Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm Falling....and I must get up!

Falling behind that is. I've mentioned before that I NEED order, I CRAVE routine, I LOVE tradition, I AM sameness.....or...I unravel. Well, it's so true, and I feel like I'm unraveling. By this date each year, the house is clean, the trees are decorated, the halls are decked and the gifts are bought, wrapped, and mailed or under the trees. By this time, I am making tamales and cookies. By this time, I am lunching with friends and watching the other frantic shoppers as I leisurely meander through the mall. Ack! What happened?

Double the pleasure.  Double the fun. :-)

Seemingly little things, like adopting 2 five month old cocker spaniel puppies early this summer. They are adorable and we love them and they are completely integrated members of our family. However, I've had to purchased three additional sets of sheets (Michael chews them), rugs (for inside and outside), replant the winter garden, wash and rewash my denim slip covered sofa, clean the carpet over and over and over, purchase gates that turn the house into a fortress....

Frosty and His Magic Hat :-)
And bigger things, like having my 29 year old daughter move back home while she rebuilds her dream. It is lovely having her home, sharing meal times and watching her make an adorable little pink gingerbread house. And I am happy, really, really happy that she is okay...more than okay as she plans this next chapter in her life. However, I've had to make room. Lots of room. She's a baker, she's a designer, and she needs creative space and time. It's important...

Our Angel Tree (2008)

So now what? I'm going to think about and pray for those who are struggling with their health, or caring for loved ones who are ill. I'm going to think about and pray for those who are wondering where money will come from to feed their children. I'm going to think about and pray for those who have lost loved ones this year and will be spending that first Christmas without them.

And our family tree

I'm going to count and be grateful for my many, many, many blessings. I'm going to clean the house today, deck the halls tomorrow, decorate the trees over the weekend, shop on Monday for the Crisis Nursery, and for family and friends on Tuesday, lunch on Wednesday, Wrap on Thursday, make tamales on Friday, and perhaps bake cookies over the weekend with Brandi. Ahhhhh, order...sighhhhhh, routine...yesssss, a plan. I feel better...thanks for listening :-)

Christmas Morning (2009)


  1. WHEW you made me tired just reading your tasks for the rest of the week..... ZZZZ I need a nap....Is that Brandi's house in the pic???? SOOOOOO pretty.Hope to see finished product

    And so happy you count slippers in the house. Same as you my carpet gets enuf dirt on it from the dogs and I don't need to add to it.

  2. I'm with Kim, I'm exhausted just reading! Everything is so beautiful though, and I haven't even thought about cleaning yet, not after it took me three days to mop my kitchen floor!

    S'ok though, the holidays will come whether we're ready or not, so make the best of them and enjoy!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm loving yours everything look so pretty!

    <3 Donna

  3. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and your very nice comment. Your trees are gorgeous and those dogs are precious! I'm sure Tucker would love to play with them.

    I am enjoying your blog!

  4. Your dogs are gorgeous!!! And love the Christmas Tree Photos. I'd like to have our tree up in the next couple o days, we get a real tree so we leave it until the last gun is fired. Got the rest of the decorating done though and the tree decorations are down from the attic just waiting for me to get on the ball :)

    Thanks for finding me, I'm following you back :)

  5. your gonna be a busy girl!! thanks for stopping by I look forward to getting to know you your blog and those puppies well they are adoarable and I love love your tree pictures especially the angel one that is so me...and I am your newest follower

  6. You are such a good woman :)
    Your dogs are gorgeous ! Mine are obnoxious right now ! LOL
    Love the Christmas decor !
    Come say hi and follow me back ! Coming from the blog hop !

  7. I am your newest follower!

    Please come enter my Target GC giveaway - ends tonight!!!!

    - Lauren

    Ladaisi Blog

  8. Hi there! Well I think everyone is a bit behind for some reason this year...perhaps we are blogging lol!!~ Your tree is very pretty though, I just got finished with mine too. I am following you now from the blog hop. See you soon.

  9. Here from the bloghop.
    I follow you on GFC. I'd love for you to follow me back
    Tiffypoot @ (

  10. Hi Janet!!

    LOVE your pictures! Your tree is beautiful! It looks so festive!!!

    Glad you like my laptop pic! lol.I'm sure you can relate!!

    Have a great weekend!!

  11. Hi There!
    I'm your newest follower! I love your pictures, especially the puppies! We're dying to have a dog in this household - it's even on a Santa list. Drop by and say hi when you get a chance.

  12. I love tamales and would gladly join in that fun.... You have your hands full lady; you should be exhausted. LOL!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following you back.
    Happy Holidays!

  13. I love when dogs get tired out and just flop down, adorable!

    Your house is so clean, what's your secret??


  14. Visiting from the Weekend blog hop! Follow me back at
    Have a great weekend!

  15. Very nice blog here!
    Hopping from the weekend bloghop.. Hope you stop by too! :)

  16. thank you for the visit and for following me. i'm following you back.