Christmas Countdown #3 (4 days late) = Let it snow!

I know, I know.  It’s actually the day after Christmas, but I have a lot of ground to cover.

With snow.



I would have told you that my Christmas decorating style was haphazardly nostalgic, made up of things I have acquired over the years.  However, this photographic Countdown journey has uncovered some trends.  In addition to angels and Santas, I apparently have quite a bit of snow and quite a few snowmen.


I am not sure if this pattern is specific to me, or if all Christmas merchandising centers around these three images.  Either way, I’ve got a little snow-thing happening.


Even David’s traditional Christmas sweater has a snow motif.  You know the holiday season is here when he breaks this one out.  It’s an annual tradition that is older than Quinland.

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for the chance to have Sunday-plus today (also known as a three-day weekend).  We named it this a while back, because Sunday afternoons come and we have never accomplished half of what we wanted to get done.
  • I’m lighter! by four boxes of fabric and craft stuff – SO FAR.  I have not yet begun to purge the closet in Greg’s room!  I’m quite proud of myself.

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas Countdown kind of fizzled out, I know.  If it had been a true countdown, we’d have had to abort the mission! In fact, I was just hurtling so hard and fast toward Christmas Eve that I never got a chance to finish any of the other posts.  Stay tuned for some make-up Countdown posts in the next few days.

In the meantime, we are winding down here after a wonderful Christmas Day.

I got off to a shaky start by staying up until almost 4 am wrapping presents after Mass (and after neglecting to take an important medication)… so after stockings and presents this morning I proceeded to get weepy and basically have a meltdown.  David tucked me in (for a long winter’s nap) and I managed to wake up more cheerful and vastly more pleasant for the arrival of all the family for Christmas dinner.

We had good food, great company, a hilarious gift exchange, a lovely concert from my niece, still more food, and now – very, very soon – more sleep!

Blessings to you and yours,


Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for the first Christmas and the birth of Christ – I never forget why we celebrate this day.
  • I’m lighter! It is so good to spend Christmas with family, laughing and talking and laughing some more.

Christmas Countdown #4 = Christmas guests

The elegant Westin Hotel Dublin, Ireland, in the heart of the capital city, on the crossroads between the north and the south, wonderfully presented, urban, chic, memorable, enjoy!:)
Photo by UggBoy♥UggGirl
Absolutely in no way a photo of any room in my home.

We are so lucky this year.  My mom and stepdad (Zumu and Zufu) are here from California for Christmas, and David’s mom (Grammelie Groo) will be arriving tomorrow.  It is such a treat to get to visit and play games and just be together.  I love the fact that Quinland gets to have special time with all of her grandparents over the course of the year, even though she might not see them all at once!

I struggle with my shortcomings as a hostess.  All the things that normally drive me crazy about myself – a cluttered house, no consistent meal plan, a hectic schedule – seem to be magnified a thousandfold when I really want to provide the people I care about with nuturing surroundings, good – and timely! – meals, and time to relax together.

I rip articles out of magazines about how to make your guest room feel like a bed-and-breakfast, how to make your guests feel welcomed, how to take a trial run in the room yourself and see the experience from their eyes.  I’m guessing that selling the guest bed, emptying the guest room of furniture so Greg can move into it (giving them the choice of our room, an air bed or the sofas to sleep on) and leaving them to fend for themselves for meals while I go to work each day and race from health appointment to health appointment each evening isn’t exactly what Better Homes and Gardens had in mind.

So I guess I am not just lucky to have them here. I’m lucky that they love me so much that they understand my difficulties, realize that I am improving all the time, and still love me – and want to visit me! – despite it all.

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for the fun time we had playing games last night.  I actually forgot to blog, and I’m unapologetic about it, because I was spending important time with my family.  Zufu is a ringer at Tumblin’ Dice.
  •  I’m lighter!  My fabulous husband (yes, that’s David) worked his tail off on our upstairs yesterday.  Our bedroom is absolutely beautiful… and also filled with stuff we are selling on eBay, but nice, neat stuff.  I joined in when I finally got home at 8:30 pm by doing laundry (3 loads!), playing games and putting stuff away.