Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Monday, December 04, 2017
Just a little update on Christmasy preparations ... today I finally got the Christmas card banners in place over the dining room windows. But there's more!
Years ago I made some curtains to cover the bottom half of the dining room windows that look onto the porch. The view is not all that pretty and these simple curtains
worked very well to camouflage it and still let light in. Later on, I made some fall curtains with fabric I had on hand. For years, I've been wanting to make curtains specifically for Christmas or winter, but there just hasn't been time and I usually just use the geranium curtains above.
But this year I tried something different. I used wooden clothespins to clip red-and-white checked dishtowels to the tension rods. It would look nicer if I had enough dishtowels to use two per window, but I only have enough for one each so am going with that for now. It occurred to me that I could probably find some Christmas dishtowels, maybe even in the dollar store, to serve the same purpose, so I may eventually do that. For now, though, my simple and cost-free solution is working fine. Maybe I can take a picture later, but not today.
Let's see -- last evening I wrapped about half of our gifts for the Nevada contingent and did the click and print at USPS.com, then scheduled a carrier pickup. Light-years ahead of my usual speed in accomplishing this task.
I hope to get the rest wrapped in the next few days and get them on their way as well. While I'm at it, I'll also wrap the gifts I have for our local family members and stick them in large gift bags to await the Christmas tree.
There are just a few gifts left to purchase and even though I'm feeling very stretched in other ways, this part of my Christmas preparation seems in good order.
Between Saturday and today, I also prepared Christmas cards for a swap I'm taking part in and got those on their way.
Today I made some fudge and prepared care packages for a couple of college students to get them through the last days of the semester. Just now did click and print and scheduled a carrier pickup for tomorrow. I love being able to do this online ... it saves me so much time and trouble!
I'm also trying to take part in a Christmas photo challenge over at Instagram. So far, so good! I'm having fun with it.
That's all for now. Hope everyone else is having a productive December!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.