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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Two More Sleeps

It sure doesn't feel as though Christmas is two days away!! I think I'm just about ready....a few more groceries and I think I'm done.  I guess I'd better be done!  Every year at this time I think about how I need to plan ahead and make my gifts more meaningful.  I will get thinking this year about what the recipients of my gifts really need and work towards that.  My friend Kim did just that.  She sent me a gift which was very thoughtful and one she couldn't just run out and buy last minute!  She made me a cookbook of her favorite recipes as well as a few from some other ladies I know.  Then she put it together with pictures of family that I had posted to Facebook.  I teared up when I opened it.  Kim knew I had lost my cookbooks in the flood......
So I hope to be 'that' giver next year and make my gift giving more thoughtful.  

'Tis the season for eggnog.  Every year I buy it and then usually throw it out.  This year I'm having a glass in the morning......YUMMO!  I forgot how good it is!!!  I buy the light so it's not as thick....I remember adding milk to the regular eggnog before.  A little sprinkle of nutmeg....mmmmmm!

We are currently having a brown Christmas.  They are forecasting some snow tomorrow and maybe Christmas Day...we will see as weather can change in the blink of an eye around here.  This was a picture taken on my drive home the other day.  No snow in sight!

The older I get the more I don't mind brown Christmases but I'm wondering if that's why it doesn't seem to be almost here!!!!!  

After writing that last post about Facebook I got thinking about what I expect from it.  What would we write about if we didn't post our vacation pictures or pictures of our loved ones because I do care about those things from the people I care about.  So I guess that's the key for me.....unfollow the people whose status updates I scroll over and leave only the ones I will read!  Simple right????  Soon it will be busy with everyone wishing everyone a Merry Christmas......I send cards!  Hahahaha!!  But incase you didn't get a card from me, I'm taking this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful 2015!!!!!!



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Breakfast, the Mail, Another Tree and the Facebook Debate

Whew...long title!!  Let's start with breakfast.  This morning I met up with a former co-worker/friend and a customer from the store.  We had a very nice visit!  Mavis and I have always kept in contact but it was nice to see Liz and hear how she missed me at the shop.  We vowed to continue these breakfast meetings when we could.  A great way to start the day!!

After mentioning I had no mail yesterday I decided to check it on my way home from breakfast (which ended at 11!!) and lo and behold I had a bunch of mail.....and a parcel which was thankfully left in the compartment right there at the community mail box.....and it was a good one!!!  I'm waiting on a Christmas gift for Son1 and another package of goodies for me (again, doesn't everyone shop like that at this time of the year???)....but this was even better!  A surprise from a very dear and special friend!  Peggy (or Pegs as I like to call her) sent me a very nice gifty.  A pair of figure skates ornament, a bookmark, a mug (which I've washed and will be using tomorrow morning!), a lovely velvet bag and....MINT SMOOTHIES!!!!  Pegs lives in Exeter which has an amazing chocolate store, where they make their own chocolates......and she knows I absolutely LOVE their mint smoothies!!!!!  As I do when she's sent them before, I've tucked them in a hiding space to savor when I need a pick-me-up!  These do not get shared!

After enjoying a chocolate I was energized to finally get decorating the downstairs Christmas tree.  It turned out "okay".  The tree is from costco (I'm not in love with it) and has different light settings.  I had it on white lights that fade to color and back to white, etc.  so
here are two pictures...in each color way!
I also think I'm done fiddling with the mantle....now it looks really crowded and not proportionate.....I made the star after seeing the idea from a friend.  I don't know....but it will do and I'm not touching it anymore!

So Facebook.  I am once again feeling as though I need to do a purge of the friends I have on there and even groups I follow.  I feel as though people are either bragging about trips and bombarding us with their photos; posting too many pictures of their "cute", "perfect" kids and revealing how proud or blessed they are; sharing how sick they are feeling or, once again, blessed....and leaving at that.  Or it's a lot of negativity, which is never pleasant to read about.  Also, especially at this time of year, people are patting themselves on the back or tooting their own horns regarding what amazing donation they gave or gesture they just did.  Ummmm do you really do it because it's good and right 
or do you do it for the attention and glory?  So in the new year, as per usual, I will be purging....FB 
"friends", my closets /rooms full of extra stuff, hopefully my body of excess weight and using up 'stuff' like craft supplies, quilting fabric/kits and food in the pantry and freezers!  We've only been in this house two years, the flood took care of some possessions but we now have too much stuff again.  And reading a lot of the stuff on FB is not enjoyable.  So purge I must!  I've already un-subscribed from emails I get so that's a start!  

Alrighty, this post is too long and earlier I couldn't keep my eyes open but my shower seemed to have perked me up.  But tomorrow I have a to-do list so off to hit the hay!!!

Goodnight!




Monday, December 15, 2014

My Little Trucks 'n Trees

Hi All!!
I've been following along with the Primitive Christmas Blog Hop over at the Buttermilk Basin blog.....I love everything Buttermilk Basin!!!!!  If you are a lover of wool projects, I'm sure you've got a few of her patterns in your library!  Anyway, the top of the pin cushion I showed you yesterday was the contribution by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts!  I finished them today!

Here is the link for the PDF pattern. I hope it works!!
http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/900/tree_farm_pinkeep_pattern.pdf

So cute and so fast!  I filled them with the crushed walnut shells but didn't make them super full....I kind of like them as a decorative pillow but the shells give them some weight.  I finished the stitching while watching 90 Day FiancĂ© on TLC.  Goofy show....but next Sunday we will see who actually gets married, stays or leaves.  Fun fluff I don't have to think about while watching!  :-D

We had no mail delivered again today.  Last week was okay but the week before we had to go to Okotoks to get our mail as our mail carrier was on holidays (or something). I've heard, through FB, people in Okotoks going weeks without mail delivery.  I find it so hard to believe that this can happen.  I had called customer service the week we didn't get our mail, was to get a call back but never did.  I'm disappointed in the corporation.  Very disappointed......I'm hoping we get service tomorrow or I will have to call and see where our mail is this week.

Heard a crash downstairs and wonder what the darn cats did now.....I sure hope Daughter2 finds a place to live where she can have her cats one day!!!!!!!!  Off to check out the damage...........


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Getting Closer!

Almost getting to single digits on the countdown.......I didn't do any baking, I haven't done any wrapping, I've done a couple of cards....and I still have a couple of stocking stuffers to get.  Hubby gets home Thursday night...WOOT WOOT!!!!  I still have to get the downstairs tree decorated too!  Breathe.....there's still time.

But I have been sewing!  Here's a gifty made....I forgot how wonderfully fast and easy rag quilts were to make....and thread-y!!

I made three of these wooly snowmen for neighbor gifts:

I still have to out together this pin keep/pillow.....maybe tomorrow:
I love it!  

Playing when I should be working!  LOL!  But there's time........deep breath. 'Tis the season to be jolly!!!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

TWENTY More Sleeps.....AHHHHHHH!

Gotta check my list...I think I'm okay.  Baking next week....cards...maybe while things are baking!  LOL!!  Ah, what gets done gets done...whatever doesn't won't be the end of the world!

Tonight is the big Santa Claus parade!  I can't wait!  Wish Hubby was here but I will still go and meet up with my friend Sue and her Hubby.

Yesterday afternoon Daughter1, Son2 and I went into Calgary to do some shopping......well, it wasn't a long excursion!  But look what I bought for me....doesn't everyone do Christmas shopping like that???  ;-)

It's just the right size to fit under my Keurig and hold my coffee and creamer....and what a great message to have as a reminder every day!  And life truly is crazy good!

I'll leave you with a little Winnie the Pooh.  Have a great favorite day!!!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December...Let the Decorating Begin!

Well, we are into December....the last month of 2014.  When another year ends it always makes me a bit sad....we still have some time!
But before I show you some decorating, last week I finished my wool Itty Bitty Banner for December and I don't think I shared it with you.

December 1st means I can really start decorating for Christmas.  My boxes came down...which is always overwhelming....and I'm happy to say I didn't put everything out!
                                
Of course not all of those boxes were decorations I used on the mantle.  Here is my 2014 Christmas mantle...I think.  I'm never completely happy with it at first!
The black thing that looks like it's holding a necklace is a toboggan.

I also made more pillowcases.....I made two of the sock monkey ones!


So much fun!!!!  Next up, stockings for Hubby and I!  This year the kids are going to buy something small and inexpensive to put in each of our stockings....since I fill theirs!  Hahaha!  I can't wait and hope it's a new family tradition!!!!  
A little more cleaning tomorrow and then stitching with Sue and Deb!  Working on our Yoko Saito houses!  I'll post pictures soon!
PS....As you can see I stayed home....I'll go up with Hubby in the New Year!!