Friday, December 8, 2017

You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day - unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour. ~ Sukhraj S. Dhillon

Well, today has been a relaxing day off.  Really relaxing.  Really off.  I slept in.  The first two Christmas cards came in today's mail, Mom's and Aunt Heidi's.  Mike had the day off too but went out to breakfast alone and then ran a few errands downtown, so I had most of six hours to myself.  I added the miniature pink gingham wreath to my little cottage planter, per somewhat new tradition.  I thought of one last little gift for my older brother and his family and ordered it with just enough time left for it to arrive by next weekend's early Christmas.  While watching The Shawshank Redemption, I touched up a few Christmas tree ornaments with some fresh paint, glue, and faux snow before rehanging them.  I made this year's batch of salt-dough ornaments while watching About a Boy, another of my favorite movies (and books).  (And let us pause here to admire the colorful holiday table-scene here:
Ah!  Love!  Every time I watch this--and it's become another Christmastime tradition for me--I remember that I want to look for a simple candelabra like that one, and then forget until the following Christmas.  Maybe 2018 will be Candelabra Year.)  I had made my last big bunch of salt-dough ornaments in 2011--
--but decorated the tree this year in just pink and white so wanted some pink candy canes and hearts instead of all these rainbow-hued ones.  Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand just now taken out of the oven and cooling a bit before I add them to the tree, then, is this afternoon's batch, along with a couple hearts formed from the last little scraps of dough.  (Salt-dough:  1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup flour-plus-more-mixed-in-as-needed. . .baked at 250°-ish for about four hours.  Katy Elliot's recipe--and are the snowflake ornaments in her post not the loveliest!--is the one I started with in 2011.  I usually need more flour than her recipe calls for, and I bake mine at a higher temp, but my recipe is otherwise her recipe--and a good one it is.)  Quite soon, then, the new candy canes and hearts will get hooked onto tree boughs and I'll loop some green thread or fishing line through the hearts to hang them and will declare the tree done. 
I'm off tomorrow too and am trying to talk Mike into a game of Trivial Pursuit.  No takers yet, but I got a "We'll see" upon last mention, at least.  'Am at some point re-hanging the gingham apron "curtain" that has a home over the air conditioner now that winter's here. 
I still have my cards to get ready to mail, despite Wednesday night's best intentions, but returning to my book sounds better than cards and envelopes.  Sometime this weekend, I'll take some Christmas tree pictures.  Ahhh, well, one picture for now, because I just added the salt-dough pieces and this is all making me very happy.
Sweet little tree.    After all the stress and chaos this week, this Christmas tree is actually my favorite one ever.  Go figure.  Thank you all for your kind words on the ol' balancing act.  Maybe everything just had to get worse here before I could figure out how to make it better. 


a simple life said...

Lovely tree, Val. You are such a creative, talented woman.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dearest Val ~ This sweet tree is so like you, just lovely! I have a heart and my initial 'R' that you made and sent to me right after my dear husband went to be with his Creator. Both are hanging on my little tree. Thank you again for your love & encouragement.

Have a wonderful Christmas holiday season ~ Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

La Table De Nana said...

Susch a sweetie you are:)

Anonymous said...

Oh how pretty and I'm so glad you are having fun...enjoy your day off and just be!!!I love your little pink tree...and your candy canes and hearts...everything looks like a fairytale and you made all the magic happen!!!diana

Val said...

Thank you all. :)

Hugs to you today, Lorraine. ♥

Thank you all. 'Back to apartment-tidying now.

Jenny Pesavento said...

So happy you've gotten so much accomplished Val! Everything looks festive and so darling! Hip Hip Hooray and fa la la la LA! :) I just watched the trailer for the movie you mentioned "About a Boy" it looks delightful, not sure how it is I've never seen it, I just requested it from my library. I bet I'll need a couple tissues as I watch it. Thanks for mentioning it. Take care and enjoy your holiday wonderland.

Val said...

Thank you, Jenny. :) Yes, I love that movie--'Hope you like it if you try it. Merry Christmas! ♥

Jenny Pesavento said...

and a very Merry Christmas to you too Val <3 i did request the movie from the library :)

Val said...

Aww, good! :)