What’s up today in December?

Today was the last day of school for my second-grade grandson before winter break. Students wore their pjs and had a Polar Express-theme day ending with movie viewing. Reports are a good time was had. My sister-friend and lifesaver many times over just stopped by with a special gin delivery! We had tried a new Michgan-made brand in our gin and tonics earlier this fall and she meant to give it to me last Monday at our annual Scrabble Sisters Christmas (and my birthday) get together. Of course, this gin was no where to be found when she went to purchase it but now it is here, sitting on the end table waiting patiently for me to finish my post and get on with the cocktail hour. It’s 5:02 pm already.

So far I’ve today I’ve located bunches of pictures I want to send with some of the cards I’ll get out, hopefully before Christmas. That’s always my hope. I’ve put off running to the store to the point where now I’ve got no choice but to go to the least out of the way grocer, pick up the fewest and most urgent items and get the heck out. Did I mention it’s 5:02 on Friday night the last weekend of shopping before Christmas 2014. They just had the pace car leave the track, the gun went off, shoppers are probably backed up on our main drag through 2-3 main intersections. Yikes!

I also located the Christmas card holder, added photo display cords with little super-magnets on either side so we could actually display all the cards, especially the photo cards with my friends’ grandkids on them. So happy with my solution. I tacked these right below the ceiling so the cats can’t reach the weight that keeps them taut. My cousin is a photographer and he recommended these as a quick way to display and change out your photos. Cool, bought 5 but the house is always such chaos I hadn’t decided where was my best spot. So I’ll start with bonus card space and go from there.

Hope to do more decorating tonight, baking over the weekend, and keep celebrating that birthday which is really not until Sunday. Last year of my 50s coming up as I turn 59!
Breakfast with the family tomorrow, class at Painting with a Twist tomorrow afternoon, dinner and a movie with my husband on Sunday. I think I’ve got it covered. Oh, and right after I get back for that wacko store run, awesome Double Gin and Tonic with Two Limes, house special. Take time to smell the pine trees, hear the bells, play with the kids and sing. It’s that special time of year. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.

Flowers, herbs and veggies, oh my!

So…I bought the rest of the plants I need for my gardens in all 3 locations. This took a couple hours and it was HOT today. By the time I loaded and unloaded the 5+ flats of gorgeous, delicious fragrant annuals, herbs and veggies, it was clear a siesta was in order. After this lovely break, we had an early dinner, then I went to my community gardener friend’s house to dig up more plants because, nope, I just can’t get enough. Drove to Northwind Community Garden and as the sun set, I planted the day-lilies I had just dug. What a beautiful night! Too little time to plant what with all the plant gathering! I had hoped to at least get to the planters in the back drive at church, but lost the sun and my energy. Jim was very happy that I made us Brownie Ice Cream Sundaes since I needed something to spur me on through my evening chores: making Vegan Peanut Butter Cups for tomorrow night’s potluck, putting sheets on my bed and showering off a hot days worth of garden dirt and sunscreen. Bon soir!

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Hello from Fly-over Country (the Mitten part)!

Welcome to my very first blog, my very first blog post! It’s a sunny May day here in mid-Michigan, which means I am not going to sit here and rant, howl or wax nostalgic about anything at all. I will be purchasing plants, digging in the dirt and creating gardens everywhere. Details when the sun sets. Happy day, world of friends!