Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude: December 18

Wrapping presents
The Grand Baby's new found love of candy canes
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The male offspring letting me baby him a bit when he didn't feel well
Picking up items for food boxes
Going to bed crazy early
Early to bed, Early to rise
Welcome home kisses for the Man of the House when he comes home after a long day
More last minute Etsy orders than I can accept
 Crazy good deal on cute new coffee cups
Being able to laugh it off

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday's Inspiration: Positive Attitude

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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Holidays Can Bring Out the Best and the Worst in People

The other day the female offspring and I stopped at the post office to pick up stamps for Christmas cards.  It wasn't crazy busy, but it was pretty much hoppin' for our little small town postal facility.  Especially the parking lot.  It's to be expected - it's that time of year. 

As I was ready to leave there were two other cars also trying to vacate parking spaces.  Also a large truck and a mini-van looking for parking.

The older man in the truck stopped and waited to the other cars to leave.  I thought he was just waiting for one of those choice spots right in front of the door and was going to wait for him to go past before I tried backing up.  But then he waved me out also.  He was just being patient with all the other drivers.

The woman driving the minivan however, did not possess the virtue of patience that day.  She was a woman with places to go and things to do.  As clearly displayed by the way she decided she was done waiting for him to let everyone else go and came pulling on around him.  Swerving around (and between) both his tuck and my own vehicle in the process.  And - winner, winner, chicken dinner - she got herself one of those prized parking spots in front of the door as a reward for her aggressiveness.

The female offspring and I were both stunned!  Not only at her impatience, but how she was willing to risk a fender bender to get to a parking spot a whole 15 seconds faster than she otherwise would have.

As I circled around to pull out onto the road I looked back toward the building...

and saw the man from the truck hurry over and open the door to the post office for rude minvan lady!  Repaying her actions with an act of kindness.

It did my heart good to see that.  So.. thank you to the kind gentleman in the truck.   For reminding me that in the face of all the hostility and impatience of the holiday season - it is possible to stay positive and share kindness with others.  Even when they may not deserve it!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Seven Simple (and Inexpensive) Christmas Gift Ideas

'Tis the season - for gift giving! 

If your list is like mine, it can seem endless.  Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, the mail carrier... it goes on and on! And it never seems to fail that someone will pop to mind at the last minute. I'm always on the look out for nice - but inexpensive - gift ideas.  Gift cards are an easy solution - but also a little impersonal.  Unless you add a little something pretty to go with it.

Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

A cute cup sleeve and a gift card to Starbucks (or their favorite coffee spot):
Chevron to-go Cup Cozy, Handcrafted, Crochet, Cotton, Reusable and Washable, Cup Sleeve (your choice of colors)

A reusable cotton bath puff or spa bath set and some of their favorite bath products:

A set of kitchen utensils with a pretty dish towel holder:

A bottle of wine or sparkling cider and a recycled wine cork keychain:
ONLY 2 LEFT!!  Recycled Winecork Key Ring with Silver Bead Embellishment: Wine themed gift, *Stocking stuffer* Ready to Ship

 Some home baked goodies and a set of cotton dish cloths:

 A set of lip balms or glosses with a pretty lip balm holder key ring:
Pretty Frozen Ice Princess Crochet Lip Balm Holder Key Ring  - Snowflake - Glitter

Or dress a simple gift card up in something cute for the holidays:
Crocheted Gray Cabled Christmas Gift Card Holder - Business Card Holder - Credit Card Holder - ID Case with metal Thistle design button

Christmas Holiday Red Gift Card - Business Card - ID - Holder,

All handcrafted items featured in this post are available at
and ship within 2 - 5  business days. Guaranteed shipping to arrive by Christmas if ordered on or before December 15, 2014.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude: December 4


Christmas lights

Realizing the grand baby was sampling the pumpkin pie

Rudolph the red nose reindeer
Leftover pumpkin pie
Christmas carols on the radio
Foggy mountains

Seeing this on the neighbors roof:
Yes, that is a giant rubber duckie wearing a Santa hat

Online shopping for Christmas gifts
Text messages from my niece

Silly things that make me laugh (and gross me out a little)
I am very sure I did not want to purchase that fourth item!!
Rice Krispy treats
The grand baby saying "I love you,  Oma"
Having almost all of my shopping done during the first week of December

Our new Elf on the Shelf

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