Friday, December 15, 2017

December 2017 - Day 15

Day 15 - Tree Topper

We've had the same capiz star on the top of our tree since 1994.  Capiz is an oyster shell from the province of the same name in the central part of the Philippines and it is used for decoration and making lampshades, trays, windows, and doors.  We had a good laugh this year when the star just wouldn't stay upright - it reminded me of something on a tree in Who-ville!  Vic finally got it standing up just right.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December 2017 - Day 14

Day 14 - Christmas Tree

I've had the worst time this year getting a good picture of the tree.  The lighting isn't right no matter what time of day I take it and that window at the back is just awful.  These two turned out about the best and I sized them to extra-large hoping that would help you to see some of the ornaments.  I'll feature some of the ornaments in Day 18.

This is our Okinawa tree - it is decorated with just the ornaments that we will take with us (six ornament trays out of the thirty-six in our collection).  I picked the round balls, the travel ornaments, Sophia's baby ornaments, and one tray that had a variety.  We will store this tree and buy one the same size when we get there.  No doubt it will be loaded since I am sure there will be lots of ornaments to buy as mementos of our time in Okinawa. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 2017 - Day 13

Day 13 - Christmas Lights

Our lights at home are on the tree - clear, non-twinkling.  We haven't put up lights outside for many years.  Maybe when we have our forever home, we'll put up lights.

There are several great light shows in our area - the Botanical Gardens has a lovely display and the lights at the oceanfront are fun too.  We haven't been to either one yet this year but we did go to Busch Gardens which has an amazing display of lights.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December 2017 - Day 12

Day 12 - Traditions

Advent Calendars - my Mum always bought them for my sister and me, I always send a chocolate one to Sophia and my nephews

Christmas Cards and Family Newsletter - love to send them, love to receive them

Christmas Eve morning breakfast out followed by Barnes and Noble shopping trip - purchases go right under the tree to be enjoyed on Christmas Day

Christmas Eve Church Service used to be followed by a cold buffet but last year and again this year, we've gone out to eat

Monday, December 11, 2017

More Catching Up on December 2017

No excuses, my blog has been suffering from the excess of Christmas planning, crafting, decorating, and activities.  Striving to catch up and keep current.

Day 6 - Friends

This tour of duty has been more friendless than any other.  I think it's because Vic travels quite a bit and I want to be here when he will be home.  I just haven't made an effort to seek out friendships like I normally do and it's probably a good thing since we now know that we'll be moving on sooner than expected.  It's not that I'm without friends, it's just that there isn't a group of close friends here as I have had in the past.

My closest friends are all so far away and I am very thankful for unlimited text, talk, and data plans that keep us connected, for email and Facebook, for Christmas cards.  I keep saying that I'm going to take up the 52 Letters in 52 Weeks challenge and maybe 2018 will be that year.

Day 7 - Holiday Movies

I LOVE holiday movies and not just at this time of year.  I love that Rudolph Days bring an excuse (not that I need one!) to pop in a holiday movie on the 25th of the month, knowing that my fellow Rudolph Day friends are doing the same.  My favorite holiday movies are The Holiday, Love Actually, White Christmas, and Christmas Vacation.

Day 8 - Decorations

As you know, this is the year of the Okinawan Christmas.  We have decorated with just what we will be taking with us and even with only six trays of ornaments out of thirty-six, our tree looks very festive and the decor items on the coffee table, dining table, and scattered here and there are those that mean the most.

Mum's Santa and Mrs. Claus knitted from this Jean Greenhowe pattern

Day 9 - Christmas Treats

I was just making a page in my December Daily of these are a few of our favorite things - mince pies, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding, Cadbury's chocolates, Mr. Kipling baked items - I love being so close to the British Food Shop and I hope that online orders to Okinawa will arrive without any difficulty.

Day 10 - Weather

I love to see snow at Christmas.  We actually got a little dusting on Saturday afternoon and evening, not enough to stick but enough to look pretty as it was falling.  Last year, we had quite a storm that closed most things here in southeastern Virginia for a couple of days.  It's lovely to be cozy in the house when there is a Winter Wonderland outside.

January 2017

Day 11 - Holiday Reading

Debbie Macomber - I bring out all of her Christmas books at this time of year, Maeve Binchy's This Year It Will Be Different, a selection of Christmas short stories, and anything that has Mary Berry's recipes.

Happy Homemaker Monday 12/11/2017

14 more days until Christmas!  I'm dreadfully behind on my December meme - have to get that caught up today and do some blog planning for 2018.  I can't wait to break open my new planner on Christmas Day.

It's time for another Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  Click here if you'd like to join in.

The weather:::

High of 58 this week, low of 38, quite a spread there.  Some wind, some rain, but no more snow (we had a little on Saturday afternoon/evening).

On my reading pile:::
Part Four of Keep the Home Fires Burning.

On my TV:::
The Crown, Season 2
When Calls the Heart, Season 4
The Durrells in Corfu on PBS

On the menu for this week:::

No idea, need to make menus and a grocery list - I think I'm going to start reporting this section after the fact, On the menu last week.

On my to-do list:::
  • Continuing on with the Holiday Grand Plan - it's Maintenance Week
  • Post Office - mailing two of Sophia's packages - ornaments I'm passing on to her, treats, and stocking stuffers
  • Make a hair appointment since I had to cancel last week's because I was sick
  • Stay home today for heating company to finish new heating system job - they are still repairing the two holes in the ceiling
  • Spouses' Club Board Christmas luncheon and ornament exchange
  • Dental appointment for overseas screening
  • Dinner with friends who are moving to Colorado
  • Lunch Bunch Christmas luncheon
  • Dinner out and a trip to the theater to see The Sound of Music
  • Wreaths Across America event at the local cemetery

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
December Daily

Looking around the house:::
Laundry, sticking to the daily housekeeping plan.

From the camera:::

A photo from Saturday before we ended up really wet and snowy

Something fun (or intriguing) to share:::

Christmas at the Tidewater Collection gift shop - so many cute ornaments and home decor items

What I'm wearing today:::
Capris, long-sleeved shirt, fleece jacket, and flip flops - kind of a mixture there!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December 2017 - Day 5

Day 5 - Shopping

The Minimalist(ish) Giving plan makes Christmas shopping pretty easy.  Sophia, because she's so far away, makes an Amazon Wish List for each category and I chose items from there.  She gets just what she wants, she just doesn't know exactly what she will be getting until it arrives.

Vic is not so easy.  "What would you like for Christmas?" is usually met with a blank stare so I spent from January to November, making  mental notes as we stroll through Woodcraft or Home Depot, or as he flips through an LL Bean catalog.  I snap endless photos on my phone when I see him paying more attention that usual to a particular item.  It's a challenge.

My sister and her family get Target gift cards.  They still do the Target shopping trip - everyone runs off and makes a list of what they would like, they meet up and exchange lists, and then the shopping begins.  It's a bit like the Amazon Wish List idea but at Target.  Everyone gets what they want, they just don't know exactly what that will be.

Vic's nephews are a bit more a challenge.  They are far too dependent on electronics and I'd really like to see them get out and do something or use their minds away from a keyboard.  Finding something for them was a real challenge.

Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?