Wednesday, December 28, 2011

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Well, It's over.  I spent the entire day yesterday, boxing, sorting, labeling, and stacking. 
It is all waiting in the garage for Mr. G and our son Drew to put away this weekend.  I always challenge myself to get every last thing, and every year, after it is all put up, I find something left behind.  I was patting myself on the back last night, thinking I had gotten it all!  But this morning when I reached into the fridge for my coffee creamer, I found this.
 Drat!!!  My Christmas dishes go into the cupboard above the fridge.  Not an easy cupboard to reach.  Plus, in order to do so, I have to remove the things I keep on display on top of the fridge, which includes my prized Italian Biscotti jar that was a gift from my Mom.  I keep it safely secured to the top of the fridge using earthquake putty.  I would have to remove that again, and all of my cookbooks I keep up there.  The big heavy ones, like Julia Childs book.  Not gonna happen.  I will be keeping this creamer in my cupboard with my every day dishes all year.  Oh well.
I just wanted to share with  you a few of my favorite gifts this Christmas.  First, from Santa, my new garden wagon.  Boy will this baby get used.  I had one, and it mysteriously disappeared.  I missed it a lot.  And Santa knew!
Thank you Santa!!   My daughter Erika got me this sign.   We had seen it one day when we were shopping at Hobby Lobby and I didn't buy it.  She went back to get it for me.  I love it, and will actually try to remember to put those words into action in 2012.
She also got me a gift card to Joann's which I will have fun spending, I am sure!!  Thank you Eri!
Next were gifts from my oldest daughter Gennifer and son in law Jake.    Just look at how pretty they are.
They are the prettiest shade of Raspberry, with those darling leopard Wellie Sox to wear with them.  Can't wait for rain here, and snow in Big Bear!!
They also got me something that every good chicken farmer needs!
Love these Rooster "Pie Pants" as our family calls them!  The term Pie Pants was coined by my brother David.  He says at big holiday meals like Thanksgiving, and Christmas, you need to wear pants like this, with an elastic waist, so you can eat more!  He calls these pants "Pie Pants."   You can always save room for pie when you wear your Pie Pants!!!  Thank you Gennifer and Jake...I love these gifts!!
**  disclaimer.  It looks like I haven't dusted in a month of Sundays when looking at my mirror.  But I could dust every day, and there would still be a fine mist of powder residue in our bedroom.  I can't break the powder habit after a shower. son Drew got me such a thoughtful gift.  A pretty candle stick, and two skeins of yarn, and the new Sugarland CD!
Thank you Drew, I love these!!  I do need to get the right size candle for the holder though. 
My brother David got us a neat thing for the techie times we live in.
Charging and playing station for your ipod, iphone, etc.  And an itunes card to download some music.  I really must learn to do this stuff, since I just got my new iphoneS.  I know we will enjoy this a lot!  Thank you brother!!
My brother Mark has gotten me a mouse gift at every Christmas since our father has died.  My nickname is Mouse.  Or it was, to my Dad.  He got me a mouse for every occasion.  You would not believe the mice I have.  Some are small, some are huge.  Many are Christmas mice.  Mark has continued this tradition, and it chokes me up every year!  Oh how we miss our Dad!!  Anyway, this mouse was so cute.  He is made entirely of scrap metal and nails.  HEAVY!!  I can use it as a weapon if I ever need to take out an intruder!
I love him. Thank you Mark!!!!
Being the creature of comfort that I am, probably my most favorite gift of the year was from my Mom.  She has been with me recently when I was looking for a heated mattress pad.  I have heard that they are wonderful, and so much better than an electric blanket.  They are kind of hard to find, and a tad pricey too.  So with the holidays upon us, it wasn't something I was going to buy any time soon.  But what a great surprise to open up my Christmas package to find my very own!  I could not wait to launder sheets and flip the mattress, and get that pad put on our bed!!  I have had two glorious nights sleep!!!!  I love it!!!
Luckily it has dual controls, because Mr. G does not like to crank his side up to 10 like I do!  It truly is, like my friend Cheryl says, like laying on a giant heating pad.  Oh how nice this will be after a hard day of working in the yards!!   Thank you Mom...I LOVE it!!!
We had a very nice Christmas.  But as always, I am glad when it is all tucked neatly away until the following year.    Like just about everyone else, I will be cleaning and organizing.  I have lots of projects to begin, and a few to finish.  I have some great ideas for new products to work on for my hand mades shop.  I have books to read, people to visit, and fun to have.  As December winds down, I am reflecting on 2011, most of it good stuff, and anticipating 2012, hopefully, mostly good stuff too.
Happy Hump Day my friends!!!
XO  Kris


Holly said...

Holy Cow! You did have a great Christmas! Love everything. I also put all Christmas away and was so sure that I would find something after I had finished but I haven't so far. I'll probably find it in August.

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Wow, you sure made out good with all your gifts. Love them all, especially the boots!!

Bethany said...

Pie pants. It sounds much better than fat pants, which is what I usually call them. I shall steal this term now. :)

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I am in the thick of it right now. Boxes all out in garage just need Dean to drag the tree out but he is putting in a new faucet that dies day after Christmas. Love your boots. How sassy!!

"Petunia Pill" said...

Love your presents! The "Simplify" PERFECT! Sugarland! We are LOVERS of Sugarland! (My hubby dreads having to get out of the car if Jennifer is singing on his iPhone! He laughs when he comes in the house and I'm listening to her too! Did you happen to see her last night on the Kennedy Center Honors show? She sang the old Neil Diamond song "Hello". I've always LOVED that song...but she made me love it all over again! She is so darned good...and looked adorable! If I could give her a nickname, it would be "Bubbles" because she always looks so bubbly. Her joy is infectious! Enjoy your cleaning and organizing. And about that creamer you left out...arrrrrgh! There's ALWAYS something I forget! Makes the anal retentive part of me crrrrraaaazeeee! And lastly, the Santas I tied on to my gift bottles were a HUGE hit! Thanks again for sharing the pattern! Hugs, Annette

Debbie said...

Don't know if I have EVER not forgotten something when putting away Christmas things, sure got lots of goodies. The boots are darling, and I love the "pie pants"...perfect name. Love Sugarland too...OH, and that mattress pad heater...what a good idea. I have never heard of that, but it sounds just wonderful. Enjoy the rest of your week! (wish my stuff was all put away...the project looms ahead, lol)

Gloria said...

Love the boots Kris look wonderful! and love the colour:))

Sinta Renee said...

Wow, now that you did your packing up and sorting of Christmas... maybe you could come help me with mine! You got lots and lots of wonderful gifts... I got a pair of wellies also... but I need the socks now. I think that is so sweet that someone is caring on the tradition of giving you a mouse. That is really sweet.

The Garden Bell said...

Just look at all this splendor. My fav is the wagon of course. Only to be followed by those "pie pants". But pulling up a close third are your Wellies. OK, I love it all. Off to see what else you've been up to.

Genn said...

Fun stuff you made out with!
That ipod docking station is pretty cool! Maybe next year when we are finally iphone owners like all the cool people we will need one of those too.
Your boots look so pretty in that picture. Hope it rains soon!!

Katie said...

I haven't been in blog land in so long. Yesterday I read Genn's & commented on how organized she is. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, better get Christmas cleaned up too!
Cool gifts, I want the giant heating pad!

Kerri said...

Wow, you made out well Kris...lots of cool stuff! I especially love your boots!

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Well girlfriend - you made out like a bandit! Some pretty stuff and practical stuff and you deserve it all!! I love my mattress pad and I am so glad you got one too!! We have saved a lot on our heat since I don't need it cranked up at night anymore. I put that baby on an hour or so before bed time and then I am good to go all night! Enjoy yours!

Have a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Healthy New Year!! HUGS!!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Kris, Wow girl can't believe yours is all packed and ready to be put away. I haven't even started yet. My youngest daughter leaves today, so maybe after that. Oh how I love the term 'pie pants'. I will be sharing that with my family the next time someone unzips their levi's. Love the boots and the mouse is so cute. I have wondered about those cars. Thought it would be handy. Enjoy the rest of 2011 and we'll see ya in the New Year.

Cathy said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas, Kris. You are WAY ahead of me in getting things picked up and put away. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Linda said...

Looks like you had a great Christmas! We keep everything up around here until after January 6th...Little Christmas...or the Epiphany...I can't bear to put it all I have a while more to enjoy!
Happy New Year!!

ain't for city gals said...

kris,,,have a happy and healthy New year!! the mouse sister gave us all blue angels you plug into the cigarette lighter...signed by a note from our dad to remind of us of his love...oh my! tears of joy...not sadness any more! Thank you so much for all your kind comments ..they meant the world to me!

corners of my life said...

I love your daughter Erika's sign . . .
Live simply
Live well

A worthy goal!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

That sign is perfecto!