Melting Pot

Almost Christmas

I thought that I would make another post before Christmas, as I likely will not be posting again till after Christmas and possibly not until after the new year.

I’ve been busy trying to finish getting things ready for Christmas. Not that I really have to have things ready for Christmas day, our family no longer gathers for the holidays (any of them) so nobody will be coming over anyway. It’s doubtful that I will be going anywhere myself, for numerous reasons. But I still want to make sure things are finished and ready to go, just in case.

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Rascal snuggled in bed wearing her Christmas sweater. She had been playing with my scarf (the purple thing in front of her.) 

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Brownie mix in a jar, a gift for my bff. One of her favorite sweets is brownies.

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Cookie mix in a jar: standard “in a jar” cookie mix with Christmas m&m’s and since they’ll be gifts for some kiddos, I decided to call them Santa’s Favorite Cookies. Make it fit the holiday.

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Some more cookie in a jar mix, again intended for some kiddos so I gave them an appropriate name and called them Reindeer Cookies. They are similar to the cookies above, except the batch is bigger (these are in a quart jar, the others are in a pint jar) and these have the addition of chocolate chips and walnuts. I couldn’t quite get the flour packed down well enough in these jars though, and didn’t have room for the walnuts or granulated sugar. So I put those into a couple cellophane bags that I’ll fasten to the jars when I give them to the recipients.

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And not all homemade gifts need to be edible. I whipped up a couple jars of peppermint foot scrub for a couple ladies on my list. It’s a salt scrub made with epsom salt. I didn’t realize that I was out of the oil I’d have preferred to use for this to maintain the white color, for the layering. I had to use olive oil, which left it rather yellow looking. So I had to improvise a little and I tinted all of it pink then layered the scrub with plain epsom salt in the jars to get the look I was going for. Still works, epsom salt on it’s own is a wonderful scrub too.

I made a third jar of the foot scrub for myself. I figure with the year I have had, especially this last quarter, I deserve a little something like that for myself. I’d love to use some of it tonight, however I am going to have to wait to use it. I cut my finger while washing dishes this morning, and it hurts a lot. Got some of the salt on it while I was filling the jars and that alone was enough to make me want to mutter some not very lady-like words. No way will I be using the scrub till that has healed enough I can do so without subjecting myself to some serious pain! Oh and no, I didn’t cut myself on a knife. I never ever put the knives into the soapy water. I put them on the counter by the sink and wash them last, one at a time. No. I cut myself on the lid of the oil cruet I keep my dish soap in. It needed refilled when I was in the middle of the dishes, and I had no idea that the edge of the metal cap was sharp. Now I know. And I will be shopping for a new one asap, and I’ll check in the store to be sure the new one has a smooth edge on it.

I still have many gifts to wrap, which I will try to do tonight. So far I only have my dad’s gifts wrapped, and the man’s gifts as well. I’ve had the man’s gifts wrapped for a week or two. I’ve been so excited to give them to him, and have been so looking forward to spending Christmas with him. Unfortunately some things came up, and I am not going to get to see him for a while. It’s not his fault, and I understand. But I’d be lying if I said I’m not disappointed and just a bit heartbroken over it. With everything I have been through lately I was really counting on some time with my special guy for the holidays to cheer me up… but there’s nothing I can do about it. So I’ll dry my tears, plaster a smile on my face, suck it up, eat too much pumpkin cake, and deal with it. C’est ma vie.


7 thoughts on “Almost Christmas

  1. Hey sweetness. Just wanted to drop in and let you know I’m thinking of you and hoping you have a warm, safe, and happy holiday. Sorry I haven’t commented on your recent posts; I guess I just don’t know what to say. But for whatever it’s worth, I love ya and I’m thinking about you… *hug*

    1. Thank you Holly. I appreciate it. My computer officially died yesterday evening, so I am not going to be around for quite a while till I can figure out how to pay for a new one. On top of all the other bills right now, it is just going to have to wait. I am attempting to post this comment via email through my mobile web, hopefully it works. I can get internet through the wii, just need a keyboard that is compatible. I will try to get one soon, I know they are only about ten dollars. I am hoping I can use that to at least read & comment at your place to keep in touch, because it really is going to be a long time before I can replace the computer. sigh. When it rains, it pours… ——————————

  2. Leah, my sweet friend, I will keep you close in my thoughts and send good energies your way to help you get what you need. I understand what it’s like not to have something you’ve become so accustomed to having – including a working computer. Knowing the reason for your absence, I’ll just keep checking in. And I *am* subscribed to you, so I do get the alerts when you post. 🙂 Everything in its time, sweetness; there’s a reason for everything…. Sending you lots of love and positive energies for the new year…
    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  3. Hi sweetness… *hug* I wanted to come by to let you know I’m thinking of you and sending you lots of positive energies. I hope this new year brings you all that you need, and that you experience only joy, happiness, love, and much laughter in your life. Missing you, sweet friend… Love you…
    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. Hey kiddo, just checking in to say hi and let you know I’m thinking about you and hoping you’re doing okay. Love you, miss you…
    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    1. Thank you Holly. I need all the love and positive energy I can get right now. So far this year really sucks. 😦 Things have only continued to get worse. I’m trying to stay as positive as I can but it’s difficult. I have lost so much recently, all the things I thought I could rely on, that made me feel secure… sigh. I’m falling apart, Holly, and I just don’t know what to do anymore. ——————————

  5. I’m so sorry to hear this, my friend. I will continue sending you good energies. I wish I could be there in person to give you a hug and be all motherly with you, but since I can’t be, I’ll just send those feelings to you from across the miles and let you know that I love you and that I’m here for you if you want to talk. You have my email, if that would be easier for you, so please don’t hesitate to use it….
    (((((((((( ♥ ♥ ♥ LEAH ♥ ♥ ♥ ))))))))))

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