Countdown to Christmas

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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. 🙂 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

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

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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! 🙂

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. 🙂
  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!

Music Lover On Your List

One of my favorite music instrument’s site has some great products for Christmas gifts. Check out musiciansfriend.com discounts!

  • 17% off orders $99 and above.
  • Call for special coupons.
  • Daily In-cart discounts.
  • 10% off special financing on Bose products.

I’ve always wanted some Bose multi-media speakers. Maybe Santa will bring me these:

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Pleassssse Santa, I’ve been good. 😉

or I’d settle for these

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I could really jam out! 🙂

How’s your shopping going? I have only bought a few gifts. Always tight on money this time of year. Need to start in January with putting money aside, but there is always something that comes up.

I love Christmas for the family get together the most. Gifts are just a fun added plus. I never want anyone to over spend that puts them in debt. We have always been a family that spends with in the budget allowed. Some Christmas pasts have been pretty slim but they gave us lots of great family moments, which one can not put a price tag on.

Merry Christmas to All! 🙂

Happy shopping! 🙂

That Journal Thing, Week Aug. 9-15th

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August 9th

Question: Write down your last sent text message.

Year 2012: nothing.

Year 2013: I deleted it. Usually don’t text much. No one texts me much either. 🙂

Year 2014: nothing.

Year 2015: It was a smiley face to hubby. We do that a lot. 🙂 Only texts I do is hubby and kids. Once in awhile a friend. Call me unsociable on the phone. 🙂

August 10th

Question: What are you running from at this moment?

Year 2012: Oberlin. Small town life. Want a change for a while. New opportunities. Still like the small town just want something different for awhile. Running from a broken house there. Will be nice not living in it while fixing it. 🙂

Year 2013: How much weight I have gained since high school. I guess running from mirrors. 🙂

Year 2014: nothing.

Year 2015: My bathrooms! LOL…they need cleaned bad! Well, they are not gross. I just find other things to do. LOL

August 11th

Question: How many stamps are in your passport?

Year 2012: Do not have one. 😦

Year 2013: None

Year 2014: None

Year 2015: None still. Probably never will have one. Bummer. I would love to travel, but time and money blocks that!

August 12th

Question: What is your resolution for tomorrow?

Year 2012: Get organized! Pack!

Year 2013: Edit my novel. Step it up and get busy! 🙂

Year 2014: Nothing.

Year 2015: Clean those bathrooms. LOL I have three of them. Yep still putting it off. 🙂 Of course write. Always write.

August 13th

Question: What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning?

Year 2012: Sleep in a little. Family time. Chill. Relax. 🙂

Year 2013: Chill out. Big breakfast. Watch TV with the hubby. Watch son bowl during season. Other son play football.

Year 2014: blank.

Year 2015: Chill with the hubby and kids. During school year the son and I go to bowling. He bowls on a city league that earns scholarship money. 😉 And this year the youngest son will be playing tackle football for the school.

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August 14th

Question: Did you complete your to-do list for the day?

Year 2012: Nope. Rarely do.

Year 2013: Nope. Some done. My lists are usually LONG. I got emails read, laundry for boys done, YMCA, read blogs, and wrote a blog. 😉

Year 2014: blank.

Year 2015: No. A little bit done.

August 15th

Question: What do you like best about your body today?

Year 2012: My hair. I recently got a hair cut.

Year 2013: Well…that’s a bad question! LOL I suppose my legs. Only a few old lady markings but in good shape. Exercising again. Soon look even better everywhere. 🙂

Year 2014: blank

Year 2015: I’ve lost about 20 lbs on my own and have kept it off for over a year. Now to lose 20 more. 🙂

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Laundry…Bottomless Basket.

Laundry is never-ending it seems like. I do a little bit each day instead of all at once. It’s never the same day mostly because I tend to forget to do it. Ok, I stare at it and talk myself out of doing the laundry that day. So a schedule does not work for me.

We do have our middle school boys do their own so they will be prepared for move out day!  🙂 They do good other than the hang up part. The clothes tend to end up on the floor of their closet. Maybe because they know mom will eventually hang them up for them.  🙂

It drives me nuts to see clothes not hung up.

A little trivia:

  • 21% of indoor water usage is from laundry. (http://laundry.about.com)  Maybe that is why I pile the laundry in the least number of loads possible. 🙂
  • The average American family does 8-10 loads every week. (http://laundry.about.com) I can believe that one.

When we looked at our current home we loved the fact the laundry room was a separate room and that it was on the main level. Once we moved in hubby discovered the space was a tad bit small for our laundry set. He had to remove the trim to make them fit. It’s snug. 🙂

Further discover our dryer is on the left. Now, I may be wrong but isn’t the dryer always on the right? Strange and it has been fun adapting to. My routine of throwing the clothes from the washer to the dryer was out of sync for a while.  🙂

Laundry Blog (Our current set up. Hubby complains about the side shelves, he hits his head. I like them because I can hang the clothes on them to put away. )

I would say the construction builders goofed when building the house and didn’t want to correct it. I guess we will be unique.  🙂

What’s up with cats loving to crawl behind the machines? They are always knocking the dryer vent off.

I foresee a future project for hubby blocking their access with shelves. 🙂

Laundry-Room-Makeover-Camerasandchaos Possible ideas: I love this color!

If you look at the shelves that is something we will need to do to block access for the cats. Might have to make it where they can easily come apart for cleaning back behind, etc. 

I don’t get the fancy light, too fancy for a laundry room.  🙂

Organized-Laundry-Room-GE-Adora- This would be my dream room but we don’t have the space for it here. But we do at our Puzzle House! So just maybe at that house.  🙂

Simple-small-laundry-room-with-Shelving-ideas-915x1372 Here is another shelf idea but would have to lower it and make it the width of the space from the wall to the machines. There is a good gap so the shelf would be plenty wide. Hubby didn’t push the machines clear back because it was very tight getting them in there. A shelf should work.

Oh, honey….I have a to do thing for you!  🙂