NOW that I have your attention I thought I would bore you first with the most pathetic looking tree...EVER...don't feel too sorry for her...she's had over 20 years of life with us...she was suppose to be sent to Christmas tree heaven last year...but thankfully we held on to her for one more year! We thought possibly we would be in our new dream house by this time when we were packing away last year...but just in case we weren't we decided to keep her around one more year...and thankfully so...b/c we're still here...the tree is however...gone as of today...she went to the ole trash heap in the sky...Lord knows nobody wanted her...not even Charlie Brown...she has broken limbs, scraggly boughs and tilts like the leaning tower of Pizza...not to mention the lights we originally pre-lit her with over 20 years ago...have finally started going out...can you believe that??? All the lights were still working up until about 2 years ago...then slowly but surely they have started to go out...and we've had to re-string them...now that's a chore...when the tree was originally pre-lit by my most meticulous husband! Each limb having lights down and back on each and EVERY one of them...yea...I just got tired of trying to figure it all out and tossed some lights on there...and left the burned out ones on...b/c well...you can't see them anyway! Lazy...maybe...but I just have too many things to do other than worrying about unstringing dead lights to be replaced with live lights...when at the end of the season...all of it is going AWAY!! FAR, FAR AWAY!!
Thankfully our Christmas faired much better than the ole tree and was a wonderful Christmas time for all of us this year...all our family was together and we certainly did take advantage of the time we had to spend together. We opened WAY too many gifts...but hey...that was too fun...we ate more than we should have...but what are New Year's Resolutions for if not for eating too much at Christmas...and we really got to spend some quaility time together...hanging out, going to the movies, acting goofy, cooking...washing dishes....cooking...washing dishes...cooking some more and washing MORE dishes...see a pattern here??? But, hey with my new sparkly clean counter tops and backsplash, plus new sink in the kitchen it did make it a much more asthetically pleasing area to be in...Seriously, though we had a wonderful Christmas and I pray everyone else did too!
As far as my title and snakes go...I just wanted you to know that it's not REAL snakes...but instead these precious little or big snakes...that you make to keep drafts from coming in under windows and doors. I saw this idea in a darling book my daughter shared with me when I visited her in Colorado in October...it is called "Simple Sewing" by Lotta Jansdotter (doncha just love that name). I decided I MUST have that book, too...so I ordered it from Colorado to be delivered in Texas when I returned home...isn't the internet GREAT for things like that!! The idea was for me to come right home and make several of these to send back to precious daughter and her husband BEFORE the winter storms blew in...ummm...well, as you know things happen, life gets busy and if you're like me....good intentions sometimes do not come to fruition as quickly as we would like! So...while in Colorado I gathered up some of our daughters favorite fabrics, took measurements of all windows and doors...and decided to come home...buy a few coordinating fabrics and get these things made and on their way...well, guess what??? I did that...YESTERDAY....all DAY...I made a total of 11 snakes and used over 45 pounds of cheap white rice!! There are still 2 snakes that were sent off with our darling daughter and her hubby this morning without rice...but I did give her strict instructions on how to do this (like I even NEED to do that...first, she's really smart and creative and secondly, she has THE book...but you know I'm a mom and I just had to do that!!)...and told her the sooner the better. I hope she's not like her mom too much and waits till summer!!
By the looks of it...our grand-dog Corrina may want her own snakes to cuddle up to...she just hung around with me most of the day...sniffing the snakes (probably wanting to tear into them for the rice) and just snuggling like she knew what they were for...too cute!
Hope you all have a very BLESSED and HAPPY New Year...I'll have some announcements coming soon...you won't want to miss....hopefully, I will know something by the end of next week or the following week....suspense...eh??? Don't you just love a good mystery? Feel free to guess...but I think most of you will never guess what is up for our family in the coming year. Excluding...the two or three ladies I have shared the news with...and I'll help you all out with a clue of sorts...it has nothing to do with becoming a grandmother OR LOLLIE as I want to be called! Dang it!! Well, of course the year has just started...so maybe??? Nah...not likely!