Friday, November 23, 2012

Recovering From Thanksgiving Festivities

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Are you back home from your Thanksgiving trip, or from your Black Friday shopping? Are your guests gone, or staying for the whole weekend?

I have to work today, but tonight I will have a little bit of time for myself. Time to relax by the fire, catch up with my catalogs and magazines, and get just a few little projects out of the way. I'll eat leftovers, wrap some Christmas presents, do some extra exercise, and write some holiday letters.

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Shovel sidewalk if applicable. You're exercising and working off those Thanksgiving calories, too! (It's raining hard here, so my project is to scrape leaves out of my cul-de-sac's storm drain)
  • What did you use up yesterday, or notice you were out of? Milk? Whipping cream? Eggs? Add to your shopping list for the weekend.
  • Need to launder your kitchen towels? We went through a lot of mine during all our kitchen projects this week!
  • Did you call all your relatives yesterday to say Happy Thanksgiving? If not, be sure to make some catch up calls today.
  • Write a thank-you note to your Thanksgiving hosts, if applicable.
  • Clean up kitchen if you cooked yesterday and didn't clean up thoroughly last night. I definitely have a pile of pans in my sink, and I didn't even host yesterday!

TODAY'S PROJECT: Winter Car Emergency Preparedness

AAA Severe Winter Weather Travel Kit, on Amazon

If you live in an area where you have bad winter weather, are you well prepared for emergencies? You can get your car stuck, be stranded, or be stuck on the freeway for hours upon hours in bad weather situations. Do you have a blanket in your car? An extra coat, at all times, in case you run out of your house without one on? (I sometimes do that when I have a warm sweater and it's "only" 45 degrees. I feel warm without a coat, until I leave the car to go into a store and realize how cold it really is!)

Do you have a pair of gloves in the trunk, and boots? Do you have an ice scraper, kitty litter or other traction aids? First aid kit, flashlight, matches?

Do you leave home with a pretty full tank of gas? Do you have your cell phone with you, charged, at all times? A charger in the car at all times? Do you have a $20 (or more) in the car, plus some change, for emergencies? (Picking up a snack at a gas station while you are waiting for a tow truck, making phone calls from a gas station pay phone, etc?)

Do you have a bottle of water or two, and some granola bars or other easy-to-transport snacks? If you have pets who ride with you, do you have water for your pets, and snacks for them? Also, do you keep a pen and notepad in your car at all times?

Tonight I'm emptying my trunk, checking over my winter weather travel supplies, then carefully organizing the many things I carry in my car in wintertime. (Yes, I do have a shovel with me at all times!) This is a nice short project to accomplish, then I can relax and enjoy my holiday evening.

LOVELY BLOGS: Going Home to Roost

"Simply handmade and home grown." This blog is full of useful posts on simple living, DIY crafts, and gardening. There are also recipes, and some crafting and blogging business advice posts that I found really well written. Currently featuring a lot of holiday gift guides. Check out her cute DIY Felt Snowballs!

http://www.goinghometoroost.com/

LOVELY SHOPS: Fantastic Toys

You might just scream when you see the adorable paper printable toys you can make from this shop's patterns. Buy the pattern, print it out and assemble the toys. These are so colorful and so cute! I can hardly stand it.

There are Christmas themed printables (such as this set of Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf), a paper Candy Cane gingerbread house, fairytale themed items such as this paper gnome mushroom cottage and paper dollhouses and cottages. I haven't tried printing one out yet so I'm not sure how hard they are to actually assemble, but I'm going to try one over the holidays!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/FantasticToys

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cheesecake (Dimples and Delights)

Mushroom Magic (NY Times)

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust (Milk and Mode)

Irish Potato Soup (Worth the Whisk)

We Love Leftovers (Epicurious)

What to Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers (Bon Appetit)

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