Saturday, January 1, 2011


Here we are at the start of a brand new year.

Unfortunately the time for this beauty is nearing the end.
It will probably be a slow process.  You know, grab an empty box, try to find all the ornaments that look the same and put them all together in that box.  I doubt we'll all get together and take the tree down with the same enthusiasm we put it up.  But, it will be nice to get back to 'normal' again, and Jake will probably be happy to have his chair put back in it's normal place.  The view is much better from there.

I did want to show you a couple of my Christmas presents though.

This cute little thing was on top of one of our gifts.  I saw it, but didn't pay attention to it, and didn't really clue in that it was a mouse.

Do you see what it was guarding in the nicely wrapped box it was attached to?

If you don't get it, well then you need to read this post.

It is the perfect toaster for us
Thanks Sue, Jeff and Pippin

Here's another one of my gifts.  
No, I didn't get a new padded bra or some implants.
I got a personalized apron from Meredith

Actually I got two! 
 I wear aprons all the time if am doing something messy in the kitchen.  Really though, I'm messy most of the time

And now that it's the beginning of a new year, it's time for a New Years resolution or two.
Besides the ubiquitous 'lose weight, eat better, be a nicer person, etc, etc ', I'm going to go with the two I made last year.  I have no intention of trying to keep them up all year long, but it gives me something to aim for at the beginning of the year.
The first one is to do one small cleaning job each day, that isn't really the everyday type stuff.  Something like cleaning out the cutlery drawer,  cleaning and sorting out things on a shelf.  Just a little job, something that might only take 10 or 15 minutes.  If I want to tackle a bigger job one day, well more power to me.  
Today I cleaned the computer keyboard.  It was pretty ugly gross.

The second thing is to sew $20 worth of something that I would sell at the farmers markets.  So that would be something like two aprons, or 3 shopping bags.  

My plan is to do these two things 5 days a week, on average.  So if I do two cleaning jobs one day, then I can miss a day along the way.  If I sew $100 worth one day, well then I'm good for the week.  I put a little 'S' or 'C' on the calendar for each job I do.  So a $100 of sewing would earn me five 'S's'.

I also have another resolution.  I'll let you know about that one in a week or two.

What about you, anything you are trying to stick with this year, or at least starting out the year trying to do?


  1. Ha ha ha ha ha Oh yeah now I remember about the toaster Too Funny! The mouse guard was the pawfect touch ;D The aprons are great! Mom says she should wear aprons all day long. Could save electricity with fewer laundry loads ;)

    No resolutions. I know I won't keep them :)

    Waggin at ya,

  2. LOL..perfect gift that mouse and the toaster that goes with it!
    Your resolutions sound great..I wish you much luck with them. I should do the extra cleaning thingy..I have a few kitchen drawers that I let slide..who knows what lurks in there. Shopping bags will be all the rage when the plastic bag ban goes into effect..but I am not sure when that is.
    I have no resolutions yet..I am still in last year:)

  3. careful it looks like the mouse is getting ready to climb in.

  4. Love the toaster mouse!!!

    Our tree is staying up till Epiphany - you know, the day after the 12 days of Christmas, so no frantic trying to put the ornaments in the right box for us yet.

    For the new year, I'm trying to keep a cleaner inbox (just cleaned out 3000 emails. Some I just put in folders. 'cause you know how I haven't had time to read all of Karen Pryor's newsletters all year? I'm sure to have time this year..... yeah, right. sigh.), & continuing with my decluttering, & returning to more schedules.

  5. BOL, like the mouse gueard. Cool apron lady
    Benny & Lily

  6. The list could be very long. I don't really make any resolutions. I did resolve last year to be nicer to a certain person but half way through the year I could barely stand him and gave up. Nobody close to me at all just an acquaintance. Whew.

  7. I don't care if I make resolutions that I don't keep. I always figure a month or two of doing something 'good' or 'better' is better than not doing it at all:)
    Hornblower - Thanks for the reminder about the inbox. I'm like that too, hardly an email gets deleted, but I am better at it lately. Need to go through the 5000+ emails in my inbox, and then there's the sent items.......
    Which then reminds me of all the photos, most of them not worth saving, that are taking up room on the computer as well.
    Lori - well that just made me laugh:)

  8. I'm boring - I'm gonna *try* to loose weight. I love those aprons!

  9. i like the new picture. Love their expressions.

  10. LOL at the mouse n toaster gift - most appropriate. I don't do resolutions, but have been de-cluttering for the last 6 months and plan to continue. At least to the point where I can get into my "Office" and actually work, rather than climb over excess furniture and heaps of books. Jo :-)

  11. Jo, your office sounds like my sewing room:(


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