Who is that dashing cowpoke?

Yes this is my wonderful sweetie. He has been wanting a shirt like this for a while and since we’re moving to Texas it was perfect timing. πŸ™‚ The shirt is from Shepler’s.Β  This was an early Christmas pressie from me. Swoons… ::flutters and blushes::

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…ahead of everyone who isn’t trying…

way ahead

This is my viewpoint for this year. When trying to move to a prepping frame of mind, there are tons of helpful sites. There are also tons of “omg! You mean you aren’t ready yet???” sites. I’ve finally settled down a bit from the panic mode and am working on moving more into a calm and pragmatic mode. I do what I can. I do my best to try and will have to trust God for the rest.

One of the big revelations I had was about the B.O.B. bags. Yes, I agree you should have some things pulled together in case you have to vacate your home quickly. We had to do that once when I was a teenager. We were watching Mike Douglas on TV (dating myself there lol) and a state trooper came to the door and told us we have to evacuate now. We were shocked and asked “why?”. He said, “There is a forest fire coming right down your street! Hasn’t anyone told you yet?” Well, the local fire dept. (volunteer) assumed we had been listening to our scanner, which we had not been, and that we knew what was going on. We had 10-15 mins to grab the dogs, any important papers, and whatever else we needed and get out. I took two dogs, mom took two dogs, I grabbed my guitars and mom grabbed the important paper box and a bag of dog food and off we went.

So I understand the concept. Still, I have to balance this knowledge with a few basic facts. Neither the Sweetie or I are physically capable of any hiking about with backpacks, no matter how light you try to make them. We simply are unable to do it. Knowing this, my bags are, admittedly, heavier than a BOB really should be, but I’m pretty happy with what they contain. They aren’t meant to be hiked with. They are meant to be thrown into a car, with the dogs, and driven away with. (The one make flaw to this is that the car in my driveway isn’t fixed yet so I would be a bit stuck either way). I worry a LOT about that, but again, we’re doing what we can when we can. Bottom line is that this is where our trust in God has to kick in. We have to trust God that he will protect us from situations we can’t handle. Do we keep trying to do better? Yes, of course, but in the end its all in God’s hands and so are we.

candy savedWe missed the after Halloween candy sale because of my back, but we did not miss the after Christmas sales. πŸ™‚ I bought chocolate candy in two stores, getting them all for half off. I love sales. Here is our booty now all vacuum-packed and waiting to be put into big buckets. There are a few I will pick up one or two bags when I do my regular shopping because they are seasonal, but not “Christmas” and so are not on sale yet, but too yummy not to pick up more. Most of what we got are M&M’s, but the rest are just “chips”.

Another thing I’m trying, and determined to do better, is cutting down on “stuff”. We have a small house and it seems a LOT smaller currently. Oddly, the more we try to cut down on stuff, the more stuff we end up with to handle the first stuff. lol. I was starting to make some progress, but the back injury brought that to a standstill. This spring is going to see a LOT going out to the “free” pile in front of the house or to the Salvation Army.

The Sweetie’s garage is really coming along, but is at the point where we just need to get rid of the unused stuff now. Again, the free pile will be getting a lot of that stuff.

vignette-1I got a wonderful Christmas pressie from the Sweetie for my kitchen. It is actually replace several items, which have already been boxed up, and will not only do far more than those items combined were able to do, but will save me a lot of room. I’ve been wanting this for sooo long, but never really thought I would be able to get it. But I have it now! Very excited about this.

One of the first things I want to try? Carrot Apple Soup. Sounds too interesting not to try and since I can make it in the cups, I don’t have to make tons of it and feel bad if I don’t like it. Soon as I make room for ice cubes in my freezer I’m going to whip up some smooooooothies. πŸ™‚Β  I love those.

MoreΒ  to come soon!

Of cozy, knitting, warm puppies and Lady Lorelai

Cozy ornament

cozy, cozy, cozy

So Christmas has come and gone another year. The Sweetie actually was off on Christmas day, which was a nice departure from his usually working on Christmas. He has, in the past, often volunteered to work on Christmas so that someone with little kids could be home. Kids don’t understand things like work schedules and Sweetie and I have spend many years celebrating holidays whenever his schedules allowed, so its usually no big deal. Still I liked his being home on the actual day.

There are just the two of us so Christmas was a nice quiet, snuggly, cozy day filled with our favorite things to eat and movies to watch curled up by the woodstove with the dogs. We aren’t very traditional, or not as much as we were years ago, so dinner was steak sandwiches, potato skins with cheese and bacon and mozzarella sticks. Breakfast was delicious with eggs, hash browns, corned beef hash and toast. Sweetie made us breakfast so it was especially wonderful for me. πŸ™‚

Our one tradition that has carried on since the first year we were married is our favorite snack. Back then we didn’t have a pot to pee in and our one big splurge was a trip to the Hickery Farms store. Cheese, beefstick and sparkling cider. Every year we make sure that we have those 3 things. It’s been tough getting them some years, since not all malls have them in holiday kiosks, but we’ve managed to find them, even if we had to travel.

So all in all, it was a wonderful holiday for us. I also thought I would show you what else I’ve been up to.

my pink slippersThese slippers are the most comfortable and wonderfully warm things I’ve ever worn on my always cold feet.Β  They are basically a big giant sock that you felt up into the slippers. They are so easy to make, although, I will say that the pattern does assume you have a basic working knowledge of how to make socks. I can whip these puppies up really fast and they rarely leave my feet.

I used Patons Classic Wool yarn. I like their colors and their yarn is so soft that it doesn’t make me itch at all when using it or wearing it. This is the link to the pattern.Β  It’s a free pattern.

Next is a set. Sometimes you make something because it just looks so pretty you can’t help yourself, but then aren’t sure who is headband-mittens setgoing to get it. This was the case with these. The headband was one pattern and the mittens were another, but I thought they looked cute together. This was also my first pair of mittens. I don’t know why I was worried! Talk about easy! I found the buttons in a bag of old buttons I inherited. You can actually wear the headband as a little cowl also.

little lorelaiI have a new little friend to introduce to you all. Her name is Lady Lorelai the Alpaca. πŸ™‚Β  I won a gift certificate to an Alpaca Farm we visit each year when we go on the Country Roads tour. I always get an alpaca yarn finger puppet and I have quite the collection now. This year we couldn’t make it because I was unable to finish the entire tour, but we got to go spend our lovely gift certificate. I always look at these little alpacas, but this year I splurged and bought one. They are made from actual alpaca fur. Her face, ears and legs are even alpaca. I just thought she had the sweetest little face, just like the real ones do, and to me she just looked like a Lady Lorelai. She’s impossible to stop petting! lol.

Lastly, I got a cute photo of one of my dogs in her favorite place to sleep; on my pillows and under the blankets. This is Rosey.where rosey sleeps Nothing spoiled about my dogs.Β  πŸ™‚

I’ll have more pictures once I can show a couple Christmas presents that haven’t been delivered yet. πŸ˜‰

Did you all have a fun Christmas? Was Santa good to you?