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It’s on…

It’s decorating time.   If it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving then we are decorating the house for Christmas.  **

It started the first year in our new house.  Sully and I had been married for just over a year, Boo was just barely a month old.  We’d held Thanksgiving at our house with seventeen people at our house.  It went fairly well with minor complications, mostly from the new mom and baby.  All in all it was a good time and the next day all of the parents wanted to go shopping for Black Friday.  Sully and I don’t do that so we invited all of the nieces and nephews over for movies and fun.  My parents offered to bring over lunch and when they came over they brought us a Christmas tree that they had bought at Michael’s.  

Sully and I were shocked, it was honestly one of the most thoughtful and sweet gifts my parents had ever gotten me.  We still put up that same tree, branch by branch.  It’s looking a bit sparse and everyday I sweep up little plastic needles.

Here is a picture from 2001, the first year we got it.  Not sure what’s up with the angle.  I was going to crop the picture but that’s my wedding bouquet up on the shelf to the left.  

Ok, here I go off on a tangent… I decided to make my own bouquet because I knew what I wanted it to look like.  I also figured if I was going to spend time and money on something that was so pretty that I wanted it to last and not die.   That sentiment ties in nicely to our Christmas tree too..

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Here is a picture from last year.  I would love to have a pre-lit tree that you can set up quickly.This year though, we aren’t quite ready to let go of this tree.  Maybe next year we will get a new tree and put this tree up in the school room.

I am looking forward to an amazing holiday season.  Wishing this for everyone else too.

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** We put up an artificial tree because I am really allergic to live trees, my whole family is too.  It takes about five days for respiratory symptoms to start then a couple of days later bronchitis sets in, after that you might as well drive me to the hospital.  Or so my dad always said, after the bronchitis I was usually away from whatever tree was affecting me at school or work.

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Truly Thankful…

In the movie ‘The Sound of Music’, one of my favorites, Maria gives this as the dinner blessing.

For what we receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful. -Amen.
 

Amen, I say, too.  Truly thankful.  I love that, not just thankful but truly thankful.  I really understand that.  It’s been a tough year and we’ve been through a lot but I feel truly thankful for what we have.

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Gramma’s house, she made the turkey and stuffing along with gravy, rolls and the cranberry sauce.  We brought mashed potatoes, green beans and pies (pumpkin, pecan and apple).  We ate early and then had some ‘leftovers’ a bit later when my nephew came over.

It was wonderful being together, great food, great times.

***The Thankful banner was our Thanksgiving craft this year.  I found it at the Centsational Girl blog.  Click here for more on the banner.

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Thanksgiving Eve…

Last year we started a new Thanksgiving tradition.  We watch the Peanuts Thanksgiving special and have our Peanuts feast.

Here is a picture from last year’s feast.  We had popcorn, toast, pretzel sticks, and jellybeans to honor the Peanuts Thanksgiving.  We also added cheese, pepperoni and crackers to round out the meal.

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It’s a fun tradition and this year we did it again.  We substituted Starbursts for the jellybeans and ham for the pepperoni this year.  We watched the Peanuts Thanksgiving Special, The Wizard of Oz and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

I made pies, two each of pecan, pumpkin and apple.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

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Catching up…

We got back from Anaheim at 4:30 this morning.  We unpacked the car, got settled as quickly as possible and went to bed.  I slept until about 8:30 but then I had to get up to let the dogs out.  I felt pretty okay until noon when I fell asleep during a Mythbusters episode.  Boo and Sully napped at the same time and we woke up around 3:00.  We didn’t do much the whole day but rest and watch Mythbusters.

I figured today would be the day that I posted the pics of the garment bags that I made.  I brought my laptop over to the bed so I could relax and recline while I type.

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This is the plastic sheeting that I used from Home Depot.  The roll is ten feet by twenty feet and it cost less than $3.

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I decided to cut the pieces 24 inches wide and ten feet long.  I was able to cut the plastic still folded.  I had a cutting station set up with a cutting mat, ruler and utility knife.

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Then I folded the plastic over so that it was 24″ wide and 5 feet long with the fold along the top.  I used binder clips to hold the edges together, pins would leave holes in the plastic.  I used a simple straight stitch and zipped it through the sewing machine. 

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On the very first one I sewed the thread got caught and pulled the plastic off.

I didn’t want to mess with sewing that entire side again, so I repaired it with clear packing tape. 

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Packing tape to the rescue.  Nothing complicated here, I laid the tape so that half of it stuck to the plastic and then folded the tape to adhere to the other side.  The basic fold and stick.

It worked so well that I decided to reinforce the other side as well.

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Next I worked on the opening for the hanger.

I cut a piece of packing tape about 10 inches long and placed it across the top fold.  Once again adhering only half of it to the plastic.

Then I folded and smoothed it on to the other side of the plastic.

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I turned the entire bag inside out, which really ends up being right side out at this point.

I cut another 10 inch piece of packing tape and placed it over the top fold.  It goes over the other piece of tape but on the other side of the plastic.

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I folded the bag in half at the top fold and cut out a triangle shape.  It’s an easy cut since the plastic is reinforced by the packing tape.

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Here is what the opening looks like for the hanger.

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The finished bags!

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*** I probably could have edited this more but I am too tired to care.  🙂

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Injury report…

A few weeks ago we were watching a football game and the announcers mentioned that one of the players was questionable for the game due to ‘vertigo like symptoms’.  I didn’t really say anything but I thought it was kind of odd.  I’d never had vertigo but I didn’t think it was a serious enough condition to keep someone out of a game.  I know that it can be a symptom related with head injuries and concussions so I let it go at that.

Until this morning, on a normal day I am a bit stumbly first thing in the morning.  I will be the first person to tell you that I am not a morning person in any way, shape or form.  This morning though I was grabbing on to the walls to walk Sully to the door.  My head hurt and I had a lot of sinus pressure and took allergy medicine and some ibuprofen while Sully loaded his work stuff in his car.  After he left I realized that the walls were listing to the left in a slow spin.  I was pretty miserable at that point and it just got worse.  I thought maybe resting in bed would help, not even close.  I immediately got nauseous and then I got sick.  Blah.  Luckily that helped with the room spins although it took me a few hours to feel steady on my feet.

So, I apologize to every athlete that I have mentally questioned about vertigo symptoms because that was fairly miserable to deal with.  Good news on the ankle front, it’s feeling pretty good.  It doesn’t seem to be swelling anymore and I really feel like it is healing at this point.  I still have to take it easy but I am relieved that it’s improving.

Later in the day I was able to get a few things done around the house.  I got the bulk of the Halloween decorations packed up and put away in the garage.  The kitchen table still has the linens and some of the kitchen stuff to deal with but I will take care of that tomorrow.

Today I am thankful that I am a stay at home mom.  I can’t ever say how much I love the time that I spend with Boo.  She was so sweet this morning when I didn’t feel well.  I had a drink, she brought me a sandwich and worked the remote controls so I had something to watch.  

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Rack ’em up…

I’ve got my costumes hung and bagged but I don’t have any place to put them.  I’ve looked at inexpensive garment racks but I’d rather not spend a lot of money on anything until I know what I really need and where I am going to put the rack.  I looked around online and read several different suggestions for garment racks.  There was the usual plans for building out of wood, metal pipe, PVC pipe as well as a temporary solution using ladders.

I chose the temporary solution.  Here’s a picture of a cozy and stylish version.

The nice clean wooden ladders look pretty.  The clothes rod appears to be a metal pipe.  A wooden closet rod could also be used.

Mine is much less cozy and stylish.  I am using two utility type ladders that look more like this one.  Even better, I have one green ladder and one orange ladder which adds to the lack of cozy.  I am also using a plain 2″x 2″ that is 8 feet long.  

I would add a picture of my rack (I can hear Sully snickering, a picture of the garment rack.  Sheesh!).  Anyway, no picture, my garage is a mess and I don’t want photographic proof.

I set up the ladders and they take up a fair amount of room but that’s not an issue  at this point.  I used zip ties to secure the 2×2 board to the tops of the ladders.  the hangers hung well on the square rod, they don’t slide but I don’t need that right now.  I’ve hung our costumes from this year, our vampire year, most of Boo’s dance recital costumes and the costumes I decorated with.  There might be a few more in the storage box that can be hung but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Today, I am thankful for the internet.  I enjoy researching projects and getting fifty different ideas on how to do it.  It’s fun to look at everything and then come up with my own version.  I am also thankful that today was a pretty stress free day.  I needed one of those.  🙂

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Plan B…

Alright, so it’s more than a week after Halloween and I still have Halloween decorations all over the house.  Normally I would have had them packed up and back in the garage no later than the following weekend.  My problem this year is that I don’t have any place to put the costumes.  

I have most of the Halloween decorations in Rubbermaid containers.  They work well and I have an entire container just for the various costumes.  This year’s costumes were a little more involved and the thought of stuffing them into one of these containers was not sitting well with me.   

I kept thinking how nice it would be if I had a garment rack where I could keep all of the costumes.  I don’t have a garment rack but I could probably hang a few costumes in the garage.  It might be an here and there sort of thing but at least they would be hanging.

The only problem with hanging the costumes in the garage, well, one of the problems is that it’s seriously dusty out there.  The costumes would need to be covered to keep them from getting completely dirty.  I checked out the inexpensive garment bags at Walmart, the longer ones for dresses are a little less than $3.00 each.  It’s not a bad price but they only had one in stock.  I didn’t really want to drive around trying to find them at other stores either.   I also didn’t want to spend $15 to $20 on garment bags since I haven’t figured out what the final plan on all of this.

When I got married in 2000, my mom had put all of our Renaissance outfits in these huge plastic bags.  The were actually plastic liners for 55 gallon drum trash cans.  They were perfect for the long dresses that all of the girls were wearing at the wedding.  The were clear and about five feet long, and the plastic was pretty durable.  We looked around in Walmart, they had 55 gallon bags but they were black.  I really try to stay away from storing things in black trash bags.  If I have to store anything in plastic bags I make sure that the bags are clear or white.  It’s a system I use so that the bags don’t accidentally get thrown away.  

After Walmart we decided to check at Home Depot.  They had an industrial sized box available online, I was hoping for a smaller box.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the clear bags  in the store.  We wandered around the store a bit and I decided to look in the paint aisle.  I found some plastic sheeting and decided to make my own bags.  I figured I could use tape on the sides.

Once I got home though I did some online research and decided I could sew the sides of the bags.    I will put up another post with how things work out.