A Haven for Vee

Monday, November 21, 2011

No More Time for Goofing Off

Seriously. I think I'll have to shut the computer down today so that I can stay focused. I'm feeling a little vague and fuzzy.

What's on the docket:

1. Must clean the entire house and rake the yard and update the wreaths and do a bit of decorating.
2. Must finish painting moldings on the kitchen window over the sink and finish decorating same.

3. Must do some more grocery shopping.
4. Must tweak Thanksgiving menu.
5. Must take Molly to groomer's.
6. Must stop eating Thanksgiving groceries, see #3.
7. Must prepare stations in the dining area and set up tables.
8. Must wash linens and iron them.
9. Must cook up the pot roast for supper tonight.
10. Must practice making my squash *this way.*
11. Must research *slow roasting.*
12. Must gather fun things for the grands to do.
13. Must make some simple curtains for the front room.
14. Must wash windows.
15. Must visit apple orchard for more cider and apples.
16. Must wash the good dishes and gather platters and special serving dishes. 
17. Must take time to relax and enjoy the process.
18. Must remember what I'm forgetting.

Hope that you're all feeling as if everything is well under control. I'm feeling a little vague and fuzzy. Have I mentioned that already? 

Yesterday afternoon, John and I were out and about. I was looking for painter's cloth at Lowe's (see #13). In their parking lot was a row of the most beautiful trees with the foliage all still bright and mostly intact. It was amazing. We parked under them and enjoyed the view. Later, we saw this red house and I thought it looked especially like Thanksgiving. I like the white trim and the blue door, too.

Hope to catch you soon...


  1. Wow - sounds like you've got a busy few days ahead of you! My advice would be to pick the most important few items, and forget the rest. That's how to relax and enjoy the process - #17!

    Love the red house!!! A lot!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    - Leah

  2. Good Morning1

    Remember... "Music is a friend of labor for it lightens the task by refreshing the nerves and spirit of the worker." ~William Green


  3. -chuckle- Suuuuuuuuuuure you're gonna' do all that today.

    Or even on Mon., Tues. and Wed. ,-)

    Nothing like over-loading your brain with to-do-lists, to get over the "fuzzies."

    And to drive one's self straight to pulling-out-hair-angst.

    But we know you aren't really going to try to accomplish that major list, on Mon. Or even before Thanksgiving.

    Are you...?

    Are you......?

    Are you.........?


    Gentle hugs,
    "Music is a friend of labor for it lightens the task by refreshing the nerves and spirit of the worker." ~William Green

  4. What a list! After reading your "to do" list, I'm thinking that I can't begin to keep up. I'm so glad that you added #17.

    The mosaic is lovely - definitely Thanksgiving weather and sights. Your autumn colors are so pretty.

  5. Good luck with your list! I have a "list" of things to do as well....in my head. Not sure all will be accomplished, but I am trying. Have fun!

  6. My goodness, Vee! I'm worn out just reading your list. Hope you have a fruitful, enery-filled day. :)

    Hoping I'll manage to get the most important things on my list done, at least...

  7. Vee
    Good luck on that list.
    Honestly, it sounds way too ambitious to me. Today is only Monday. Maybe you can break it down into three days!
    That's more my style.
    Enjoy your day!

  8. -chuckle- Glad John appreciated my Header pic. He can read all about the Cherry Chocolate Chip Crisp, in this blog entry.

    I'll send you the very easy recipe!

    And I made a small one, Gluten and Dairy Free... And it was delicious too. :-)

    Gentle hugs...

  9. Sounds like my list, though I have a couple of things crossed off, just a small dent in the scheme of things! Happy Thanksgiving! xo (I love that little house)

  10. I'm exhausted just reading that list! Hope you will take some of the items into next week!! Love the house too. About the vague and fuzzy...lately that seems to be my constant frame of mind...brain fog I've been calling it...
    have a great and productive day, and don't faint from exhaustion :)

  11. We went to Lowe's yesterday afternoon, too. I didn't see you there! heehee! I love your photos and hope you get everything done on your list this week! Wish I lived close enough to help...we could share some of those goodies! ♥

  12. Hi Vee,
    That's some list! It's a fun list though, with anticipating the family and your Grands. Hope that you enjoy your day and get some things done on that list.


  13. That is quite some list Vee! I hope you get it all accomplished and fun doing it all! Love that red house.

  14. I read you list.
    Now I'm going to go have a nap.

    Good Luck!


  15. oh my goodness! You have quite a list there! This is how I usually am at Christmas time when everyone comes to my house for the day. Thanksgiving I get to take a dish and relax at my in laws! Beautiful pictures! L*O*V*E that house!

  16. Seeing your list has made me very thankful for the fact that this year I will be the guest at someone else's Thanksgiving table. I do need to grocery shop and make a few dishes to bring.
    Good luck getting through all of your jobs and remember #17 as you work your way through the list.
    Love that red house. It looks so New Englandy to me and the birch trees in front are so pretty.

  17. Your list is ambitious! I'm sitting down with pen and paper to make my list as I start my day. You are a goal-accomplisher and a list-maker as I. Sometimes I have to take off the "must" part of it though. If it doesn't all get done, I'll still live through it. Preparations for events are important to me, as I like to have everything "just right" when they get there. Then, I can visit more freely with my guests.

  18. Forgot to say, "thanks" for the squash-cooking tip. Let us know how it turns out for you. Will you add cinnamon, brown sugar, or butter, when you serve it?

  19. That's a whole lot of MUSTS there. But I think the most important one is number 17. "This is the day the Lord has made ..."

    Remember to breathe.

  20. Hmmm. I would add another one "I must forget the lists and just wing it and love every minute". What gets done gets done and as for the rest - well, who will notice the windows???

    You make sure you get a lot of the relaxing and savouring the moment time as well!

  21. Oh, Vee! It sounds like there is way too much is on your plate! Remember these three words: SIMPLIFY and ENJOY!

    Wishing you and your family a very joyful Thanksgiving!

  22. I think you need to add one more thing to your list. Must call someone to help me! You are one busy lady Vee. I hope you can get it all accomplished by Thursday. Your photos are beautiful. It's a nice surprise to see a tree with leaves still intact isn't it? Blessings to you! Pamela

  23. Well...at least you have a list to go by. I'm usually flying by the seat of my pants! Have a fabulous week...from preparing to indulging...giving thanks every step of the way.

    I'm thinking of having some friends in for dinner on Thursday as well...just because I can. We'll share Thanksgiving with our American friends.

  24. Hi Vee!

    I hope you have hired someone to help you with your list... ;0) I hate to admit it, but my list looks equally long! I am going to be watching two of my grandchildren over night, so I think I will put them to work with me - they are 11 and 12, so they will be good help?!

    I love the idea of crockpot squash - I'm definitely going to try it!

    The trees look so pretty!


  25. Oh my goodness, how can you possibly get all that done.
    You have to let a few things go and relax a bit!!
    : )

  26. I do believe you have lost your mind! That is a months worth of chores and you have 3 days?

  27. Your schedule sounds worse than mine.
    We're having 16 for lunch.....I'm in the process of trying to be organized......and get a lot prepared before Thursday....not sure how successful I'll be.

    The trees are gorgeous!


  28. Oh girl...my head is spinning with everything you must do. Love that window treatment that you showed us. Hmmm...
    Glad you were able to get out and about before the major prep work had to start!

  29. Holy Cow! I've got a list with four items on it. No wonder you're a little fuzzy. The way you get things accomplished, I have no doubt you'll plow right through that list of yours. Can't wait to see your Thanksgiving table, I hope you post a picture. I'll check back tomorrow to see how you are getting along, good luck!

  30. Vee,

    You left something off your list..."must breathe", three large inhales with very slow exhales. The motto in my house is, "if you are coming to see my house, make an appointment, if you are coming to see me come anytime." No one will notice much of what is one your "to do" list if you don't get it done because there will be so much joy and laughter around your table over your scrumptious meal. I'd move relax and enjoy to the top of the list. Wish I lived closer to come over and give you a hand. It will be a table for two here, quite, no fanfare, enjoy the hustle and bustle, I am kind of missing it. Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours dear friend!

  31. I loved your list. You are so organized. .and it made me smile.

  32. Happy Thanksgiving Vee! My Mom always said that the holiday would come whether we're ready or not... all we can do is do our best and fake the rest!!

    Have a fabulous time with your loved ones.... Gobble Gobble!

    Hugs, Sherry

  33. Beautiful Autumn colours. Hope you got it all done.