Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sparkling Saturday

Once again we awoke to a morning full of ice fog. The one really great thing about this is the trees, bushes and cars were once again sparkling with frost.

The trees and bushes around and in the small nook in the valley just down the road from us.

The large Manitoba Maple in our back yard.

Even the plant hanger by our front door had it's own coating of frost. I just love the way the frost sticks out like little icicles.....

My give away for today were these.

My skates. It has been a long time since I have used them and I am not getting any younger. If I fell now I would probably break something. They deserve to be used so I donated them to a group that collects skates for underprivileged children in the area. I am sure some teenager will be whizzing around on them in no time.

There is another pair of figure skates still in the house. Those belonged to our daughter and I am just not ready to give them up as of yet. Perhaps next year.

Tomorrow I will be on the hunt for another 4 items to give away.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday!!!!

Not too much longer and our small family will be together for the holiday. I am so looking forward to having both our sons in the same place, at the same time. I miss them both terribly at this time of year.

Today I took a short walk in a winter wonderland.

There wasn't a breath of wind and all the trees and bushes were covered in a lovely frost. I really enjoy having my daily walk on winter days like this.

At home I gathered my Christmas fabric left in the fabric stash.

And made up some more reusable gift bags.

Six more bags for Christmas next year!!!

I even managed to get in some reading and knitting today (one this post is done it will be back to knitting).

Today my give away for the Advent season is this mug.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Where Oh Where Did Yesterday Go?

Where did yesterday disappear to? By the time I looked up last night it was too late for me to make a post (okay I was just exhausted and needed my bed).

Part of the problem with the disappearing day was Harvey installing a new thermostat. You know, one of the programmable type. The ones that are supposed to save us oodles (so a bit of an exaggeration there, save us some) money with its use. Hmmm, first it seemed to run steady, then we couldn't get it to switch on at all. Once we did in fact get it running correctly (hopefully correctly) things seemed to improve greatly, it shut off and on the furnace and kept the house warm.

Well after supper I finished off my hooded cowl (finally made myself one, in a bright red, picture tomorrow) and started to wind a ball of alpaca yarn I bought from the Farmer's Market a few weeks ago. Of course I made a mess of said winding and ended up sitting on the floor slowly untangling said yarn. At least I got to watch Survivor while doing so.....All 3 hours of it, that is how tangled the yarn became. So I didn't notice something very strange. The house was cooling down rapidly. I guess they sell these programmable thermostats pre-programmed and said program had kicked in. Hubby rapidly changed that. I did however worry that I would arise this morning to a very cold house. Didn't happen and as Martha Stewart says "That is a very good thing."

In keeping with the give something away every day in Advent I need to show all my readers what I gave yesterday and today.

Cleaning out the top cupboard in my kitchen I found these two lovelies which will now hopefully find a new home where they will be appreciated.
This little Christmas spread bowl. I really do not remember the last time I used it.

This small Halloween candy dish that I have had since Kurt and Kris were very young. I haven't used this item in years. I was keeping it as a memento of when the boys were small. I have memories and pictures so this will hopefully decorate someone's home next Halloween.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Soooo, Sleepy

I had a very rough night, for some strange (or perhaps not so strange) reason my mind would just not shut down. I kept running through lists of what I need to accomplish before we left to spend Christmas in Drumheller. I think that I need to sit down and make a special "To Do" list to keep this from happening again.

Before I go to bed I thought I would do a mid month update on my few goals.

1.  Continue with any unfinished projects. I am working daily on this one. I finished my cowl, and the scarf. I am now working on my hooded cowl.

2.  Get my Christmas Cards out within a couple of weeks. Christmas cards are done and mailed out.

3. Work on my own Daily Planner. Finished my planner. I have thought of a couple of other pages and will add them this week.

4.  Try for 18 no spend days this month (it will be very tough, but doable I hope). Working on this by staying out of the stores as much as possible in this very busy, spendy month.

I have also pulled out a few more items to donate following the challenge to give something away every day in Advent.

Today I am giving away these wicker trays.

The top one could be used for nuts, candy or crackers. The bottom 3 could also be used for the same purpose or for some kind of craft.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Menu Monday

The last full week before we leave to visit with Kurt in Alberta, for Christmas. Next weeks menus will be the abridged version!!

Monday

Tonight we will have the Perogies we were supposed to have last Friday.

Tuesday

Some of the leftover Chicken made into a Chicken Casserole (I have a new recipe I want to try).

Wednesday

Soup and Egg Salad Sandwiches. I have an abundance of eggs for some reason that need using and I found some soup in the freezer that needs to go.

Thursday

Ham Steak, rice and sliced fresh veggies with dip

Friday

Baked Fish Fillets, leftover rice and peas.

Saturday

Clean out the fridge night, or if there are no leftovers to be had.....Hamburgers.

Sunday

Roast pork, roasted potatoes, roasted carrots.

There you have it my suppers for the week. As usual lunches will either be leftovers or sandwiches.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Ramblings

Today is the Third Sunday of Advent. The pink candle represents Joy.

Father Brian stressed in his homily today something that Pope Francis spoke about. We are not to be
"sour pusses" when giving. We are supposed to give in the spirit of Christ, with a smile on our faces and joy in our hearts! I do hope that I am not a sour puss when giving and I am going to practice this everyday during the rest of the Advent season giving joyfully from my heart.

I am feeling a bit better today, still a bit weak and shaky, but at least able to function. Perhaps not up to full speed as of yet, but getting there.

Today I picked this to give to the second hand store that supports battered women here in our city.

This jewelry box was one of the first gifts Harvey bought for me after we married. It has been in the closet for the last few years since he bought me a rather large standing jewelry box. I think I have held on to it long enough and it is time it found another home. Once it is cleaned up I will add it to the bag containing a couple of books and drop it off. I am sure someone else will find a good use for it.

I also did make one more tray of squares....along with a loaf of bread (got to love a bread maker).

Can you tell I love chocolate? This is some Caramel Toffee Squares and as soon as it softens a touch it will be cut up and stored in containers.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Not Feeling Well

I am really not feeling very well right now. So I am just going to say that this is the evening of my next give away.

First person to leave a comment asking for the Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps book will receive it.

Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God Bless.