I haven’t been posting lately as the holidays not only crept up on me but overtook me completely. As such, yesterday was Christmas for my immediate family. Yes, I know it was the 27th and typically Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December but we were visiting the extended family and put ours on hold (if there’s such a thing as putting Christmas on hold).

Next year I want to stay home and celebrate our own traditions. It’s nice to see extended family over the holidays but it feels like we are always the ones sacrificing our time to run hither and thither to some family event that takes us hours away from home.

What did I have under the tree this year? Well, I got a new Brothers sewing machine. This is an experiment on my part as I did not grow up sewing much. However, there are curtains that need hemming and “simple” new curtains that I hear can be made easily so I put the sewing machine on my list. We’ll see how that project goes.

I also received a nice purple sweater, a faux fur vest that’s reversible, a new cookbook called “The New Way to Cook Light” (yeah!), a Hamilton Beach hand blender and a  Timex heart rate monitor (more on this another day but think healthy!). In addition, one of my son’s gave my husband and I a 3 night stay at a resort in northern Minnesota. Ooooo ….  (lol)  I figure we can use that closer to March when it’s not as nippy outside.

I won’t have much time to check out all of my gifts until the new year starts as I have end of year paperwork to work on. You know the kind — moving old files to the basement and starting new files …

Then I have to put away all the Christmas ornaments and take down the tree.

One thing I like to do is go through the cards that I received during the holidays and reply to the people who shared their joys and sorrows with me in letters. I also cut out the front of most cards and use them as labels for next year’s gifts — an elderly friend of mine taught me that “trick” many years ago. “Why buy labels when you have these pretty cards to use?” she told me. (Funny thing is, I think she was my age when she shared that with me … so why use the word elderly? hehe)

Today will be a ho hum day of laundry, snow shoveling (we received a couple more inches of snow), cleaning the fireplace and regular cleaning. Ho hum.

Next year I hope to have some new recipes to share from my new cookbook. But I have to get to work now … duty calls!

[amazon_link id=”B005GXPOAM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Brother XR9500PRW Limited Edition Project Runway Sewing Machine with 100 Built-in Stitches, Quilting Table[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B007V8PYFU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Hamilton Beach Hand Blender[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”0848734688″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Cooking Light The New Way to Cook Light: Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today's Home Cook[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B005CP8Z3C” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Timex Full-Size T5K541 Personal Trainer Heart Rate Monitor Watch[/amazon_link]

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