How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was enjoyable, even if it wasn’t quite how you celebrated in previous years.
After Ed and I got Covid tested, my older daughter, Kelly and her husband did also. When their tests came back negative, they came to spend the past week with us. Which meant my granddaughter, Zoe was here and I got lots of Mimi time. :-)
I enjoyed every minute of having the house come to life with family around.
After they left yesterday, I got the house back in order as much as I could to ready it for the Christmas Holiday House Tour I am part of this week.
I had to leave the piles of sheets, towels, and clothes piled up in the upstairs hallway though until Tuesday since last Tuesday our washing machine decided to stop working. Great timing, right? Being a holiday week, the earliest the repair service could get here was a week!
I realize just how much I take having a washing machine for granted. When it finally gets repaired, I will be so happy and never take a modern appliance for granted again. :-)
Tuesday is also December 1st. A reminder to me to begin to take the time to relax and enjoy listening to Christmas music and the twinkling tree. I feel like if I don’t start enjoying it now – December will slip away. I don’t want that to happen. I want to experience all the comfort and joy of the season as long as I can. Do you feel the same?
It was pretty quiet on the blog this week being that it was Thanksgiving week and had I family staying with us, but I did share one post:
- How to Change the Style of Round Christmas Ornaments with paper.
I also got one big blog-related project crossed off my to-do list and just in time. I created a new page on the blog called All Things Christmas.
It is where you can easily find everything I ever posted related to Christmas.
All my Christmas posts, projects and ideas can now be easily found by category – Christmas mantels, trees, garlands, gift-wrapping, table settings and more instead of all just being lumped under Christmas where readers would have to page through all of it to find something specific.
You can find the new page here: All Things Christmas Posts, Projects & Ideas
I wasn’t online much this week, but did come across a few items that inspired me.
These stars are easy to make and can make a big impact when decorating for Christmas.
Gift-tags you don’t throw away.
Creative ideas you can do with your wall calendar when you switch it out with a new one on January 1st.
On the Netflix scene…
- I was so happy to find that Season 2 of Virgin River is on. Have you watched it? So good!
- If you liked and watched The Queen’s Gambit – here is a list of positive takeaways from the series – I especially like #2 and #4.
The online world is all about gift guides this time of year. I love new things as much as anybody and thought I would share a few of my favorite things with you that are helping me to stay cozy at home.
- Warm and fuzzy slipper socks are always on my feet. These have a sherpa lining inside – so soft and warm.
- Stemless wine glasses are my norm. I have both glass and plastic. I like them because they can’t be easily knocked over, fit in the dishwasher better and I love their casual elegance.
- This little house mug is so cute. I like that the lid keeps your hot beverage warm. It also comes with a red or blue roof.
- I moved two of these faux fur pillows (similar – I got mine at HomeGoods for a lot less) from one of my guests rooms to the living room to cozy it up for the winter months.
- I have a large 8 quart soup pot, but this smaller 5 quart works better when making a smaller quantity of soups or stews.
- Silicon mats for baking are the best. No stick, easy clean up and reusable. I use them for everything that goes on a tray in the oven.
- This Boos Block Cutting board has been a life changer for me and has helped me to lose 37 pounds over the last few years. (If you would like to know more about this, I am more than happy to share what I have been doing.) The board is heavy and stays in place when cutting on it. It has become a fixture on my kitchen island cart so it is readily available and easy to cut veggies all day long that I need to make healthy plant-based meals.
That’s a wrap for this week.
Coming up this week…On Tuesday, one of the easiest Christmas decorating projects I have ever done and then on Thursday I will be sharing my Christmas Home Tour.
Enjoy today and the week ahead.