Sunday, December 28, 2008
... and with the 'destination' of Christmas reached, it is now time to start embarking on the next journey!
Hmmm... where will 2009 take us? Are you jumping into it with an aggressive resolution? I try to avoid this, but somehow the desire for yet another 'destination' wins out in the form of a resolution every year! After all, how can there be a journey without a destination??
As the temperatures in Upstate NY 'soared' into the 60's this past weekend, I was inspired. Right now, our house is maxed out with X-mas (NOT to be dismantled until after New Years!). My 'daily' beloved treasures are stashed here and there to make room for the Holiday decor. I'm in need of a 'lighter spirit'. Feeling something of a need to purge. To regain control. To tighten up. To air out the cluttered spaces of our home. With this comes my New Years resolution. I have made a specific list of closets/drawers/cabinets/areas in need of a thorough sorting/purging/cleaning/organizing. My intention is to 'do' one of these a month. Sounds 'do-able', and broken down in this manner, not TOO overwhelming.
I'm well aware of the 'lightness of spirit' that can be gained through a deep purge, and I'm ready! Don't get me wrong, I am NOT a minimalist at heart!! I love my 'stuff'... for the most part it does not drain me... It has not put me into debt . It does not restrict our having people into our house (my 'stuff' is not so precious that I stress out when little hands touch it, nor do I hide it before parties for fear of breakage!). It does not interefere with other activities (it is neat and well displayed, but I do not stay home to clean!!). I am not paying for a storage facility just to house it! It is all organized and easily accessible (Yes, I can lay my hands on any given 'stray bit' within minutes). I thrive on my 'stuff'... but occasionally we all need the 'rush' of lightening our load - a bit!
What is your 'destination' for the New Year?? What is your desired 'rush' for 2009?
With an optimistic anticipation, I wish a HAPPY 2009 for everyone!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Finished Plarn Bags #7 & #8 last night! Two identical, simple 'MAN-bags' in Purple-White & Carhart tan. To be delivered tomorrow as joke gifts for the 2 guys I work with. They have been unmerciful with their harassment of " 'Sr. Citizen' crafting with plastic bags" and "Bag Lady" comments!!
They will be filled with lottery tickets and their beloved Mallow Cups (which I finally located and ordered on the internet!!). Here is another picture to give you a better idea of the 'styling'!
Anyone who 'knows' me, 'knows' my attachment to socks... Particularly HOLIDAY socks!! I have enough pairs for most Holidays to celebrate the ENTIRE month preceeding. I am LOVING this package that I found waiting for me on my desk yesterday morning!! CLASSICS, (with high ankles - don't 'do' the 'ped' thing!!). With them having the same background colors, I can mix-n-match too! Today I am sporting my all-time favorite pair... one 'Dear Santa' and one Re-Gift!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
DH & I have learned that we can NOT put our garbage out the evening before pick-up, as we will just be sweeping, retrieving and re-bagging it ALL again in the morning. The photo above is the scene left on the sidewalk after pick-up this morning. Our bag was only our there for 1 hour!!
Further down the sidewalk, I noticed some 'left-overs' from a neighbor who had apparently put their trash out last night...
...so I guess the answer to the question will now have to include 'cigarettes'?!!
CRAB UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE!
HAEGER PRESENTS! (under the 'VERA' tree)
THE CHRISTMAS FOREST!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
By 10 am, it had brightened outside - I almost think I caught a glimpse of the sun! It was frigid and windy, but clear and no snow!! DH and I decided that we couldn't waste what might be one of our last 'decent' days for a while - inside! So we went out venturing. I DETEST large, crowded malls this time of the year (especially on a SATURDAY!!) - so we toyed around with a few local small village options.
We ended up in Ithaca! NOT 'small', but a FUN - ARTSY college town (Cornell & Ithaca Colleges), set at the foot of the FingerLake Cayuga. We went 'downtown' to the Commons where we happened upon a children's show - complete with carolling, Rudolph and Elves repelling down the sides of the buildings!! A lot of window shopping... a few purchases... and a special treat of lunch at one of our favorites!
Our trip home was 'aimless wandering'... freezing water falls, a couple of thrifts and an INSIDE Estate Sale, where I found this......rather tame for a VERA, and 'blue' is NOT my thing, but for 25¢ it had to be added to my collection!
Yes, there were Tons of things I 'should' have been doing... but who can say 'No' to a SWEET day of pure enjoyment during the Holiday Chaos?!!
My 'early morning' decorating resulted in...The small Aluminum tree in our red/black kitchen was decked with the gold-toned 'Things Remembered' 'cheesy-tacky' ornaments I've been gathering and have graciously had gifted to me AND small red balls. The 'TR' ornament are too delicate though, and just kind of blend in with the aluminum branches. I tried positioning them near a red ornament - that helped... a little. I will have to rethink this plan for another year! Maybe a green (?!) or a darker colored tree... hmmm.
Next was the table top aluminum tree in the Dining room - you know, the one that gets the lime-orange-purple decorations...
The base of this tree is swathed in appropriately colored 'VERA'...
This morning there was 'hint' of us possibly hosting a Christmas Happy Hr. this weekend. Just 'in-case' I better FINISH this decorating fun, and do a little cleaning!!!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Remember these 'star' ornaments that I found back in MARCH? They have found a 'home' at last...
Friday, November 28, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
...Saturday was spent making candy / snacks for stocking stuffers... (NOT to worry... My parents/DH &I exchange stockings the day after Thanksgiving!! It is our 'traditional' exchange with the requirement being that all items are 'sale finds' or 'homemade'!! Dad loves blackwalnuts, so I have several 'candy' recipes that I have revised to incorporate them. *Just for the record, in my book if it requires a candy thermometer or 'double boiler', then it is considered 'candy'!! **If you ever find any of the commercial size 'baking sheets' for cheap GRAB THEM - I found these two, new, at sales this summer for about $1 each and LOVE them - Too big for the oven, but other uses are endless!)
...and this past week, I found a couple of stores with their Halloween on sale 90% OFF!!... (ALL of this Halloween goodness - napkins, reusable plastic plates, socks..., plus a bag of gummie candy, not pictured, only cost $1.23 - GOTTA LOVE IT!!)
What Holiday are we approaching? What season are we in 'exactly'?????
ADDED 11-23: Oh Yeh, and as Shara so kindly reminded me... there are random Bits-O-Birthday scattered among all of the other seasons/holidays!!
It's a good thing I got the Thanksgiving decorations out last weekend, 'cause had it been left for this weekend, I'm sure they would have been bypassed and I would have gone straight to Christmas!!
** DISCLAIMER: This IS NOT going to become a 'weather' blog... but the first 'real' of EACH season is always noteable **
*STUFF FINDS of the week will come later...