Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Pottering about at home.....

My posting seems to be very sporadic at the moment. I wish I had two pairs of hands, and a clearer brain. I start something and go to another room to fetch scissors or whatever, and then see something there I should have done. Etc etc etc. And doing all this with a slightly addled brain does not help. All courtesy of the tablets. The muscles-in-the-eye-tremor is the worst. Just the left eye. And when you are operating a scroll saw doing finicky bits, it becomes a bit of a challenge to retain ownership of all the fingers. So I have ceased and desisted.

And the sewing by hand, or threading the machine.....you can just imagine. Thank heavens for self threaders! Anyway, I have soup on the stove cooking away. I trawled through the fridge and tossed any and all veg into the pot. It smells like winter. You know that hearty food smell? That's the one. So supper is sorted, for a good few days too.

Tomorrow is another 20% off day at M&S, so providing there is no snow to contend with, I will be there at the crack of dawn, to pick up the few last bits I need. I really do not enjoy shopping much. At all. I try to avoid the shops, especially at this time of the year, but I need to start wrapping things, and M&S has them. So far, I have managed to spend very little this year, and have made small things for my friends, and the family too.

This is the way it is supposed to be. Using my time to make some small gifts which my friends will appreciate. I hope! Christmas is not about getting into debt, especially now. Ever, in fact. I think that even if money was not an issue, the home-made gift from our home to another's is still what is preferable. Simple. The focus then is on the true meaning of Christmas, and not on commercialism.

So I must get on with the finishing off of bits now, and then I will show you the results of my creativity! It is freezing around here, and snow is expected to blanket most of the country tomorrow. Perfect weather for staying home and making stuff.

Now where did I put the Christmas CD???

13 comments:

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Can I come over for supper? I'll bring some biscuits, no, not cookies, biscuits...to go with your hearty soup. I'll thread your needles and putter about in your kitchen while you sew. Sounds wonderfully cozy.

I have an eye that starts twitching and won't quit every now and then. Annoying!

Your ideas for a debt-free Christmas are just what I'm thinking this year, too. Okay, it's back to the sewing room for me.

Mary said...

Does this soup contain left over celery, carrots, green onions,tomatoes,green beans and beef stock? No? good! I'll be right over.

Well done for doing the homemade Christmas gifts - I am sure that your creations would be far superior than any commercial this and that.

Morning Glory said...

I'm still here, faithfully reading.

I'll be looking forward to the results of your sewing and making projects.

Barb said...

I'm glad you've decided to stay away from the power tools while you're under the influence, Linds. All prescription pain meds make me loopy too.

I agree with the gift giving and keeping it simpler this year. I think a lot of us are toning it down this Christmas. Still, thankfully since it's my business now, I'm very glad people love hand made gifts.

Linda said...

What a lovely picture Linds, soup simmering, you creating wonderful presents and snow coming. We just won't think about the side-affects thing.
My favorite kind of gift is a homemade one. It never fails to make me feel loved and appreciated. I can't wait to see what you've been doing.

Dawn said...

Sounds like the only thing missing is a roaring fire in the fireplace! Sounds wonderful - wish we could sit and visit as the soup brews.

I save all year for Christmas shopping. But there will be nothing frivolous in the buying - everything that everyone needs!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Soup sounds good, but I think tonight we're having fried eggs on toast for supper. Maybe soup later in the week....

Good luck with your crafts, and be careful of all your appendages. ;o)

Love and hugs,

Diane

Theresa said...

I feel like I'm right there sitting beside you smelling the delicious soup.

I started a new part-time job today, so now I work 2 jobs, uggghhhh. I know how it is to start something and get distracted. The pressure is intense.

Christmas CD's, I'm not ready for that yet.

Needled Mom said...

I am trying to imagine a scroll saw with blurry eyes.....hmmm. That does not sound too safe. I can't wait to see what you have created.

I've always loved M&S. I make it a point to hit that store when we are in England. I still have some of the nicest baby gowns from when our kids were little.

The soup sounds delightful. I think I will have to make some tomorrow as it is suppose to cool down a bit.

Enjoy your cozy setting.

Jo said...

I love soup and salad too. I could easily become a vegetarian. I took our turkey leftovers and made a big pot of gumbo. It made up three old weather meals to freeze. We a bit left over for JD to enjoy the next night while I whipped up a pan of fried cabbage for me.

I am so ready for winter, hot cups of tea, a fire in the wood stove and snow floating to the ground.

Hugs across the pond for ya sweety.

Sandra said...

I've been doing lots of hand sewing too and ugh...my fingers tingle LOL

Can't wait to see what you've made :)

Crystal said...

You sound just like me!!! I am famous for starting tons of stuff and finishing none of it. DH and I are hugely different on this point. I call it multi-tasking! I'm so looking forward to seeing your creations. Back to the sewing machine I go :))

What's your favourite Christmas CD? I try to buy one each year so I'm looking for suggestions. Thanks!

Joyful Days said...

The soup sounds lovely. I finally got some shopping done! Looking forward to seeing your gifts.