Thursday, December 4, 2008

Have You Seen This Man?

One of the fun things about having a blog--or a journal for that matter--is being able to look back and see what was going on in your life just a year before. If you click HERE, you can see my post for LAST December 4th. And you know what? Sometimes things don't change much in a year. One family who had QUITE the display of inflatables last year now has two rows that extend from one side of the yard to the other. The only way you can view the back row is by looking across the driveway. But then, I suspect if those people looked in the Sweat Shop, they'd probably have serious thoughts about the sanity of a person who collects so much fabric. To each his own. Maybe I've mellowed just a little this past year.

And speaking of my sanity, I took a mental health day off work today and finished up the Christmas decorating--sort of. I seem to be missing some of my decorations. Our son has been up in the garage rafters twice, so I was reasonably certain he'd gotten everything down, but Hubby spotted a box up there that--as it turned out--contained our missing wreath stand. So at least that's been found. Now this guy is missing--

Santa. I can't figure out where he could be. I also had a flicker candle that's missing--it's probably with Santa, lighting his way to the North Pole. Hubby thought Santa was packed away with the elves in the photo above, but the elves turned up early on. Terribly annoying. After all, what's Christmas without Santa?!

Tonight our Jo's Little Women's Club had its last meeting of the year at Bearpaws & Hollyhocks and shared a potluck dinner and a lot of chat. There's not a lot that's more fun than hanging out with a bunch of quilters, is there?! After that, I hit the grocery store. I'd tell you my cupboards were bare, but that's not exactly true--my cupboards are jam packed with stuff, but none of it really makes a meal without the fresh things to go with it. Last week at this time, we had so much food it barely fit in the refrigerator; suddenly it seemed we were out of just about everything. Last night I was trying to make grilled cheese sandwiches and had to use what was left of two different kinds of bread and two different types of cheeses. We were out of milk, and--maybe worst of all--ice cream! Yikes! Seriously, though, I didn't care about the ice cream--it's kind of cold for it anyway--but Hubby was disturbed.

So, I was wandering the aisles of Safeway tonight, thinking about what I might want to cook over the course of the next week, and I realized I don't want to cook anything. I think Thanksgiving burned me out. I ended up settling on a few convenience-type foods and I think I might make a pot of soup this weekend--that's always good for a quick dinner. Yum!

Time now for bed--the push to get everything done today really wore me out and I'm looking forward to an early evening--early for me, anyway! And now that we have milk in the refrigerator again, I may just need to fix myself a cup of hot chocolate and settle in with a good book. Over the next few days, I'll post some photos of our Christmas decorations so you can see what I was up to today. Thanks for stopping by to visit, and if you've seen our Santa anywhere, tell him to come home--he's needed here!


Eileen said...

I'm thinking that your hubby put Santa out with the trash last year so he wouldn't have to find a place to pack him away.

Poor Santa.

Yvonne said...

Well, Darlene is missing a pattern and I can't find my Clover bias thingys so I'm thinking Santa might just be working on a secret quilt for someone and isn't quite finished.

Beth said...

You ought to submit a picture of your neighbor's yard to this website

PunkiePie said...

I don't know about the inflatable Spongebobs but that story about "Christmas with Louise" sure brought a chuckle or two out of me this morning. And I needed it.

Jen :)

MichelleB said...

We were decorating our tree, and we have a whole box of ornaments that are missing. I'm not sure where they might be. Oh, yes I do - in our wreck of a garage! I hope Santa turns up - he sure is a cute one.

~Jess said...

That Louise story was pretty good! I've a couple of things that have gone missing this year: Hopefully everyone's missing things turn up soon.
I don't like those inflatable things...and we have 3 neighbors on our block alone that have them....I'd love to go around at night and do what happened to poor Louise :-)

Pat said...

I think everyone's missing stuff must be at my house!

I'm finding things I don't remember buying and now have to look for new places to put them out :-)

If Santa shows up, I'm keeping him around for a while before sending him home. I need the help!

Judy said...

When we had our other house I decorated every trees. But I also had a cat who could walk down a full dining room table and not touch a thing! These two cats now are bulls in a china shop...if they don't knock it over they chew it up! So over the years less and less has gone up. Now I have certain boxes that come down and the rest stay packed away waiting for a bigger house!

Can't wait to see your decorations! I haven't even started except the quilts!

Christy said...

You so good with your storytelling. I enjoy hearing and laughing at your stories. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face!

Gran said...

No santa here - sorry. Although you never know. When I start to dig out the christmas stuff this weekend, if he shows up, I'll email you. :0)

Thank you for the reference to your blog last year. What a hoot! DH heard me laughing here in the kitchen and came in to see what was so funny. I shared your entry with him and he got a real chuckle out of it too.

I am tired from the day and your idea of a cup of hot chocolate and settle in with a good book sounds great.

Penni said...

Of course, I had to go read last year's post. As usual you get me howling. I still owe you photos of Turkey hockey. I haven't forgotten. I am on the lookout for Santa. Of course, I will have to get out my decorations to look.... maybe next week. Big Christmas pageant on Sunday. My youngest plays a Herdman in the "Best Christmas Pageant Ever". Still finishing the costumes. Even the church knows a sucker when they see one.