Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Nice Article for those of Us who are not Decorating to the Hilt anymore but are not allowed by the family to not decorate!
A Simple Guide to Holiday Decorating
When the kids were little, everything had to be just right. From hanging the stockings with care to spreading holiday cheer evenly throughout the house, Christmas was more than a small ordeal. When they went off to college, you decided it was time to scale back, but you haven't quite mastered how to do that without resembling the Grinch.
That's where our guide comes in handy. We'll walk you through how to be festive without putting too much stress into the holidays.
Have a centerpiece
One mistake many baby boomers make is trying to do away with the tree. Nothing will upset the kids faster than saying you're not going to have a tree this year. Before you know it, they'll be on your doorstep with a live fir that you'll have to take care of all season. Cut off the seasonal madness before it begins by setting up your own artificial Christmas tree. The lack of pine needles on your floor will more than make up for the initial cost. Get a model that's pre-lit to save yourself even more trouble.
Buy new bulbs
If you've been using the same glass bulbs since the 90s, it's time to update. The old bulbs might be sentimental and sweet, but today's bulbs are much easier to hang and store. If you can bring yourself to do it, buy the plastic bulbs that come in bulk with string that you can leave on year after year. Because the bulbs are plastic, you can toss them into a large storage container and not worry about carefully separating them.
Pick one touch for each room
Think of your tree as your absolute declaration that you're enjoying the holidays. From here on out, you've got nothing to prove, and everything is optional. That doesn't mean you don't necessarily want to add a little Christmas around the rest of the house, though! Pick small accents to scatter around the house that are easily stored away after the holidays. Ideally, everything you use can fit in a single storage box. Think of accent pieces like towels, rugs and artwork that lays flat. Switch everything you're replacing with seasonal doppelgangers in the same box and slide it away until the new year, when you can make the switch again.
Don't forget outdoors
Hanging a lit wreath is an easy, instant way to add some outdoor cheer. If you're not quite satisfied with the effect, keep adding. You can easily drape netted lights over box bushes and shrubs, or add some yard art, like a lighted nativity scene or a single reindeer. A cute character like Frosty can become a great memory for the grandkids and only take up a little bit of your storage space and time.
Things to skip
Garland: Garland is time consuming. You're not going to want to aake the time to wrap it around the tree, bannister rails or wherever it previously found a home. If the tree looks bare, add a little tinsel.
Stringing lights: Outdoors or indoors, stringing lights eats up most of your allotted decorating time. With the advent of pre-lit trees, stringing lights indoors has officially become more trouble than it's worth. Outdoors, it has too little of an impact to justify the time involved.
Real trees: Real trees require tree stands, regular watering, cleaning up pine needles, worrying about fires and stringing lights. Plus, it all has to be undone and you have to drag it to the curb at the end of the season. Just use a pine-scented candle and an artificial tree and you'll get the same effect.
Christmas is all too often more stressful than joyful. Take this opportunity to streamline your season and minimalize your stress.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
I am going to make this for the Granddaughters.
The boys are getting a little old for projects but the
almost 4 year old is the queen of Elmer's Glue.
I'll buy a bag of puffs from the Dollar Store and voila
- all I have to do is admire her work.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
1988: “Kokomo” — The Beach Boys
1987: “I Think We’re Alone Now” — Tiffany
1978: “You Needed Me” — Anne Murray
1977: “You Light Up My Life” — Debby Boone
1965: “Get Off of My Cloud” — The Rolling Stones
1964: “Baby Love” — The Supremes
1963: “Sugar Shack” — Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
via AARP 2013 Almanac
Posted by Barbara at 11:15 AM
Thursday, October 31, 2013
One day an Irishman, who has been stranded on a desert island for over ten long years, sees an unusual speck on the horizon.
"It's certainly not a ship," he thinks to himself. As the speck gets closer and closer, he begins to rule out the possibilities of a small boat, then even a raft.
Suddenly, emerging from the surf comes a drop dead gorgeous blonde woman wearing a wet suit and scuba gear.
She approaches the stunned man and says to him, "Tell me how long has it been since you've had a cigarette?"
"Ten years," replies the Irishman.
With that, she reaches over and unzips a waterproof pocket on her left sleeve and pulls out a pack of fresh cigarettes. He takes one, lights it, takes a long drag and says, "Faith and begorah! Is that good!"
"And how long has it been since you've had a sip of good Irish Whiskey?" she asks him.
Trembling, the castaway replies, "Ten years."
She reaches over, unzips her right sleeve, pulls out a flask and hands it to him. He opens the flask, takes a long swig and says, "Tis absolutely fantastic!"
At this point she starts slowly unzipping the long zipper that runs down the front of her wet suit, looks at the man and asks, "And how long has it been since you've played around?"
With tears in his eyes, the man falls to his knees and sobs, "Oh, Sweet Jesus! Don't tell me you've got golf clubs in there too."
Posted by Barbara at 9:37 PM