I have coined a new term. “Elfwork.” elf·wərk/ n. preparations for Christmas, usually performed in a hurried or hyper manner. Now dear reader, I do no mean to confuse you. This new term “elfwork” is very different from another term I’ve coined: “elf workout.” elf·wərk·out/ n. An exercise regimen consisting of throwing snowballs and jumping over … Continue reading Elfwork
I used to get annoyed by premature Christmas displays in stores. You know what I’m talking about: the lighted trees and robotic Santas that appear in July, before I’ve even thought about school supply shopping. Such an annoying trend! But now I say, “Oh, glad you could make it – I’ve been doing Christmas since … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas
For Thanksgiving, we jump in the car and drive to see family out-of-state. And of all the real holiday activities, this one little trip is a beloved tradition for me. I’m not sure why. It may be the time of year. Fall is just starting to stagger under winter’s coming cold. Harvested fields are barren, with … Continue reading Give Thanks
When I round up and donate already-read and forgotton books, I serve my planet. Of course I’m bringing great books to the library so that new readers can enjoy and discover them anew. But more importantly, I am withholding bad books. And cutting them to pieces. Planet, you’re welcome. No one should ever have to … Continue reading Recycled Book Heart Mobile Tutorial
Christmas is the time for spreading Christmas cheer and making merry. Peace on earth, good will toward men. At this time of year, I have a compulsion to give gifts that show love to the dear people in my life; blessing loved ones with homemade gifts full of butter and sugar. What I think is funny though, is that while I … Continue reading I Love You This Much
“Baton rouge” is French for “red stick” I learned that in fifth grade. For many people, decorating for Christmas is its own tradition. Most people haul out a box (or six) of beloved ornaments. A mishmash of construction paper/popsicle stick school-made ornaments (with a picture of your kid posited in front of a classroom bulletin board like a … Continue reading Baton Rouge
I had my annual Christmas Open House last Saturday evening and it was just beautiful. Just like last year, I decorated my house, cleared out the furniture on my first floor and invited artist friends to set up tables brimming with their handmades. Then I open the doors to guests who shop and sip wine and mulled … Continue reading Goat Cheese, You Sassy Girl!