Good morning from snowy Delta! The plough just went by which means we got even more snow overnight. Shovelling decks and walks will definitely be on my to do list today.
Yesterday was rather frustrating with password problems but that seems to be resolved now. I don't know why the system picked on me. :lol: I went in and banned my own alter egos.
Today I absolutely MUST finish wrapping so the diningroom table is clear. Donna is coming to clean the upstairs bathroom. The guys were really tidy but the floor needs a good scrub and there is a bit of plaster dust floating around. Some painting is needed but will wait until after Christmas now. (The leftover paint from the last redecorating was all dried up so I need to get more.)
Tonight there is a concert in the village at the United Church. Of course there is a supper beforehand - chicken stew and biscuits - but I'm skipping that. It's Carb City around here this time of year! Even the cole slaw and bean salads have sugar in them!
So...on we go with the weekend. What's happening out your way? Any fun stuff? :cofdate:
12-12-2009, 06:43 AM
I'm enjoying a quiet moment before Caitie and Carley get up and we get ready to head out for breakfast. It's great to have the girls here, but it does keep me busy! :) I don't really know yet what the rest of the day will bring, but Caitlyn did mention that she'd like to go shopping. We'll see.
Ruth, enjoy your snow! I bet your little village looks like a picture straight out of Currier & Ives. :hug:
12-12-2009, 06:49 AM
Good morning ladies!
Ruth - Glad you're enjoying your new tub! I need to find some wrapping time myself...unfortunately, I can't have little helpers with me.
Cottage - How long do you have the girls? Shopping would be fun. Hope you enjoy!
Me - Woke up early (cuz I couldn't stay up last night!)...so the pup and I are enjoying some quiet time. It's going to be a slightly crazy day...working today (yay, yay), then DD has a bday party to go to, then she has her own bday party. I should plan ahead supper (or make the DH do it!) so we don't eat junk in between.
Have a great weekend!
12-12-2009, 06:49 AM
Yes, Cottage, I am very lucky. I may put a new battery in my camera and get out there to take some pictures when the sun comes out. Hug that Carley for me and say Hi to Caite. I'm sorry I missed meeting her.
12-12-2009, 07:05 AM
Good morning ladies!
Ruth, I hope you will have a chance to take a few pictures to show us. I really love the one in your avatar.
Cottage, enjoy your weekend guests. :) I'm sure they're having a great time.
Twynn, lots of celebrating today, eh? I hope you have a great, on plan, day.
I've got gift wrapping to do today, too, and I think we may put the tree up this afternoon. I'd like to wait til next weekend, but I believe we'll be heading down to my mom and dad's to get their tree up for them then. Actually, I'd just as soon skip our tree but tradition and all that..... Don't get me wrong, I'm not a scrooge - I just don't need a Christmas tree to enjoy the season. ;)
12-12-2009, 07:27 AM
Good morning :coffee2: I needed to sleep in so I did! It's 14.6 here this morning. You know it's really cold when you include the .6 :brr: It is supposed to get up into the 20s later. I sure hope it does because I'll have a hard time getting myself out the door otherwise.
Ruth - Add me to those looking forward to pictures :) Glad to hear the bathroom is all done and the house is back together.
Cottage - Enjoy your day with the girls
Twynn - Sounds like a good day for planning. Hope it all goes by without a hitch. Might be a good night for a glass of wine and some gift wrapping ;)
Heidi - I gave up the tree a few years ago. Once my DD stopped spending the day here it just seemed like a whole lot of work that I didn't really need to do. For the past several years we have all met and celebrated at my parents house then DD goes on to her Dad's family. After years of having everything here I kind of enjoy the peace.
The snow has me in the mood :)
A pretty normal weekend for us. Julie has a gig tonight so that will be dinner out and hanging at the Pub with friends. Other than that there will be the usual weekend chores. I'm drying apples with cinnamon to bring in gift baskets. The house smells wonderful (who needs a tree when you have apples with cinnamon?).
Work stress has been unreal and I'm still learning how to deal with it without stuffing my face with carbs. It's so easy this time of year when there are treats everywhere. Must remember that this will pass but it won't go any faster or easier if I overeat. Tough lesson.
Tomorrow looks a little warmer and I'm hoping to get my snowshoes out. I never do enough of that because DP is not a big fan. Should be lovely tomorrow though and really good exercise.
Okay, time to get my weekend list together so nothing gets left out. Hope there are a few minutes of me time in your weekend plans. They can be hard to find this time of year but are oh so important.
12-12-2009, 09:09 AM
Ruth, have a nice time at the concert. Be careful with the shoveling!
Linda, have fun with the girls! Are you going to bake with them? That was my favorite thing to do with my grandmother.
Twynn, happy birthday to your daughter! Hope the day goes smoothly!
Heidi, I bet you'll love the tree once you have it up. I just can't wait to turn the lights on on ours in the morning. It looks so pretty!
Cyndi, I really love how you said that overeating will not make the stress go by faster or easier. I need to cross stitch that and hang it on the wall!
We just got back from church. The kids had practice for the Christmas program, which is tomorrow during the service. The practice was long (3 hours) but went really well, and I'm excited to see how the kids do tomorrow. I'm going to go bake some more cookies and then pack them all up for the teachers who let us use their rooms for Sunday School (we hold our Sunday School at the elementary school on base). Sometimes we get complaints about using the rooms and we're always very careful about putting things back, but I figure it can't hurt to grease the wheels a little with some cookies. I made them all pumpkin bread at Thanksgiving, too. I have to put plates together for the kids teachers and coaches, too. Hopefully after all that, we won't have many cookies left in the house!
Have a good Saturday.
12-12-2009, 09:28 AM
It's snowing like crazy today, just in time for the doggies Christmas party.
Ruth, thanks for starting us up! Glad to have you back. I remember when you were wishing for a White Christmas. It seems your "dream" has come true. Enjoy your day and concert.
Cottage, have fun with the kids. I'm sure they keep you very busy.
Twynn, have you done all your shopping for your 1st puppy Christmas? Busy day, sounds fun! Happy BD to DD!
Heidi, do you go out and cut a tree? Have a great day!
Cyndi, I wish the aroma from your house was drifting my way. Sorry work has been so stressful. I think you're doing a dynamite job not "carbing" your way through. You've motivated me to get a good list going today!
Kara, greasing the wheels is always great! Enjoy the rest of your day!
On the top of my list this morning is to get the rear hatch on the car de-iced so Rudi can go to his party. Poor Bing will have to stay home today since he's not registered yet. I'm going to do a 30 min exercise here-good music and a super quick pick up of the house, and my Holiday Challenge. Then baking dog treats and preparing for a batch of Raspberry Jam later. I'm going to cruise up to Target when they open at 8 so I can grab a few things and get out quick. I'll remember to bring my camera to the party today.
Be safe with the roads and crowds today. Happy Saturday!
12-12-2009, 09:48 AM
I'm actually here! SATURDAY and i have alittle bit of me time DH and I conked out in the livingroom last night he was deploying and I intended to stay up a bit with him then head upstairs however I conked and woke up with a blanket and some snugging kitties
Cyn I'm going to adopt your carb mantra!
I fell into a vat of carbs on thursday and am only climbing out now
Ruth Enjoy your concert Can't wait to see snowy delta pics!
Cottage Enjoy your time with the girls:)
Tammy Happy Birthday to DD
Heidi everyone has their own way of catching the spirit!
Cyn Part deux I want to be a nose in your house with the apples and cinnamon!
Kara enjoy your baking! :)
Debbie enjoy the puppy Party! how do you make dog treats? I have a neph puppy I'd love to bake for
When DH wakes up we're going to have breakfast (Lunch for me) and decorate the tree
Then see an author I interviewed and get a signed copy of the book :) I'm a word Junkie
then potentially 2 christmas parties 1 is definite the other is tentative!
Gotta go barrel into the day
Vacay starts the 22 then I'll actually have time to post!!!
12-12-2009, 10:23 AM
Nasty, dreary and cold here. Not much going on except for school stuff. Just posted the last of my grades for the week, completed yet another folder of forms for spec. ed students..it never ends!
Have been stove shopping both online and "in person" and found a stove I think I want. Found out I could NOT get the pro stove I wanted or my insurance would have been canceled. So I think I'm going with a Bosch gas range. But honestly I wish I could find a big sturdy OLD gas range..just plain old vanilla with no fancy stuff. I hate all this digital stuff that goes out. A stove should last a lifetime, not just a few years...that sucks.
I made a wonderful discovery this week at my local organic store. A lady there makes "candy" out of raw cocoa, goji berries and agave necter and nuts...oh man! I am going to try to go to a workshop at the store tomorrow. The guy who wrote the Raw Foods Bible is going to be giving a talk/workshop. I see that one of the treats we are going to be sampling has to do with raw cocoa. Hopefully I can get a recipe to post....
Rushing off to get dressed and get to the store before the weather gets worse...hugs to all!
12-12-2009, 10:35 AM
Good morning everyone,
I took some me time this morning and worked out before coming here, otherwise I wouldn't have gotten in. Work has been stressful the last couple of days. Found out last night I need to go in tonight at Midnight for a couple of hours as they need to change a router card that is failing. Mind you DD2 has the play tonight and two more plays tomorrow as well.
Last night performance was wonderful, everything fell into place. Today slept in on purpose even though I woke up a couple of times still as my pager keeps going off, but we are going to go shopping today to get some gifts DD2 needs for school and then we will go to play tonight.
Have fun at all of the events you are attending today, Ruth can't wait for photos of the village.
12-12-2009, 12:51 PM
Debbie, have you ever read the kids' book Go Dog Go? There's a part at the end where all the dogs are having a party in a tree. Your day made me think of that!
Kierie, how exciting to get a signed copy of a book! You'll have to let us know how it is when you've read it!
Cat, have a great time at the cooking demo!
Rose, hope tonight's play goes as well as last night's and that the work goes quickly once you get there!
12-12-2009, 07:54 PM
Been MIA for a couple days- sorry about that! too much going on! You will be proud to know that I am doing great and will continue to do so ;) but I will be gone prob tomorrow as well. big dinner party tomorrow here so tonight and tomorrow morning will be spent getting everything tidy and cleaning!
Hope all is well! I will try to catch up with personals monday!
OOH- and I am down 9lbs since dec 1~! thats 1 lb away from my december goal! however that doesn't mean I will start slacking!
12-12-2009, 09:33 PM
Auston obviously hasn't taken been informed that you are only supposed to be sick during the week -- not the weekend! He got sent home from school yesterday throwing up and with a fever. Today was supposed to have been his 6th birthday party. We postponed the party to next Saturday. Hopefully he and the weather will both be better. It was cold and rainy here, too. But not as cold as it is at Cyndi's. 14.6??? Sheesh!!!
Debbie, Sparkit would love a doggie party. I bet he would act like a gentleman, too. :)
12-13-2009, 06:23 AM
Good morning and join me for coffee. It's 20ºF out there - about normal for this time of year.
The wrapping is done! Now I need to tag and ribbon stuff and pack it for shipping tomorrow. No decorating happened yesterday because I cannot find the third leg for my wee tree. :( It was lost last year and didn't appear miraculously this year. :shrug: I may just go and buy a new tree today after Church.
I ended up skipping the concert last night - home just seemed too cozy to leave. Disney and Jazz cuddled with me on the couch and we watched "It's A Wonderful Life". I can't believe I've never seen that film! The Grinch is on tomorrow night which is another must to stoke up my Christmas spirit. :)
Disney has a raw spot on her elbow that concerns me a bit. I bandaged it yesterday and she's not licking it anymore but a trip to the vet is in order on Monday. I sure don't want a sick dog around here over Christmas. Or ever for that matter! I'll be away from Wednesday afternoon until Friday afternoon and the furries will be at the kennel so I'd like it starting to clear before then.
Have a super Sunday. Do stop for a cup of tea or coffee and catch your breath. :cofdate:
12-13-2009, 07:33 AM
:coffee2: I need a big cup of coffee this morning, or better yet, the entire pot! I woke up feeling panicky about everything I have to get done in the next two weeks, and next weekend is booked full already, so I don't even have that time to count on. :yikes: I thought I was doing good and was ahead of the game, but now it's just getting downright crazy.
Ruth, I sure hope Disney's sore is starting to heal up! Avoid the extra stress and just go get yourself a new tree. Then, if the tree stand legs do show up, you'll have an extra tree you can put up in another room to enjoy. Aren't you glad you stayed in and watched the Christmas shows? Taking time to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" and "The Grinch" are musts on our Christmas agenda every year. :)
Well, I'm going to finish this last mug of coffee and then get on with my day. I have to get back in time to bake cookies with Amber this afternoon. She found out that Caite, Carley and I baked gingerbread men yesterday, and so I have to bake with her today. I would have asked her over to join us yesteday, but it just would have been too many cooks in the kitchen. :dizzy:
Maybe by this evening I'll have time to stop and catch my breath.
12-13-2009, 07:59 AM
Good Morning Ladies! :)
It's 7 degrees here and the wind is howling. I won't be walking outdoors today!
I'll be too busy anyway, after church I've got to make an appearance at a bridal shower and a Christmas Open House this afternoon and my husband is hoping to make a quick trip to Lewiston to do some shopping after that.
Cottage, I had a shock this morning when the news anchor said, "Only 11 days til the Christmas Eve....." I've got a lot to do between now and then, too. Enjoy your baking today. It must be nice to have little girls around who want to bake with you. I miss those days.
Ruth, I love It's a Wonderful Life, I watch it several times a year, any time I get kind of down or grumbly and it always gives me a little lift. I'm glad you finally had a chance to see it!
Chelby, I hope Auston is feeling better today.
Hi Rikki - congratulations on the 9 lbs! This is a tough time of year to loose, you're doing amazing! :bravo:
Kara, I love Go Dog, Go! Year after year my 5 year olds get upset with the dog that says, "No, I do not like your hat!" and then they cheer in delight when he FINALLY says, "Yes, I do like that party hat!" :lol: My own children were the same way with that book. Dr. Seuss' stuff may be boring for us to read but the little guys sure do love them.
I think you're very kind (and wise) to do the gifts for the teachers' whose classrooms are used for Sunday School. When I taught in Bad Aibling we had the same situation. I was happy to share my classroom but I always went in early Monday morning prepared to pick up a mess and to take out the things I'd put out of sight. (I taught preschool there, lots of toys and things that made it hard for kids to concentrate during Sunday School. lol) I remember getting a thank you note from the class that used my classroom one time and it really pleased me.
Rose, what a busy life you've got this week! :eek: I hope you were able to get a little sleep and that the final shows go as beautifully as the first did.
Cat, How did it go yesterday? I'll be watching for a new recipe! :)
Debbie, Kierie and the rest of you - have a great Sunday!
12-13-2009, 08:14 AM
Why is it 8 here? I think I should go back to bed, until spring!
Ruth - Hope Disney's little sore heals up without a hitch.
We love It's A Wonderful Life. When DD was little a good friend of ours always spent the holiday with us. We would put that movie on after dinner on Christmas Eve partly to keep DD up as late as possible and just because we love it. When it was over and the lights were back on the guys always muttered about dust in their eyes ;)
I still watch it every year.
Cottage - Take a deep breath and just enjoy baking with the kids :) Everything else will get done but those moments are so special.
We love the Grinch too, the original of course!
Heidi - Stay warm :brr: It's supposed to rain here this afternoon. How crazy!
Debbie - How was the dog party? Are there pics?
Kierie - Glad to hear you got a little down time.
Chelby - I hope Auston is feeling better and no one else is sick
Rikki - Wow, 9 lbs! Way to go. I need to follow you around for a day.
Kara - I am so enjoying your kid pics on facebook :)
Cat - Yum, looking forward to hearing about that class :) I hope the sun comes out today.
Pearl - Sorry to hear about the work stress but glad it isn't totally interfering with your weekend. Hope the play continues to be hitchless :)
Had a lovely time at the pub last night listening to DW play. Dinner wasn't too far off the rails but I did indulge in an extra glass of wine.
Today is another quiet at home day. I might try my hand at a healthy gingerbread. I'd love something festive though not sure I entirely trust myself right now. I haven't baked in ages.
12-13-2009, 10:44 AM
Good morning chickies,
I've been missing. Had a wonderful visitor for five days, my SIL and grandson. SIL came for another interview but no answer yet and brought my grandson because my DD just didn't want to book off sick, it was cheaper for him to fly over. I loved having him here, he is two and three months and is he ever chatting away. So many precious moments. What a Christmas present.
Glad to see everyone is well and the Christmas preparations on going strong.
I still have some baking to do and today will try to make French macaroons which I have never done but it will remind me of Paris.
Enjoy your day
12-13-2009, 10:58 AM
Oh Sophie what a wonderful present :) I adore macaroons. I don't suppose there is any way to make them SBD legal? Not that I'd ever be able to stick to portions anyway ;)
Well there is now a freezing rain warning here. Fun, fun, fun. I hope my power stays on. I have the crockpot, dehydrator and bread machine running. :crossed:
12-13-2009, 11:03 AM
I was up for awhile earlier, and went back to bed. We're both kind of "grinchy" here today so I think staying home might be in order. Dog party was super fun. I took some photos, but I only thought one was worth posting. I'll do that later. I wish I could learn how to put one right in a post.
Ruth :hug: You were in my dream last night, perhaps because I was thinking of Disney. You are all in my healthy family thoughts today.
Chelby, I hope Auston is feeling better.
Kierie, what book signing did you go to? I have several recipes for dog treats if you decide to try PM me.
Kara, I hope you all had fun at the church Christmas performance. BTW, I haven't read the Go Dog Go book, but I'll bet our therapy dogs read it with the kids at school. We don't go, because Rudi really doesn't enjoy the youngsters :shrug: Adopted pets sometimes have irritations we'll never know about.
Cat, I'm interested in the raw candy recipes! I might even start googling for some recipes. I need something healthy to make for the boxes I mail and I need it fast! The clock is ticking.
Rikki-You go girl! When you said you're back you meant it!
Cottage, panicking is :nono: here! I do think your suggestion for Ruth's tree is a good one.
Heidi, stay strong at those parties!
Cyndi, my Sis created a healthy gluten free GB that rolls out well. What recipe are you going to use? Won't we all be excited when Spring rolls around. I've pretty much decided I'm going to call "maintenance" for awhile and enjoy it's success until I can get back outside on my bike.
The grinch is back from shoveling, so I guess I'll fix breakfast or something. Raspberries are thawed for making jam. I sold 10 calendars for the rescue group yesterday by offering a jar of jam for each purchase.
ETA Hi Sophie! Glad to hear you had such a wonderful visit. Good luck with those macaroons! I've never made them either.
BTW, we're going out for breakfast to our fav diner. They'll serve me a salad with my omelette rather than the usual toast and potatoes. A bribe, for sure, but DH did mention the concert tonight so it looks like we may be back on track. DH is such a happy recluse and my holiday schedule sometimes takes a toll.
Have a great day everyone!
12-13-2009, 01:16 PM
Michelle, I hope Auston feels better soon!
Ruth, I hope Disney's elbow is nothing serious!
Linda, enjoy what you're up to and take time to see the magic in the season. I'm sure you are making a beautiful holiday for your family!
Rikki, congrats on the 9 pounds! You are doing great!
Heidi, what's so funny about that book is that the hat at the end is the ugliest of them all, I think! My favorite in the book is the little bird and his expression when the cars are screeching to a halt so they don't squish him. :)
Cyndi, so glad you had a nice time at the pub! What kind of music was it?
Sophie, have fun with your baking! I say anything to remind you of Paris is a good thing!!!
Debbie, I hope you enjoy your breakfast this morning! How nice of them to substitute the salad for you!
We are home from our B-U-S-Y Sunday. We left the house at 7:30 this morning to make it to church in time to get all the kids in costume and get Connor warmed up to play his violin. The performance went so well. I was so proud of the kids. No one ran out crying and everyone remembered their lines. Connor played beautifully and he got several compliments afterward. I know I'm a proud mama, but I really think he's something special. We had to skedadle afterward to Sunday School because I have to open the building. The kids all got a kick out of signing cards for the classroom teachers and I gave out presents to my Sunday School teachers as well. They do such an amazing job and they put SO much into these kids. I am so thankful to have them. After that we grabbed lunch and headed to AWANA. Did I mention it was snowing all day? Gorgeous! We only had about half our kids at club but the ones who were there had a great time. Such a fun group. Got home around 5:00. I have two towering baskets of laundry that need to be folded and I'm trying to get up the motivation to do it. I also REALLY want some cookies. GO AWAY CRAVINGS!
I guess I'd better get to Mt. Laundry. Have a good Sunday all!
12-13-2009, 06:31 PM
Kara - your day sounds so wonderful. Nothing like having sweet children at Christmas. You really adapt yourself so well to wherever you live.
me - I baked the French macaroons and lets just say I won't be putting any French pastry shops out of business. There were a few that were just perfect but some cracked. No licking the spoon here, I poured myself a glass of V8 and believe it or not licking the spoon isn't that great after having a sip of V8.
Watching the tour of the White House tonight with Oprah.
oh yes, my son called me mom and my little grandson gave him quite an argument, saying NOT MOM.