Respite

Lord, I thank you for every day, and everything I do.

Sometimes, though, I desperately need to take a rest, too.

You’ve held me up through tough times and I’ve always proven strong;

But even I need a breath so I may continue on.

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Saturday


It is a beautiful bright green outside on this rainy day. I’m told the rain won’t stay, and that’s okay. It’s nice when sunshine is on the way. Until then, we will enjoy this bright green, beautiful rainy day. 💕🌧☔️😀

Hello, Christmas!

Goodbye, Thanksgiving.  It was deliciously fun while it lasted!  Plus all the leftovers were gone in four days.  That makes me a little sad; I’m going to miss that stuffing…

Homemade cranberry sauce.

Homemade cranberry sauce.

Homemade stuffing.

Homemade stuffing.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Of course, dessert!  Homemade pumpkin pie.

Of course, dessert! Homemade pumpkin pie.

 

Hello, Christmas!

I usually decorate from top to bottom, but this year… well, not so much.  I have an almost 2 year old, so my decorating scheme this holiday is ‘minimal and unbreakable’.  If it can be pulled, yanked, kicked or thrown without immediately breaking then it’s going up! So I scoured my many decorating items and amazingly I had quite a good selection to choose from.  I kept it simple using the least amount for maximum festiveness and everything came out great!  Already toddler tested and approved, too.  🙂  Here are a few decorations.  I didn’t take pictures of the tree or our roast beef dinner… can you believe, I forgot!  Oh welll, there’s next year!  I hope yours was fantastic!

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Homemade bread.

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Handmade decorative bow.

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Handmade decorative bow.

 

Ornament tree centerpiece.

Ornament tree centerpiece.

It’s the week of Thanksgiving… Cue Scary Music!

Let the Thanksgiving meal prep begin! Four days to go!

Of course, it doesn’t have to be the dreaded few days before the big meal; though it usually is for a lot of people. Right now I’m calculating food quantities… we’re notorious in my home for making too much. But I’m not going to sweat it. If there’s too much, oh well. It will eventually be eaten!
I also make a lot of dishes from scratch – such as bread, cranberry sauce, pie crusts and any pies – which can add stress; especially if you’re a guest and need to be somewhere by a certain time. Lucky me, I’ll be home this year so if I’m running behind schedule, no worries! There will be plenty to munch on while waiting. 😉 There will be things to do as well. Plenty of games like Bingo and even a “Thankful Tree” that everyone can add leaves to with all that they are thankful for (I’m looking forward to that). And it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without football!

Usually, I tend to go with the flow – also known as procrastinating – but for this Turkey Day I’m going to take advantage of the gazillion helpful tips, tricks, and tools available and plan ahead a bit! Shocking to friends and family who know me, I know, but I’ma give it a go!

Sunday:  Today is pre-prep day. Calculating food quantities, defrosting, checking spices, decorations, shopping for whatever is missing. I found this neat ‘cheat sheet’ from Savory.com. Helps take out a lot of the guesswork!
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If I can manage it I think I’ll make the pie crusts, too.

Monday is for prep. I like to get my spices ready beforehand so I’ll be doing that this day. Also all the chopping except the fruit. Maybe a loaf of bread or two.  A trip to the basement for THE dishes and platters and pretty things will be happening.

Tuesday is for mixing. Everything that can be mixed together will be! I’ll be seasoning up the turkey so it can marinate, too. The potatoes, the crusts (if they’re not done), corn bread, veggies… all seasoned and mixed, put in a dish, ready to go!

Wednesday is for baking.  Pies first!  Mmmmm… the house always smells fabulous!  Gives them plenty of time to cool while I work on everything else.  Then the stuffing and veggies.  I know it isn’t baking but the cranberry sauce will also be made.  The fruit will be chopped and I’ll take care of setting THE dishes and pretty things out.

Thursday is for… well, everything!  Turkey in the oven.  The potatoes will go in later in the day and everything will be heated up one at a time.

Then time to sit down, eat, converse, and enjoy!

This is my less-stress-and-enjoy-the-day plan.  🙂  I hope you get to sit down and enjoy your day however and wherever you’re doing it!
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Not such a bad thing, this planning stuff.  Might do it from now on…  heh heh.

 

How about you?  What do you do to make things run smoothly?

Until next time…

Yoli

ownership

Food for thought…

Adventures in Juggling

Working this week on me being the sole proprietor of my thoughts, my memories, my words, my opinions with my therapist has been hard. A lifetime of being told these are not mine, not real, not true, not worthy of being shared takes it toll. It’s one of the reason why I stopped writing decades ago, much to the disappointment of a high school writing teacher who just recently reconnected via Facebook upon discovering that after high school I stopped writing altogether. I did stop, until I started blogging more than ten years ago. First in secret. Then with a faceless audience who seemed to like the words and thoughts I put out there. Then it grew and grew as did the audience some who know me very well and some who like to imagine that they know me even better than I know me and now, well sometimes it’s…

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Happy, Happy Monday

Happy Monday!!

I love Mondays!  Look forward to them all week!  The way most families plan for Saturday is how we plan for Monday here in my home.  That is because Sunday is the last day of a long six-day work week for my sweetheart and Monday brings the promise of family time.  So we pull out the soccer ball, pack a bag, or just jump in the car for an impromptu outing come Monday.  Rain or shine we go, as a family, to wherever.  Even if it’s just to the grocery store at least we get to go together!  I love Mondays.  Wait that wasn’t right.

I love Mondays!!

That’s better.

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Enjoy your Monday!

~Yoli

Rainy Day

Good… well, it’s 11:20am as I write this; too late for morning and to early for afternoon…

Good beforenoon! 🙂 Anywho, it is a proper fall rainy day today. I’m looking forward to some creating and coffee while my little mini-me is napping. He was in awe of the rain; staring out the window at it with wonder. Just like mamma! Feels like fall, and I just love it! I love rainy days, too… 😉

The wind blows slow, then fast
The trees, they dip and shake.
Dark gray skies grip the horizon
And let their frustrations down.
Slow or quick, straight or slant
Their weight comes pouring out.
Soon their grasp will loosen,
Their heavy sunless forms relax.
Then fleecy clouds will take over
This deluge will have passed.

Rainy Day

 

Now it’s good afternoon.

Enjoy!

Yoli