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!