Happy Homemaker Monday, It’s My Birthday!

Happy Monday! Happy Victory Day! (KC Chiefs fans know what that means) And Happy Birthday to me! I guess I’m officially middle-aged now or something. SIGH. 

Not sure what we’re going to do to celebrate. December birthday means squeezing things in around already busy days. This weekend we celebrated my brother-in-law on Friday evening, Saturday, J & I spent all day in Columbia while he tried out for the all-state band, and yesterday we didn’t do much of anything.

Well, we did cheer on those Chiefs! Some of us. Band kids don’t follow sports much. G asked if the win meant they were in the Superbowl now. Not quite yet.

We were all tired yesterday, I think. And I’ll be honest, I was having a minor meltdown over the number up there.

How was your weekend? Time to move on to the week ahead!

The Weather Outside

It’s been delightful but today is the big switch over to frightful. Not too much though. Just a bit of mist, maybe snow, and wind chills in the teens. However, it was 47 when I took J to school this morning. It’s supposed to be yucky today and tomorrow but nice again for the weekend.

On The Breakfast Plate This Morning

Typical old person breakfast of cinnamon apple oatmeal and coffee

As I Look Outside My Window

I’m in the basement and the basement window shade is pulled. I’m watching a stink bug (ugh) walk around the window sill and wall by it. Trying to decide if it’s worth the effort to go get the bug stuff and remove him from my view.

Right Now I Am

See above, working on this post, listening to G get ready for his last day of classes before finals week begins.

As I Look Around The House

I see Christmas decor amid the mess. It really just needs a bit of picking up and of course, a good *someday it will happen* cleaning.

On Today’s To Do List

  1. Water plants
  2. Clean out the fridge
  3. Go to grocery store (maybe)
  4. Work on some Blogmas posts
  5. Clean up down here/the desk

On This Week’s To Do List

  1. Pay some bills
  2. Maybe some Christmas shopping
  3. Lots of running J to band practices later in the week
  4. Put gas in the car/clean out the car
  5. Library
  6. Pick up the camera and take some pictures!

On The Menu This Week

It’s going to be a hard to plan the menu kind of week, I think. Probably just throwing ideas out for each day and then, if they happen, great.

MONDAY: Not sure. We may go out early. *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Pork chops and sweet potatoes

WEDNESDAY: Roast in the crock pot

THURSDAY: Leftovers/something easy *J has band rehearsals from 4-7, I think*

FRIDAY: Same as above *J has band rehearsals from 4 to 9, I think*

Currently Reading

I read an entire book on Saturday while waiting on J, The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans. It was a nice Christmas type read. I’ll probably look for a few more of those for the rest of December. However, if I don’t get to the library today..I’m also reading Invincible Summer by Alice Adams. Plus, Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado.

On The TV This Week

Is it not TV season? So much to watch, so little time! Oh, and I took advantage of a Black Friday deal to get us Hulu. Currently, I’m watching The Great Holiday Baking Championship, Prodigal Son, and Lost on Hulu. Fuller House and Riverdale on Netflix. The Flash on the CW app, Mr Robot (note: I liked this show enough that I bought season 4 from Amazon just to see the last season). And my husband started watching The Handmaid’s Tale over the weekend getting me kind of interested. Plus I watched some Brooklyn 99 episodes with G (he loves that show almost as much as The Office).

What I Am Creating At The Moment

Nothing although I’m in the mood to bake after watching people do it on TV all day yesterday. Of course, I’d like to know who’s cleaning all those dishes. I’d get a lot more excited about baking if someone else did all the cleaning of the dishes.

Quote For The Week

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

(Luke 2: 6-7)

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What’s on your agenda for this busy time of the year?

Don’t forget to visit the host of Happy Homemaker Mondays, Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

Blogmas Day 9: Christmas Meaning

To me, the meaning of Christmas is simple. It’s peace.

Oh, and maybe a lot of Starbucks Mocha while searching for it. Ha!

Really though the meaning of Christmas is about the peace found from this scene:

(Please forgive the blurry image).

I shared this last year but I still think it’s one of the best simple explanations for the meaning of Christmas. So I’m sharing it again.

Don’t forget to go visit Tamy at Chasing My Life for Blogmas 2019. Join in the fun, it’s not too late!

Blogmas Day 8: Wrapping Ideas

Well, you won’t find me working as a professional gift wrap counter girl during the holiday season. Not my talent. I do love the beautiful packages.

However, I’m a bit more traditional  with the Hallmark paper and too much tape style of wrapping packages.

This year my wrapping paper of choice is the Grinch because teenagers. Teenagers like to channel the Grinch. SIGH.  My husband also found a tub in our basement full of bags, bows, tissue paper, and tags. One year I must have been organized.

Whenever possible, I prefer to wrap presents as opposed to bagging them. To me, there’s just something about tearing paper off a package.

My mother used to re-use Christmas cards and make them into beautiful gift tags which she would then use again each year. I remember the first Christmas I took packages to my husband’s family. They were all so confused by the tags like that.

Laziness prevailed with me and I now use the sticker tags like everyone else. (Added bonus, they don’t fall off in transit).

One of my ideas for this year is to use the fabric bags used to package some new sheet sets (are the sheets supposed to go back into those?!) and iron on some type of cute Christmas  appliqué thing. However, I’ve not made it to the right store for that yet. We’ll see if it happens this year.

Another idea I’ve used in the past (again with the recycling of the Christmas cards which sadly don’t arrive in the quantities of the past) is to make these easy Christmas card boxes. Great for wrapping little gifts and gift cards, depending on box size.

How do your wrap your Christmas gifts?

Remember to go visit Tamy at Chasing My Life, host of Blogmas!

 

 

Blogmas Day 7: Favorite Memories

I see many memories whenever I look at our Christmas ornaments.

So many represent special times to me. 

My late mother-in-law loved to give us personalized ornaments. And I still love them! She would buy the ceramic ones at various craft shows and have them personalized. The one above is from the first Christmas after my husband and I married.  Clearly, a happy memory!

Sometimes, she’d give us Hallmark ornaments. This welcome to the new millennium snowman goes near the top of the tree each year. 

See that red star in the same photo above? I remember being at one of the very early Mom’s Club functions with G and him wanting to paint the star very red!  Bribing him away from that red paint somehow. So many good  great friends made during those years.

A new favorite memory is forming with this ornament:

I gave it to J for his birthday as it played music from the marching band show. And he presses the button to play the music every single time he walks by the tree.

I’ve written about some other special ornaments with memories attached, if interested, search for tree branch tales on the blog.

Don’t forget to join in the Blogmas fun with Tamy over at Chasing My Life. 

Blogmas Day 6: Handmade or ???

Well, if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time or know me personally, the answer is clear.

Should be clearer than the above picture. Not homemade from me unless I maybe don’t like you or something. Ha!

When the boys were small, we did make some homemade Christmas ornaments for grandparents. However, our success even with those tended to be mixed.

One homemade thing I do (sometimes) enjoy making is cinnamon applesauce ornaments. They are relatively easy and smell amazing. I’ve had limited success with those. Sometimes they break easy. I use the two ingredient recipe, perhaps I should try the one that adds glue.

An exception is cookies, I do usually do homemade cookies just not for gifts.

I do like the idea of homemade, just lack most the talent and planning required to go that route.

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Tamy over at Chasing My Life is our wonderful host of Blogmas. Join in the fun, it’s not too late!

 

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