Monthly Archives: November 2014

Santa Needs to Sell Some Stuff In Order To Buy Stuff

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Today’s a good day for cleaning, organizing, baking, snuggling and de-cluttering. Baby is asleep, Hubby is at work, the wind is howling outside and blowing snow through the back fields (brrr, it looks so cold out there), and the banana bread is baking. I made horrible muffins this morning.  No, I’m not exaggerating, they are horrible. Since I started buying farm fresh eggs from the neighbour, I have to remember that they just aren’t the same as the industrial eggs you get in the store. I should have tossed in two eggs instead of one, and since I didn’t, my muffins are a crumbly mess…even peanut butter won’t hold them together to eat them. Oh well, at least the batch only made 12 muffins…only 11 more to go! The banana bread should be better, I adjusted the eggs, omitted any nuts and added chocolate so Hubby might actually eat it.

We’re burning through wood faster than we thought so we’ve got to think about ordering more, but this late in the season I bet we might just be out of luck, or we’ll be charged up the rear for it. Hydro bills have hiked up on the pretense that we are using our furnace more and we aren’t hanging out our laundry to dry, but it went up nearly $60 a month… so our bill is now a whopping $241!!  We’re on monthly here remember.  So imagine my frustration when you add in our home phone, our cell phones, our insurances, mortgage, car payments, and the fact we have 1 income…well, it makes for a frustrating time before Christmas.

My craft fair that I attended went well, but let’s just say the results will only pay one of our bills. It was definitely fun and I’ll do it again, but I need to come up with more cash in order to help support this family. Hubby brings in good money, but it’s whipped out of his hands before he has time to count it in order to pay everything. The poor guy hasn’t bought himself nice in a while, and we haven’t had a night out in a bit. I’m vowing today to go through the house and prep items for sale on the internet. Clearing out the old helps to de-clutter, and hopefully we can make a quick buck (Christmas is coming and Santa needs to finish up his shopping)! I love Kijiji, the used item website, and I find all kinds of treasures on there for Christmas gifts and essentials we’ll need for the house, but what’s even better is making a sale. We’ve got baby car seats, booster seats and carriers, we’ve got toys and home décor, and all of my left over stock from the craft fair. It’s all gotta go!  So I’m off to clean, de-clutter and organize, and maybe later I can enjoy a coffee, some flyers and hopefully I won’t choke on a dry muffin.

Garden Sketch

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Well the snow is on the ground. Almost 4 inches of it. And the posts for my garden fence.  Well, they are on the ground too.  I guess I was pushing my luck trying to get two fences installed this year. Everyone was very happy when the chain link fence was completed, and I think I saw a shiver of fear go through family members when I mentioned putting up my garden fence.  My theory was that if I could get my fence up in the fall, that I could have the neighbour farmer drop off some old manure for me to spread. I’d also have time to till the garden, or at least half of it so it was ready for planting come springtime. Since the area of the garden is quite wet in the spring, having the ground already turned would mean earlier planting (ie, as soon as the water drains away).  But, alas, the snow is here, and seems to be here to stay.

But there is always time to plan my garden, and plan for next year’s flowers and vegetables. I’ve already started my collection of seeds, catching them as they go on clearance.  I’ve even got them organized in a plastic shoebox, and indexed.  I’ve got a rough plan for the veggies, and I still dream of a 3 sectioned composter and a big shed that will hold all garden tools and perhaps the ducks or chickens.

One issue I had last spring since it was our first here, was the fact I had no clue what was in the garden until half way through summer when things finally blossomed. Now that I know my garden, I’ve created a perennial map of my gardens.  Now, come spring, I’ll be able to know what’s what and can split, divide, give away and tend to my garden without much head scratching.  I know I have empty spaces in the garden, so now I can transplant to fill them, or be ready to purchase plants on sale knowing they have a home. Luckily I don’t need too many and am very happy with the hostas, blazing star, and solomon’s seal. I even was able to squeeze in a planting of allium bulbs to add some colour next year (although another package will now need to wait for spring).  But with my sketches in hand I know which plants will need splitting and which ones I want to relocate.  I’ll have to re-do the drawings and look up a few plants since I don’t think “fuzzy purple tops” will help me much. Haha.

The Card

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Time to think about the family Christmas card!  The snow is on the ground today, not sure if it will stay but the cars are covered and as per last year we once again don’t have a snow blower ready. Hubby is still sleeping, and Junior just went down for his morning nap, and I’m left here sitting at the computer searching the internet for creative family christmas card ideas. Do we do weird? Classic? Cute? I’m more leaning for classic weird. I mean if you have the power/creative genius to make your own Christmas card, why be normal? Why be the card that sits on someone’s mantle place and gets hidden by all the other generic Christmas cheer. I want someone to look at our card and say… “wow… that’s awesome”.  We’ve got to work in Junior and maybe even the dogs, I’m seeing a fireplace, a man with a pipe and milk and cookies. Hmm, or maybe Junior in a little car with a tree strapped to the roof (but that’s already been done). Ugly sweaters? Probably overdone. Baby wrapped in lights…. well we did that with the dogs a year or two ago, so no. Hmmm. I’ll have to think about it.

Ps. My dog thought it was Christmas morning the other day and started opening gifts. Thankfully she didn’t ruin anything, but it meant another hour of re-wrapping. But who am I kidding… I love wrapping gifts!!  I can’t wait for Christmas!

How many days until Christmas?

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We are in the process of turning our formal dining room into a play room for him, complete with foam floor and giant chalk board. Our eat-in dining room area is large enough to seat 12 or more, so the loss of the room will be no inconvenience to us. We’re trying to source some left over paint and we’re using some old crib sides as doorway gates (just need to add some hinges and latches). All this is perfect timing since Junior is now officially crawling.  For the past few weeks I’ve had to endure the whiny phase where the poor guy would get up on all fours, rock back and forth, and then fall to his tummy in shrieks of frustration.  But now, with the coordination and cooperation of all of his limbs, he scuttles about the room, from one toy to the next. In fact, now that his brain has wrapped itself around the process of crawling, Junior seems to have proceeded in leaps and bounds in awareness. He will study his toys, deciding between two, or slowly feel our faces and give open mouth kisses. Everyone says that we don’t want to rush him growing up, but with each new day, and new discovery, our son flourishes. Now with the playroom, he can safely crawl about while I prep breakfast in the kitchen, or I can enjoy coffee while nestled in a big white wicker chair that we’ve pulled to the playroom to save it from the impending snow of the front porch.  I’ve even noticed Junior looking for “cuddles”. He will crawl over to me, raise his arms to be picked up, then once happily seated on my lap, he will reach for a toy or bottle. I’ll get whichever it is that he is looking for and he will sit content, leaning against me for a few minutes.

With the transition to crawling, we are also in another transition. From Fall to Christmas. The family Christmas dinner invites are in the mail (Hubby and I are hosting my father’s family for a formal dinner), and I’ve dragged multiple Rubbermaid boxes upstairs to pull out the best of the holiday decorations. We’ve decided to purchase a REAL Christmas tree this year, a first for us ever. I love the smell of the evergreens, the scent of pine mixing with the cinnamon of baking cookies. I’m a bit stuck as to where to put the growing mound of presents that I’ve already purchased and wrapped. Our dogs are not trustworthy, and so they have been assigned a corner of a room, and have started to climb onto the pine hutch. I almost want to set up our fake tree in the meantime, but I think Hubby would think I was nuts, or he would then vote for laziness and skip getting a real tree once the fake one was up. Sigh. So I’ll have to be happy with a few garlands, lights and wreaths for now.  Hubby has agreed to help me find some birch branches to decorate the front door planters, and I’ll of course, utilize some jute rope and burlap for accents. A good rustic Christmas is to be had.  I can’t wait for Junior to be crawling through tissue paper, and staring in awe at twinkling lights.

In one of the Christmas boxes were all of last year’s Christmas cards. What does one do with them? So I checked the internet and decided the least tacky DIY was to make them into gift tags. With some snipping and hole-punching, I soon had myself a stack of brand new very adorable gift tags. Now that’s smart!

Tis (almost) the season!