Sunday, December 22, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up 12/22

Good morning all.  It is officially winter (or summer) depending on where you live.  The daylight hours will start to increase here in the U.S.  YAY!  We gain 30 seconds today!!!!!!  LOL - That is what the meteorologist said.  I am just glad to be going in the right direction again.

We got around a total of 8" of snow this week.  Two snowfalls over two days.  First one, the neighbor did shoveling of drive and front walk for me.  God love him.  Second one I took care of.  Boy it got cold too.  Starting to warm a bit and the snow is melting.  Probably won't be much, if any, left for Christmas.  I know people want snow for Christmas, I just like that it makes for safe traveling, having none.

I watched a couple more different types of holiday shows again this week.  I saw Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.  What a cute show and another cartoon with a message.  Greed will destroy you!
I also watched a show called Love The Coopers.  I had never heard of it before.  It had John Goodman and Diane Keaton in it.  It was really pretty good - kind of a never give up on love/dis-functional family Christmas show.

The blue jays have really been in abundance this week.  They sure love their peanuts.  The  pileated woodpecker has been around this week as well.  Oh how beautiful and majestic.  Big Bird (the hawk) has been around too.  Sure keeps the little birds away and quiet.  THEN one day the crows showed up.  Good grief, they make the hawk look like a parakeet!  They look like turkeys walking around out there - just huge.  Glad they were just passing through.
Of course I have my cardinals every morning and evening and all those squirrels!

My week:
  • I recieved a $5/$30 coupon (again) for Aldi.  Needs to be used by 12/24.  I don't really need anything - but will probably get a little stock and maybe a special item or two
  • I cleaned the wood floors throughout the house - 2X.  They sure needed it again
  • Moved a lot of snow this week
  • Made 2 batches of candy and a batch of cookies.  Cookies were part of siblings gift.  Made chocolate coated mixed nut clusters, chocolate toffee bark and Springerle cookies (batch 1).

  • Finally got the few cards I sent - mailed!  Parcels will be done after the holidays.
  • Finished up the gift shopping
  • Started working of wrapping and bagging gifts
  • Had sibling Christmas yesterday.  Got some nice gifts.  Mixed popcorn in a tin, home canned goods (lots), cash and a gift card for Kroger.  Had a lovely meal that sister made.  It was a nice day.  My brother was soooo funny.  They got lots of jar recipes and homemade stuff, and he kept pulling things out of the bag saying "this is mine, this is mine...."  I told him he reminded of Ralphie's little brother on Christmas morning when they see the gifts!!!!!!! (from Christmas Story).  It was hilarious!
  • Sis sent home some leftovers - so no cooking today!
  • Been cleaning - mirrors, glass, throw rugs, dusting, laundry, etc.
  • Loaded a couple more boxes of donations into the car - when I get down that way to drop off
Meals this past week:
Small pizza
Home made Rice A Roni and asparagus
Gumbo (from freezer) and added leftover rice from day before
Cube steak and mashed potatoes/gravy
Egg rolls (from freezer)
Chicken dumplings and a salad
Dinner at sis's - stuffed shells, chicken alfredo, garlic bread and Éclair cake (YUM)

Isn't it amazing that everyone has been hustling around getting ready for the holiday and it is almost here?  This time next week it will just be a memory!  It comes and goes so fast.
Wednesday I will go to brothers for a while and visit with his kids and grands.  Saturday the kids come up for Christmas here. (other niece and nephews/families).  Sunday next I have a baby shower to go to.  Baking to do in there in as well.  I have all I need for the food for next Saturday.  It will be a busy week I guess.  That is probably a good thing for me!

Are you ready?  What are your plans?  Any special traditions?  
Baking done?  Tis the season - fa la la la la - la la la la!!!!!

Prayers for health happiness and comfort and peace for all this week.  I know there are many who are sad this year - may God touch you and bless you with His presence.

Blessings to each of you and your families from my humble little home to yours.

I will be here again before Christmas - but others may take a break.
Merry Christmas to those taking a computer break this week!


  1. I didn't know that Grandma got ran over by a reindeer was a show. We will have to check that out. It is amazing that we've been hustling around getting ready for the holiday and now it's almost here. I want to slow down and enjoy it as much as possible. Sounds like you had a good time at your sibling's Christmas this week. Ours are Monday & Tuesday. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Cheryl.

    1. The show is more of an animated cartoon - but it was really cute.
      I hear you - it will be here in a flash and then over. It seems sometimes we rush so much, that we forget to enjoy!
      Merry Christmas

  2. Oh what a nice time you've had. We have a 50 degree day here with sunshine for two days straight! You will have our white Christmas I guess. I'm ok with that! I love the joyful sound of your post makes me so happy to hear! Merry Christmas Cheryl!

    1. I doubt it will be white here either. It is sunny again today and almost 50. Supposed to be 40's and up to 50 all week.

      I did have a good time. Family is good for the soul.
      Merry Christmas

  3. Sounds like a lovely day with family! You've certainly accomplished a lot this week. Ugh to the snow though. Have a very Merry Christmas!

    1. It was very nice.
      I am NOT a snow lover. Merry Christmas to you

  4. I finished my cards today with the last 2 that needed updated addresses. We greeted at church. Everyone was dressed up and there were lots of "Merry Christmas"es. I had to run to the office to get a tech out to a broken furnace but then came home to enjoy my lighted tree. This evening I mixed up the chocolate crinkle dough so it could chill overnight. I made Amish sugar cookies and Scotcharoos. I made a batch of Chex Mix for my boss and family. The guys will get local beef sticks and my homemade jelly or relish.
    I did the gift wrapping yesterday. It took me 5 hours but I love to get it all done at once so the tree is surrounded.
    Tomorrow I will work and bake in the evening. Dh has the day off so he will run a few errands.
    Tuesday we close at noon and then I'll take my mom her gift. We will greet at the 6 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Then drive around to enjoy some of the holiday lights. Home for soup and cornbread. I'll watch It's A Wonderful Life and drink some holiday tea.
    Wednesday the local kids/grands will come over and we'll call the Ohio bunch. I am making ham, cheesy potatoes, fruit salad, rolls and we'll have the cookies and other goodies.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

    1. Your cookies all sound so yummy. I usually do most of my wrapping all at once as well - always have. That is fun to me.

      It sounds like your week will be lovely. Work family, church family and personal family. That is wonderful.
      Enjoy your celebrations and church service and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  5. Almost ready here just have to make final menu and run to store to pick up crab. It is almost here yikes! Merry Christmas you.

    1. Mmmmmm crab! Enjoy.
      Have a blessed day with family.
      Merry Christmas

  6. Merry Christmas, sweet friend!
    Your brother sounds like a character; I'm glad that he enjoyed his goodie bag! Glad you will be with family, and I know the little ones will enjoy being with you and the nap house.
    I'm almost ready, I think. But I may make some puppy chow or chex mix for snacking while we watch Christmas shows. We watched the new grinch movie on netflix last night, and it was cute. I was surprised that the whovians were singing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Silent Night".
    Sending hugs to you.

    1. Thank you dear.
      My brother and I are both huge fans of the show Christmas Story - and know it forwards and backwards. He is a character for sure.
      I will go to his house on Wednesday and be with his kids and grands - but have a crowd coming to the 'nap house' on Saturday.
      I haven't seen the Grinch in years - that may be another one I watch this year.
      Have a wonderful week. Merry Christmas

  7. It sounds like you had a really nice time with your siblings. Your brother sounds like mine - always making me laugh.
    I'm sure you will miss your Husband especially during this holiday season, Cheryl and I wanted to let you know I will be sending you good thoughts for a peaceful holiday.


    p.s. what is that candy? Have you already told us about that?