We've been a lot of places together during the years we've had her, we've traveled a lot of miles, and seen a lot of the country. We've got plans for her this week, she's taking us to see Jamie + Thad.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I began my Christmas postcards early last week. It took me a couple different days to get them done, and it shouldn't have but....my card file where I keep all my addresses was an absolute disaster. So, before I could get them mailed, I had to re-organize my address file. Here's its new home and pretty pleased with it, I am.
I like using old crates and boxes for ordinary everyday use around here, and a couple examples are above. They can be old and battered or refinished and all shiny.
I like my addresses on file cards, because it's easier to toss a card and replace it with a new one than it is to try to keep an address book up-to-date. (The problem comes when I stop putting addresses back into the file under the proper letter, or when I don't purge it for several years in a row!)
I found these hard plastic A-Z guides at Wal-Mart and they look pretty sharp in this antique wooden crayon box! So next time you see a little wooden cheese box or an old ammo or dynamite crate at the flea market or antique store, grab it, they're lots of fun to use around the house.
The one containing my runaway magazines is one I bought at a garage sale this summer, for $1 each, turns out they're old drawers from an old-time hardware store. They still have the old porcelain knobs on the front, and thick tags hammered on the front to indicate what was in the drawer. They were really dirty and full of old scrap metal. I cleaned them out and dusted them off. They're put back to work once again! Here are more containers around the house.
On the dinner table holding napkins.
A couple crates hold playing cards and dominoes.
And, finally this, from a couple weeks ago, old enamel pots, repurposed for catching the drippies in the laundry room.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
And this is from that same person from a year gone by, another of my most favorite things to pull out at Christmastime! Don't you just love the old fashioned snowman? It reminds me of a Little Golden Book we had when we were little, called FROSTY THE SNOWMAN. The Frosty and the little kids in the book looked just like this!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This mixture is hazardous to your willpower. Some call it Chex Mix, some call it Nuts and Bolts, and in this house we kind of like hardware terms. (My husband and son both run hardware stores). Contained within this mixture is a delicious elixir for a salt-lover: a blend of butter, worcestershire, seasoned salt, garlic and onion powder! You can make it go KAPOW if you want to and add a bit of bacon grease (I don't do that, it's evil enough already!)
Your crunch needs will be satisfied with all three types of Chex, Cheezits, oyster crackers, whole almonds, pecan halves, cashew halves. It's taken me years to get it down to what will NOT be in the NUTS AND BOLTS because of what I see get left in the bowls when people are done snacking, I did away with pretzels of any kind. I like Cheerios in it, but the kids aren't so crazy about those. Next batch might be MY batch with Cheerios!
Today after church, we stopped off at an Italian restaurant for lunch, Lem and I shared a stromboli and a good salad, Luke had his usual full order of popcorn chicken. We enjoyed a nice long visit and ate, and as we left, a city police officer that was eating lunch there with his partner stopped us and told us where we lived and where Luke went to school. What?? We don't live within the city! Luke doesn't go to school there, either.
We came home and got busy. Lem mixed up the sugar cookie dough to spare me the trouble (he knows how much I detest doing the whole thing from start to finish!) and then he and Mark got ready to go hunting. As they were out in the blinds, Luke and I rolled out dough (seemed like it took FORever!) and cut out a triple batch! They saw 17 deer between them (didn't get a shot, they were too far out even for muzzle loaders). Luke and I saw three deer from the house. We should have counted cookies! I bet there was at least 120.
It took around three hours to get them all rolled out and cut and baked. Then I made a huge batch of frosting and used every bit of powdered sugar I had in the house! We frosted, all three of us, for about an hour or so. I just now finished packing the last of these into tins. WHEW! It was 11:oo by the time the dishes were finished and the lights turned out. My only "To Do" as far as baking goes is I still have to do the chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles. Those will have to wait for another day.
Saturday night, I had made four batches of Chex mix. I hope it lasts, but there's more Chex in the pantry JUST IN CASE....
How's your Christmas baking going? Do you dread how your jeans will fit in January?
But the way debt complicates living is what we no longer live with...bring on the freedom!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? WRAPPING PAPER
2. Real tree or Artificial? REAL!
3. When do you put up the tree? NORMALLY THE 1ST OR 2ND WEEK OF DECEMBER
5. Do you like eggnog? IF IT'S MIXED WITH VERNOR'S, YUMMY!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? A CRIB, LIFESIZE BABY DOLL, A ROCKING CHAIR AND A DIAPER BAG WITH A LAYETTE, AND A HOMEMADE QUILT, ALL IN THE SAME YEAR, AND ALL US GIRLS GOT THE SAME, JUST A COUPLE DIFFERENT SIZED DOLLS.
7. Hardest person to buy for? LEM, IF HE WANTS SOMETHING, HE USUALLY GOES AND BUYS IT, SO IT'S HARD TO THINK OF SOMETHING HE NEEDS OR WANTS!
8. Easiest person to buy for? MY SISTERS
9. Do you have a nativity scene? OF COURSE!
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? MAIL
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A SALT BLOCK LEM GOT ME ONCE AS A JOKE! LONG STORY!!!
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I LIKE THE OLD ONES, LIKE MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, ETC.
13. When do you start shopping? USUALLY WHEN WE SEE THE FIRST SNOW, IT MAKES ME WANT TO START SHOPPING, BUT I DON'T HAVE A SET DAY!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? NO
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I LOVE ALL THE GOODIES, REALLY! BUT A FAVORITE SNACK IS CHEX MIX AND THEN FROSTED SUGAR COOKIES
16. Lights on the tree? THE OLD FASHIONED KIND!
17. Favorite Christmas song? I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? STAY AT HOME
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? DASHER, DANCER, PRANCER, VIXEN, COMET, CUPID, DONDER AND BLITZEN, BUT DO YOU RECALL THE MOST FAMOUS REINDEER OF ALL? RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER!
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? STAR
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? THE KIDS OPEN THEIRS FROM EACH OTHER CHRISTMAS EVE, AND THE STUFF FROM SANTA OR MOM AND DAD WAITS UNTIL CHRISTMAS MORNING!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? PEOPLE WHO SAY HAPPY HOLIDAYS INSTEAD OF MERRY CHRISTMAS!
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I'M OLD-FASHIONED AND LIKE RED, GREEN AND SILVER!
24. Favorite Christmas dinner? USUALLY A GOOD HAM WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS!
23. What do you want for Christmas this year? DIGITAL SLR CAMERA LIKE JAMIE'S!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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