I realize it was just a cold, but I just hate being sick. It's so damned inconvenient. Here I was, with an unplanned vacation and I didn't feel up to doing anything. Oh, I set up the Christmas tree and got the cards done, but that was all I accomplished in three days.
On the other hand, it was kind of nice to just sit around and do nothing. For instance, on Thursday it rained hard all day and for a good part of it, I just sat on the couch under the big yellow blanket with Honey on my lap listening to the rain and thinking how awesome it was.
Honey loves it when I pull out the big yellow blanket. It's a great blanket to be sick under, if you know what I mean. And it's kind of amazing that it's older than I am--Mom got it for her wedding shower back in 1957, and it's still nice and soft and fluffy.
By Saturday, I was feeling well enough to do the weekly marketing, etc., so Hubs and I set out to do that and hit our Saturday Thrifts. Unfortunately, we found nothing worth buying.
They were calling for bad weather on Sunday, so Hubs and I made a pre-emptive decision to just stay home and do Christmasy things. That was a good decision, given how things looked at 11:00:
I don't know if you can see how hard it's snowing, but it's pretty hard. Don't forget that this is Maryland, where people panic at the first snowflake, despite the fact that we get snow every single year.
By 2:00, the snow had pretty much stopped and the snowplows came through:
But then it spent the rest of the day sleeting and freezing raining, which was just nasty.
So Hubs and I did our Christmas decorating! Stay with me here, because there is a connection to thrifted finds, no matter how tenuous ;)
1. Our mantle! Mmm, nothing vintage here, though the porcelain and the Staffordshire dogs are antiques. We used to have a much nicer garland but a couple of years ago the lights gave out and no matter what I did, I couldn't get them lit again.
2. Christmas tree! I know it looks really pink here, but it's not. Hubs and I went out last year just before Christmas and I saw these trees reduced from $45.00 to $19.00. Now, Hubs has always wanted a white tree and I was certainly open to the idea, particularly one with multi-colored lights (I don't care for white lights.), and how was I supposed to say no to like, a 60% discount? We had it in our front hall last year and decided we would alternate between the white and the green as our "main" tree. If you look closely, you will see some of the Shiny Brite ornaments I got way back in June.
3. More Shiny Brites! During the same shopping trip that I got the white tree, I saw these glass urns and thought they would look nice filled with Christmas ornaments. Unfortunately, there was no way I was going to spend 15 bucks for one. Well, just a few weeks after Christmas, I came across this in the Goodwill, filled with a candle and seashells and sand and a bunch of other crapola. I liked the price--five bucks--and immediately emptied the contents into the nearest trash receptacle. Those balls with the net on them are more Shiny Brites I got in March.
See? Connection to thrifted finds?
5. Hubs' creche! We have a horizontal surface on which we display either my Christmas Story buildings or Hubs' creche. We take turns, and this year, it was Hubs' turn. This is his childhood creche, so it's fairly old. The figures are paper mache and as Hubs says "Grubby from three little boys playing with them." Still, it's sweet and dear, and I love having things from Hubby's past around.
And that's really all for the thrifted finds department. More bad weather is on the way tomorrow and I'm not sure what the weekend will hold, so who knows if we'll get to do any thrifting at all next week.
What I Made This Weekend Department:
A. One-pot (if you're lucky) Macaroni and Cheese! I didn't take a picture because you've seen it before. Here's the recipe if you want to review. The picture above is from the same post.
B. Pork Chops! Yeah, this picture is a retread too, but how many pictures of pork chops can you look at, you know? Sub mashies for the spaetzle in this picture and you pretty much have a picture of what dinner was last night. Also, I went back to using the Weis version of Shake & Bake which we like much better than the real stuff.
You can see that I didn't put too much effort into cooking this week because I also made
Okay, to be honest, it wasn't so bad this year. The problem I have with making cookies is that there's a lot of standing around time, but it's never enough to actually go off and do something. If you hate making cookies as much as I do, here are a couple of tips to help keep your sunny disposition.
1. Get yourself a bigass mixer. I finally got to put my Kenmore to its intended use (making these cookies) and it sped up the process immeasurably. I still had to mix in two batches, but it was a lot better than doing it by hand, or borrowing my friend's Kitchenaid.
2. Use a cookie scoop. Get a good one, because the cheap ones are more frustrating than useful. Makes the cookies much more uniform than trying to use a teaspoon.
3. Have lots of baking sheets. At least four, which is what I used. That way you can have a batch ready to go into the oven as soon as you take one out.
4. Have a distraction. I often use this time to watch Christmas movies on my portable DVD player. This year, I used my little bits of free time to make the macaroni and to wash up all the bowls and things I used in the process.
And that's pretty much all I have. Which is fine, since this post is long enough, considering how little content it has...
Linking up with the fabulousness at Sir Thrift A Lot, The Nifty Thrifty, Thrifter/Maker/Fixer/Farm and We Call It Junkin