This was a lovely work week because it was slow and filled with a few holiday festivities. We had our office potluck and ornament exchange. The door decorating contest was a huge success and my fellow nurses won with an exceptional Santa door. I am thinking of how I can step up the competition next year!
I decided to take my usual ez meatballs in a crock pot for the luncheon. I purchased teriyaki sauce. OMG, I realized the night before I didn’t have my old crock pot! My husband says it is on the front porch. I find a brand-new crock pot in a box because the old pot the element burned out. The box for the crock pot that I found is quite old and had a price tag from Walmart of 19$. It must have come from his mother’s things after she passed. It was brand new in a box and I had no idea if the crock pot worked!!! I took a chance and unboxed it, took it to work hoping it would all pan out. It did work and the meat balls were a hit because I didn’t have any to bring home! Costco meatballs are really good and I would highly recommend them for your fast and easy dish to pass.
This was the week for Christmas things. I set up my little tabletop tree. I bought some tiny sparkle snowflakes to add to the small ornaments I had started in my “new” small ornament collection in the past couple of years. I have not brought my big tree up with all of my lifetime collection of ornaments since prior to the pandemic. Somehow, I just can’t do it. Too many memories and the job is too big ogf a task to haul all of the boxes filled with dust to the main floor. I decided that I will keep decorating simple and I put up a Christmas bunting, wreaths, got the old Santa mugs out for the tier tray and some fairy lights. It makes it festive, and I love it.
We also mailed the box out to the grandkids. The shopping was simple this year. Gift cards and gift baskets. I have been really hit by the overwhelming number of things I have, and my family says they have too. With the economy the way it has been, yet the pressure for excessive spending, buying and consuming, we decided not to do that this year. I think there are great ways to celebrate, be kind, give small loving gifts without over doing it. I am pleased with the smaller scaled back Christmas gift giving. I also did no handmade gifts because I couldn’t and that was ok, too.
I watched my favorite version of A Christmas Carol this week. Patrick Stewart plays Scrooge, and it also helps me to focus on what is really important. I have started it’s a Wonderful Life and I hope to watch that this season also. I purchased tickets for a great online trunk show by Stash bandit called Jingle Bells. She shared all of her holiday themed scrap quilts and what made each of them successful, why some were not and some great tips in making scrap quilts. So inspiring to use what I have and making something beautiful is possible!
Banner day, I opened a fresh coffee. I love breaking the seal of a fresh coffee can. It’s lovely. I can smell it a little today and look forward to the first cup of coffee. Makes a great start to the morning.
Our snow had mostly melted over the past couple of weeks; however, it is cold this morning and we are getting fresh snow today. It’s a perfect day to work on my quilt blocks, cross stitch a bit and enjoy. I am feeling much better since I had the flu last week. I am not going to over do it and just rest as much as I can.
I hope you have a lovely, peaceful day!