Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Xmas 2012

May this season be filled with good food, great memories and gifts you’ve wished for. Hug your kids and tell them you love them. Have fun, peeps, and remember not to drink/text and drive. Stay safe 😉 .

Just chillin’

Just chillin'

We’re kicking back. Another staycation, yes. Many folks are off on travel and road trips – reason #122 to stay off the roads as much as possible in favor of hanging out at home, eating out and doing a bit of window shopping. Yup, hands off, just window shopping.

My kitchen is closed for the most part and yet, most of our shopping seems to center around groceries. Those who know me know that I’m a chronic bulk shopper who should probably be in rehab. But why? I’m not ashamed of the fact that I’m a darned good hoarder :mrgreen: .

Me and the girls set out early yesterday and made a $500 haul of groceries. No, those are not for tomorrow night’s Mayan Apocalypse party, I promise. Does anyone even believe stuff like that?!! Not us. We just enjoy a good haul, that’s all.

Now we’re basking in the satisfaction of a minivan bursting at the seams with groceries 😛 . Sure took some major logistics to fit 2 overflowing shopping carts into a 7-seater and into my fridges and store room later. Happily we now have enough tissues and toiletries, coffee and prunes to last us a whole year. That was fun!

However, my mood this past week has been dampened by news that some monster had busted his way into an elementary school and taken so many innocent lives. Unfathomable, is the word I tweeted when I first heard about this. As moms, there is just no way we can avoid wondering how something like this could happen. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

On a brighter note, I’m looking forward to these days of hanging out with my lovelies. Right now, I’d love a glass of ice-blended coffee. This is by far the tastiest of all the ones out there.




The only snowmen we know are those that live in the mall. Here are the guys having some fun in the ‘snow’? Looks more like rain to me. Then again, what do I know?




For some strange reason, I love poinsettas. Must be because they’re red (what’s not to love?), bright and cheery, and a sure sign that Christmas is here (well, sooner than you can say poinsettas)!

Just a quick post here to wish everyone a safe and fruitful shopping weekend. I’m all up for it 😉 .

Great expectations

Great expectations

So we set our alarm clocks and synchronized our watches. If your guess is that we’re embarking on a major expedition to the North Pole, you’re close.

We’re headed to a book sale, no less. A book sale that my bookworms have been eagerly awaiting… with a rare road trip thrown in for good measure – all 49 and a half minutes of it on a clear day with blue skies and pre-rush hour traffic.

We’re up at the crack of dawn. Well, we kinda missed the first alarm and snoozed till the sun was streaming in through the windows. Totally unplanned, I promise you. Okay, so maybe we need to work on our precision timing. But trust me, we’re almost there 😛 .

“I’m so excited I can almost imagine myself there already. I hope they have my book! I really hope they have my book!” I caught Hip2bDaughter2 singing to herself in front of the mirror.

Imagine you want to get your hands on a book so bad but you have to crane your neck out for like a whole year for the next sale. It’s hard, I know. I could just bite the bullet and grab the book off the shelf the moment someone expresses an interest in it. But the things you have to wait for are much more valued. That’s my biased view.

As it turned out, the drive took longer than the shopping itself. We were done and home before mid-morning. That’s how good the sale was!! They didn’t have the books my not so little bookworms wanted and we left with (what I wouldn’t even call) a haul we could easily count on one hand. A whopping 5 books!

Meantime, I’m sure my bookworms will find tons of fun stuff to read on the internet. You know, your regular everyday stuff about climate change, explorations on Mars and genetically-modified mosquitoes, to name a few 😉 .

My week in pictures

My week in pictures

Christmas is everywhere. Almond-crusted chicken salad almost completely drowned in almonds. Home-roasted turkey drumsticks for lunch. Tyson the Sometimes Terrible deep in thoughts of food.

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 70

Everyday Ruralty
1. Do you still write letters (snail mail)?

Not in a long time.

2. Do you sing?

I guess maybe I do. I was in the choir way back in school, then progressed to being a bathroom singer and then went on to singing in my car. I prefer to sing where no one can hear me.

I’m no fan of karaokes because it’s really painful to hear my favorite songs being unceremoniously murdered. Then whenever I hear that song, I’ll be reminded of how badly it sounded when someone else was trying to screech it out of their lungs and then that song will never be the same again for me.

3. Did you participate in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday?

I jumped the gun a little and shopped before Black Friday. The first stash is here. I’ve been checking out the deals all cyber weekend but am proud to say I didn’t succumb to temptation. It was hard but I did it 😉 !

4. How many guests can you have spend the night at your house? Could Wendell fit?

I’d love to have Wendell over but sorry, I don’t have a room big enough for him and it would be rude to have him sleep outside 😆 .

5. Have you ever gone fishing?

Nope, not planning to.

Hope y’all have a great week.

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