Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday afternoon my sweet son (child #4) came over to bring the Christmas tree upstairs and hand boxes of decorations down from the attic to me. Right away I tested the lights on the tree because there was one strand last year that kept going out. This year only one small section of lights was working. I decided that all the lights would have to come off and I would buy new ones.
Let me tell you, I cannot think of one thing that I hate doing in this life more than putting on or taking lights off the tree. In the past, I have been known to cry like a baby after spending hours putting lights on the tree (which I tested first) only to find that they wouldn't work when I was done. Yesterday, after struggling with unwinding them only to feel as though I was getting nowhere, I abandoned the job to reconcile my checking account instead (another thing I don't enjoy). Don't ask me how long I have put doing that off. Are you seeing a pattern here.....yes, it's true....I put off jobs I hate until later all the time. That is why I have so many things that need doing around here. I chose to wash dishes and load the dishwasher afterward, in order to have an excuse not to take the lights off the tree.
So, tonight...no more excuses I told myself. Get up and get those lights off the tree. Half way through the job, I realized....wait a minute....this is not the smaller tree I bought last year. This is the old tree. The one that is too heavy for me to slide it back against the wall. At first I thought I would just use it since it was upstairs anyway. Then I realized....the new tree only had one strand of lights that needed replacing...I was not going to go out and buy all new lights for a tree I don't even want to use anymore.
So I called my son up....guess what...do you think you could...thank you....you're the best! The sweetie said he will come by before work tomorrow and switch trees. Bless his sweet heart!
Since I had partial strands of lights hanging out of the tree everywhere, I went ahead and took them all off. Once off the tree 3 strands still work. I'm thinking that I'm just going to throw them up along the mantel and over the entertainment center Charlie Brown Christmas style....messy, no fuss decorations...that's the ticket for me this year.
I got all my shopping done for the grandchildren, except two, on the internet this weekend. Yahoo!
I tried shopping locally, but everything I wanted was already gone. Besides staying out of the stores keeps me from buying something for myself for every gift I get someone else. When I went to Target, I left the store with a fleece jacket for $15 (which I really needed), a new change purse clutch (which I just wanted), mascara (for which I had a $1 off coupon), 3 bags of Archer Farms Basmati Cashew rice (yummy), one Hernandez salsa (which was on sale) and some gift tags and ribbon. See how much safer it is for me to cyber shop?
What about you? What websites do you like to shop?
Be sure to check out dealnews.com for store coupons and great buys online. (shameless plug for where #1 son works) My DIL said Matt Lauer on the Today show plugged them last week and they had over a million hits on Black Friday. WooHoo!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Last year's Thanksgiving wishes from them to me.
Elijah makes his first card for his Gramma.
Elijah's palm, forefinger and thumb...Rachel's little finger is the yellow, green and red feather because he was done cooperating.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I live alone. The television is my white noise. It is my company. It keeps me from talking to myself. It entertains me. I control the channel changer.
I've found a few new shows I like. White Collar on USA. Castle on ABC. Glee. V.
I used to read a lot, but menopause fried my concentration. How about you? What do you watch? How do you entertain yourself?
Saturday, November 21, 2009
"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling." - Samuel Colridge
Do your part to promote world happiness today. Give some smiles away.
Friday, November 20, 2009
-wondering why so many people think they can drive their car for free...I'm really tired of calling the same people day after day.
-wondering why I always feel so bad...really I would like to get to the bottom of it so I can fix it.
-wondering what to cook for Thanksgiving. We are all going to my sister's this year and she said cook whatever you want to cook. Too many decisions....need to decide so I can go to the grocery store this weekend.
-wondering why I never remember to bring some snacks to work...I'm hungry...or bored...or both.
-thinking about this weekend....love thinking about the weekend.
-thinking about the finale of Project Runway last night...thinking about what it takes to visualize a whole cohesive line of clothing....thinking about the hats that Irina made...how do you know how to do that?
-thinking that I'm cold in this office.
-thinking that I didn't get the football gene...everyone else in the office loves discussing the games...we have a lot of Alabama fans in here....if I do any routing it's for Auburn.
-thinking I need to start my Christmas shopping.
-wishing my favorite scrapbook store didn't close. I miss wandering around looking at the pretty designs. I need some new inspiration.
-wishing I had a big piece of chocolate cake and a glass of milk.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
2. Sing (I'm not pathetic, but I'm not good)
3. Play the flute (I admit it, I have a Pied Piper fixation)
4. Calligraphy (this is on my list of things I plan on actually making an effort to learn)
5. Write a book (I think about doing this every now and again, but have no idea how to do it...you know plot, tension, action, dialog...etc)
6. Knit (I can crochet, but I think knitting is elegant whereas crocheting is everyday)
7. Swim (I was too afraid to let go and learn when I was young. Over the years I developed a weird dog paddle/frog kick kind of stroke)
8. Math (Okay, I can do math, but I forget so easily. I wish it stuck in my head)
9. Home repair work (because I have a ton of home improvement projects that need doing)
10. Computer technical stuff (wish I was a wiz because I'd like a IT job...they make pretty good money and everyone needs one, also I could wear one of those cool t-shirts like my sons do)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Rachel spent Thursday night and the day Friday with me while her hubby was away on business. I got lots of sweet baby time and I got to finally see him sign his first word....more. More food, more fun, more milk. Priceless.
On Friday we clipped coupons and went to the grocery store together. By combining coupons with buy one, get one free offers I saved $46 and some change on my total bill....thanks to my saving guru Rachel.
One of my goals for the weekend was to do some cooking. I wanted to get some meals put up in the freezer and some REAL food cooked for myself. I'm sick of eating fast food and frozen meals. At the end of the day, I had 10 meals in the freezer and 6 in the fridge. I also sent 4 bowls of food home with Rachel.
One of the recipes was something new, Summer Squash Soup. I altered it a little to suit my taste. Altogether, it took about 35 or 40 minutes for prep and cooking.
1 tbs olive oil
1 pound yellow squash, sliced 1/2 inch thick (I used 4 large squash)
2 ears corn, corn removed from cob. Cut cobs in half and set aside. (I used 4 ears because that is what came in the package I bought)
3 large shallots, chopped ( I substituted large green onions)
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 fresh jalapeno chile, chopped (if you don't like the heat, try a banana pepper instead, the fresh jalapeno I used didn't add any heat, I removed the seeds...for more kick I'd use 2 fresh instead of just one)
1/4 tsp ground cumin (since I love cumin I used about 2 tsp or more...suit your own taste)
2-1/2 cups water or broth (I used 1 cup low sodium chicken broth and 1 1/2 cups of water)
Italian parsley sprigs for garnish (I used cilantro instead)
In a 5-quart heavy kettle, heat oil over moderate heat and saute all ingredients (including cobs) except water or broth for five minutes. Stir in water or broth and simmer until squash is very tender, about 20 minutes. Discard cobs. In a blender, puree mixture in batches until smooth. Note that a food processor doesn't make the mixture smooth enough! Season with salt and pepper to taste. (I added a dab of reduced fat sour cream and some grated cheddar cheese) Without the sour cream and cheese the soup was a bit too sweet for my taste...with it the soup was delicious.
If desired, garnish with sour cream and fresh Italian parsley sprigs. (I used cilantro) It made 4 servings.
Now, I'm off to clean out my closets. Then it's back to work tomorrow...... : (
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Enchanted April - it enchanted me
William and Mary - what happens when an undertaker falls in love with a midwife? watch this BBC series and see
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - adapted from a Anne Bronte novel
Falling for a Dancer - set in remote Ireland
Her Majesty - delightful coming of age story
Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring - another set of French movies...very good
The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas - startling
The Chorus - first time teacher teaches delinquent boys to sing like angels
Arranged - two arranged marriages...one Muslim and one Jewish
Big Night - fantastic cast, fun movie
Bread and Tulips - unappreciated housewife makes a new life for herself
Lost in Austen - fun for all Jane Austenophiles
Miss Austen Regrets - based on her life and letters
Cranford - wonderful English period piece
Ladies #1 Detective Agency - you'll love it
Must see movies that I give 4 and 5 stars for being either heartwarming, thought provoking or just plain entertaining.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
How about you? Do you decorate with lots of color and pattern or do you tend to use mostly neutral colors. Has your style changed much over the years or do you mostly stick with the tried and true things you've always loved?
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
My daughter recently gave me a few of the postcards she had purchased as souvenirs.
For more Postcard Friendship Friday posts check put Marie's blog Cpaphil Vintage Postcards.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
We found color under our feet.
And above our heads.
Our destination for the day?
The biggest used bookstore I've ever been to.
EDIT: The McKays that we went to is in Chattanooga, TN. They also have locations in Knoxville and Nashville. You can take in books, CDs, videos, etc that you would like to trade. They will give you cash or credit for trade. The Chattanooga location is easy to find, but they recently moved and the map on their website isn't up to date. The new location is on the same road as the old location so it isn't hard to find. Email me for directions if you are going to make a trip. The store is easy to navigate. It is set up in sections much like any bookstore. If you love books you've got to go! It didn't take me long to bust my budget. I picked up 6 or 7 Little Golden Books that I didn't have, 2 childrens books for the grandkids, 3 art books for moi and 3 novels for myself.