A Sentiment

God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Early Christmas Preparations But Not Forgetting Thanksgiving

This is taken from the internet....I will post a picture of mine, when they are done.
This past week I started the holiday preparations at our house. I wanted to get the outside decorating done before it is so cold that my hands freeze. So, saying that, I went out and decorated the porch. It looks funny today with the fall wreath up and the Christmas decorations there too. I know that people will soon be decorating around the neighborhood. There are some who have already...just like me. The porch decorations required a little "rehab"...the garland that drapes on the railing was in need of new lights. I sat in the basement testing strings of lights till I was blue in the face. Don't you just hate doing the lights? Pretty soon, I just tossed them and opened up the new ones that I had bought earlier. The bows are done every year. They never store well and I always end up making new ones. We have a huge straw wreath that we have used every year. I tore it apart and redid it. Lots of lights on this too...I love the look of a wreath on the house with lights. I moved the fall wreath with the bittersweet over to the other side to make a place for this big one. After testing the lights, I turned them off and won't light them till after Thanksgiving. So glad that's done.

Then inside other projects were started. I decided to make the great grand kids sock monkeys. Rockford is the home of the sock monkey and I just thought they would like one. I've been working on these most every night. When I went to fill them with fiber fill...I didn't have any. I had bought some "snow" for my village and I thought that I could use that. It is so soft, but it has sparkles on it. So, here I am, sitting on the couch with this sparkly stuff all over me....and the floor and the couch. Molly is staying with us and It was a job keeping her out of it. I had to go potty, but couldn't get up because I would drag the stuff into the rest of the house. So, I had to wait. The bodies are stuffed and you would never know what is inside. Now I have to work on arms and the long tails. The most fun is dressing them. These guys are going to have a red knitted stocking cap, and maybe a knitted scarf. The faces usually have buttons for eyes, but I'll have to use felt, because the kids are babies. These are about to be finished... maybe tonight. Then I won't be in such a mess and can dress them next week.

I have some pieces of slate down on my work table. I'm going to start painting flowers on those for other gifts. I have some other ideas in this old head of mine....we'll see how much I get done.

You might think that I have forgotten Thanksgiving. Not so...it is very much on my mind. We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Our wonderful families, some of whom have gone through surgeries this year and all are doing well, we have two new babies in the family, everyone is working and able to support their families, we all have full cupboards, our neighbors who are so kind to us, our Church family, this beautiful fall that we are experiencing, our faith and trust in God, and last but not least....you wonderful people who take the time each day to read this blog and leave me comments. Maybe you don't leave a comment, but I know that you are there...keeping me going. This journal is something that I have to look forward to each day. Thanks for reading...



Margie's Musings said...

You are so wonderfully creative, Balisha. I don't have a creative bone in my body.

Balisha said...

Well, Margie... we all have our talents. I could never speak from a podium. I used to, but now I get very nervous with public speaking.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a great idea! Of course it isn't cold here as it is where you are..(72 today with a warm Santa Ana wind) but it could get cold very soon now. And besides...we get to enjoy the Christmas season for such a short time!
It's hard to believe the Holidays are already here..and will be gone and another year beginning. Where did the time go?
It's been a good year getting to know you, Balisha!

Love and hugs to you.

garden girl said...

Oh my gosh, I love sock monkeys. They're so cute, and remind me of childhood. I'm looking forward to seeing how yours come out Balisha. That would be a fun thing to make for my baby granddaughter.

Balisha said...

I put the address for directions on making sock monkets in a post.I'm making them for 3 little boys in our family.

It seems that we all have our special talents, if we think about it. Once in a while I find something that I want to try and just go for it..plunge in and try it. I've had many failures along the way..

I've had a good year in blogging too, Mona. I feel that I've made so many friends...I love seeing your home and treasures. What will we blog about next year?? Ideas always keep coming into our heads...you never know what we will blog about next.

Thanks to you all for reading my blog...and thanks to the unknowns who never comment. I appreciate you too.