December 30, 2011 § 2 Comments
For those of you who live in milder climates and have always wondered what I meant by “time to plastic the windows”.
This is what we do up here when the mercury begins its inevitable plummet…
We put sticky tape around the perimeter of our windows and take a sheet of plastic, designed specifically for this purpose I might add…
Yup, a simple hairdryer. The forced air gets rid of any bubbles and the heat seals the glue. It may appear silly to go through all the trouble but, when northeastern winds are blowing and it’s -38 C, it’s worth the effort.
The plastic keeps the cold moisture out helping to prevent condensation that can result in the growth of mold which, in turn, can lead to colds and allergies. Doing this has also saved us, on average, a couple of hundred dollars a year on heating costs.
No, my plastic windows won’t make any issue of Better Homes & Gardens but it does make sense when you live where I do.
December 29, 2011 § 3 Comments
Well, this is it gang. The last post of Project 2011 – yay, we made it. A very big curtsy and hat tip to Cate @ MomentsofWhimsy for getting the ball rolling way back in January and initiating this sharing of goals and resolutions for 2011 .
It’s been quite a ride for me personally. I had a lot of trouble following through and sticking with my goals, being, I think, the most flighty of the group. Nonetheless, the experience was important for me to get a grasp of how realistic some of my goals were, how sometimes my ideals are a little farther away than my present ability to reach and that individual steps can in and of themselves be goals.
Moreover, I did get a sense of accomplishment and pride that even though I might not have achieved some of my individual goals, I did not abandon the commitment to keep at it and I posted fairly regularly throughout the year. That’s something, right? 😀
As of this moment I’m not sure at all where my mindset is at for 2012. I have some ideas of where I’d like to head but am not so steadfast in my convictions that I’m actually ready to hit the road. Let’s just say I’m still perusing my maps.
I do however intend to take the upcoming year more slowly and deliberately and, for now, that seems like the best way to approach it.
The best part of this project, of course, has been making new friends and getting to know my old friends a little better. Sharing the highs and lows throughout the year has given me a much deeper appreciation for how important it is to have a cheering/support section. Thank you to all who commented on my posts and congratulated and/or merely encouraged me. I truly appreciated every word and gesture.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 24, 2011 § 4 Comments
Personally, I enjoy Christmas Eve more than I do Christmas morning. I think the anticipation that builds over the course of the afternoon and evening is a much more serene experience than that of the frenzied opening, ooohing, aaahing, thanking and tripping over wrapping paper before you’ve had two sips of your now lost coffee…
And despite the joy of cooking for family, feasting and the general cheerful gathering, I know I will be wrought with concern over the amount of food (I’m worried my turkey is too small) and quality of the meal (I’ve never cooked a turkey before).
But today, it’s Christmas Eve and I’m sure about what I got done today…
there’s the date squares (defrosting), just iced gingerbread men (that I also defrosted), two freshly made pumpkin pies (baked in frozen pie crust), a genuinely just baked (nothing defrosted) apple cranberry crumble and a jar and half of homemade cranberry sauce.
Finally, it was time to play Santa and start putting presents under the tree…that’s fun. What’s even more fun is that I got such a head start on my shopping and wrapping, I don’t remember what some of it is. That makes it even more fun. 😛
December 20, 2011 § 4 Comments
December 19, 2011 § 2 Comments
What? Oh, I know…you’re thinking there’s still 12 days left of 2011. Not to mention Christmas happens to fall smack dab in the middle of those 12 days.
Well, of course I’m aware of that and even though I am looking forward to Christmas dinner, which we are hosting and I’m cooking my first ever turkey (for 14 people – I sure hope it turns out), hanging out with my family and just generally enjoying the holiday.
Nonetheless, my brain can’t help but occasionally looking beyond all that toward the upcoming New Year. I’ve never been so eager for a January 1st and I’m honestly not even sure why.
There are no big plans for 2012; no renovations, no major purchases, no fancy vacations, no monumental happenings of any kind. (Unless of course the Mayans actually knew more than they let on.)
In my 40 years on this planet, it just might be the first year that I feel truly comfortable in my skin. A year where I’m checking in without all my baggage. A year where freedom is actually a tangible thing that I’m going in with and not merely a hope or a goal to be achieved at some point during the year.
It is relief, wrapped in optimism, bundled with confidence and eagerness. It is finally knowing that, “Yes
Virginia Sheri, you really are a grown up now, isn’t it awesome!”
Bring it on baby! 😀
December 7, 2011 § 8 Comments
Looks like I just needed a few really good nights sleep, a little jolt of Christmas spirit and a slight shift in scenery (as in my blog – did you notice the subtle update?) to get me back in the swing of things.
So while it’s been very mild temperature wise with barely any snow on the ground, it’s finally starting to feel like Christmas time.
How are your Holiday preparations going?
December 4, 2011 § 3 Comments
I’d love to write about Christmasy things and getting ready to ring in a brand new year but in the last four or five days an exhaustion has set in that I just can’t seem to shake, no matter how much sleep I get.
I am showing no signs of cold or flu and aside from a slight nagging lower back ache, all I really am is sooooo tired. I’m hoping it’s just the last few weeks catching up with me and that it’ll pass. I’m inclined to think that it could also be partly psychological because for a very long time I held a very firm idea of where I wanted, hoped and aspired to be when I turned 40.
I haven’t had much time to digest it yet, not the turning 40 part that’s actually irrelevant as it turns out, but the wanting, hoping and aspiring part. With so much going on before and since my birthday there just hasn’t been many moments to quietly reflect on the whole thing.
When I first started thinking about 40, when I turned about 32, it meant having a 23 year old son and 16 year old daughter. If we made it, it would mean being married 17 years and if we didn’t sell and move it meant living together in the same house for 13.
What I’ve learned though, and it sort of just hit me right now. There is a big difference between wanting, hoping and aspiring for dreams and working for them. In the end, what is most important to you comes down to what you actually work for.
I wanted, hoped and aspired to be many things by the time I was 40; a musician, a seamstress, a small business owner, an actor/comedian, a caterer and a writer.
What I worked the most at was being a mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, volunteer and homemaker.
I can still want, hope, aspire and even work towards all of those goals. But knowing my limitations and choosing my family first does not make me less of woman, it makes me more of one.
You were right ladies! I like the view from this side much better.
Still, I think if given the opportunity, I could sleep for a week. 😀