Last Bargains of the Year and A Brown Dane

Hi Guys!

Happy New Years Eve! We are going to get our celebration on later this evening with a little homemade pizza, maybe some banana splits and surely some cards. There are things to do before that though. Things like vacuuming and last minute grocery store visits and the last chiropractic visit of 2012.

I went up to Kohl’s over the weekend  to spend the twenty dollars in Kohl’s bucks that were burning a hole in my purse. Not exactly burning a hole in my purse, more like a constant nagging that I would forget to use them. It has happened before and it’s not a good feeling. I usually give them to the Girls to buy unmentionables but I had offered and no one took me up on it, therefore they were squarely back burning holes in my pocketbook and nagging me.

The last time we used Kohl’s bucks our coffee maker had conveniently died, making our Kohl’s bucks purchase easy. We ended up paying $9 dollars for a new one, pretty good deal! This time, there was no obvious purchase so I started perusing. I had a vague idea that I would like a new pair of swippers. I have a quasi new pair, but I really like to have two pair. Because sometimes you can’t find one pair. This wasn’t the pair I had envisioned, but very similar and they were only $7. I am nothing if not flexible.

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I was not looking for a new scarf but this one caught my eye with it’s purty colors and tiny bit of sparkly bling. When I read $3.60 on the tag I snapped it up! You can’t even buy yarn for $3.60!!!!! The regular price said $36.00 but who would pay that? For a scarf!! At Kohl’s!!??

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I perused for quite a while in the rug section because our bathroom rugs died a noble death a month or so ago. They were a color that could not be duplicated this season so I focused my attention on greens. They will do, and then I found some for The Ab-Cat’s bathroom. And then I remembered that I needed one by the front door where folks take their shoes off. I was regretting my decision to forgo a cart at this juncture. Especially when I saw that I was going to have to wait in line for many minutes

When I reached the cashier she informed me that clearance was an extra 25% off! I had no idea! So my swippers were $5 and my scarf was $2.90! Bargains of the month!

The Dane has been wanting to do a little something with her hairs. She makes a loverly blonde, but the upkeep is a bane to her existence.

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She needed to do something. Clearly.

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She decided to go brown. Light brown, not a shoe polish dark brown, or heaven forbid, black. We mixed up copious amount of equal parts chestnut and brandy, applied liberally, and plunked her under the dryer for 13 minutes, then cooled her jets for 10.

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Then rinse, rinsing, rinsed all that color off.

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It turned out well, and made her pretty eyes look SO blue!

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A new look for a new year!

Have a wonderful evening and I will talk to you in 2013!

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Potent Quotable

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.  ~Henry Moore

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.  ~Quoted in Benjamin Franklin’s 1755 Poor Richard’s Almanac,

The Christmas Recap

Well, that was fun!

How about a little recap, starting from last week or something. I have lost track of time.

The Boy and The Dane came home from Chicago last Wednesday on the Megabus. They came with heavy suitcases, tired minds and The Boy came with copious amounts of hair.

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We remedied that.

He has since been redecorating the house.

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They are a shy people.

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Overjoyed, but shy.

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I have to tell year that this was my worst year ever for taking pictures. We spent Christmas Eve with my Dad and our Dear Friends The Hostler’s and I have not one shot. Not a single, solitary picture.

We open our presents on Christmas Eve. I have about five pictures of that.

The Ab-Cat was happy with her new iPod!

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The Boy was very happy to receive Bear Paw slippers! He says they are like clouds on your feet. He and Honey are partial to that brand.

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Mousey is hoping that her new memory foam mattress pad will help her sleep like a little lamb.

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But first she had to wrestle it out of the packaging like a ferocious bear!

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The Dane is moving into an apartment when she returns to Moody, so she had many needs of the housekeeping variety. The essentials of a coffee pot, tea kettle, garlic press, ice cream scoop and Sanders hot fudge, along with the nonessentials of wooden spoons, cutting boards, a peeler, and such.

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Honey SURPRISED me!! I LOVE it!!!!!!

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I have no idea how to work it, but I am willing to learn! I have this game worked out pretty well. Whirly Words. Our little obsession these days. First Mousey and I, then The Ab-Cat and I , and now you can find The Dane, The Boy and I all huddled around it. We are dang good I must say.

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Looking forward to playing this in the evenings while Honey and I watch television, and he snoozes on the couch. Mousey and I have to figure out how to get the paid version so there will be no more pesky ads. That in itself will be heavenly.

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On Christmas Day we went up to my Uncle Bob’s and Aunt Phyllis’ for the day. Here are my three pictures from that.

Goomba spent the majority of his day as close to The Boy and The Dane as he could get. The Ab-Cat napped behind them.

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Uncle Bob, Mousey and Honey after dinner.

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And the other side of the room, Grandpa and Robbie with Stacey and Aunt Phyllis behind them and Beeve and Bob’s friend Jerry on the back right. There are many not even represented, they must have already been napping.

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I received a text from my cousin Lindsay when we were more than halfway home that Mousey left her iPod charging in the kitchen. Lucky for us that Lindsay and her fabulous husband Rob E. Bernard were going to be in our area before they drove back home to where ever the heck it is he lives, Indiana, Cincinnati, Kentucky? He lives in one and works in another. While I was waiting for their arrival call, I needed to find something to occupy myself. I occupied Homegoods and Hobby Lobby and picked up some necessities at Meijers. You know, cream, bananas and ice cream, and the like.

I scored at Homegoods though!! Four bottles of chai! Candles for next Christmas for about $3. Four packs! In a most loverly mossy green color that looks swell in our house. The dish cloths and towels were not on clearance, but you know how sometimes you look at what you have and think, WOW, these should be demoted to car washing rags? I had that epiphany. Yes, yes I did.

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The wreath was the winner here, $10.00. I am not certain if it will be a wreath or a table centerpiece with a candle in the middle. I have not tried it yet. At the moment it is happily hanging on the inside of our front door looking all pretty.

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We have had fun, been lazy, played cards, ATE, been lazy, played with the iPad, watched movies, and then were lazy again after we ATE.

Sounds good. We will keep it up. We are very, very good at it.

Merry Christmas Eve

We are pretty much there. I have a teensy bit of vacuuming and baking to do, a cheese ball to make and I need to pick one thing up. Everything is bought, made and wrapped.

It seems like there comes a point every year. A point when I release myself from what didn’t get done (usually the Christmas cards), accept that it isn’t getting done (before Christmas anyway), embrace that it didn’t get done (there is always next week), and move on with the holiday. I have to admit that I got closer this year than I ever have. It gives me hope that one year I will make it!

Last night The Dane made us Danish pancakes for Little Christmas Eve. She described them as crepes with whipped cream, fruit, maybe some jam. They were very yummy and I wish I had taken some pictures, but in my defense it was 11:30 AT NIGHT, and I was hanging by a thread at that hour anyway! I am going to suggest that she do it again when everyone is there and then I can document it with the camera, and with both of my eyes open.

We thought Honey was going to be off for an entire week between Christmas and New Years, but it was all a cruel hoax. A wonderful treat, snatched away. They called them in to work 10 hours a day for all days EXCEPT Christmas and New Years. And to add insult to injury, he has to work days. I don’t think he has been on days since Mousey was a baby. I am disappointed. Bitterly. He says I should try and console myself with the zipple time he is earning, but it isn’t working very well.

We will be heading out to Ruby Tubey’s with my Dad and our Dear Friends The Hostler’s for a fun filled evening of laughter and conversation. Always something to look forward to! Then tomorrow we travel across The Mitten to my Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ for Christmas Day. Another fun day to be sure.

We wish you joy this Christmas. And peace. And time to reflect on The One who gives the joy and peace. He was the best gift ever.

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

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Have a Blessed Christmas, from The NutHatch!

Potent Quotable

Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and his gifts.  Just like the rest of the year.  ~Author Unknown

 

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.  ~Bob Hope

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

Hey Y’all!

Greetings from the waterlogged Mitten. NOT complaining, super glad it is not snow!

I am not done with all the Christmas stuff, but it is getting there.

Everything is wrapped, but still need a couple things from the store.

Need to go to the grocery for everyday things, plus ingredients for what we will be taking to my aunt and uncle’s on Christmas Day.

We have not made ugly sugar cookies….yet.

I haven’t baked anything except some Sinful Saltines and a batch of shortbread that I gave away as gifts.

My Christmas cards, with note AND letter, should be in the mail sometime between Christmas and New Years.

Or the week after. But hey, it’s all good, right?

Honey is under the kitchen sink right now because no water is coming out.

Sink, why you do us like that?

I heard a rumor that the world is ending today.

Then it’s a good thing I didn’t get all wigged out about getting those cards in the mail.

That would have been a waste of my last days!

The Boy and The Dane are home!

I just discovered that Mama Mia likes her belly rubbed. Lightly. How did I not know that?

Honey just left for Lowe’s. The sink repair is not going well.

I need to finish up the errands today.

It’s getting cold and blustery out there.

Of course it is.

I hope 2012 is on tv later tonight.

It’s a preposterous movie, but fitting for the day.

If it were the last day on earth, which creature comfort would you miss the most?

I am going to say chai.

But you knew that, didn’t you?

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Way Back Wednesday Hodgepodge

Merry Christmas Hodgepodgers! Thanks for stopping by for the last Hodgepodge of 2012! I have enjoyed being a part of it and say a special thank you to our friend Joyce for coming up with the questions and all that goes along with it week after week, after week……!

Here are this week’s questions-
1. How will you spend ‘the night before Christmas‘?
Well, it is up in the air at the moment. We usually get together with our dear friends The Hostler’s on Christmas Eve. We intended to carry on our old tradition, but their daughter, Nurse Lauren, has to work. I texted Rae Babe to see if another night would work so that we could all be together. If we do make it another night, then I have no idea what we will do on Christmas Eve. I am sure we will come up with something!

Other than that, we always read the Christmas story, have a Happy Birthday Jesus cake (or doughnut, or one sad year, the birthday muffin that our cat Mocha got into while we were praying!!!), share 2 or 3 things we are thankful for and 2 or 3 things we hope for, and then open presents.

2.  What is one thing you are not?

 No one has ever accused me of being adventurous. Or detail oriented. Or sweet.
3.  Fudge-are you a fan?  Your favorite flavor?

TOTALLY a fan. Peanut butter fudge is our Precious over here.
4. Did you attend any craft/vendor fairs in the month of December?  Do you prefer homemade goodies or the more professional stalls? Are you giving any homemade gifts this year?

I have not been to anything crafty since I met up with my Girl Cousins Cindy, Robin and Kay to go and see Cindy’s jewelry displayed in Indiana. What was that Girls, three years ago? It was very fun!

I am making one thing this year but I am being a Secret Squirrel. If I remember, I will show you after Christmas. IF I get it finished!
5. What’s your favorite type of holiday gathering?

I am not sure what this question means. Formal or informal? Family, friends or a work party? Christmas or New Years? I will say that it would be informal, good food, lots of dessert, talking, laughing and cards. Sounds like a fun night!
6.  We’re approaching a new year…what’s going to be different in 2013?

Oh, I don’t know, I’m not much of a resolutions girl. I’m sure much will be different and we will just have to be surprised!
7. Share a favorite scripture, quote, saying, or song lyric relating to peace.

John 16:33

New International Version (NIV)

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

L.O.V.E this. This is a hard world, I need His peace.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Let’s go Way Back to 1997 when The Ab-Cat was 8 and still very much into her American Girl doll. They had the cutest clothes for them. We were just reminiscing about them and wondering what the outfits look like now days.

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The Boy was 6 and ALL about the Lego’s! This looks vaguely Star Wars-y. I just realized that this was the last Christmas we celebrated at our old house. 😦

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Mousey was 3 and in a tutu phase. When she wasn’t continuing with her kitty phase. She wore one or the other almost every day, and everywhere.

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I see she immediately put the tutu ON. Along with a tiara. Who wouldn’t? What I especially love about this picture is how she is leaning on her Grandpa while telling him and Grandma something very important.

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Wishing you a blessed Christmas and looking forward to another year of The Wednesday Hodgepodge in 2013!

A Loss For Words

After hearing about the horrible events last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, blogging seems trivial and I don’t want to ramble on about the usual nonsense that I find myself sharing. Joyce From This Side of the Pond and Big Mama both summed it up well and beautifully.

Revelation 21:4

English Standard Version (©2001)
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

I am glad that this word is not our eternal home.

Potent Quotable

God is closest to those with broken hearts.  ~Jewish Saying

It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears.  ~Ovid

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  ~From a headstone in Ireland

God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.  ~Author Unknown

Our trusting the Lord does not mean that there are not times of tears. I think it is a mistake as Christians to act as though trusting the Lord and tears are not compatible.
Francis A. Schaeffer
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