Say Good-bye To 2017

There is usually excitement and celebration when ringing in the New Year and kicking the old one to the curb.

Each year does have its moments to celebrate . . . but for some reason we’re always looking forward to something new with hope and promise of better things.

I’m not so sure what would be better for me . . . I’m not into New Year Resolutions . . . I prefer to be as positive as possible and attract as much goodness as feasible flowing to me. I don’t know the form it will take . . . And I must realize that something not so good can become a definite blessing. So, don’t judge too quickly or too harshly when something discouraging or disappointing falls in your life.

A few years ago I was chatting with one of my neighbors who said, “this can be a learning opportunity.”

I don’t remember the context of our discussion, but that phrase stood out for me and I tucked it away to ponder at some other time.

This simple statement seemed to be a sort of prophesy for me. Just about everyday something would bring that phrase to mind. A learning opportunity — how can this be?

I suppose every day we can learn something new . . . But I don’t think this was the purpose. It seemed more personal. I thought instead of grumbling about something, I could view it as an opportunity to learn something.

So, when my air conditioner went out on the hottest day possible and a Friday night to boot . . . How can this be a learning opportunity?

For one thing I knew who to call . . . I opened up the windows and sliders to air out the house . . . It seemed that quite a few people in town had the same issue of no air conditioning which meant I may have quite a wait before a repair could be made.

I tried different techniques to make my little dog and me as comfortable as possible.

I stopped thinking about how miserable we were and focused on our many blessings . . . we were on the repair list . . . we had fans . . . ice . . . cold water . . . 

I stopped grumbling and began to feel a bit more comfortable, just by thinking more positively about what I did have and what I could do.

Then the call came telling me a repairman would be arriving in the next 20 minutes.

That was great and wonderful!! Twenty minutes plus the repair time . . . Hoooraaaayyyyyyy!!!

So, the lesson was to lighten up and be grateful . . . No good came to grumbling . . .

The reason I was bumped up was because some unfortunately person had to wait a couple of days for a part to come in . . . It did not feel good that my good fortune was due to someone else’s misfortune. This wasn’t anything I would wish for anyone else. I would hope no one would have air conditioning problems on hot hot hot summer days.

Well, from previous “learning opportunities” I’ll continue with those lessons and apply them to 2018 and all the new years to come.

Happy New Year!!

Sharon

Is it Over?

Christmas is over, but today is a day of returns and bargains!

My grandmother used to get in on the white sales — bedding usually, but there may have been table cloths, too. I think it was primarily sheets and pillow cases.

Today it is electronics, clothing and Christmas items.

After Halloween everyone is grabbing the half price candy. After Thanksgiving there’s Black Friday when the Christmas frenzy begins.

So really, it isn’t over until . . . the stores bring in the Valentine stuff.

It’s all for making room for the next celebration.

This is an excellent time to get Christmas wrapping paper, bows and ribbons to be prepared for next year. There may be Christmas cards, ornaments and decor items. 

Fall and winter clothing may be on sale, too.

If we would shop after the great events, we could cash in on savings . . . Yes, things will be picked over . . . but you may find some real gems.

At times it can be ruthless . . . but it happens throughout the year.

It’s not for the frail, but the strong who brave the crowds and get those discounted items.

As a child I used to hate going to the tables with all the sale items. My grandmother and great-aunt and mother would paw through the items along with dozens of other women looking for their “must have” bargains.

I thought it quite ridiculous. If the stores could discount it so much, then why didn’t they sell it for that price and there wouldn’t be all this merchandise left over. But I never did seem to get the bargain hunting bug everyone else seemed to have. It’s just not my thing.

I’m not into the crowds . . . the traffic . . . the running around.

For me, the day after Christmas is a quiet relaxing day. I’m savoring the joy of the Christmas season. Looking forward to a New Year and finishing up tasks. I take down the tree and all the Christmas decor. I know many wait until after the new year, but I like to get back to normal as soon as possible.

For some they are experience winter storms . . . Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Enjoy the remainder of 2017 and may 2018 be a joyous and prosperous year for you and yours.

Until next time,

Sharon

Christmas Eve Eve

Oh yes, it has finally arrived!!!

Many are traveling, many are anxiously awaiting family and friends . . . Oh yes, there will be the last minute shoppers . . . and those getting their groceries . . . and there may be a bit more tidying about the house . . . 

I’ll be doing laundry . . . Want my dining table tablecloth to be fresh and may need to iron it, too . . . along with my place settings and napkins. And, of course there are the gift box place settings . . .

It has been quite busy.

Today I want to post on my other four websites . . . plus I want to do some papercrafts just for fun . . . and organizing my craft room just a bit.

Having an inviting place to sit and reflect is what I enjoy.

A nice cup of hot chocolate in your favorite chair in front of the fireplace is ideal.

There are plenty of memories made in this room . . . and there are many more to come.

For me it isn’t about getting everything perfect . . . which is pretty much impossible, by the way . . . it is about being comfortable and enjoying Christmas. I do like the old family traditions . . . and the new ones created through the years.

I’m into comfort . . . not stress . . . not anxiety . . . For me it is more of what is, is . . . if others wanted or expected something more . . . well, that is not my problem . . .

I’ve watched many Christmas movies over the years . . . and there is always chaos . . .

It is best to just relax and enjoy.

Have a Merry Christmas with your family and friends . . . and if you happen to be alone this Christmas . . . enjoy it . . . cater to what you enjoy . . . be happy and blessed . . . This is a time of celebration which can be shared or enjoyed alone . . . Just do what makes you happy and joyous.

Too often we get caught up in the Hallmark picture perfect world . . . that is a beautiful Christmas card . . . but we are in the real world . . . and we can fill our thoughts and hearts with our own “perfect” Christmas experiences . . . there are several precious moments you can recall and enjoy . . .

Enjoy your Christmas Eve Eve.

Sharon

Settling Into Christmas

I know there are many last-minute shoppers . . . but essentially if we want merchandise delivered by Christmas, it makes sense to have that completed.

This time of the year, the weather can sometimes be strange and we’ve had fires in California which affected delivery of on-line orders.

We do need to think ahead . . . and also be mindful of the safety of those delivering our merchandise.

I’m just as happy to receive my orders after Christmas — it spreads the holiday out a bit longer. Yet I know there are those who want what they want when they want it.

Now that we’re pretty much settling into Christmas — this being the last few days, I thought a fun recipe would be good for me to share.

I was on Pinterest looking at other stuff and these recipes kept popping up . . .

It was difficult for me to decide on just one . . . then the Almond Joy Cookie Recipe with only 4 ingredients came up and I knew I had a winner!!

I’m all about quick and easy!!

Let’s get started with the Ingredients:
  • a 14 ounce bag of sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup chopped almonds
  • a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk.

Now let’s get these put together:

    1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
    2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3. In a large bowl combine coconut, chocolate chips, chopped almonds and sweetened condensed milk.
    4. Stir, stir and stir until it’s all mixed nicely.
    5. Scoop out the dough with a cookie scoop onto the parchment lined baking sheet.
    6. You may want to wet the tips of your fingers with water so you can shape the cookie dough into discs.
    7. You want the tops to be flat.
    8. Once that is done you’re ready to bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes until the tips of the coconut are just starting to turn a golden brown.
    9. Let ’em cool on the baking sheet.
    10. I know you’re going to have to try at least one before storing them in an airtight container.

Well, there you have it!

I hope you’ll try out this recipe. Add to it, change the ingredients and even rename it!

Sharon

Yeti In My Spaghetti Product Review

I love board games, card games and this dexterity game similar to pick-up sticks, but much more fun!!

I love games that include the young children and is fun to watch as well as play.

This game teaches sportsmanship. It is obvious that when a player dumps the Yeti into the bowl that the game ends. That player loses, but it is so much fun up to that point that everyone just plays another round.

Yeti In My Spaghetti was designed for 2 or more players 4 years and up.

The game includes:

  • a Bowl
  • a Yeti
  • 30 Noodles
  • Game Rules

This makes for a great gift for holidays, birthdays and to put in your family game night rotation.

Yeti In My Spaghetti is a fun game kids of all ages enjoy!!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Sharon