat broke down while he was working on the corrals...a track fell off and we couldn't get the pin out so we could put it back on :( It weighs a ton so working with it was a major work out ..but it's not fixed yet. To try and put hubby in a better mood I did chores.
I finished up wrapping all the Christmas gifts and did some cleaning..so I'm making progress in getting ready for Thursday when son and girlfriend arrive!!
Tomorrow I hope to get the rest of the baking done and make cabbage rolls. Hubby has another trip to Weyburn on Monday and I'm not sure if I'm going or not. We have some gifts to deliver to friends and neighbors but that's in the other direction...we'll see how much I get done tomorrow.
Now on to today's Blessing...Beauty..I love all the beautiful decorations of the season..the tree, the lights etc...I try to make my home beautiful for the season..inside and out. My out side lights are white icicle lights along the west side, I have an inflatable santa and snowman on my front deck, I have faux evergreen swag with multi lights above the door, also a wreath and 4 hanging planters with faux greens and burgundy poinsettias. One last decoration is a metal cowboy twirling a rope outlined in blue and white lights. If I catch any after Christmas sales I may look for those jewel toned LED lights and get several strings and do a big evergreen in the backyard. I saw one like that in Regina and it was really beautiful :)
When I wrap up the gifts, I try to make the packages as beautiful as I can. For the past several years I get a large gift bag for each person and then wrap their gifts in matching paper and put them all inside the big bag, add some tissue, lots of curling ribbon and then a coordinating Christmas ornament (from the $ Store) tied onto the handle...I found the nicest western bag for hubby and I reuse it every year..the other bags get sent home with the recipients. The ornament on hubby's is gold jingle bells..hohoho!!
When we came home from Williston we stopped at Plentywood, Montana for supper at one of our favorite places, then we went on a sparkle tour..lots of really beautiful yards :)
Today was weigh in for the Starfish 5% challenge and I was up 3 pounds..ouch..most is water weight I'm sure since all those salty meals out :( Time to step it up and not get discouraged and renew my commitment to healthy eating..I know I'll be struggling these next 2 weeks so I'm hoping to hold my own and eat reasonable and then amp it up in January!!
I can't remember if I mentioned I bought some snowshoes? I've been wanting some for a long time and really wished I had them last year with all our snow..so now I bought some and guess what..we have no snow??haha!! I'm sure it will come, we don't have many years with no snow. Looking forward to melting off some holiday pounds when it finally does snow :)
Well, we just watched one hockey game..Vancouver beat Toronto and now Edmonton plays San Jose so it's a double header...think I'll make some tea even tho I feel like beer (maybe several beer!!) haha..but tea it will be..may apple spice yum yum!
Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for all the goodies, comments and support...
Keep on Sparkin'
Remember to enjoy the beauty all around you (We had a beautiful day of hoar frost..just like a Christmas card, a few days ago)
Deck the Halls
May your Christmas be filled
With beauty and light,
And your New Year be fresh
With promise so bright.
ps..the day after I wrote the blog on kindness I had an e-mail about a book on kindness. Today on my facebook page a friend sent me a link to a free book on Amazon about Blessings and I found out I can download a Kindle app for free from Amazon and get free books..who knew?? Maybe you all knew? haha Tomorrow I expect to get an e-mail about beauty..don't cha love it when that happens..
..bye bye all my beautiful friends
Friday, December 16, 2011
Hi..we just got home from shopping at Williston N.D and I think I literally shopped til I dropped.
At least I'm all finished with the shopping..now to finish the wrapping, do a bit more baking and cleaning and decorating and buy some last minute groceries..I'm set..woohoo!!
Today's blessing is the blessing of memories..that's a hard one for me since my daughter isn't taking to me. I have to make this a year of balance..balance the good memories with the sad...remembering my parents and brother who are no longer with us...and embracing the ones here and making new memories....Christmas conjures up so many memories..the sights, smells, tastes and love of years gone by...I love to bake..nothing says Christmas like the family favorites that I make every year. Some were my Grandma's, some my Mom's..add to that ones from sisters, neighbors, mother in law..new ones I've found long the way...they all have happy memories for me!! I also like to give most of it away so I don't eat it all...
Some memorable ones are my Mom's brown sugar shortbread, my grandma's swedish delights, my sister's chocolate shortbread and my other sister's homemade turtles, a dear friend who passed away gave me the recipe for toffee cornflakes, another friend who was my bridesmaid..shared her sister's chocolate fudge that I have been making "cow pie" fudge ever since...I could go on and on...
A lot of my Christmas decorations are very dear to me, too. I have my mother's nativity scene from my childhood, a lot of my mother's tree ornaments, the advent calendar and wreath I used when the kids were little..where does the time go? are they really 30, 28 and 25? I also have a large collection of Christmas books and magazines and of course music :)
Some of my memories of Christmas was the year my cousin came over and my sister, my cousin and I made dozens and dozens of homemade chocolates. Another memory was the beautiful gingerbread cookie church my mom made!! I wish I had a picture :) A crazy memory is of some elaborate painted sugar cookies my sister and I made and then didn't want our drunken father to eat them so we hid them under the bed and the dog ate them..sooo crazy :)
Well..not all my memories involve food, but it sure sounds like it!! lol....There's the presents and the trees and the sparkle tours and the church services..the bloopers with the kids and the family times and love we shared!!..and the chance every year to make new cherished Christmas memories...that will live on in our hearts forever..after all that's what Christmas is all about..taking the time to stop and really celebrate the reason for the season..no matter where you are or who you are with....
Have the Merriest Christmas ever!!
Thanks so much for dropping in for a chat and to share some Christmas memories!!
Keep on Sparkin'
"Children come and see Him slumber
in the manger soft with hay.
He, our blessed little Savior,
there was born for us today"
PS Thanks for the gift ideas for son's new girlfriend..I got her a pair of ski gloves, a matching hat, a fleecy blanket and a snowman t-shirt and bath set..
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