Christmas Is Next Week!

Christmas Is Next Week!


Holey-moley, how did that happen? I am telling you, time has slowed down for getting stuff done, and sped up for the approach of the holidays. Pretty amazing how that works.

When I left you all last week I was pretty far behind. I made a lot of progress over the last seven days, including getting the tree up, and boy that was a saga! At one point we ownded three artificial trees, but we had to throw out two after the basement was cleaned out earlier this year due to a freak episode of water damage. The tree that survived the water damage was put up on Saturday, but apparently when I put the trees away last year, I didn’t put the pieces of the same tree away all together in each tree bag! There were parts of two trees in the same tree container. Shesh. Mix and match in Christmas trees really doesn’t work, so off we went to Home Depot to purchase another tree. Now we have one, pre-lit 9′ tree and that is it. And hopefully this one will last a good, long time.

I went Christmas shopping with Sonny-boy this past weekend and am pretty much finished with that task. I purchased gifts for those people I needed presents for and shopped at the ATM for the rest of the gifts we are giving out, and believe me, the green ones are the gifts the nieces will enjoy most!

Hubby and I have yet to sit down with the menu, but the pierogi are finished and frozen, so that is a biggie! Hunting season ends tomorrow, so I will need to grab him Wednesday so we can map out what we need to buy at the store to complete Christmas Eve dinner. Then it looks like a round of grocery shopping later this week.

I’ve come a long way toward finishing my Christmas preparations in just seven days. Last week I was wondering how everything I needed to accomplish by the 24th would get done, and now I am no longer (that) concerned. Things are pretty close to where they should be right about now. I am crossing my fingers that nothing changes drastically between now and Christmas Eve.

So, how are your holiday preparations going!?


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That’s A Wrap! Ann’s Entitled Life Weekly Post Round-up

That's A Wrap!


If you missed a post this week on Ann’s Entitled Life, That’s A Wrap! Ann’s Entitled Life Weekly Post Round-up gives you all the post links in one spot.

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This week was all about:

15 Days of Holiday Sweets



15 Days of Holiday Sweets

No Bake Coconut Balls RecipeChocolate Amaretto Swirl Fudge Recipe
No Bake Coconut Balls Recipe Chocolate Amaretto Swirl Fudge Recipe
Chocolate Sundae Cookies RecipeEasy Rum Cake Recipe
Chocolate Sundae Cookies Recipe Easy Rum Cake Recipe
Cranberry Noels Cookie Recipe
Cranberry Noels Cookie Recipe

Laugh For Today

Monday Laugh For Today

Tuesday Laugh For Today

Wednesday Laugh For Today

Thursday Laugh For Today

Friday Laugh For Today

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Two Weeks Until Christmas!

Two Weeks Until Christmas!


With only a little over two weeks until Christmas, it seems to me that time is speeding up! I don’t even want to confess how far behind I am this year. My life has been pretty wrapped up in the 15 Days of Holiday Sweets. This is both good and bad – good in that the cookies for the cookie trays are done and in the freezer (except I am still making today’s cookie, and the Original Bacardi Rum Cake Recipe for Christmas Eve dinner), bad in that this really should have been done months ago.

Last year when I did 15 Days of Holiday Cookies, I had them finished in October. We went down to Florida for two weeks in December to set up the condo and buy some furniture, so before we left my tree was up, the menu planned, all the foods were purchased, yada, yada. I look back at Christmas 2013 as a fairly organized operation.

Christmas 2014 is shaping up to be anything but! The tree has to go up this week, or I swear we will not have one. Seriously! I decided not to put up outside lights as we want to head out of town (weather dependent) fairly early in January (yes, we are snowbirds), so I don’t want to take down lights in the middle of a 25° day during a January snowstorm. Call me crazy! I’m just not that into winter after January 6th.

Hubby’s mom flew in from Vegas for Thanksgiving. That meant we had Thanksgiving dinner at our house, and that is something we seldom do. The prep and clean up for that event pushed me back a few days. (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)

My to-do list includes shopping with Sonny-boy. I swore that tradition was over fully expecting him to find a full-time job out of area and move away. He did find a full-time job, and it is about 10 minutes from me! Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your point of view), he lives in a “cool” area in Buffalo and has to schlep out this way 30 minutes or so every weekday. What a goof. I guess you are only young once though, and living in the “cool” section of a city is fun when you are a 20-something. Anyhoooo he is all for a day together Saturday where we shop (as little as possible, neither one of us are shoppers), go to the movies, and have lunch together. It was his suggestion, and I was not turning him down. We don’t see each other nearly enough these days.

I have to get the tree done, check the menu and what we have to purchase to complete it (it is nice that it is pretty much the same every year), check the linens, and go to the bank for green-gifts.

When I break it down like that, it doesn’t look too bad. For some reason, I think there is more to my to-do-story than what I listed though.

So, how are your holiday preparations going!?


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