Countdown to Christmas

Snapshot_20171212_3

Me, playing around with my computer camera. Avoiding my to do list.

Love the filters on it. This was actually animated but I didn’t get it saved that what. I am still figuring things out. πŸ™‚ This says I have yet to write my Christmas cards, so I am tossing them around in front of me to remind me. Yea, that works. LOL

Snapshot_20171212_1

I am avoiding all the people and so have not finished shopping. Sigh. Oh, look, a bar, just what I need to relax! πŸ™‚

Snapshot_20171212

Ok, enough goofing off, I need to get busy. I need to wrap presents that I do have before said teenage boys get home. I think I am about out of wrapping paper. Yay! I have not bought any the last few years, because I wanted them used up, so now I can buy pretty new ones! πŸ™‚

Countdown to Christmas List:

  1. Buy gifts….ummm
  2. Wrap gifts….yay…new paper to buy.
  3. Clean bathrooms before company this weekend….ugh on the cleaning part.
  4. Vacuum, mop…….etc etc….normal stuff.
  5. Wash all bedding for oldest son and family coming home! Yay!
  6. Fit in blogging and other computer work. I consider that a break. πŸ™‚
  7. Oh, finish decorating inside…been stalling…don’t know why.
  8. Bake….ummm….simple stuff.
  9. Get those steps in for my step challenge this month!
  10. Read my last 6 books! YIKES! Cheers to those that read way more than me, I have 27 read.
  11. Oh, do that Christmas card thingy that I really do enjoy but procrastinate about.
  12. Help middle child with homework that he keeps putting off! Umm…he must get that from me. Oops.
  13. Breathe.
  14. Eat.
  15. Sleep.
  16. Grocery shop. Ugh.
  17. Finish the budget.
  18. Finish organizing the basement so said company will have room to enjoy.
  19. Keep the towels washed and supplied in the linen closet.
  20. Do I really think I will accomplish all this? Oh, boy. Give it my best shot! Stay tuned!

Welcome New Year 2016

 

Howdy everyone!

I hope the holidays were good and filled with lots of memories. It was wonderful here. I did get a cold but I nursed it with lots of orange juice and chicken noodle soup. πŸ™‚ My grandma always treated a cold that way. Thank goodness it lasted only a week.

We had a house full. The daughter was able to spend a little over a week with us. She also brought her two cats along. It was fun watching our three cats mingle with them. Of course, the cats favorite person was my hubby. He has that way with animals. He gives them lots of attention.

The oldest son made it for a week on leave from his Navy training. His oldest friend from high school joined in the fun and stayed as well. It seemed like old times. πŸ™‚

I did not get any baking done for the holidays though. Bummer. I think I missed that last year too. Hopefully, this year will be different. Though the boys did say they would give up gifts if we could go somewhere for Christmas. Cool. Though that will be more expensive than the gifts. We don’t give expensive gifts normally.

Normally we giveΒ a few things that they want, money, and some fun childhood gifts like foam dart guns. LOL. We like to bond and laugh more than give expensive stuff. Plus, it takes the pressure off of spending more than the budget can handle. πŸ™‚

We leave those expensive gifts for during the yearΒ so the kids can learn to help save up and pay for them. I know all their friends got these cool gifts but I’d rather them work towards them than be handed them. Plus, we have had Christmas’ where we could barely afford a fifty dollar gift let alone the high dollar ones. I don’t want them to be disappointed from Christmas to Christmas. I’d rather set the tone for a low key Christmas than bounce from high dollar to low dollar. I’ve tried shopping early, it don’t work. I’ve tried saving up, it don’t work. LOL This way works for us. I’m glad other families can do what they want to do, so I don’t look down on those that spend a lot. This is just what works for us. πŸ™‚

Most Christmas’ hubby and I do not exchange gifts especially when the budget is tight. We usually get something we want a few months later. πŸ™‚ Hubby spoiled me. I must say it is also a gift for him. He bought me a new used car with low miles. Our other one was starting to have issues beyond what he wanted to repair. He was worried about me breaking down with him on the road a lot. And with all the dings and dents in the old car the value was declining for a trade in. I will just need to do some creative cutting back on the food. No problem! Two growing teenage boys. LOL

He also got me a lounge chair for my Creative Cave! Best gift ever!Β  He now has a place to sit when he bothers me. LOLΒ  It worked nicely for a bed for the daughter while she was here too. πŸ™‚

I really love how it turns to a lounge chair. Reading chair! πŸ™‚

He also got me a pretty glass item for my curio cabinet. I didn’t take a picture. Too many stairs to run up. πŸ™‚

I promised him his big TV as soon as we can. πŸ™‚

I hated seeing everyone leave but we must all get back to normal routines. πŸ™‚

I will say I’m ready for Spring now. πŸ™‚ I got my first bulb and flower magazine in the mail the other day. Ready! Where is Spring?