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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012

Wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with Creative Abundance, good health, Peace and Joy!!!
More Later!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Offer to help the Host please!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to two turkey dinners a week apart. My brother slaved all day to feed a large group of family and friends. Making a wonderful Christmas for his children.  He's always sure to included those singletons and their kids too! I made my traditional raspberry dessert, a favorite for my niece and brother. Also brownies for my nephew who doesn't eat sweets but loves them! 

Then I  joined my daughters in-laws Christmas day where I made the raspberry dessert for that one too! I  brought two pounds of starbucks beans and flowers  in appreciation for all the work that goes into hosting a dinner. 

Here's my bone of contention. No one hops up to clear the table or start the dishes. Clearly people have spent the day in the kitchen cooking a very large dinner, cleaning their homes ahead of time, so why do people just leave everything at their ass? Wine glasses, desert dishes, all the plated food, while the same people clear up every single time. Me and my kids! Everyone just leaves the table, or stays seated with no regard for their almost  sixty four year old mom. 

The mother in law has no dish washer either.  She probably sits for a total of ten minutes to eat dinner, then jumps up to get the desserts. After that she puts the food away while we clear and do the dishes.  Same thing happened at my brothers. Only it was worse because everyone left early. When he  finally got to sit down and enjoy his company, everyone started to trickle home early! They do it every time.... feels like a restaurant at his expense. He so looks forward to that moment everything is cleaned up and he can relax with everyone.That's his Christmas! Do you leave the host with all the dishes and not bother to lend a hand or at least offer? 

Personally I have never had a friend who didn't attempt to help with the dishes. If it's just a few of us, I ask them to leave the dishes and most of the time they fight me!

In fact my friend didn't want me to help with the breakfast dishes  this year. I left them knowing she was in a hurry to run out, and would throw them in the dishwasher when she returned. When it's a large crowd it's so easy when more than a few lend a hand. Coming into the New Year I sure hope people will grab a dish towel with gratitude and help the host!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

 Well it's that time again! Wishing you all a Happy Holiday which ever way you celebrate! For me it's  "Merry Christmas " but I don't discriminate! 

 I've picked up a bug, but  I won't let that get me down. I'm hoping it's only a cold!  
What better way to celebrate than with flowers, a clean house, and baking!

        This is the kids tree in our family room and the one I view most! It's draped with an old tea towel Peppers class made in grade two or three, just about twenty years ago! Everyone drew a picture of themselves then added their names. It's never been used for it's true purpose, instead I store it neatly away to be treasured at Christmas!

There is a hand painted Ernie ornament crafted out of a walnut,  and probably 37 years old now! I'm surprised at how long it's held up, there are several other hand made characters too! Along side the mice, bought in the eighties, is a mini Starbucks cup added this year! Oh what fun memories Christmas brings!
Here's a glimpse into my living room. 
Thank you to  those who stick with me despite my very infrequent postings!
I appreciate each and every visit and comment! I hope to get back into blogging more often in the New Year! I'm wishing you all a wonderful season filled with love, laughter, good health, and Joy!! 
Hugs To All
To all a good Night!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Paint Party Friday #38

Happy Paint Party Friday #38, check out other artists participating!

This week I wanted to do a painting similar to my digital Christmas header. It took on a life of it's own and I just went with it! 
"Christmas frenzy"
needs one small fix and I should be happy with it!

Wednesday I made soup.  I sauteed the veggies, loads of garlic,  chicken and raw rice, before adding water and tomato sauce. Normally my soup is really tasty. The soup was made with loads of love for Dear daughter who is fighting a virus, but  it wasn't my best!!

Later that night  I was revamping my little fairy painting , trying to redo the eyes), everything got messed up and she died, I painted over her. Anyone remember kitchen witches in the eighties?   I sewed a really quirky one back in the day! I thought it would be fun to rework the fairy painting into a kitchen angel to watch over my cooking and generate some good energy. I just don't love cooking like I used to so I need all the help I can get!!!

I managed to save some of the fairies patterned outfit for my new angel. I changed her face twice!  I'm pretty sure she's finally finished!  I hope my kitchen angel watches over me  while I do some Christmas baking this weekend!!  Wishing you all a creative weekend.

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