Wednesday, December 30, 2020
As has been my habit every Wednesday for this past year, I have been recounting and recording my daily joys. This will be my last Wednesday post, because this year will officially begin on a Friday. So during 2021 my weekly joys will be posted then. Looking back this has been a painful year, but I have managed to find joy every single day, even on the worst days.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
I follow Annie at Tuesday 4. This week her four questions are all about New Year's Eve
May your new year be a bright and blessed one, free of trials and tribulations. All the very best to you and your family.
Monday, December 28, 2020
Meal plan for the week: This may or may not work and if it doesn't so be it! Whatever we eat it has to come from things that are here because I am not going shopping for a little while.
1. Taco salad
2. Spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad
3. Heavy appetizers, veggies and dip
4. NYD meal: Ham, black eyed peas, collards, cornbread
5. Chicken pot pie, coleslaw
6. Pizza, tossed salad
7. Smoked sausage, potatoes and kraut
Have a great week staying on plan, off plan, or with no plan at all
Friday, December 25, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Woo hoo I am just a tad over one week from re-reading all the joys of this year. After December 31 this year will be like Voldemort to me .and I will refer to it as the year which shall not be named. Until that day though I will once again recount the daily joys, because they happen each and every day.
Thursday: I am joyful for being persistent when everything told me to give up. One store near me had a delayed shipment of bikes, but not just regular bikes. I was able to order online (for pickup) one twenty inch pink and teal bike with handlebar streamers. We did get there and it was unassembled__bummer! I had to wait until the next day to have it assembled.
Sunday: Son3 and DIL3 arrived a little early. Fortunately the house was ready, all the lights were on, everything was sparkly and shiny and we were glad to visit with them for a little bit (wearing masks) until they went to sleep.
Monday: Son3 and DIL3 had rapid covid tests and both tested negative. Hurrah! Now we could walk around the house maskless. The big cookie baking began and the big cookie eating followed!
Tuesday: This was fudge, buckeye and chocolate covered candy making day! It was a day filled with sweets, coffee and the great companionship of Son3 and DIL2. Also DIL2 found her long overdue green card application is finally making some process. "Bout time!
Christmas sighting Day 23: This is the front door to the house. One of the trees blew a set of lights this afternoon but I am not replacing them tonight. Maybe tomorrow during the day, or I might just ignore it entirely. Time and energy will decide. Meanwhile, come on in and have some cookies, candy, mulled wine or a cup of coffee!
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
I follow Annie at Tuesday 4 as she asks 4 questions. This week is all about holiday traditions
3. Holiday movies ... which do you like to watch? We watch Christmas Vacation and Christmas with the Kranks every year, together. I have to get my Christmas Carol fix, as well as Miracle on 34th Street
4. What traditions do you continue to keep year after year for the holidays? We have the brunch each year but other.that I reuse decorations from my Christmas stash. I have a lot of items and about half t were not used this year that will be used next year, Anything that was used this year will move to a different place and be displayed very differently.
Christmas sighting Day 22: My beautiful DIL's Mom sent some traditional Swedish tree ornaments along with this beautiful traditional candle stick. I will definitely use it on our Christmas table. I can't tell you how much I appreciate her thoughtfulness and how happy I am they are Nowa part of our extended family
Monday, December 21, 2020
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Not that we can't have a good time when just the two of us are here, but we were very excited when Son3 and DIL3 arrived Sunday evening even earlier than we expected. I had turned on all the Christmas lights (and I do have a lot of them) and the house was pretty darn tidy! Whew! And now I am pretty darn tired, so this is going to be a very short post
Christmas sighting Day 20: I have built in corner cabinets in the dining room. When I had them built I thought to have outlets accessible for both of them. I am so glad I did because I decorate them seasonally and often use lights in some form or another. And when I don't have them decorated TheHub uses the outlets as his personal charging station.
I am including both of the cabinets here because they are a continuation of the same thing. For years TheHub and various sons would go to Alabama's homecoming game with various sons, and I would go to a wonderful little store that had a little bit of everything. Since homecoming was usually in late October, I started thinking about Christmas and would buy me a Dicken's Village house. As time went on my collection grew, until I had more than I wanted or needed and I stopped buying them. They live in different places each Christmas and found their home on the surface of the bottom cabinet this year.
Saturday, December 19, 2020
The decorating is done, the wrapping caught up, and the mess from decorating and wrapping is everywhere. Additionally I have not even begun baking and Son3 and DIL3 will be here Sunday evening. Yikes! I need to get crackin’ but I am out of gas tonight .
Christmas sighting Day 19: This is the funky little kitchen tree . It is a sparse tree with sparse decorations. It sits on the island with fruit, nuts, and candies beneath it. However right now the candy is not out because it will be eaten. The mandarins and nuts are safe though. Go figure!
Friday, December 18, 2020
Finally, Christmas has come together at my house with no time to spare. I have been focusing on making the house festive for my DIL's first Christmas in America, and it is just about finished.
Christmas sighting Day 18: This is the table beside the den loveseat. Dad gave me the carved Angel years ago and she actually lives in the den year round. Only her location changes mostly based on my mood and whatever season it is. Today has not been a cheery Christmastime day and I thought this picture might reflect my current feelings.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Tuesday night I had finished my gift wrapping and had put the finishing touches on the decorating and started cleaning up the mess associated with decorating and wrapping. I completely forgot about taking something out of the freezer to make for dinner, when I remember a three pound roll of sausage I bought at Costco. I needed to do something with it and even though I intended to just brown it, put it in the freezer bin nice neat little bags, I thought it might be an option for dinner.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Thursday: My sister and I met with members of The Heart Of Dixie Rail Road Museum. Dad had a train room with a massive collection of train memorabilia dating back to the late 1800's. We were able to loan it to them, though I imagine it will become a permanent donation at some point and time. It is great that they can display it, and even greater to find another home for it.
Friday: FaceTime with Pip. She wanted to share what she had gotten for the first two days of Chanukah. Naturally I had no idea who Fe-Fei was but I know a lot about her now. I was also assigned to watch "Over The Moon" so we can talk about it. And while we were talking she got one of her dragons who could fly Fe-Fei to the moon. I love playing with that child even if it is from afar.
We had coffee and cookies while we watched "The Crown."
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Monday, December 14, 2020
I try to make a menu so I will have some plan to use or to ignore totally. Generally I ignore the plan but use the foods planned in a different way. This week I was about 50/50 which works just fine with me.
This is what we actually ate:
Tuesday: Broccoli cheese soup with crescent rolls
Wednesday: Captain D's grilled fish, green beans, coleslaw
Thursday: Asian stir fry with chicken, rice
Friday: Grilled beef tenderloin, roasted veggies, salad
Saturday: Sloppy Joes, coleslaw
Sunday: We ate lunch really late and I was not hungry so TheHub had a TV dinner . Boy is that ever showing my age. Does anyone actually call them that anymore?
Christmas sighting Day !4: There are the Santa music boxes Mom gave to me throughout the years. She only quit giving them to me when she ran out of Santa themed songs because there was no need to repeat the same tune in a different Santa. I also have several Angel music boxes the gave me hat play Christmas hymns, but they are scattered throughout the living and dining rooms. Mom always knew I loved music so this was not only an appropriate collection, but is one I treasure.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Today we had some business to take care of out of town, so after Sunday School (still online) we headed out. Nothing really got done, but that is ok. I have everything lined up to be ready Thursday night late. Now that does not seem necessary since potential snowfall is changing Son3 and DIL3 travel plans. Most likely they will not leave NYC until Sunday or Monday, rather than leaving Wednesday. It is all good and gives me several more days to
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Friday, December 11, 2020
And just why do I feel that way?
Christmas Cards: Some written and addressed, others scattered on the kitchen table.
Son3's former bedroom: Linens washed, bed partially made waiting for comforter which is still in the dryer
Guest room: Linens washed, bed unmade
Foyer: Skinny tree lit but waiting on ornaments., foyer table mostly dressed, foyer door undone, monkey butler ready except for Santa hat which I can't find
Living room: Tree decorated, living room presents wrapped and under tree, bins returned to their place, more bins pulled out and in the middle of the floor.
Dining room: Chandelier dressed, windows dressed, buffet dressed, dining room table covered with wrapping paraphernalia and paper, corner cabinets__ugh!
Kitchen: Neither good nor bad. Routine kitchen maintenance is all that is required daily in there
Eat in area: Light fixture dressed, bay windows dressed, top of hutch, dressed but slightly askew, table a card wreck.
Den: Shelves, done, den tree mostly done, mantle undone, coffee table undone, sofa table undone, errant Christmas lights on the sofa (why?)
Hall: Bookshelf dressed
Powder room: Small tree lit and waiting for small ornaments
Front of house: Trees on either side of the door lit and bowed,, front door needs wreath
Music room: Tree up waiting on them to decorate, couch needs slipcover put on
Christmas cooking: None, zip, zero! Assuming the worst happens I know where to buy Christmas treats
Instead of being downstairs writing this post, my tail should be upstairs making beds. As it is I am thinking of summoning my inner Scarlett going to bed and worrying about things tomorrow.
Christmas sighting:Day 11
The small table in the foyer has 4 carolers, a tree (as of yet unlit), a dog ,and a snowball. Somewhere upstairs is a box with the remaining representations of our family members but it has not turned up yet. When/if it does I will put them out along with some fake snow. If not it will stay just like it is. I am pretty sure the fake snowflakes are in the same box as the remaining carolers.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
As has been my normal for 2020 each week I post a list of the joys I found around me. This week was not the best week I have had this year, but it was not horrible and I know when I re-read my lists on New Year's Eve this will seem more like a pesky gnat circling around my face than a bleak week.
Wednesday: I got several things Christmasy done, then the chandelier started to fall and everything came to a screeching halt.
Thursday: Received a phone call from Pip on her way to school letting me know she was sharing the books I gave to her for her birthday with her class.
Friday: My appliance guy came and fixed the disposal, told me replacing the igniter on the range would be 300 dollars for parts and labor ( Not worth it. I can buy a ton of wand lighters and manually light it every time and never come anywhere near that) and condemned our gas logs. Seems the air is not flowing through them properly which could cause a back up of gas and a potential explosion. 2020 at its best.
Saturday: Game day and Alabama won. Had some FaceTime with Pip which always makes me happy
Sunday: We streamed our church service followed by a Webex Sunday School meeting. It is nice to meet (even virtually) with friends.
Monday. Had a house showing for Mom's place. I figured it was not in their budget, but it was nice to get feedback. I also heard about a family in dire circumstances who needed a youth bed. Pip has outgrown the one I had for her and I was ready to get rid of it. I passed it on with a comforter set. Two less items are now cluttering the house of chaos (or house of doors, depending on whom you ask).
I have found looking for joy causes me to appreciate finding it so much more than I would just waiting for it to fall in my lap. Even if I have to get a ladder to hold the chandelier up, there is joy having a ladder to take the load off the ceiling. Look for joy this week. You will find it!
Christmas sighting Day 9:
The absolutely wicked dining room chandelier that caused so much aggravation when it started to fall.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
I follow Annie at Tuesday 4 each week as she poses 4 questions. As Christmas draws nearer and nearer this week she is talking about something which probably obsesses us entirely too much.
The topic this week is all about gifts
1. Whether it's Christmas, Chanukah or a birthday party nice gifts can be hard to pick out. Is there a safe go to gift you think will fit anyone? Generally for a safe gift I go with a book
2. Is wrapping a gift a necessary part of the excitement of giving and receiving? I enjoy wrapping and like for the gifts I give to look really pretty. As far as receiving? I don't really care at all.
3. What gifts given to you did you love the most? As a kid it was probably the year I got my big bike.
As an adult, I got a baby grand piano for my birthday one year. I love it and I play it often and think of Mom and Dad every time I play it..
4. In the O. Henry book The Gift of the Magi, a man sells his pocket watch to buy some beautiful hair combs for his wife's long hair but she has sold her hair to buy him a platinum pocket watch chain.
Have you ever saved long and hard to buy someone a special gift?Yes I have saved all year to buy a special gift before. The only gift I regret not getting was a little red sports car for my dad. It was never in the budget but all of my life he said nothing would make him happier than a little red sports car. Of course it got to be a family joke and he had little red toy sports cars, and models, and ornaments, but never the real thing.
Would you be okay with a holiday that didn't include gifts? I am so overwhelmed right now with things I have gotten from Mom's house that I need/want nothing. I would not mind receiving absolutely nothing this year, except some well wishes and company(which we can't have) . I do still like to give gifts though.
Would friends and family understand? I know my family and friends would. We all have everything we need and want little
Christmas sighting Day 8:
This would be the light fixture over the breakfast table. It is what you do when you accidentally order 1-8 inch shatterproof ornament when you thought you were ordering 8-1 inch balls. I imagine the tree on the deck will be undecorated except for lights. Such is life!
Monday, December 7, 2020
I hope you enjoy this family as much as I do. I watch them daily and get a huge kick from it every day they post to Youtube.
And as far as meal planning goes, well, I plan, I change my mind, I open a can of soup. Life goes on.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Saturday, December 5, 2020
I am grumpy right now. My mom used to call it being "ill as a hornet". I think it is because my plans have derailed and there is nothing I can do but wait___and I am not a good waiter! I want things done and I want them done NOW! I remind myself of Varunca Salt from Willie Wonka.
Friday, December 4, 2020
Technically I did not burn down the house, but I burned the crap out of a pot of chili. I had my cast iron pot filled with what I thought was simmering chili before I went upstairs to do a little work. I came back down stairs to a smoky house and about an inch of chili char on the bottom of the pan. My smoke alarms will normally shriek and yell if I so much as get a piece of toast extra crispy, but this time there was not even a whimper from them.
For about a week everyday I would boil water in said pan and scrape. Empty water, fill, repeat. Today I finally got the pan completely cleaned, but I broke every law of single cast iron ownership in the process. I scrubbed and scrubbed with steel wool and (gasp) soap. Now I am having to start from scratch seasoning the pan. Bummer! It makes me ill to start over. At least I save bacon grease and the whole house smells good, as the bacon fat filled pan is baking on a low heat.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
For the past 48 weeks I have been compiling a list of my daily joys. When I first began I was not expecting a pandemic and a lockdown. I expected to be filled with joy as we used the remaining season tickets to the theater, and those to our favorite concert venue. I never expected a joy to include something seen on Netflix, or bird watching from my kitchen window. Life changed quickly but I noticed there were sincere joys still each and every day. So at the end of week 48, this is my list of joys. Now I am in countdown time to New Year's Eve when I am going to re-read the entire year, just to remember what joys are out there, and to remind myself that another year filled with joys is waiting.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
On Tuesdays I try and link with Annie at Tuesday's 4. She asks four questions each week and sometimes they are things I have to ponder. Covid has pretty much killed any thinking about this weeks questions since entertaining is out the window right now, except for folks in my very small bubble.
2. Entertaining is a good way to serve others. Do you entertain often? Before Covid, we had guests about once a month, and had either houseguests or just dinner guests.
3. What kind of refreshments do you offer to guests? I generally have/used to have them for dinner, so I served a meal. Sometimes it was as simple as a grilled burger and chips and sometimes it was an elaborate dinner.
4. Do you enjoy tea and/or coffee? How do you take it? I drink coffee and tea daily. I prefer my coffee strong and black with no sugar. If I am drinking hot tea, it depends on the type. Sometime I like just tea, sometimes I prefer to sweeten it. I love iced tea and true to my southern roots I drink it sweetened.
And for the first day counting down to Christmas this is one of my little holiday vignettes. This is on a shelf in the den.