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Blondie
December 1st, 2014, 07:56 AM
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Happy Monday Folksies!

Welcome December, a new week and new reasons to smile. The Thanksgiving holiday was pleasant for us although it was quite a different one. It was like playing musical chairs because of all the people coming and going. I spent 4 hours doing dishes on Thanksgiving day. Then I announced that next year I would never do this again. I mean it. We can go eat out somewhere. I would like to enjoy guests. all I did was cook and clean. Call me Cinderella without the glass slipper. Saturday afternoon we all trooped over to DD's house. They have a dishwasher. I encouraged them to use disposable everything. At least someone listens.

We did not do Black Friday shopping. Been there, done that; another one of those I will never do again.

My cousin and his dear wife are leaving when they wake up. I need to get back down to Mom's for the goodbyes in a short while. I know I have told you he is my favorite male cousin. Oh, while he was here, his middle son's wife in Colorado gave birth to a lovely little girl, Arianna. What else? I actually imbibed a bit too much. I am such a cheap drunk. Actually I am the kinda gal that becomes the life of the party although I did not jump up and dance on the table. My Mom was aghast that I was tipsy. Hubs thought I was cute. My daughter laughed and laughed and laughed. That's all I remember, with the exception of the knowledge I should not give up my day job.

My dear ones, just because Thanksgiving is over (thank the good lord), does not mean that our thankfulness is at an end. Consider it a way of life. I try each day to be grateful for the many blessings I have and then I smile.


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Jean Sewing Machine
December 1st, 2014, 08:34 AM
Good morning! Ice pellets are clicking at my window, and schools are calling off classes, so I guess we're in for a bad weather day.

Blondie, I loved your story of Thanksgiving! I can imagine you as the life of the party stone cold sober, so I guess a tipsy Blondie must really be a fun girl! Hope there were no painful repercussions from your date with the fruit of the grape!

I spent a totally fun, quite out of the stores date with my stash this weekend. See my post about " How I Spent my Thanksgiving Holiday" for pictures. Today, I hope to get the big monster quilted, since it is apparent the streets aren't travel worthy, and there isn't anything I need to go out for.

Hope you all have a great day! Be safe if you are traveling snowy or icy roads!

buckeyequilter
December 1st, 2014, 08:41 AM
Good morning....

These 4 days off sure went fast!

This is how extra days off work are spent at our house - I walked in and they were on the sofa like this so I put a quilt on the shepherd and then decided it was picture worthy:


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I spent the week-end working on the Night Sky quilt - sew some, rip some......
I did get a top put together for a Christmas quilt....just need to put the borders on and quilt it.
We had a nice Thanksgiving - just DD, DH & I.

Well need to finish getting ready for work. Have a wonderful day!

Blondie
December 1st, 2014, 08:44 AM
Blondie, I loved your story of Thanksgiving! I can imagine you as the life of the party stone cold sober, so I guess a tipsy Blondie must really be a fun girl! Hope there were no painful repercussions from your date with the fruit of the grape!

You should have seen me bring down the house with my rendition of Let It Go. I assure you, all I know of that song are the words, Let It Go. I love making up words to songs as I go along, especially while doing that mountain of pots, pans, dishes, lol

Bubby
December 1st, 2014, 08:57 AM
Morning,

We're getting the driving sleet and ice they called for...no going out for me today. I will have to reschedule my doctor appointment for sure. After rolling my car over on the ice last winter I'm not anxious for a repeat mishap.

Our Christmas tree (such as it is) is decorated and what little else has been done around here will have to do. The rest of the month will be music, friends and a bit of cooking and baking.

Wishing everyone a cozy, safe day. Hugs, Barb

MayinJerset
December 1st, 2014, 09:18 AM
Blondie you really made your family's Thanksgiving one to remember. They will be teasing you about it for years but all in good fun.

We had a quiet Thanksgiving, with DS#3 and his GF, boy did she bring a ton of food. Cousin's party Friday night and by Sunday I didn't want to look at food again. Problem was we were meeting DS#2 and DIL for lunch on Sunday. Promised myself to order a simple meal, maybe some soup but broke that promise. We planned to meet at Moore's Tavern but it was a Football Sunday and place was overcrowded and very noisy so we rode up the road a bit to Long Horns. Couldn't resist ordering a half a rack of baby back ribs and they were lean, tender and delicious - ate half of the sweet potato and rice pilaf and I was satisfied and full. We had a surprise guest at lunch as they were babysitting DIL's 3yr old niece. She entertained us throughout the meal, not a shy bone in her body. First thing she did was show me her Frozen Girls necklace, I think there may be a Frozen Girls pillowcase in little Maggie's future. DIL wasn't feeling too good as he broke her wrist last week, she has one of those stretching casts that are more comfortable than the old plaster ones but her wrist was aching her yesterday.

Dec. 1 is DS#1's 59th Bday, when Bob was born in St. Albans Naval Hospital in NYC DH was in the Marines stationed in Japan. We celebrated his Bday Thanksgiving night but I'll give him a Happy Bday call at work later this morning.

I've been up since 4, throat was very sore so I had a hot cup of tea and feeling much better so since it is now 7am it's time to make some coffee.

CarolynK
December 1st, 2014, 09:35 AM
Good Morning Blondie and all!

Blondie, I loved your Thanksgiving story and I'm sure you were the cute tipsy one! How fun!

I didn't host Thanksgiving this year and I also remember spending hours doing dishes, even though I have a dishwasher. I'm the type that all the dishes have to be done that day so unloading and reloading isn't my thing! I will be doing a fairly sizable Christmas this year so I'm working out my strategy now!

We did two dinners over the weekend and I did get some meaningful sewing time in. I have my tree skirt almost FMQ and hope to finish later tonight when I get home from work.

For those in the bad weather zone, stay safe and warm. It's very cold and windy here but no precipitation.

Hugs and prayers for all!

Carolyn

Navy Wife
December 1st, 2014, 09:39 AM
So glad you mentioned birthdays! DGD's husband has one on Thursday and I need to get a card in the mail.
We had a great time on Thursday with DS#1 and his family plus DS#2 and wife. It was a typical Thanksgiving with Turkey and all the trimmings. I spent the rest of the weekend finishing a baby quilt for DGD's baby.

Had a beautiful ending to the weekend last night at a concert benefitting our favorite charity. It was fantastic! Christmas carols and hymns played on 5 pianos with occasional addition of the Mighty Wurlitzer, or 2 flutes. I was near to tears on some of the music!

Must stop and get to the dentist. Just cleaning this time.

Monique
December 1st, 2014, 09:59 AM
Good morning everyone. Blondie, we all have to let loose once in a while. You go girl.

Not a very eventful weekend. We went to the casino Friday night for the Phil Collins tribute. It was wonderful and the guy was very good.

Saturday, Les went to the camp and I just shopped locally. Free turkey dinner at the community hall was excellent. Yesterday I spent the better part of the day making Maizyn some jammies. I think I had forgotten that patterns are a little bigger than store bought clothes. Oh well, she will love them just the same.

Hubby works days today. Yippee. I want to get some sewing done today.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

EnumclawGramma
December 1st, 2014, 10:09 AM
Good Morning! Thanksgiving is over and it's on to Christmas! So hard to believe.....where do the days go?

Barb I'm continuing my prayers for you. I really hope you start feeling a little better and can enjoy the holidays. This is such a difficult time of year with everything we want to do and accomplish. Sending good thoughts your way GF.

Blondie I'd do your dishes for you for a chance to see/and get tipsy with you! I bet you're a hoot! Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

I've got to get into my sewing room today and get busy with my holiday sewing. There are a few gifts I really want to finish up. I may dedicate the day to that. We'll see how the morning shapes up.

We got snow this weekend, and I think it's gonna hang around awhile. It's COLD! I've got to keep the fire going today and I'm still dealing with some wet wood. Ugh! Another good reason to hang close to home with no need to go out.

Have a good Monday everyone. Hugs/Prayers for all in need!

Grandma Nan
December 1st, 2014, 10:23 AM
Good Morning Blondie and all!

Blondie, I loved your Thanksgiving story and I'm sure you were the cute tipsy one! How fun!

I didn't host Thanksgiving this year and I also remember spending hours doing dishes, even though I have a dishwasher. I'm the type that all the dishes have to be done that day so unloading and reloading isn't my thing! I will be doing a fairly sizable Christmas this year so I'm working out my strategy now!

We did two dinners over the weekend and I did get some meaningful sewing time in. I have my tree skirt almost FMQ and hope to finish later tonight when I get home from work.

For those in the bad weather zone, stay safe and warm. It's very cold and windy here but no precipitation.

Hugs and prayers for all!

Carolyn

Carolyn- I know what you mean, I am having 25 for Christmas dinner and although i can piece together that many plates and cutlery, I am renting tables, tablecloths and dishes. Everything will match so I think it will make a pretty table. For the dishes, you just scrap, rinse and put in the box dirty to return. Same with cutlery. I think this will be a great solution- better for me and the environment if we're not throwing away plastic and using that much water to run multiple dishwasher loads.

Grandma Nan
December 1st, 2014, 10:34 AM
Blondie- I would have loved to been there to see you tipsy. My mother would have frowned upon that too. Laughing just thinking about it.

Well I had a pretty quiet weekend here. Had my carpal tunnel done on Friday morning and so my hand was pretty much out of commission although last night I did manage to work on some binding of one of my quilts. I also spend some time trying to find a pillow case I made a couple of weeks ago. I made 5 Elf on the Shelf pillow cases and now I can only find 4. The first one I did at the retreat a couple weeks ago and the other 4 I did last Thursday so I would have them done to wrap the grandkids quilts for Christmas in them. I cannot find the one I did at the retreat and I know I brought it home as I have shown a couple of people. I expect it will turn up and I am hoping before Christmas.

The rest of the weekend was pretty quiet as I can't get my hand wet til Wednesday. Yesterday I put a plastic bag on to take my shower but thats about my limit. Thankful it is not painful unless I do something I should not and then it gives me a strong reminder to stop and elevate. I do still have a lot of swelling but it is coming nicely.

December 1- wow, can Dec 25 be far behind. I need to make the magic reindeer food soon and get it out to the kids. They love it.
TTFN.
Nancy

MRoy
December 1st, 2014, 10:55 AM
Good morning! Blondie, I bet you're a real hoot when you're tipsy. Still dealing with turkey leftovers here. DH brought in some venison burger last night and he's going to try it for supper tonight. I think I'll just stick with the leftovers.

I started working on the first clue of the new Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt Saturday. I'm planning on making a smaller version (1/2) for now. Guild sit-n-sew is this afternoon. I need to get some batting from the guild's roll for a donation quilt I've loaded on the frame. Wishing everyone a great day!

Sandy Navas
December 1st, 2014, 11:12 AM
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Ahhh, caffeine!!

Guild tonight - BBQ catered dinner followed by that silly Christmas exchange. Should be fun. Have a few things to get finished up before leaving this evening. Then I found out that they are starting an hour earlier than usual and I have to be there at least an hour before that. I'll be scrambling, I'm sure.

The stormy weather has bypassed us, though the winds have not abated - and with the winds come the cold, cold, cold. Saturday I was outside in a tank top and quite comfortable. Today I got up to 15 degrees outside . . . anyone know of a rental at the equator?

ravelim
December 1st, 2014, 11:26 AM
Had a great thanksgiving. Went to DD's . Her DD was there as well. Lovely time.
Finished two quilt tops. Can't wait to get to trying my new FMQ skills.

Excited about making my sewing room more feminine with girlie curtains and colors. DH and I have planned out some fun things for this pretty room.

Hugs and prayers for those who need them.

GrammaBabs
December 1st, 2014, 11:34 AM
Quiet Thanksgiving with friends and we savored every moment... MY BFF Judy did all the cooking,, I brought my homemade cookies and GB's...But After I put all the dishes in washer,,, pots by hand and all put away,, done in maybe 45min. total.. She's a slow mover and says "I'm hired for every party".. Actually she invites me to everything,, cause' the kitchen is "my comfort zone" NOT HER"S,, :)

Blondie.. I so wish you lived here,, we would be a pair at the dances.. a sing and dance act!!! I AM a party girl and not ashamed to say it... I can have fun with and without the wine.. just love music and being with friends...

Now for an update ....I thank you all for so many prayers..... my SIL Dan and DD Debby surprised us Sat... and stopped by for a visit.. Dan wanted to get out.. he looks wonderful and they both look relieved it's over and a success, happy and are full of confidence.. for the future..He even showed me his 5 places on his chest and stomach they used for his surgery... He has already stopped his diabetes meds..
As for my son Dave (of the ongoing issue)... for now he is on track again and hopeful that THIS may be it.. He's closer than ever with new AA friends in FL.. and taking it one at a time... ME..... Feeling great actually... Was this the plan I had when I got married.. of course not,, but I've so many blessings and wonderful supportive friends both here and in my comm... that I don't know a luckier gal!!!
Onward and upward to Christmas!! It will be a quiet one, but we are all healthy and comfortable .. all one needs in life right!
Hugs, B

Cfrankl
December 1st, 2014, 11:49 AM
Blondie, word of advice, once you get a little tipsy once, the rest will never let you forget it. The first year I hosted East for my family, I got a little tipsy, and of course that come up every year, maybe I should do it again, it did make the even funner.....

Cold cold and more cold up here, yesterday we were under an "Extreme cold warning" and a "blowing snow warning" temps were -39C with the wind!!

Good thing I happen to have a few quilt to stay warm with!!

Carrie J
December 1st, 2014, 11:55 AM
Morning all :D, great story Blondie and I agree no more putting on huge meals for tons of folks. Drew the line in the sand many years ago on that. I started assigning chores for each person, should of thought of it sooner! This year Thanksgiving was just the Hubs, myself and Miss Mags, think she really enjoyed having all the treats to herself. Competing with the kids two Shepherds is a riot to watch. They're confused, she's bossy - lol. Cold front came in and very, very chilly with temps dropping all day. Shame the wind didn't drop as well. Some precip expected, but with two days of 70 and 80 temps, it won't stick. Christmas decorations are up inside, said forget it on the outside ones. All shopping is done and time to settle in for the long haul towards Christmas day. Well off for java, think I heard the pot gurgling, Hugs and blessings to all, especially those that need them :D.

Granny Fran
December 1st, 2014, 12:04 PM
Greetings to all and glad your Thanksgiving was good. Today is DH and my 26th anniversary and every day has been a blessing. It's wonderful to be married to your best friend. He is so good to me, bought me my first embroidery machine (brother PE500) and I can hardly wait for it to arrive (dec 8). I braved the black friday mob at the local Menard's (hardware) at 6 am and got DH the scroll saw he showed me an ad for the same day he ordered the embroidery machine. Was going to keep it a surprize, but he wanted to go there after work and see if they still had it, so I broke down and gave it to him early. LOL our anniversary gifts to each other.
Our thanksgiving was good DSIL had his brother and children visiting from Alabama and we invited all to our home on thursday. Every year DD and SIL host a great dinner for family and friends the saturday after thanksgiving. We never know how many will be there. They do the meat (turkey and ham) and potatoes and gravy. Everyone else brings a dish. So far we have never run short.
This is my favorite holiday. Family, friends, fun and just enjoying the day. :icon_bigsmile:

CarolynK
December 1st, 2014, 12:12 PM
Carolyn- I know what you mean, I am having 25 for Christmas dinner and although i can piece together that many plates and cutlery, I am renting tables, tablecloths and dishes. Everything will match so I think it will make a pretty table. For the dishes, you just scrap, rinse and put in the box dirty to return. Same with cutlery. I think this will be a great solution- better for me and the environment if we're not throwing away plastic and using that much water to run multiple dishwasher loads.

Hmmmm, that is a great idea and will have to look into that. I'm probably going to end up with about 18 for Christmas and I'm doing a large turkey and all the trimmings too. It makes for a lot of pots and pans too! Fortunately "a few..very few" are in to helping get things cleaned up so it makes it go a little faster. Funny story, last year I spent Thanksgiving with my sister and her family up in Michigan. She has 4 kids and their respective mates and a few others for dinner. Well, Cheryl (my sister) and I did ALL of the cooking, preparing, baking and a little wine drinking that day for dinner. All the guys (3 of them her sons) were patting their bellys and heading for the couch. I kind of stood up and said, "you all know the new rule is that if the women cook all this then you guys get to clean it all up and put away the food". They all stopped in their tracks and kind of looked at me like I had two heads. I just said - "Hey, that's the rule for today and you'd better get on it". They (including her husband) cleaned up the whole kitchen and did a very nice job while sis and I hung out watching football and laughing. It was priceless!

AnnieBQuilter
December 1st, 2014, 12:19 PM
Good Morning All

I have just recently joined the forum, but I have been following it for quite awhile. Blondie, I look forward to your post every morning and enjoy reading others responses also. You always have something meaningful to say. I feel like I have had the good fortune to get to know some of you through the forum so now I just need to starting doing some posting so you can get acquainted with me. I don't feel very social media savvy so please bear with me. I have worked with computers for years, but not the social media side especially with phones & tablets.

Hope you all have a great Monday.

Annie

Granny Fran
December 1st, 2014, 12:24 PM
Good Morning All

I have just recently joined the forum, but I have been following it for quite awhile. Blondie, I look forward to your post every morning and enjoy reading others responses also. You always have something meaningful to say. I feel like I have had the good fortune to get to know some of you through the forum so now I just need to starting doing some posting so you can get acquainted with me. I don't feel very social media savvy so please bear with me. I have worked with computers for years, but not the social media side especially with phones & tablets.

Hope you all have a great Monday.

Annie

Welcome Annie. Some of us are not very computer savvy, but that doesn't stop us, there is always someone to help out with any technical dfficulties. Glad you are here with us.

K. McEuen
December 1st, 2014, 12:33 PM
Grrr ... waiting in a big room to see if I get selected for jury duty. What fun. Dec. 1st thru the 31st. So much for any extra holiday plans.

Bubby
December 1st, 2014, 12:39 PM
Karen, That's what I was doing this time last year, too! Good Luck!

Mom23
December 1st, 2014, 12:47 PM
Blondie, your story just about made me spew coffee onto the computer! You are such a hoot when you're stone sober, I can't imagine how funny you are when a little tipsy!

We survived 16 people for dinner Thursday and 62 people for dinner Saturday night. The basement is cleaned and you can't even tell we had a party. Carpets are getting cleaned and new bed mattress will be delivered Wednesday. I can't wait to have the house to myself Wednesday-Sunday so I can get some decorating and sewing accomplished. I haven't sewn for over a week and boy do I miss it.

Blessings to all!

Amy R
December 1st, 2014, 12:55 PM
Morning everyone. It was so good to see the family again, and of course the trip was too fast.
I retire my meniscus and am hoping it heals on its own again like last time.
Upon returning home we checked on our house and found the water heater is leaking. We can't replace it til tax money comes back. They say God doesn't give you more than you can handle, why would he send this our way knowing we can't ? I'm really angry today and sad.

I keep trying to stay positive though and will start working on the things I planned on selling and to finish my parents' Christmas presents. I also added placemat set and surprise mug rugs for my brother and sil. She and I got along great, and she really made a hit with the hubs. He and her could seriously be long lost siblings. I was nervous about seeing her again after all the badness she did to my brother but their counseling seems to be working well and they are more at peace. Awesome!
Mom treated me to some fabric and batting from Joann's saturday sale. I found fabric that just HAS to be a table runner for her living room table.
I also spent my points finally on msqc for the placemats. Snagged the free charm pack too.
So ladies and gents please say a prayer for your Dayton family here we're pushing through and trying to make it here.
Prayers and hugs to you all, you had an honorary place at the table Thursday.

irishrn
December 1st, 2014, 01:28 PM
Good morning all!
It's suppose to be 70 degrees here today and then the cold will be back!! So I managed to get a 45 minute walk in this morning! I needed it. We did walk yesterday afternoon too when it was a bit warmer! It helps me more than I am willing to admit!
TG day was great. DD and her BF came for dinner so it was just the 4 of us but everything was just delicious!!!
And the kids did all the clean up while I packed away turkey for soup and turkey pot pie into the freezer!
They helped me with the computer I moved down to the bedroom to free up a desk in the sewing room for my serger! It was so noisy on the tray table I was using!!
We finished all the leftovers last night and the kids took some home too so it was all good!
DD's BF made home made cranberry sauce and my DH couldn't stop raving about it! He was a happy boy! It was reported to be just like his moms!! And DD made green bean casserole that was just delicious!
Today is going to be a sewing day for a bit till company arrives for a short visit about 2pm.
My GF is traveling back from Duke hospital to her home in Wilmington NC. So we will be a pit stop to let her rest!

I hope all have a good day and you can stay safe and warm in the winter weather.
Thanks for all the laughs this morning! And welcome Annie to the forum!! You're gonna love it here!!

Grandma Nan
December 1st, 2014, 01:38 PM
Hmmmm, that is a great idea and will have to look into that. I'm probably going to end up with about 18 for Christmas and I'm doing a large turkey and all the trimmings too. It makes for a lot of pots and pans too! Fortunately "a few..very few" are in to helping get things cleaned up so it makes it go a little faster. Funny story, last year I spent Thanksgiving with my sister and her family up in Michigan. She has 4 kids and their respective mates and a few others for dinner. Well, Cheryl (my sister) and I did ALL of the cooking, preparing, baking and a little wine drinking that day for dinner. All the guys (3 of them her sons) were patting their bellys and heading for the couch. I kind of stood up and said, "you all know the new rule is that if the women cook all this then you guys get to clean it all up and put away the food". They all stopped in their tracks and kind of looked at me like I had two heads. I just said - "Hey, that's the rule for today and you'd better get on it". They (including her husband) cleaned up the whole kitchen and did a very nice job while sis and I hung out watching football and laughing. It was priceless!

Carolyn one of my tricks (I have hosted Christmas and other big meals for our family for years) is that I do as much pre prep as possible and get those pots and some things cleaned up early. Like I cook the turkey day before, slice it and put it on the platters then just nuke it a bit before the meal. Some people would not like that but I balance- keeping everyone happy or keeping me happy on the big day so I can have fun too- I win. I make the gravy so that all I have to do is heat it the next day then I can have the roast pan all cleaned. I peel the potatoes day ahead and get that done. I make the stuffing and have it in the slow cooker. I make my baked beans and freeze them and cook squash-have it scraped out of the shell and in a casserole that I can do a day or so ahead. There are still lots of dishes but the pre prep does help out a lot.

I also like your idea of getting the guys to do it. LOL. It might work here- my hubby would do it but not sure about the others.

RockinLou
December 1st, 2014, 01:54 PM
Hello new forum friends... Let's see...

We worked on Thanksgiving, so on Friday night we went to the Ritz Carlton for a Thanksgiving meal. We were the only Americans in the restaurant and DD, not a shy bone in her body, gleefully chatted with the head chef when he came out to greet us. She told him about wanting to be a chef (news to me) and that she went to cooking camp the past 2 summers. She was very specific that camp was in Atlanta, GA, USA so it was all in English. So, he invited her into the kitchen and they made pizzas together! He asked her what her brother's favorite food was and he let her make fresh pasta for him with jus Parmesan cheese on it, she is not quite six and she's cooked at the Ritz!! She was even sent home with a chef coat in her size!?! It was awesome! And to think we almost didn't go because our 3 year old was grumpy... He enjoyed the view of traffic and the city from the 30th floor, so all was good.

Saturday we went to a local craft fair, I picked up a beautiful boiled wool nativity set, all handmade. I regretted not buying it last year, so this year I refused to pass it by. We also got a beautiful new fruit bow, all handmade and painted pottery. We trimmed the tree Saturday night and DS promptly knocked it over and broke DD's brand new ballerina ornament. She didn't know though, so Sunday morning DH ran back to the store and bought her a new one, a real switcheroo pulled off with no tears. Good thing it was an ornament and not a goldfish or something :D

This morning I took the kids on a play date and when we got home I hid in the sewing room. DS now has a new shirt that needs buttons and a hem. I have my sanity back. Today is a national holiday, so we go back to work tomorrow. I'm in complete denial. I haven't prepped a lesson or done a stitch of work all weekend. Will probably be regretting that choice come noontime tomorrow!!

Back to my sewing room... Debating if I should make a Christmas skirt for DD this week or just let it go.... She will get a beautiful dress for Christmas from me, but it will not be holiday themed per say. Who am I kidding?? Where would I find the time??

Claire Hallman
December 1st, 2014, 02:19 PM
I didn't sew but one thing this whole weekend, put two short ends of ribbon together so I would not have to buy another skein. Now the outside of the house is decorated but the inside is in turmoil. My goal today is to get the house done, the tree can wait a few days.
I have a doctor appt tomorrow for a check up and pesky IBS[?] that has been driving me bananas for 3 weeks tomorrow. Hopefully the doc can fix me up. Having the mamo on Friday, oh joy!.
Have a great day everyone.

aliaslaceygreen
December 1st, 2014, 02:27 PM
Good morning!!! Thanksgiving wasn't as exciting as yours, Blondie...
And I am in the middle of RETAIL HELL, so expect me at random times to pop in... I really want to do better this month about keeping up with everyone!

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CarolynK
December 1st, 2014, 03:56 PM
Carolyn one of my tricks (I have hosted Christmas and other big meals for our family for years) is that I do as much pre prep as possible and get those pots and some things cleaned up early. Like I cook the turkey day before, slice it and put it on the platters then just nuke it a bit before the meal. Some people would not like that but I balance- keeping everyone happy or keeping me happy on the big day so I can have fun too- I win. I make the gravy so that all I have to do is heat it the next day then I can have the roast pan all cleaned. I peel the potatoes day ahead and get that done. I make the stuffing and have it in the slow cooker. I make my baked beans and freeze them and cook squash-have it scraped out of the shell and in a casserole that I can do a day or so ahead. There are still lots of dishes but the pre prep does help out a lot.

I also like your idea of getting the guys to do it. LOL. It might work here- my hubby would do it but not sure about the others.

You know, Grandma Nan, I think I am going to make things ahead because I'm taking Christmas Eve off so I'll have time to get some of the prep work done and also the turkey cooked as well. Thanks so much for the suggestions!!!! Oh and about the guys doing the dishes---I couldn't believe it worked but Cheryl and I headed to the living room with our glass of wine and didn't look back. :icon_whistle:

Bubby
December 1st, 2014, 05:03 PM
Good luck with your medical tests, Claire. Maybe a little too much holiday stress on the IBS?

Simply Quilting
December 1st, 2014, 07:38 PM
Good Afternoon! I took dh to his eye exam in the city - just the yearly routine exam. Some how several years ago he was not able to go at the same time when the children and I went. So because of insurance, he has to go later than we do every year. It was bitterly cold and windy out today and for some reason the front heater didn't want to work. Thankfully, the back one where the children were did work. Going to have to have it checked on soon.

The children and I went to a couple of store while he was at the exam. I found out I've got to find a new place to get Hallmark ornaments as there are no store nearby anymore :( We had a couple of really nice local ones. One of the local stores was where I would get a lot of my Christmas gifts for many years - they had some very unique things.

We have simplified Thanksgiving a lot over the years. This is usually the one meal of the year that we have at our home on the day then celebrate at parents on different days. Each year we ask the children what one thing that they really want to have to eat and we try to fix that item - this year all three said turkey. It has varied from year to year - one year it was deviled eggs. The other big thing that they asked was to make turkeys using oreos, whoppers, mini recesses and candy corn (this year we had to use Mike and Ike as candy corn is not sold around here after Halloween and I'd forgot to pick any up.)

Enjoy your evening everyone :)