Xmas Magic (Or Not)

Dogs are ready for xmas

The dogs are ready for Santa

I don’t normally get too excited about xmas.  Since I’m not Xian it’s a non-holiday for me but I won’t go into my gripes here.  For some reason this season I have a smidgen of holiday spirit going.  I’ve done more holiday sewing this year than I ever have; it’s a good thing I got an early start.  To date I have made: 10 fleece blankets, some embroidered, some appliqued, some just hemmed; 7 toddler beds, 6 of which were embellished, and 6 xmas stockings (some were a total loss and had to be redone due to crappy fabric paint).  I have bought and sewn xmas gifts for children I’ve seen once, a dog and a cat who live next door, children I will never meet who live hundreds of miles away, one for a child who lives several states away, one for a child in the UK, and three for our own local great-grandkids.  Out of all this productivity I have one blanket embroidery still in the hoop and a whole slew of new stockings to finish by xmas eve (when we celebrate).  I don’t know how much I’ve spent buying stocking stuffers and miscellaneous gifts for people I hardly know, but it seemed important to me so I did it.

I just told R that in 48 hours we will once more be able to see the inside of our garage.  Each toddler bed (7) requires 4 standard bed pillows; we still have 12 pillows stacked in our garage.  Now I will admit that our garage normally looks like a dumping ground and the existing pile is sitting on…something…my husband can’t tell me and he’s the one who piled it there almost 15 years ago.  I know it doesn’t move if you hit your foot on it.  His explanation was it’s his “stuff”.  I used to put my car in the garage but no longer.  I am actually looking forward to seeing that pile of refuse once more when the pillows move out on xmas eve.  And I was told tonight that I need to make 2 more toddler beds…but they will provide the pillows.  Thank the gods!

Since I have been so jolly of late I have also taken fine care of myself.  I bought myself a used sewing/embroidery combo machine from Ebay ($850) for my xmas gift from me to me and a few knick knacks for it.  I turned frustration to fancy when I couldn’t get an appointment with my hair dresser of 22 years until mid-January.  I changed to another stylist who co-owns the shop where I get my facials.  So yesterday I had my hair cut and colored ($165) and today I had a facial ($115).  So Cheri’s xmas is moving right along.

I’ve bought nothing for R.  He wants a trolling motor for his boat which will cost about what my Ebay sewing machine cost so it’s a toy he’ll have to buy for himself.  I liken it to him trying to buy me a sewing machine.  No telling what garbage I’d end up with.  Same with me and trolling motors.  It’s outta my league!  But I bought him a card; does that count?  He bought me an anniversary card; I got him a deluxe reading light and took him out to dinner.  It evens out, right?

I only wanted to write a note but it’s turning into a novel so I’ll close.  Next time I’ll try to post of pictures of what I’ve been doing.  Goodnight…….

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