I tell you what, this girl must have been a good girl this past year, as I sure got some nice gifts. I am just so extremely blessed to have such wonderful nieces and nephews. I spent Saturday at brother's house with his children and grands. Sunday, I spent with my sister's (passed) children and grands at my house.
My eldest sister's family is pretty scattered around the country, so don't see them all that much and my brother that is passed - well his kids kind of went AWOL after his passing (which is sad).
But those that are here are wonderful!!! We have always been close, and they are just so good to me. I guess they love me!!!! LOL
It was a wonderful weekend. I had such a lovely time. I needed nothing and wanted nothing, other than seeing and being with family - however, they don't listen!
Here are just a FEW of the neat things I got. These kids all know me!! Pretty containers - boxes and totes (and reusable vinyl gift bags) that I can reuse, lovely smell pretties, old fashioned looking items, ways to save $ and tasty food goodies! I think I have taught them all well!!! LOL!!!!! I have always preached, and gifted useful things and they have always loved it - now they do the same things!
A reusable cloth tote/basket, fire extinguishers, 2 kinds of olive oil, coconut oil. honey/ honeycomb, pure maple syrup, 10 soup mixes, a great coupon book that lasts the entire year for all kinds of places (including Kroger) and yes - a $100 GC!!!!!!!
Just incredible. I also got 3 - 1 lb. rolls of fresh ground sausage (my nephew butchered a hog). I got a pretty sweater and a fleece hoodie, 2 lovely throws, socks, cookies and goodies, and family pictures.
The best part was lots of hugs and kisses and "I love you's". PRICELESS
We had a great deal of food to eat on Sunday - all made from what I had here, except some buns and fresh veggies. I shared a lot of the pulled pork and BBQ meatballs and wienies with my neighbor and his son. I am eating lots of leftovers in new ways this week!!!!
I put away all my wonderful gifts yesterday, the house is cleaned up, trash out to curb and much of the Christmas decorations down. I still have my little tree up and white lights up on the armoire - I love the lights. May just leave them up for quite a while!
I want to thank you to Rhonda T. from Vista CA for the cute card and the most thoughtful gift! It was never expected and not necessary - BUT very much appreciated. Thank you dear.
Today I will be cutting many of my cards. I use the fronts for tags for gifts and for my lists and notes. I will be making up a new meal with pork and maybe freezing some of the leftovers.
I will also be catching up on laundry and then RESTING! This past weekend was exciting and fun - but it wore me out!!!! Guess I am not as young as I used to be! (say it aint so - LOL)
I told you I would show you some of the wonderfully useful and unique gifts I got. I am just so lucky and blessed. These young people really know their Auntie!
I sure hope you all had a great weekend. Are you rested up? Still eating leftovers? Ready to approach the new year with a new outlook?
I will be back tomorrow my friends.
Have a blessed day!!!!
You are so loved. I’m glad you had a Merry Christmas!ReplyDelete
It just amazes me - I am so blessed.Delete
Hope yours was wonderful
Oh wow, how neat Cheryl! Those are such lovely gifts. They sure do know you well. I’m so glad they have you and you have them. :)ReplyDelete
I know right?Delete
I am so thankful I have the family I do.
Your family knows you and loves you! You received the type of gifts from them that was unnecessary to pretend you like them. Those are the best gifts of all. I can tell by your words that it was a joyous time with family.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I think they kind of like me! They are such a joy.Delete
I had a great time seeing everyone.
Fire extinguishers -- what a great idea that I am going to "steal" from you for next year. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Heather near Atlanta
I know - we should all have current and good ones on hand. I have a couple - but they are old. These are disposable when done, no refilling.Delete
Great gift idea.
Nothing beats a personal gift from someone you love and who loves you back. Happy New Year, Cheryl.ReplyDelete
I agree. They show their love in many ways.Delete
Wonderful gifts... and so much love! --EliseReplyDelete
Yes, YES, YES on both counts!!!!Delete
A wonderful Christmas with wonderful family. So special for the special person you are. I glean so much from your posts. Thank you and Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I am honored. Love having you all here.Delete
Thank you and you too!
Sounds like a wonderful time with all your family, and those are lovely gifts.ReplyDelete
Yes, I'm still eating leftovers and some have gone to the freezer for meals in the next few weeks. The rest will be gone tonight and then we're back to the regular programming.
LOL - stay tune for regular programming!!!!!Delete
It has been kind of fun though, hasn't it?
I put food in freezer today and left out enough for one more day in leftovers.
What a wonderful holiday you had, surrounded by family. Love that you have gifts that you can use and enjoy, and the memory of where they came from. We are finally receiving our first measurable snowfall. It's been coming down for about an hour and we have close to an inch on the deck rail. I have the lights on the Christmas tree turned on, and it is so peaceful with the snowfall as a backdrop. Sandwiches are on the lunch menu, with leftover ham and potato salad, and I'm thinking of putting a pot of split pea soup (with the ham bone) on to simmer this afternoon -- if not for dinner (my mother's last night with me), for future lunches this week. If I don't get back here this week, wishing you the Happiest New Year!ReplyDelete
Split pea soup sounds good. Soup will be on the agenda here sometime soon. It sounds lovely where you are. No snow here, just rain and mud! That is OK, I am not a big snow fan any more.Delete
Glad you have had your Mother with you and sorry she is leaving.
Hope you get back - of not - Happy New Year to you as well.
So many lovely gifts. You have definitely taught them well and they do love you so much.ReplyDelete
I guess there will be some legacy left when I am gone. I hope they remember and continue being such good people.Delete
You are indeed loved and blessed! That wreath is gorgeous and all the gifts were so thoughtful. :)ReplyDelete
She did such a good job on the wreath. I saw she was making them, and I was hopeful and then BOOM I got one!!!!Delete
Everyone said it already: you are loved, cared about, needed and rich in family. Those are fun gifts....so many good ideas. Your niece in law made a great wreath! So pretty. I like that sweet little yellow wreath, too..and the prim basket with tea towels. I’ve been wanting a salt 🪔 lamp.ReplyDelete
We’ve been putting away our decorations for Christmas, too. The Spirit of Christmas remains, tho.
I put the black-eyed peas on to soak tonight so I can make Hoppin’ John tomorrow. Did your kitties get any goodies for Christmas?
I am. I am very fortunate. The salt lamp is neat - it has an adjustable bulb - so it can be very dim pink light or bright. I have it by my bed.Delete
I love Hoppin' John - haven't made it in a long time. I will be having black eyed peas on NY day however.
They just got a little pork before it was seasoned. And Coogy loves bows!
WOw, Santa really dumped the sleigh at your place, you are loved. But I know why. SO happy you had a nice Christmas you deserve it!ReplyDelete
LOL - I guess he did!!!Delete
Thank you - I know I sure enjoyed the weekend. Hated to see it end.
So glad your nieces and nephews spoiled you and most of all spent time with you. I'm sure it was tiring but look at all the good memories you made. We spent five days in Las Vegas and it was very fun but tiring. I was not prepared for all the people who had the same exact Christmas plans we did. So lots of crowds and very little social distancing. Glad to say that everyone wore their masks though. We are expecting a very cold upcoming weekend so we are staying in and resting after a hectic week.ReplyDelete
Oh how fun for you. I have been there once and it was years ago. It sure is an exciting and very lively place. SO many people. I bet you had a good time.Delete
We are still having decent temps, but one night early next week I think it may get in teens or 20's - then back up some.
Good idea to stay in and stay warm and stay SAFE