I have a feeling if I don't start doing a better job of posting, y'all
are going to turn me in for loitering around the "land of blogs".....
So thought this would be a good time to do one of my "Dab of This and That Rambles".
Hope everyone enjoyed the Holidays. It does not matter if you had a house full of guests, attended events outside of your home, with tons of tasty treats, or just enjoyed some quiet time reflecting on the true "Reason for the Season".
Christmas rolled around way to fast this year, and for whatever
reason, I just never got into the spirit of things. I don't
like typing those words as it is my favorite holiday. However,
so many things going on that tend to take away from......
I want to say a "Great Big Thank You" to all the bloggers out there that have shared their beautiful Christmas and Holiday decorations. I did so little decorating this year, I did not bother to take pics, but did share some of my daughter's handiwork.
No "Resolutions" being made here for the New Year, as I am not good at keeping them anyway. But will try to accomplish a few things that are "past due being accomplished". In no particular order......
1. Get back to more physical activity such as walking more - have really slacked due to other issues, and can really tell the difference in the way I feel. May take a while to get back into the habit, as "it is cold out there"!! Guess I could start making more trips up and down the stairs. Several years ago during extreme temperature times, I would go to a mall often to walk, but that got old for several reasons.
2. Attempt to eat a bit healthier. I will be the first to admit, I have really got off track in this category. Main reason stress! I am not one to eat a lot when under a lot of stress, and usually do the opposite, and nurse a cup of coffee, graze instead of eating a balanced diet, etc..
3. Force myself to walk away from people/situations (regardless of the relationship) that cause the stress that is affecting my health/life in a negative way. Nuff said!
4. Work on my blog look!!! Yeah - I know! It is sorta/kinda way past due for an update. My original reasons for starting a blog went down the tube long ago, so need to revamp or take a break.
5. Finish the decluttering job around my abode I started - How long ago?!? So long ago, I have forgotten when.
6. Get some repairs, painting, etc done, that should have been done long ago. One of those things just have not wanted to deal with. Not to mention, it seems like every time I get ready to call "the handyman" to do the work, something else comes along and takes a hit on the bank account. We all know how that goes.
7. Start repurposing misfit pieces of vintage jewelry and found objects again. I have not worked on any creations in some time now. Everyday life does have a tendency to get in the way of creativity does it not?
And the list goes on (as usual)........
Will I accomplish any of the above? I have no no clue, but will give it a try - #3 being the hardest.
I am sure I have left many out, but it is a start. Step #1 - I just need to get off this computer and get it done!!!!
How about you? Do you have any particular things you want to accomplish in the new year? Please share - Would like to hear yours also.
What ever your plans have a great week!!
ETA: I just realized there is no picture. Sorry, will try to do better.
Lady Red is not only still keeping an eye on The Little Red Head Cupid, but partying when the household goes to sleep for the night.
Seems she invited some friends over to enjoy a bag of chips...
but the next night, she crashed for the night. She decided to get a good night's rest as the Red head Cupid came down with a stomach bug and had no interest in dealing with Lady Red's antics....
However, she quickly recovered (after sharing her misery with other members of the family), and Lady Red was rested also.
So she sat down to read and enjoy a cup of coffee....
The next night someone left matchbox cars out in the floor, so Lady red cranked up the toy bulldozer to move them out of the way, before the "Mom" stepped on one when barefooted.
Then quickly climbed up into the Christmas tree for a nap before "Little redhead Cupid" got up for the day.
The next morning, she was found curled up under the covers next to the bear friend, staying warm.
Rested, and ready to play again, Lady Red teamed up with a few of big brother's toys and went to battle to protect the household from a dinosaur invasion (or something like that - forgot what Mom said).
It seems Mom and Dad needed some extra help for Santa to make sure a certain little red head cupid was being good.
So, this character showed up on their doorstep, to keep an eye on her.
Red head cupid named her Lady Red and, sat her on an old ladder decorated with country decor - not knowing what was is store for her.
Seems Lady Red behaves during the day and keeps an eye on red head cupid. However, she misbehaves during the night!
The first morning, they found she had helped herself to a bowl of cereal, and
the little red head cupid told her to clean up her mess,
and decided to put Lady Red up higher, so she would not get into anything.
However, that did not stop Lady Red - she fell in the mug head first trying to get the last of the hot chocolate, she made the next morning.
What to do! The red head cupid promptly placed her back on the ladder and soon learned Lady Red was just full of mischief. The next morning she found that she likes clean teeth, and borrowed Miss Cupid's toothbrush. Miss Cupid did not mind, but did tell her she was messy!
Well..As it turns out Lady Red likes to party, so that night invited a few friends for chocolate muffins, and one had a bit of coffee.
As it turned out, Lady Red must have indulged in some of the coffee also, and was still wound up that night and decided roll the living room in toilet paper.
Little red head cupid promptly told her to get down from there! So with Mom's help Lady Red got down and was promptly put back on her perch on the ladder and told to behave.
( To Be Continued)
Not sure who is having more fun with this - Mom and Dad or Little Red head Cupid.
Whatever your plans for the week - Have a great one, stay warm and stay safe!!
ETA: Asked daughter to retake the pic of Lady Red's arrival at the door (as this one was blurred), but due to technical difficulties such as there being a sheet of ice on everything (including their front porch), they have not had power for several hours now, and dealing with all the other technicalities of being in a frozen tundra, that is not gonna happen.(Whew! Long sentence)
preparing for the holidays - but not me.
Hard to believe Thanksgiving has come and gone already, and Christmas is just around the corner. I don't shop on Thanksgiving weekend, and it was a bit to cold for me to venture out anyway. I did manage to put away the Fall decor used inside, and hope to start decorating for Christmas in the very near future. I did put out the red placemats - does that count?
A quite Thanksgiving Day at "Dab of This and That", as enjoyed an early Thanksgiving last weekend. Daughter and family hosted this year, and the first time I have not had to cook in many, many years. What a treat - I am still doing the "happy dance" over that!!
Enjoyed a couple of treats that were a result of their pecan harvest.
Pumpkin cake with caramel icing and toasted pecans.
From tree to harvest to yummy results.
No picture of the cinnamon/sugar toasted pecans that were yummy. What did not get eaten, went home with a certain other daughter - if you are reading this, you know who you are. :D
Crochet needles flying so heads and ears will be warm.
Their Christmas decorating is already done inside and outside - more on that in another post. She, and SIL hit the early sales and have all their major shopping done.
And a certain "fat cat" says..... Wake me when its over !!
As for what "Dab of This and That" has accomplished planning for Christmas ? I am working on it - I really am!!!!(At least the "lists" are started!)
with a little holiday decor added.
In July, one of my daughters sent me a pic of some "junkin finds" she scored. This great old birdcage she scored at $5, and vintage canning jars (more on those another time).
She said, she was going to paint and distress the cage, and here is a pic of the end result. It was the first thing I noticed when she sent pictures of some of her holiday decor.
This is the same one that used to attend the flea markets with me when she was young. I would buy her a big soft pretzel with a bit of mustard slathered on it, and she would follow me around the flea markets with no complaints. Then of course she hit her adolescent/teen years and flea markets became "boring". However, it seems what she learned in her "early" years stuck with her.
I usually carry a substantial size purse/bag on my shoulder for everyday out and about. It could be made anything from quilted material, canvas to leather. I am not one to change purses often - usually use one until I tire of it and move on. Evening wear and/or special occasions - I have purses to fit the occasion.
Already on a mission to find a pair of low heeled, black dress shoes, so added crossbody small purse/bag for everyday use to the list. One just big enough for the bare essentials - driver's licenses, etc.
What did I accomplish on that shopping trip? Not what I set out to do. Did not find the dress shoes I needed, but ended up with 2 pairs of casual shoes, and yes a crossbody purse.
The size works, color black works, zipped pockets work, etc. Just disappointed I did not find one I liked made of natural materials without having to pawn my first born. So got tired of looking and settled on this one.
Paid half the original price so guess that kinda/sorta qualifies as a thrifty find.....
Hard to believe this year is winding down, and the holidays are almost here. Emails and phone calls back and forth, making plans on where all will get together for different family gatherings, with lots of good food, great company, and good times.
The courtyard is winding down also for the year. The few red and pink blooms in the background are still hanging on, as low as the temps have been over night lately, and will more than likely be gone completely by the end of the week. Dug around in a storage box and found some faux mums, so put them in a Fall container to keep the faux pumpkin company. To late in season to buy anymore real ones - hence the reason for adding some faux to the mix.
Same here - a pot of faux mums sitting next to a pot of real, yellow ones. See the couple of bronze blooms on the real plant? That is the color the whole pot of mums is suppose to be - according to the label. Oh well - I do like the yellow ones better.
The only problem with these, they never seemed to completely open up. Hummm??
Yes - Leaves - Lots of leaves in my future! A tiny fraction of what is yet to come.......
I would like to thank my daughter who contributed all these pics of
"goings on at her abode" used in the production of this post. I could
not have done it without her, as I have not done any "real" baking in
years, and sadly don't have a sweet furbaby at my house. Now the rainy
view? Yep! I could have easily come up with one of those (not sure
about the reflection).
(Keep smiling - makes people wonder what you are up to!)
I posted a few weeks ago about daughter moving......
Well - while mowing and tidying up the back yard they found it was not going to be an easy task to mow in the Fall. They are now the owners of 4 pecan trees, 1 large black walnut, and a hickory nut tree.
Thrilled over the pecan trees ( looking forward to pecan pies, spiced pecans, etc.), as long as they can beat the squirrels to the harvest.
Future pecan pie...
The black walnut tree?
After they realized the amount of work involved, the hulls and shells staining everything they touch, resulting in the small amount of actual nut meat recovered - they now have someone else coming to claim them.
The hickory nut tree? Well, the squirrels will benefit from that one.
The area where the sun is shining - there are plans for a garden come Spring.
Have a feeling they need to research what not to plant as certain creatures will love to dine on the fruits of their labor. Yep! I am talking about deer, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, etc. !!
ETA: Thanks Rita for the comment about not planting tomatoes anywhere near the walnut tree. I looked it up and found there are many things that won't survive/do well under/around the trees and am passing this info on to my daughter. Could not find a way to thank you by email or a blog, so hope you see this.