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Friday, December 21, 2012

Checking my list

 Here we are, down to the last weekend before Christmas. I don't know about you, but my days are so full, I don't have a moment to pause.  I made myself a cup of tea yesterday afternoon, set it on the table where I was working, and I totally forgot to drink it!

I've had a lot on my schedule to get done, and I've been working away, doggedly. Yesterday, I set out to get a head start on some meals, finish up semi-handcrafted gifts, begin the wrapping and attend a Christmas concert in the evening.

I baked a pizza for the freezer. This is the "what can we eat, we're still hungry" pizza, for later Christmas evening. We're having Christmas dinner at friends, so we won't have the piles of leftovers in our kitchen this year.

I baked and froze French rolls for Christmas Eve supper -- French dip sandwiches. I'll make the beef and au jus Saturday or Sunday.

I cooked two large pots of soup, for those meals that I just can't get to in the next couple of days. One, turkey noodle, the other pumpkin soup.

I finished up two semi-handcrafted gifts. One, the other hat and mitten set for other daughter. The other gift is a charm keeper. It's already wrapped, so I can't show it to you now. But I used jewelry making supplies to make this. A lobster claw clasp, a 1/2-inch decorative ring, and a couple of small jump rings to hold those two pieces together. This charm keeper clasps onto the zipper-pull of a jacket, that my daughter is getting for Christmas. I put 3 charms on it, personalized to her.

A rush to eat some dinner, and then we went to a Christmas concert in the evening. It was absolutely beautiful, and put the right frame onto the work of my days this month.

I'm nearing the end of the busy work. Today, I have to go out and buy one last gift, but I know exactly what it is and where to find it, so it shouldn't be too difficult. 

I'd like to now bake some cookies for my family. Most of our baking has been given away. 

And hopefully by the end of today, all gifts will be wrapped. 

I have something major to do and look forward to everyday until Dec. 26, Boxing Day. My big plans for Boxing Day? Reading, leisurely breakfast, walk through the neighborhood -- an easy day.

How about you? Do you feel like you're near the end of your hard work, and about to just enjoy the remaining days till Christmas? We're all really busy this week, aren't we? (Don't you dare tell me that you're all done!!)


  1. I have all the "have-to" items done, I must admit! But remember, we had our first family Christmas celebration the day after Thanksgiving, so I probably started with my Christmas preparation before most people start thinking about the season. And yesterday I worked really hard to get done with wrapping gifts--partly because I wanted to get done before school got out and partly because there is a nasty tummy bug going around and I wanted to get things done and take advantage of feeling healthy ... just in case.

    Today I am going to do "want-to" tasks--baking cookies! I have The Messiah playing on the stereo and while we aren't getting the snow I had hoped for, there is some falling and that just makes me feel warm and bundly and in a nesting mood. :)

    I love your embellished hats and mittens. I think any teenaged girl (or adult woman!) would love them.

    1. Hi Kris,
      Good for you! I won't hate you because you're about done. ; )
      I think it's smart to get all the wrapping done before kids get out of school (and with a virus going round, better safe than sorry).

      Have fun baking cookies! I keep the radio in the kitchen set to a station that plays Christmas music all season, and just leave the radio on all day. I love coming into the house from the car, leaving the radio out there, and stepping into the kitchen to the exact same song.

  2. Your food all looks so good! I went grocery shopping this morning to finish getting the last few things we needed. As far as I know we have everything we need. Can't wait to sit and relax and enjoy it all. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.:)

    1. Hi Belinda,
      I made a stop at the store for milk and tea, and I hope, hope, hope I don't need anything else!
      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, as well, especially with your mom on the road to recovery. Blessings to you all!

  3. Lili, you are one ambitious person. I thought we were doing pretty well until I was wrapping gifts this afternoon and figured out that we don't anything for my father-in-law. I hope my husband has been doing some shopping I don't know about.

    1. Hi live and learn,
      I'm running ragged today. Just finished that monumental task of wrapping. I don't know where I get the idea that once I'm done shopping the work's about over! And whoever said that the gifts get smaller while your kids grow bigger sure didn't know what was on my daughters' wish lists!

      Good luck finding something for your FIL. At least there's still the weekend and Monday.

      One thing that does make it easy for me this year is we're not hosting Christmas dinner. So I can just let the messes pile up around here. My sympathy is with anyone trying to get everything else done for Christmas, and make their home sparkle for company!


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