Archive for December, 2012
Here it is, 9 days away from Christmas day, already! The time flies! I usually have things I want to do but then, lose track of the time, and think, oh well…next year. I have been enjoying the season, however. trying to focus on the important stuff, and slow down enough to enjoy.
One thing that I am doing from my list this year, is making a huge amount of chocolate chip cookies, and give them in tins to people that have been kind to my family this year. Truth is, my husband is the true cookie maker in the family. So when I say “I am making”, it really means that I am coercing my husband into making them! But I will help, and when he is finished, I will make him delicious hot chocolate so he can just hang out in his hammock chair and eat cookies!
Today is December, 12, 2012. Some are saying it’s a big deal, it will never happen again! True, true, but every date will never happen again, and a funny friend of mine says she is not impressed so much, because people are just too lazy to write out 2012!
Either way, let us celebrate the uniqueness of today in a good way. But let us learn to appreciate every day for its own specialness. We only ever have this day. I am going for a bike ride, and it will be a chilly one! But I will enjoy the sunshine, the lunch and ride, with the companionship of a friend I haven’t seen for a while. Then later tonight, I will hang out in my favorite hammock chair and enjoy my Christmas tree! A perfect day off!
Tis the season to be jolly! Haven’t you heard? So, I am wondering if so many people haven’t heard? I was out browsing a bit, not too much, if you know me at all, and I encountered some grumpy people today! I was ranging from feeling irritated with them to feeling sorry for them.
But I know, they do it to themselves. As I said before, we don’t have to ruin the fun of the season by running around looking for the perfect gift and spending a gazillion dollars on it! Give your loved ones the gift of your time and love, with a simple gift, that doesn’t stress your budget. If they are true, they will love it. I felt like I needed to hand out business cards to my favorite hammock store and tell these people to get themselves a hammock and relax!
We had a wonderful family day today, and it makes my heart happy. We had a great home cooked meal after church, a big pot of vegetable soup I made yesterday, with a nice salad, and warm bread. A perfect soup day it was! Then we ended up eating more for dinner, but made hot roast beef sandwiches with it, as I saved some form the soup making.
We had DVR’d some Christmas shows that we missed during the week, we broke out the Algoma Hammocks butterfly chairs, and we caught up on them. We also made popcorn, lots of popcorn, we love it, and even played a game of UNO. It was a nice family day. Nothing fancy, just simple, happy times, the best!
My family tradition for getting a tree is to go to a tree farm, where we pick a tree, then they cut it down for us. We strap it up on our Suburban, and home we go! It doesn’t get any fresher than that! My husband was joking about the beauty of a live tree and the bugs that go along with it, because we have gotten trees with praying mantis in them, and he puts them out in our own pine trees. If we only knew how true this was…
Well, we put the tree up, strung lights, and completely decorated it, when I noticed a spider at the top, oh, no, now it’s three, now four, five! Oh, my, we should have shaken this tree down! We all had the “heeby jeebies”, if you know what I mean. Well, we decided that they weren’t interested in hurting us, and they would eat bugs that get in our house. As I lay in the quilted hammock, looking at the tree, I am keeping my eye open for them now. It is a lesson for us to learn for next year, though!
Today is a rainy and gloomy day outside the windows. However, as part of my plan to just enjoy the holiday season, I am staying indoors today. I am lighting some holiday candles to make it cozy and playing Christmas music all day.
I am going to wrap presents so that my teenagers don’t find their gifts, as I am listening to music, and happy for my home. It is the little things that we take for granted, that can bring much happiness. For instance, just hanging around in my swinging hammock chair, enjoying the beauty of our Christmas tree.
I enjoy the holiday season the best when I don’t allow myself to get caught up in the “hustle bustle” of the season. It can happen if I am not careful. Of course, I want to give meaningful gifts to the ones I love. However, it is important for me to remember that the reason I celebrate Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
If I keep that foremost in my mind, I can enjoy the season more, and take more time to relax in my hammock chair, and less time trying to get the perfect gift! The perfect gift we can give, regardless of how we celebrate the holidays, or our religion, is always to give love, above all else.
It was unseasonably warm today in my little corner of the world. I loved it, however, all my hammocks and hammock chairs are safely tucked away in the garage for the winter. I had to settle for a portable hammock I could hang up on the deck quickly.
I am so thankful that I was available to enjoy some sunshine from the outside today, rather than just coming in the windows. The only problem is that this weather can spoil me, making the cold days coming seem even colder. But I will try to just be happy for the day I had!