Monday, December 01, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook~December 1/08


For Today:

Outside my window...the Christmas icicle lights are blowing in the wind. Yes, it's windy again and cloud covered and the snow is gone. Something, though, is blowing in. I wonder if it will bring some moisture or if it's just all about being blustery. Kids are running around the perimeter of the school, the teacher's making them do phys. ed outside. I feel for them, I always hated that.

I am hearing... a news story about a shoe box full of money found in the bottom of a box of goodwill donations. The worker, it was her first day on the job, immediately told management and they found the owner. It made the news all over. Then someone else sent that goodwill a cheque for $7500 anonymously. A nice heartwarming story for Christmas.

I am thinking...of the annual Christmas juggling of the relatives that happens in my life. I'm exhausted just trying to work it out in my mind.

I am thankful for...work. I am very thankful and grateful that Dave found work right away when he was laid off in September. It especially hits home at this Season and especially as my heart is breaking for all those suffering job losses because of what's happening in the U.S..

I am wearing...jeans (does this ever change?), ugly green knit shirt (I really need some new shirts!)

I am hoping...that the coffee store allows me to exchange the bottles of coffee flavoring I bought on Saturday for gifts. Hubby and I don't drink so we thought instead of giving bottles of wine as gifts we would give bottles of really yummy coffee flavoring. The kind they have in fancy coffee shops. But one of the flavors we got wasn't so yummy. I opened a bottle for myself and tried it and it was horrid. Caribbean Rum. Oh my. I should have stuck with what I knew. Flavors like cinnamon, irish cream, macadamia nut, white chocolate! Please let them exchange the unopened bottles, is what I'm hoping!

From the dayhome...the letter "C" (falling perfectly with Christmas!), making pipe cleaner candy canes (letter "c" again!), Christmas countdown chains (more letter "c").

From the kitchen...paprika potatoes, chicken parmigan (didn't happen last week), salmon burgers, banana muffins, the start of Christmas baking with Lemon Poppyseed Cookies.

I am reading...The Sound of Music Companion, "Snitch", Christmas recipes

I am creating...my Christmas baking list

Around the house...the Christmas decorating awaits

One of my favorite things...getting an amazing deal on gifts. Yesterday I scored a beautiful perfume for my sister for her birthday which is regular $63 for $20! Yipee! Geez, I hope she doesn't read this before Thursday!

A few plans for the rest of the week...trying to exchange those coffee flavors today, shopping for hubby's gift, Christmas baking, dinner at a fancy dancy restaurant for the staff Christmas dinner with hubby's work, my sis's birthday.

A picture thought I'm sharing with you...





Just one of the tree decorating ideas featured in Better Homes and Gardens online magazine. For more wonderful ideas for everything from trees to entryway/porches, centerpieces to baking, crafts to baking check out their holiday page here.


For the Simple Woman's Daybook home page go here.






13 comments:

Faith said...

I'm liking the sound of the coffee flavorings.....especially that irish cream one!
Happy Decorating...that's on my agenda for the next 2 days as well although the tree is up (it's a fake we bought last year which is just as good as some of the real ones we've had and way less mess!)

Michelle said...

Isn't that wonderful about the Goodwill worker.have a great day.

ellen b. said...

Happy December Susanne! I hope you can take those coffee flavorings back too! Have a good week...

Jen said...

I already put my baking lists together...now i need to find time to bake....a really cloudy day would be good....

Barbara H. said...

That is neat about that Goodwill story! And great "c" words and deal on the perfume! I'm glad Dave found a job. We need to do our decorating too. Had planned to get a tree Saturday, but it rained, and this next Saturday the various kids have work and things to attend, so I just don't know. :-(

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

Oh Susanne I always enjoy stopping by your blog. You always lift my heart. :)
You are a natural teacher with your "C" ideas! It sounds like something I would do.
We got lots of decorating done this weekend. I always figure if I am going to go through that much effort, lets get it done early!
~Sandy

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

Oh Susanne I always enjoy stopping by your blog. You always lift my heart. :)
You are a natural teacher with your "C" ideas! It sounds like something I would do.
We got lots of decorating done this weekend. I always figure if I am going to go through that much effort, lets get it done early!
~Sandy

Linda said...

It's fun to share mondays with you this way Susanne. It is such a busy time of year. I am hoping that this year I will be able to find time just to savor the moments.

Barb said...

Oh, surely they'll exchange bottles that haven't been opened. In fact, if you tell them you think they're horrid, maybe they'll just give you a refund.

Christmas tree? Oh My Word! I KNEW I was forgetting to do something!

LOL

Christmas is arriving very slowly at my house this year. Shoot! I really need to tell Rob it's time to get the Christmas tree box and all the decoration boxes out. I asked him to put up my house lights (four days ago) and today he got my four little deer planted on the front lawn. Apparently, Christmas is arriving slowly for him too.

Sigh.

I wear jeans every single day of my life. With ugly shirts. Because I don't remember the last time I actually bought a new article of clothing. LOL

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

I have got to try those Lemon poppyseed cookies this year.

Org Junkie said...

These Daybooks are fun to read. What a great score on the perfume, woohoo! Love the news story, that's awesome!

Hope you have a great time at your party.

Laura

Much Ado said...

oh, I feel all "christmassy" after reading this post! :)

Donnetta (momrn2) said...

Making news this weekend in our area was about a 17 year old boy who found a bag of money, $10,000, in the restroom where he works.

He also turned it in and discovered it was an older man's entire life savings.

The boy's family moved to the country 5 years ago with only $300 to their name... and yet he had the honesty to return every penny of what he found.

These types of stories truly do warm the heart and rekindle hope that others still do know and choose to do the right thing!!