Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday????

Are you a Black Friday kind of girl? Are you one that will get up at O'dark thirty and stand in a line like this? And face crowds like this to save a buck?
Are you willing to fight for the attention of an overworked sales clerk to get 50% off?
Or wait in lines like this to get a good deal?
Not this girl! I worked in retail for 12 years and was required to be on the sales floor bright and early on the day after Thanksgiving for years. In the beginning, it was always fun and exciting, but I started really wanting to be home with my family on this day. I didn't like having to get up the day after the beautiful holiday and have to report to work and face all the people. I longed to have a quiet, lazy day after the holiday. So when I quit my job and didn't have to work on the day after Thanksgiving, I chose to stay home and I have never shopped on that day.
I prefer to have a more pleasant Christmas shopping experience where I can stroll through the stores at a leisurely pace and not bump into a million people while doing it. I love to hear the bells ringing and look at all the store decorations and really enjoy myself. I like to go shopping on a week night, the malls are quiet and I get to absorb it all.
So this morning I will start my day with a piece of leftover pumpkin pie and coffee for breakfast. I will sit back and remember our beautiful Thanksgiving that we had with our family yesterday.
Then I will clean up my house and put away all the fall and Thanksgiving decorations.
Next I will get out all my Christmas decorations and start decorating!
I will put on some of my favorite Christmas movies that I will half watch/half listen to as I am decorating. One of the first movies that I watch for the seasons is "White Christmas".

When the boys wake up I will put on "Jingle All The Way" with Arnold Schwartzenegger. Watching this movie the day after Thanksgiving has been a tradition of ours for years.

Later this afternoon I will put on one of my all time favorites, "Miracle on 34th Street".
Then I will slowly get out all my fun Christmas decorations.
I will carefully and methodically transform our home into a Christmas wonderland!
I love to be cozy in my home decorating for Christmas, it just warms my heart!
I will just stay in my home today working in my slippers and start off our Christmas season at a slower pace. If you are a Black Friday kind of gal, please tell me what you love about it, some of your traditions and some of your amazing deals! My new sweet daughter-in-law, Brittany, and I were actually talking about that we might try to do the whole Black Friday thing together next year, so I want to learn more about it!

"Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; and let men say among the nations, the Lord reigns!" I Chronicles 16:31

I would like to be one of the first to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Love, Sharon

P.S. I wish it wasn't called "Black Friday". I know it is because retailers are in the black that day financially, but to me it should be "Merry Friday" or something more happy and festive!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The day before Thanksgiving and all through the house........

.......not a creature was stiring except for this mouse! I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year at our home! This year we will celebrate with my side of the family with my parents and my sister, Kelli, and her family. We will have 15 people here. My sister, Kathi and her family and my brother, Wade, will not be able to join us this year, which is a bit sad for me, but we will still have a lovely time.

You know me, the way I stay organized is by using spiral notebooks, so yesterday on my day off the first thing I did was grab my notebook and go over my Thanksgiving To Do List! I am so proud of myself for not freaking out and stressing about this. I think because I have learned to let some things go and also, after 26 years, I have finally gotten better at planning parties and entertaining, and I am more organized and prepared. I dug through my recipe box and found this old, old note that I have had for 26 years. As a new bride I was nervous to host my first Thanksgiving, so I went to my mother's house and she told me everything to do. Thanks Mom! I wrote down the basic menu and then wrote down all her tips and recipes! I have consulted this list many, many times! I know I should re-write it, but I like all the wear and tear it has, it shows how many times I have used it. Perhaps I will do the same thing for Brittany!
My father got a free turkey from his previous employer where he retired from. I thought it was so nice of them to keep giving him turkeys and it was so nice of him to offer it to us! He brought it over Tuesday and it is all defrosted now! Thanks Dad! I am providing the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatotes, rolls, pickels, olives and cranberry sauce. My mother, sister and daughter-in-law will be bringing appetizers, side dishes and desserts.
After scrubbing toilets, sweeping, vacuuming and dusting my home, I went to the store for some last minute things. I got all the main groceries last week, so I was pretty stress free as I was shopping yesterday.
While I was at the store I spotted these cuties! They were only .75 cents each! I had to have them! They match my kitchen perfectly!
Next I went into the living room where I store all my extra dishes and tablecloths.
I pulled out all the dishes I want to use for Thanksgiving.
I got the idea to use gold chargers and brown china with amber glassware earlier this year and started collecting pieces. I think the tables will look very fall like and pretty! I was disappointed that I didn't find enough plates with the same look for 15 people, but I did find enough of the gold chargers and enough of the amber water goblets.
I also found all of these beautiful amber serving pieces over the last few months. I only bought things that were really great deals and didn't pay over $2.99 for any of it! I have them sitting here because I had to wash all of them.
I started to set the tables and they are coming along nicely!
I set up my card tables in the living room and still need to finish those up this morning. I am disappointed that my tables have warped, so my sweet husband is going to help me figure out a solution.
My turkey is in the bag and all ready to pop in the oven. I love to use the roasting bags, my turkeys always turn out so moist and tender with the bags.
Well......there are just a few more things for me to do this morning like peel potatoes, make the sweet potatoes, make the stuffing and bake the rolls and my company will be here in a few hours. I have so much to be thankful and grateful for. I give God the glory and praise His name today and everyday! I would like to wish all of you a very happy, family filled, God centered Thanksgiving!

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High; to declare Thy loving-kindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night... For Thou, O Lord, hast made me glad by what Thou hast done, I will sing for joy at the work of Thy hands. How great are Thy works, O Lord!"Psalm 92:1, 4-5

With a thankful heart, Sharon

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's that time of year again.........

Okay girls, you know what time of year it is right? Yep, it is cold and flu season and time for us to stock up on the necessities. I loaded up on liquid cold caps for day and night time as well as vitamin C, cough drops and Alka-seltzer Plus. I like to have this stuff in the house this time of year because you never know when you will be hit with a cold, and if I have indeed been hit with a cold, the last thing that I want to do is go to the store to get medicine.
Can't forget the Kleenex!
I couldn't live without my Echinacea! It really does work for me and my whole family. The minute I start getting sick I take two or three, three times a day and nine times out of ten, my symptoms completely go away! It is amazing stuff!
Oh and I can't forget the most important thing of all! Soup and crackers! I always crave salty things when I am sick and soup fills the bill, as well as salty saltine crackers. Even though I am getting prepared, I sure hope we don't get sick this year!
While I'm talking about medicine, I wanted to show you a little daily aggravation I have! I am a little anemic so my doctor wants me taking an iron supplement. The last time I picked some up, I accidentally got the bubble packed kind. It is so annoying!
Every day I have to push the little tablet through the foil and they don't come out easy at all. I got really tired of doing this so I came up with a solution.
I decided to take a knife and slice a little hole through the back of the bubble packs.
Then I just pop out about a week's worth.
I put them in a cute little dish along with my daily Women's vitamin.
I put them in the windowsill where I will see them every day to remind me to take them. I have a problem with forgetting to take my vitamins! I am so bad you guys, I forget all the time!! I have tried to take them to work, keep them in my purse, put them in my lunch bag and I have them out on the counter, but I still always forget to take them. I don't know what else to do to remember. I think this is awfully immature of me and so irresponsible. I need to take care of my body that God gave me and stay healthy for my family! I am determined to do better with this!
I also keep the kids vitamins on the counter in this cute little container.
You know me, I would rather have the vitamins in a cute little container instead of having all the ugly pill bottles around! LOL! It makes it really easy for them to grab their daily vitamin and a chewable vitamin C. I just have the children's multivitamin and chewable vitamin C, for safety reasons, I don't have anything stronger than that just laying about. Not that we really have anything stronger anyway. Also, we do not have small children in the house who might get into them.
I have this little note to them on the top of it to remind them to take them! I put this same note on this little box every year and I have to re-write it because it gets so yucky from all the wear and tear over a year's time!

I sincerely hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving day tomorrow! I know many of you are busy with the preparations and also traveling and I want you to know that I am praying for you and wish you the best day with your loved ones! We have so much to be thankful for!

"Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." 3 John 1:2

Love, Sharon

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My new project..........covering a footstool!

This is the little project I have been working on!
I recovered this funny little footstool that I found at a garage sale for $1.00!
Don't laugh at me or make fun! Because I am not a real seamstress......I tend to do things the wrong way! The glue gun and staple gun are my best friends! I decided to just hot glue the new fabric on the stool. I laid the stool down to measure the fabric and cut it to fit.
Then I glued the fabric on the stool. At this point I hated how it looked and was ashamed of my work. I put it in the extra bedroom and there it sat for several weeks.
I finally decided to continue on with it after my new daughter, Brittany, came over and encouraged me to finish it. She said she didn't think it was that bad. What a sweet daughter-in-law I have! So, I took my glue gun out of retirement and plugged her in! I started by gluing down all the extra fabric around the top and bottom of the stool.
The next thing I did was figure out what part of the red floral fabric I wanted on the top.
Then I found a big round tray to measure the fabric.
I traced around the tray with a pen.
And then I cut the fabric out.
I then glued the top piece on.
Then I glued on a piece of ribbon to hide the seams.
It worked out pretty well!
Hey, it doesn't look half bad! Now I need to hot glue the fringe to the bottom.
Okay, I'm all done now.......what do you think?
I think it turned out pretty cute, but don't look too close, you will see all my mistakes! This little makeover cost me roughly $16.00 - about $15.00 for materials and $1.00 for the stool. Not bad!
I put it in the guest room and it goes perfectly in there with all the reds and whites, florals and checks!

Have a great day!

"She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands" Proverbs 31:13

Hugs, Sharon
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