Sunday, December 26, 2021

Weekly Wrap Up 12/26

 Most of the business of the holiday is over.  I do have a big gathering at my home today - then Christmas will be in the books for 2021.  The year is almost over and another will soon be upon us.  WOW

We have had unseasonably warm temps here in my area.  We have had rain and expect more this coming week.  The year will end here with temps in the 40's and 50's during the day.  CRAZY.  I have no problem with it - but I know many do love them some snow! 
I would like to say thank you to Mary B /NC for the Christmas card.  So sweet.
I got to hear Santa read Twas the Night Before Christmas on Friday.  I always enjoy that (my inner child).  But the Santa I have heard for years - passed away not long ago, and this was a new one.  It was good, but the voice lacked something.  He didn't sound like "Daddy"!!!!  I think that was it.  My Daddy always read me that story and I kind of relive every year with TV Santa.

My week:
  • Well, you all saw the pictures of the jelly I made.  Made juice and then jelly from grapes from my yard (from summer)
  • Made cookies - many for gifts
  • Made a turkey roaster full of snack mix - Boy, was that a hit with the guys - they loved their homemade goodies
  • I used my last garden tomato
  • I used comics, puzzle pages and sport pages from paper for wrapping kid's gifts
  • Walked about the neighborhood picking up trash after one super windy day.  Got a black bag FULL!
  • Washed windows, doors and mirrors
  • My jerky and summer sausage SHOWED UP Thursday.  None too soon - but heck it made it!!!!!
  • I did run to Kroger very early Thursday morning for fresh veggies and buns for Sunday.  It was great when I arrived but was a zoo by the time I left.   So glad I didn't go for much!
  • Aired the house again this week!
  • House clean, laundry done, everything wrapped and ready.
By the way - the nap blankies were an absolute hit!  Everyone loved them - the young men even said they thought it was such a neat gift and so much work.  Layla - the almost 8 mo. old - had her baba and held onto her blankie sitting on Mommies lap and felt straight to sleep!!  Her Mommy couldn't quit telling me how much she loved it - said it was the best gift this year!  Made my heart melt!

Meals this past week:
Soup beans over rice
Chicken enchilada skillet (from freezer) over tortilla chips
Fried chicken (freezer) and salad
Grilled beef and cheese sandwich
Baked potato
Marinated chicken breast over linguine and side salad
Dinner at brother's

I hope you all had a lovely day with family and/or friends and/or neighbors.  I hope no matter who you were with or what you did that you were blessed beyond belief.  We can make alone time special - spending it in reflection and prayer - we make our happiness.
I can't wait to tell you about some of the fun and unique items I have been gifted.  I love my family and friends - they think like me!!!!!!!!!!!!!  LOL

I hope you are safe and well and I look forward to hearing from you all.
Blessings from my humble little home to yours.

I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

Lord, when we worry about what the future holds in store for us and our families, please let us be reminded that You know.  You know all about us, and you how everything will turn out and we need to realize and know that it is all part of Your plan.  Help us to place our worries in Your loving hands, and we will be fine.


  1. Sounds like such a lovely week, Cheryl. I'm so glad the nappies and snack mix were such a big hit. It was really warm here for Christmas too. I can't wait to hear about the presents you received.

    1. I have had a great week and today is the icing on the cake! It sure has lifted my mood.
      Yes, no coat needed yesterday or even today - didn't even use a jacket.
      Have a good one!

  2. Enjoy your company today.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Your post today just makes my heart smile! May your gathering today be just as special, Cheryl, and (as always) thank you for the verse and prayer.

    Our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were lovely. Scaled back this year, but as I told my newly retired hubby this morning, it was PERFECT for where we are in life now. Tomorrow I turn 60. We'll celebrate with our sons today, wrapping up the festivities simply and with much joy.

    Our oldest was given a Pineapple Upside Down cake for Christmas that he brought for us today, and it made me laugh. It seems fitting and reassures me that I taught both sons never to waste. LOL!

    1. Thanks.
      Congrats on retirement and happy birthday! All on the weekend celebrating Jesus birth. What a weekend.
      Pineapple upside down cake is my favorite. ENJOY.
      Good guys - never waste!!!
      Sit back and enjoy life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Cheryl, I envy you. You have so much family and friends around and you seem to like all of them, LOL. It would be easy for a widow with no children to get left out and you never do! Now, in my case, I am blessed with a husband and two adult children, no grandchildren (drat!) and we all get along and enjoy holidays together. My husband was an only child and I have one sister who lives a long way away, and we have never been close (dysfunctional childhoods). My son lives over 500 miles away, but we always spend Christmas at his house because he always has to work at Christmas. We couldn't go this year due to wild weather here, wild weather there and wild weather in between. He is my sentimental one--always has been--and I felt a little sorry for him because his wife had to work away from home all week (she is a heli pilot who flies air ambulance) and they don't have children. But I didn't feel TOO sorry for him, because he could have invited somebody over, or he could have volunteered somewhere. As for the three of us, we had a lovely Christmas at home. It was pared down and all thrown together in the last week, but it was just the right amount, IYKWIM. In fact, I am going to declutter my Christmas lights and outdoor decorations. We're in our mid-70s and don't climb ladders anymore, and I'm too cheap to pay someone else. We had a wreath below the porch light and a leg lamp in my daughter's upstairs bedroom window, and it was PERFECT. She does love that leg lamp, LOL. (At least it is not full size).

    So, a Merry Christmas (a bit belatedly) and Happy New Year to you, Cheryl, and to all your readers. Thank you for making your blog such a welcoming place. Elise, the pineapple upside down cake sounds de-lish!

    1. I am very fortunate. I have a pretty big family and for the most part everyone gets along. I don't agree with lifestyles of some - but it's their life!
      I have the most incredible nieces and nephews. Today they were telling me that I had always been the coolest aunt!!! LOL! Years ago I would take them out for rides in a sporty car I had, we would go to the fair or to out of town locations. They would come and stay all night - when I was single. I would have the nieces over, and we would have slumber parties.
      So sorry you didn't get to visit with the son - but better safe than sorry. Glad the three of you had a lovely day.
      My decoration is simple too - gets simpler every year. I love my little leg lamp too!
      Thank you so much for your kind words.
      See ya Tuesday!!!!

  5. Merry Christmas Cheryl! Your celebrations sound wonderful. It made me smile that the blankies you made were loved so much. Our Christmas was quiet, as we stayed away from large groups due to my chemo. We got phone calls or FaceTimed with our kids and two grandbabies though, which was great. The quiet actually gave me time to fully experience and appreciate the Reason for the Season, and I have peace in my heart as we move toward a new year. God is good, all the time!

    1. It was very smart to stay close to home and away from others with chemo. I sure hope all is going well for you and you aren't feeling poorly. Prayers!
      Glad you got to talk to your family.
      Yes those quiet moments let us reflect, and we all need time for that.
      It sure made me smile as well, that they all loved the blankets.
      INDEED, God is good all the time. Wishing you the best in the new year.

  6. Excellent Scripture, excellent prayer!

    So happy all the littles love their new blankies. You put your heart in the the gifts you gave and that makes a big difference.

    This weather is crazy. Trouble is, it plays havoc with my sinuses.

    1. Thank you. I love doing for others - so it was a labor of love.
      I am taking my allergy meds now too! I do like the warm though

  7. Love your cardinals picture, the verses and prayer, Cheryl. I also like that you say we make our own happiness....
    So glad the jerky and sausage made it there in time. And that your gifts were loved and appreciated.
    Keep taking good care of yourself and the 🐈‍⬛ kitties.

    1. Thank you Mary. I believe we have to make our own happiness. No one else can really do that for us. There are people out there who have it "all" and they are miserable.
      Thanks - take care

  8. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I am so glad that the nap blankies were a hit.

    God bless.

    1. Thanks - yes I did. I hope yours was good as well.