Sunday, November 15, 2009

November Midpoint


What I picked up for an "emergency gift," Frosted Cranberry candle from Bath & Body Works, only $5

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

- Thanksgiving is in less than two weeks. How are you doing with preparations for your meal, guests, or your own travel?

- Do you send out Thanksgiving cards? I normally don't, but have just a couple people I want to especially tell that I'm thinking about them on Thanksgiving. So, I'll mail some cards off today. (Target and Papyrus both had some really cute Thanksgiving cards this year!)

- Fridge and freezer maintenance cleaning - Clean out one shelf, one drawer, or two door shelves in both your refrigerator and your freezer.

- Checked to see if there are any birthdays coming up in the next two weeks you need to send cards or gifts for?

- Need to make any haircut, doctor, eye or dentist appointments for yourself or any family members before the holiday craziness starts?

- Start thinking about making your New Year's Eve reservations. In some major cities, it's already too late at the swanky the hotels and trendy restaurants.

- If you're taking a car trip for Thanksgiving, start setting aside things you'll need in the car. CDs for the grownups, toys and car games for the kids, snacks and Wet Wipes for everyone. Blankets, water and emergency gear if you'll be traveling through snowy or icy areas.

TODAY'S PROJECT: Oven and Stove

With holiday dinners and festive parties coming up, you need your oven and stove in peak condition. If you're going to someone else's house for Thanksgiving, you can still enjoy having a clean stove to use for yourself in the next couple weeks.

Clean your burners, replace aluminum foil if necessary, clean the stovetop, and especially work on the inside of your oven. Degrease splatters from the top of the stove and the wall above it.

Is there a cupboard over your stove that has spatters or oil on it too? Clean your broiler if needed, and anything else oven-related that's not looking shiny clean.

Are you storing bakeware and cookie sheets in your oven instead of in a cupboard? (I am, and I have to pull them out of my way every time). Any of these need to be washed, or are they ready to be used? Anything oven-related you're not using and can get rid of? Anything you need for the oven that you should put on your shopping list or wish list?


LOVELY BOOKS: Re-Reading "Spindle's End"

Every few autumns, I enjoy re-reading this Sleeping Beauty retelling. In this story, Sleeping Beauty's name is Rosie, and she's been whisked away by young fairy Katriona to protect her. Rosie doesn't know her true name or background, nor that she has a few talents of her own. Written beautifully, with lavish descriptions, you feel completely immersed in the fairytale world built here.

The book seems to be out of print on Amazon, but is being republished in paperback in January. (Hate the new cover though!)

Robin McKinley.com

Spindle's End, at Wikipedia

Spindle's End in Paperback, available on Amazon in January

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