Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Let It Snow!

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. ~Oren Arnold

We finally had a little snow yesterday -- flurries, really, and it didn't leave much on the ground, but my DD is thrilled. Having grown up in California, I don't really require snow for Christmas, but my DD is born and raised here in New Hampshire, and the two go hand-in-hand. It's supposed to snow again today, so she should be in hog heaven.

Because we were expecting snow, I had to spend yesterday pulling all the cut wood out of the woods behind us and get it stacked. I moved 1 1/2 oak trees yesterday that were cut into 16" logs... one log at a time. They were about 100 yards down a hill, so I'd get one log, carry it uphill 100 yards, stack it and head back. There are too many other trees, bushes, stumps and rocks to drive anything down there to help haul, but I suppose the exercise was good for me. I walked slowly and carefully to avoid messing up my knee (any more than it already is), and got the job done in about two hours.

I complain about the work, but I sure do love the warmth during the winter.

Yesterday, Dru Ann asked: How difficult is it to remove the old one (wood stove) and hook up the new one?

Except for the fact that they weigh a TON (okay ... the old one weighs about 250 pounds, the new one weighs in at 450 pounds), it's not so hard. We have a regular fireplace that's been converted to use a wood stove, so it's a matter of putting on the adapter piece on the back of the new stove so that the pipe goes in the right direction, and popping it in. It'll take two or three nice, strong guys to lift it, but the actual install is pretty simple.

Today my big plan is to bake cookies. I'm making cherry, white chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies and sugar cookies (thankfully, I won't be tempted at all to eat them as I don't like either kind, lol -- there is a method to my madness). I wasn't going to make sugar cookies, but my DH asked for them very nicely Sunday.

I had two tiny gifts to mail out yesterday -- they were in little bitty padded envelopes and didn't weigh 10 ounces. I went to the post office and it was packed!! There must have been fifty people in line (WHY do so many people wait until the last minute?) and there was no way I was going to stand there for an hour. I love my relatives, but it just wasn't THAT important that these gifts went out. However, I remembered last year and went to the UPS Store. Sure enough, only THREE people were in line and they had two people working, so it took me about five minutes to get it done (the UPS Store mails regular mail, too).

So, YAY me!

Is your shopping done yet?


You Are Dumplings

You are cute, polite, and considerate. You are well known for your generosity, and you truly love to share.

You have a real style and presence about you. You know how to take the simplest thing and make it look chic.

You tend to order carefully and conservatively off the menu of life. Simplicity is your motto, and you don't like to take on too much at once.

You are the type of person who does one thing at a time, really immersing yourself in the moment. You detest multitasking.

HAHAHAHAHA.... this is so far wrong I nearly fell out of my chair: You detest multitasking.

Multitasking is my LIFE.


As an aside, I'm not a big fan of dumplings, either... just saying.



Maria Zannini said...

I am half tempted to buy Christmas presents for the neighbors this year. I'm just not in the mood to bake.

It's always a huge surprise how it'll turn out. LOL.

Michele said...

LOL- multitasking is your middle name. ::snort::
and dumplings are so bland.. blah..you are NOT bland.

Home again wiht little guy ...so no more shopping...gave DH the list for the last minute things I was going to do Yesterday and today.... such is life.

And yeah, stoves these days are HEAVY - but they make great baked potatos.

Angelina Rain said...

If you want snow, come to Chicago. We got about four inches last night.

I will not be baking this year. I’m working this whole week and my days off are Wednesday and Christmas Day. Wednesday I will be cleaning the house (hate that). Today after work, I plan to get all my wrapping done.

Brandy said...

I've baked a little and given some away. The kids will eat most of it.
I wish we either had a woodstove or a fireplace and SNOW. *g*

You Are Beef and Broccoli
You are a smart, no nonsense type of person. You are very low maintenance compared to most people.
You are often thinking of everyone else but yourself. You feel the most comfortable when you are putting yourself last.
You tend to order quickly yet carefully from the menu of life. You don't have a lot of time to agonize over decisions.
By doing the best you can in each moment, you've done pretty well in life. People truly respect and admire you.

About 50% correct. (The last half is just so very wrong.)

I hope you have a nice day!

Tori Lennox said...

I'm as finished as I'm going to be. :)

Dru said...

Thanks for answering my question.

You Are General Tso's Chicken

You have a flair for the dramatic, and you like to sample all of the world's flavors.

You like to bring on the heat, both in life and at the dinner table. There's not a dish too spicy for you.

While you tend to go for the more daring choices on the menu of life, you're the type of person who tries everything.

You know there's no way you can predict what you'll like or dislike, so you just dive in and give it all a go.

This is not me at all.