Saturday, October 3, 2015

So Much To Do

I tried to keep going with the year round holiday prep but family and friends kept me very busy this year.  Besides work, I have done a lot of traveling and been to so many different celebrations (birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, family reunions) that try as I might, I just didn't have the time to do anything Christmassy. Although it was on my mind constantly.

But my favorite time of year has arrived - Autumn - and it is just what I need to get focused. I love this time of year.

It's been a rainy weekend so far here in Maryland.  It's also quite chilly. Thank goodness that storm that was supposed to hit decided to stay out in the Atlantic.  I love rainy days, but not that much, LOL.

Since I decided to stay in this weekend, I pulled out my trusty holiday planner notebook and got started.  I usually follow one of the plans over at Magical Holiday Home but they are already into week five.  No worries. I will just jump in and get the ball rolling.

To start I printed a few blank calendar pages from online and began noting upcoming events for the remainder of the year.  It's looking a little bare right now but I know it will start filling up real fast. I also got started on my master gift list.  While spending a little time online window shopping I found some great gift ideas. I hope to actually started holiday shopping by the end of next week. What's next?  Oh yeah!  I need to update my excel spreadsheet.  I like to keep track of gifts I've given in previous years so that I don't duplicate them.  I must say that I am starting to run out of ideas, LOL.

Tomorrow I will continue with my lists.  One major list I need to get done early is the menu for the annual Christmas Eve family dinner. For many it's probably easy but not for me.  I like to do something different each year. There may be one or two favorites that are a must but I like to switch it up.

It's nearly 6 so I think after I update my spreadsheet I'm going to take a break for the rest of the evening, grab some snacks, plop on the sofa under a blanket and watch some movies.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

May 2015 turn all of your dreams into reality and all of your goals into great achievements.

A new year, a new beginning.  Enjoy it!

Friday, December 26, 2014

While I Have Some Down Time

Well the big day is over.  I am exhausted but fulfilled.  Thank goodness I still have another week to catch up on rest before it's back to the grindmill.

Christmas Eve with my family was another joyous moment for the books.  There was lots of laughter, singing, dancing and good conversation. The best part was that I actually got to enjoy my company from the first arrival to the last person to leave.  All thanks to prepping and cooking all my dishes the day before.  That was a first for me as I am usually still cooking on Christmas Eve.  I had so much time on my hands, though, before guests started arriving that I didn't know what to do with myself.

On Christmas Day I went to my moms and spent the day with her and my stepdad.

Today as I lounge on the sofa, I am already thinking about Christmas 2015.  But first I need to do my debreifing for 2014.  You can find the form and many others on Organized Christmas.  The best part is you can fill it out on the computer, then save or print it to keep for future references.

Well I had better get started while everythings still fresh on my mind.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Cards

I love receiving Christmas cards in the mail. It's like getting a special treat each day in December. These were sent to me from my friends over at Magical Holiday Home.  Great group of women (and a few men).

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gifts and Giving

One of the things I love about Christmas besides being with family is giving gifts.  When I am able to give it just fills my heart with so much joy.  Each gift is a representation of the person receiving the gift.  And so far, every gift I have given has been well received.  I am so glad as I put a lot of thought into what I give.

Today I was the recipient of a nice gift.  There was a knock at my door and when I opened it, there stood my neighbor with a big bag in his hand.  First he thanked me for the gifts and treats I gave to him and his mom, then he handed me the bag.  My neighbors know I am a big Christmas nut and so every year I get something really nice to decorate my little palace with.  This year it was singing snowmen carrying a Christmas tree, from Hallmark.  This makes the third one I have received from my neighbor.  I found the perfect spot for it right in front of the television.