Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Tale of Two Piano Stools

I haven't felt so conflicted about a new gift since I was six years old and received a new doll when I was still perfectly content with my old one. Dolls have feelings you know and I wasn't about to give my beloved doll any concern for jealousy. I can well remember my mother having a gentle conversation with me about the entire issue.

This is my dilemma. I received a new piano bench. Isn't it pretty?



Oh yes, and very comfortable, too, as my ever-expanding derrière is well seated.

But why? Why?! I love my old piano stool!



My grands "drive" it like crazy when they visit. It's been a part of my world for the past 21 years having arrived with the piano...a graduation gift from my parents. It has beautiful feet...four of them just like this:



And its lines are graceful and charming...



Oh, I can hear you gasping from here. Yes, so what about it?! My graceful, charming, eagle-taloned piano stool is held together with panty hose and a prayer. Sigh.

Okay, there's just one thing for it as my mother reminded me all those years ago. No need to give up one friend to receive another! This should make all three of us happy.



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Christmas 2008 has almost passed. I say "almost" because round three begins this evening when my kiddos and grands join us for a lasagna supper and gift opening. This makes round four for the grands. Poor l'il heads must be spinning.

And per usual, I am skidding along by the seat of my pants...no wrapping done, etc. I will catch up with you all eventually. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve


Another win has arrived. I am quite certain that the post office in my hometown is wondering what's going on here with all the packages that I receive and all the packages that I send. It's a small town; people do wonder.

These gifts are from sweet Angie at Free Spirit Haven. She sent a book and it is my fond hope to find the time to sit down and truly enjoy it soon. The sweet little ornament is already on my tree where I know my grands will love to see it and the good thing is that they can touch it, too.

She also sent a blessing and a little card that says it all...

Thank you so very much, Angie! What a blessing!!

Today is Christmas Eve and below you see our Advent Centerpiece and how it will look once we have lit the final candle representing the Christchild. I'd just like to thank Miss Sandy over there at Quill Cottage again for providing all the information that we have needed to participate. Cindy at
In a Garden
has pointed her readers to Barbara's most excellent essay entitled The Glory of the Unlikely. We will be reading this as well for our Christmas Eve Advent. It's tremendous.

God bless each and every one with a wonderful Christmas! Remember, you are much loved!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Last Minute Ideas



Whoaaa, talk about skidding in...

I'm thinking that you, yes, YOU, are going to be the death of me...wouldja stop having such great ideas? Please? :D


No, no, I don't really mean that. Let me tell you, as quickly as I can for I know how busy you are, how your great ideas have been working for me.

First of all, gift wrapping. I found the best ideas for gift wrapping here and here.

Tina at Cherry Hill Cottage made an adorable rosemary wreath. After being inspired by Miss Sandy and Margo, I did these gift bags with my rosemary, which has been in the house since September 16 and doing great. Then I took it a step further by printing out and including Ree's Crash Potato recipe. (If you're really smart, you can use some of your fancy Christmas copy paper.) Now folks will know what to do with those little rosemary snippets.

Have a terrific Tuesday! Hope that we all get a lot done. I'm still shopping
...gah!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Gassner Custom Soaps

If I keep winning, I may have to buy a lottery ticket. Three wins in three weeks? I feel so blessed!! (I'll be sharing my other wins as soon as they arrive.)

One day when I was playing *LeapBlog, more on that later, I found Amber at Such is Life who directed me to Elizabeth at Gassner Custom Soaps who was having a drawing back on November 25.

Friday's mail brought me my prize and oh what a prize it was. Let me just share the box and its contents in a picture story and then I'll tell you what I really think about the products.









Both John and I have been using the soaps for a few days now. What I noticed immediately was that my hands are not so dry and I am not using as much lotion. This coffee soap for the kitchen is wonderful...not a heavy, perfumed soap, but one that cuts odors on the hands while soothing them. It's hard to describe. I want to say creamy and ultra smooth so guess that I will. :D Doesn't it look good enough to eat? And I love the lip balm...so soothing and emollient. Wonderful stuff!

Now I've been visiting the Gassner web site via the link I have on my sidebar and I see that Elizabeth makes scents for men. Hmmm, I'm just wondering if it'd be possible for her to come up with my beloved's favorite scent. (Just follow the color code.) What do you think? ;>

Elizabeth, thank you so much. I'll be enjoying these gifts for a long time to come!

Amber, thank you, too!!

*LeapBlog...a game where one leaps off to a blog listed on her own sidebar and then jumps to a blog unknown to her continuing for 10x. Then, on that tenth blog, the blogger must find her own blog listed in that tenth blog's sidebar in order to win. Winning isn't everything! I rarely win LeapBlog in this way, but I do find a lot of new and wonderful blogs.

Happy Monday, Dear Ones!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Skidding In...




Some Christmas cards have more meaning than others for they share the story of Christmas. Because I know how weary some of us have become, including myself, I want to share one card's message this morning.

We need a song to sing—
A message of hope and cheer
We need a LOVE that
Transcends time and space
Our hearts seek the knowledge
That amidst all the change
And the clatter of life
There is SOMEONE Who cares.
Jesus is God's
Deliverance given to us
He is the King of Kings
And the Lord of Lords
He is Immanuel, God with us.
He is God's Message of Love
With the angels and shepherds
And all God's children we sing,
"Jesus is Born. JOY to the world."


For all the stresses of life...all the losses of life...all the heartaches...all the pains...all the busyness...all the depression...all the emptiness...all the anger...all the fear...all the worry...all the you.fill.in.the.blank...for all of these, He came. We need to be rescued. It's just that simple.

Today and the remainder of this week, I am building arbitrary time into my day. I am taking a Jesus break every few hours to spend time reading the Word, inspirational messages, and just pray. I think my day will go better.

Two suggestions for you today: Please consider joining Miss Sandy at Quill Cottage for today's installment of Advent observances and join http://daisybouquet.blogspot.com/ for Santa Is Sooo Busy!!!! Edited to Add: Have just been to A Scrapbook of Inspiration where Karen shares a term new to me and gives us an example. It blessed me.

So, if you find yourself "skidding in" today (as am I), let us take the time to "cozy down" and refocus on the most important thing of all...our relationship with the One who was willing to Come just for us!

Image: From my personal Christmas card collection

May the One who cares so completely for you bless your Christmas with joy...your home with peace...and your lives with love.

Blessings...

DB