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post #81 of 205
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Originally Posted by vydalea View Post

Okay, so, I went out to my car this morning and saw that someone had gone through my car!  I was thinking of you, revolting, and thanking the Universe that I leave my car unlocked so they could just get in to see there was nothing.  I drive a 1999 Honda Civic that doesn't even have a tape deck!  I bet those hooligans were bummed... it just freaks me out that they were that close to my house.  I want to do a little cleansing ritual on it.  Maybe on the full moon I'll open the doors wide for 15 minutes and let the moon and breezes just clear the air.  ick.  That being said, I feel sad for people who are so desperate this time of year.  

 

Belly Dancing!  FUN!  I can see not liking to hike although that's a bummer in Asheville!  I hear there are great trails and whatnot.  I'll be thinking of you tomorrow, lady!!  

 

redveg: when do you start hearing back from the schools?  eeek!  that's got to be incredibly depleting emotionally... bah!  Sending you lots of love and patience!!

 

 


Stinks about the car but glad they didn't trash it.  cleansing ritual sounds perfect.  Yes we have heard back from a school for my DS, he's in if he wants:)  It was a huge weight off his shoulders.  We haven't heard back from his number one pick, won't until about the 20th of December.  Thanks for asking.

 



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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post

My mom rarely locks her car door, and she used to leave her keys in the car too! My brother and I finally convinced her to lock the car and what happens? Someone breaks the window!  Needless to say, she went back to leaving things open.  I'm glad your car wasn't hurt and nothing was taken.

 


Different topic- anyone have a fav deoderant recipe?  I am super stinky!  LOL  Either I use a really serious antipers-deoderant which causes redness/peeling after a day or two OR I use the natural/crunchy stuff and stink by noon.  Any ideas?


We never lock our car doors.  We are so far out in the sticks you have to know we are here to find us:)  I use the natural stuff and it's a guessing game if it will hold up.

 



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Take the body cream of your choice (or coconut oil but I find it a wee bit greasy) and mix in as much baking soda as you can without it getting crumbly.  That's it.  It will make a white mark on your fancy black clothes if you put it on right before dressing, though, so apply it in advance and wipe it off before you dress to go out - or skip a day - we find we now can.

 

Worked on my BO and especially on my dd's adolescent BO, which was becoming a real problem.  I find we don't need to use it every day now as it does such a good job of keeping those odor bacteria at bay.

Thanks for posting, I am going to try:)
 

 



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Originally Posted by 3xMama View Post

Clay and DoK-I make my own deodorant. Its 2-3Tbs of coconut oil, 1/4 cup each baking soda and cornstarch. Mix until smooth. Rub a pea size amount under each arm. Baking soda for the stink, cornstarch for the sweat. Works very very well. I can skip a day in between (even with showering!) and it still works. I had to apply store bought deodorant twice a day after my last baby was born (thank you hormones....) and this is great! I do find it tends to dry my skin out some, but with the next batch I make I'm going to add a little more coconut oil and that should help. This stuff lasts a long long time, too, and you'll save sooo much cash. Oh, almost forgot-you can add 10-15 drops of an essential oil in there, too. A lot of recipes I've seen use tea tree oil.

 

 

Thanks for this one too:)
 

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Originally Posted by FeralFox View Post

Thanks for all the congrats on the baby!  We're a little shocked at how fast it happened, and praying she'll stick.  Husband is beside himself, he's such a marshmallow.


Congrats!

 



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Originally Posted by 3xMama View Post

Is anyone else feeling like a massive Scrooge??


Me.  Not so much when I am at home but when you have to be out in the stores, driving, people just seem to be so rude!

 



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Originally Posted by LionessMom View Post

oh mamas. i get to stay home to birth this time. we actually have the money for the out of pocket and DH doesnt want to go back to the hospital any more than i do. i am so happy. now if only she woulod call me back to tell me if she can see me. 

 

Yeah!!  So happy for you:)

post #82 of 205

Morning all,

 

I have been so sick.  On the 6th DH took me out for a b-day dinner and it was yummy:)  Around 12:30a woke up and thought I was going to die!  Went to Dr. next day and it turns out my gallbladder is not good and they think the stones are blocking the ducts and messing with my liver:(  Yesterday I just started to feel almost back to normal.  I still have to see what they are going to do about my gallbladder, most likely take it out but at least my numbers are gong in the right direction as far as my liver is concerned.  I have been super stressed about the whole thing.  It was a tough way to lose 5 pounds. 

 

I hope everyone else is doing well:)  Hope I am able to keep up now that I am able to get out of bed.  Have a great day everyone.

post #83 of 205

redveg: *phew!* one down...  glad you are feeling better!  Did we miss your birthday?  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!  We need to have a birthday calendar or something. haha

 

maia and witchy: both of those books look awesome.  THANK YOU!  I am totally goign to do the bread thing, even though I'm totally just going to be alone.  There is no way that Z will get it at 18mos.  haha.  Although, I just watched her throw a toy clear across the room so maybe she'd really love throwing bread! ha!  

 

Slowly working on getting our crafty gifts done... but it's been so sunny I just want to play outside!!!!

post #84 of 205

I wish life would slow down a little bit... I feel like I'm running around constantly and yet, I have little results to show for all this action...

 

Laundry is calling... at least we'll have clean clothes, lol!

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redveg- Ouch, hope you are feeling better and they figure stuff out.

 

Clay- I have to switch often. I have three different ones I use- one totally un-natural, lavendar Liquid Rock and a salt rock spray. The liquid rocks usually works.

 

Solstice- I am still unsure what I would like to make

 

I am trying to avoid turning on the pellet stove but it is getting chilly in here. The temp is hovering around 64 in the house. I am comfortable around 68.

 

 

post #86 of 205
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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View Post

Anyone decorating their tree this weekend?  



Done. See?

Yule tree with goddess topper.  The base, with a yule log candle.

 

Also, I'm getting ready to embark on a new tradition: DoY (Dark of the Year) Goal setting (aka, resolutions). This year I am going to be looking for freelance writing jobs, and working on my (multiple) books. I may be encouraged to post updates on this, and if anyone wants to join me in it... ?

 

BTW, FeralFox, congrats!

post #87 of 205

I love the DOYgoals idea!

 

Three of the four kiddos are sick, I'm sick, and I am down to my last nerve... sigh.

post #88 of 205
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Redveg-  Eek!  That sounds so awful!  I hope you are fully recovered.

post #89 of 205

Wolfcat, love your tree! I will have to try to get pix of ours.

 

 

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Originally Posted by redveg View PostI have been so sick.  On the 6th DH took me out for a b-day dinner and it was yummy:)  Around 12:30a woke up and thought I was going to die!  Went to Dr. next day and it turns out my gallbladder is not good and they think the stones are blocking the ducts and messing with my liver:( 


Yikes, what an awful birthday surprise! I hope you are feeling better, and can celebrate in style when you are! Happy belated anyway birthday.gif

 

Today is M's birthday-- and he is sober for the first birthday in ages joy.gif I sent him a teeny birthday cake, and a Yankee candle in Mistletoe to help his little studio smell Christmassy orngbiggrin.gif


 

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Originally Posted by vydalea View PostI am totally goign to do the bread thing, even though I'm totally just going to be alone.  There is no way that Z will get it at 18mos. 


She will love throwing the bread, and you will be creating a family ritual that she'll remember year after year. It doesn't matter if she doesn't "get" it this year! Y'all will have fun and that's what counts.

 



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Originally Posted by Valerie.Qc View PostI wish life would slow down a little bit... I feel like I'm running around constantly and yet, I have little results to show for all this action...


What I do on those days is cheat. I write on a list what I did do, and then go right behind myself and cross those things out. At the end of the day I can see I really did accomplish things, even if it wasn't what I set out to do. It works!


 

 

post #90 of 205

Love the sun bread idea, but we are bread-free here.  We might have to do sunflower seeds instead.

 

I'm down with DOY goals.  My main one is to clean up the house.  Our front room is still stacked with boxes from out last move, and I'm sick of it.  Also, I need to keep after my diet and exercise through the holidays, especially now that I'm growing a small.  The only other thing is to keep up with our savings, so that we'll be in the right place financially to be able to move to our farm next year.

 

Redveg, I'll be praying for your health.  That sounds so scary!

post #91 of 205

It's raining. Isn't it weird to be disappointed about rain? I'm still hoping for a white Christmas.

 

We're making Christmas cookies today.

 

Does anyone know of a good version of the Holly and Oak King story? I've been looking for that.

 

Talking about birthdays, my birthday is coming up (Christmas Eve). I'll be 25 years old. I love my life, but there's part of me freaking out about all the things I thought I'd have accomplished by now (like finishing school, having a real job, etc...) that I haven't yet.

 

 

post #92 of 205

Revolting- Happy early Birthday!  And I agree, the rain while easier to travel in than snow, I like a white Christmas.

 

What are your Yule plans? I was hoping to do fondant, but the kids aren't so sure about it. I am going to attempt a Bouche De Noel (I think I spelled that correctly). I just need to make it dairy free. So, we will have a "Yule log" that we can eat, but no dinner. lol So, I better get my butt in gear and finish stuff around here. Today, is the cookie exchange for my knitting group.

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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post

 

My ds was the same way. I was just telling M how ds walked at 14 months, but it went like this-- he had two older friends that'd been walking for awhile. He was jealous. We were visiting out of town when he took his first steps. We got home, he got onto our long skinny porch, and ran, fell down, ran, fell down, back and forth, back and forth...for a full 30 minutes. Nonstop. He never crawled again.

Before that, though? I knew he was hyper in the womb. Srsly. I remember telling the ultrasound tech, if he's that hyper IN, I don't even wanna see what he's like OUT. And I wanted him tested for ADHD at 9 months old (I know, I know...first time mama and all...) but he did indeed turn out to be one of the most extreme cases his counselor has ever seen in her 20 years of counseling.

 

I'd highly recommend getting a harness by the time he's walking! Mine did not take "hold my hand" very well. He was that independent. And he loved to run into heavy traffic, and laugh.


........bigeyes.gif.........Thank the Gods, DS2 isn't quite that bad!! Eeeeps, Mama, I applaud you for not doing something drastic at this point, I probably would've!!

 

And a big happy birthday to M!! Its pretty awesome how well he is doing!

 



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Originally Posted by LionessMom View Post

oh mamas. i get to stay home to birth this time. we actually have the money for the out of pocket and DH doesnt want to go back to the hospital any more than i do. i am so happy. now if only she woulod call me back to tell me if she can see me. 


Yay homebirth!! How fantastic for you!!

 



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Originally Posted by redveg View Post

Morning all,

 

I have been so sick.  On the 6th DH took me out for a b-day dinner and it was yummy:)  Around 12:30a woke up and thought I was going to die!  Went to Dr. next day and it turns out my gallbladder is not good and they think the stones are blocking the ducts and messing with my liver:(  Yesterday I just started to feel almost back to normal.  I still have to see what they are going to do about my gallbladder, most likely take it out but at least my numbers are gong in the right direction as far as my liver is concerned.  I have been super stressed about the whole thing.  It was a tough way to lose 5 pounds. 

 

I hope everyone else is doing well:)  Hope I am able to keep up now that I am able to get out of bed.  Have a great day everyone.


Oh no, what a crappy birthday present! At least the rest of your birthday was better. Hopefully that gets taken care of very quickly for you

 



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Originally Posted by vydalea View Post

maia and witchy: both of those books look awesome.  THANK YOU!  I am totally goign to do the bread thing, even though I'm totally just going to be alone.  There is no way that Z will get it at 18mos.  haha.  Although, I just watched her throw a toy clear across the room so maybe she'd really love throwing bread! ha!  


I'm going to do it with my 24 month old. I don't think he will get it but I know he will love being allowed to actually throw food for once!! lol.gif

 



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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post

I love the DOYgoals idea!

 

Three of the four kiddos are sick, I'm sick, and I am down to my last nerve... sigh.


Sending you speedy recovery vibes! I was there last month, its a b*tch....

 



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Originally Posted by FeralFox View Post

Love the sun bread idea, but we are bread-free here.  We might have to do sunflower seeds instead.

 

I like the idea of seeds, too! Maybe we will put some seeds into our bread...Hmm, maybe my dad will make his seed bread for me to use. He makes awesome bread with this seed blend in it. Sooo yummy, it would be perfect. I'll have to talk to him about that.
 

 

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Originally Posted by revolting View Post

It's raining. Isn't it weird to be disappointed about rain? I'm still hoping for a white Christmas.

 

Talking about birthdays, my birthday is coming up (Christmas Eve). I'll be 25 years old. I love my life, but there's part of me freaking out about all the things I thought I'd have accomplished by now (like finishing school, having a real job, etc...) that I haven't yet.

 

 

We've had nothing but rain, too. First year in about three that I haven't had a white birthday. Probably won't get a white Yule, either. Oh well, plenty of other stuff to be thankful for. 

 

And I very much understand your position. I felt that way last year when I turned 25 and my biggest accomplishment was to be pregnant with #3. I still feel that way occasionally. But I love my life and even though I'm 26 now and have nothing more to show for it than 3 kids who haven't killed each other (or DH and I), I'm pretty happy with my life. And I'm glad I didn't finish school when I was younger, I'd have never realized what I really want to do with my life until after I had spend a crap ton of money on a useless degree!
 

 



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Originally Posted by Aeress View Post

 

What are your Yule plans? I was hoping to do fondant, but the kids aren't so sure about it. I am going to attempt a Bouche De Noel (I think I spelled that correctly). I just need to make it dairy free. So, we will have a "Yule log" that we can eat, but no dinner. lol So, I better get my butt in gear and finish stuff around here. Today, is the cookie exchange for my knitting group.


I'm thinking about doing a Yule Log, too. I'm a little intimidated by it, but DH has done them before so I'd at least have someone to ask for help! And since we can't burn a Yule Log, at least we could eat one!!

 

Well, my dad is going in for a second opinion from a dr today. He had a right hip replacement done back in June and the dr broke his femur during the surgery. It was something like a 6 inch split down the bone.That resulted in another surgery to put in  a plate and several reinforcement cables around his bone. Its been a bleeding fiasco. His BP fell dangerously low after the first surgery and he had a bad reaction to a blood transfusion. He fell twice in the hospital after the second surgery. And the orthopedic surgeon has staunchly disbelieved his claims of pain and refused to give him painkillers--even within the first week after the second surgery. He quite literally did not send home painkillers with my dad from the hospital and has claimed that Dad either has a low pain threshold or is addicted to the pills (in truth, I'm sure he is, but he's under his GP's very watchful care and the GP has said that right now they need to worry about the pain not about addiction, they will work together to wean Dad off the pills when the time comes, which isn't now). That was July. Its December and my poor dad still can't walk without a cane and is pretty consistently at a 6 on the 1-10 pain scale. He saw a pain management specialist yesterday and the guy told my dad there is nothing he can do and got him into the best orthopedic surgeon in our state--today--bypassing the three month wait. So the pain dr seems to think something is pretty seriously wrong. Dad's had the 2 hip surgeries plus about five pretty intense wrist surgeries (including a wrist replacement) in the past 4 years. He has osteoporosis in his hips so his hip bones are literally dying due to lack of blood flow. He's going to need his left hip replaced sooner rather than later. And, well, he told me yesterday he'd rather die than have another surgery. Which has me pretty upset, understandably. I don't even know what to think anymore. Any Yule/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa miracles for him would be awesome. 

 

Other than that, DD and I are starting our clay presents today! I'm really excited, I love working with clay, even if it is salt playdough. lol.gif And we got a gingerbread house kit that she and I can't wait to tear into. We've done one together for the past four years. Yay for traditions that you don't even mean to start!!

 

post #94 of 205

You ladies are right, I totally can throw bread with Z.  Thanks for setting me straight on that.  Seriously.  

 

Clay I hope you feel better!!  and the kids, too!

 

And your dad, 3x!  What the heck!  I am sending him lots of comfort energy!  I feel terribly for him!!  Did I miss your birthday yet?  heehee.  I can't keep track.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 

 

Maia, I love your list making strategy!  My sister does the EXACT SAME THING.  She'll write things on her list like "wash hands" or "put on socks" simple things that she has already done so her list looks long and full of crossed off things!  I think it's hilarious and also SMART.  It's a good reminder that some days just getting out of bed and functioning is enough.

 

ALSO...HOORAY for M and his sober birthday and his 30 day chip.  WOW.  WOWOWOW.  

 

Wolfcat, love the tree! So pretty!!

 

Our Yule is going to go something like: bread throwing, pb and seed covered mini-bagels for the animals to hang outside, and a tasty soup dinner.  I'm trying to find a LOG to make into a yule log - you know with some tea lights.  DH was all excited for drilling spots for the tea lights...haha.  

post #95 of 205

Morning Everyone - I've been reading and catching up love the trees, and the sun bread ideas.  I picked up one of those cookie "guns" - which squeeze out sugar cookies into a shape and one of them is a flower, but it looks like a sun!  So with a little yellow-dyed sugar - voila!  We have Sun Cookies. We also have Tree cookies too - but those need some work in terms of keeping the dough cool or it's a cruddy mold.

 

3x - so sorry about your Dad, but perhaps this new surgeon will be a better fit with him in getting to the bottom of what is going on.  Some doctors are just so disconnected with the fact that they are there to help people (as a whole!!) and not just the small specific problem they are seeing. 

 

Revolting - I had the same panic at 25 - so much to accomplish and so little done by that time.  Now I'm approaching 35 (which was a milestone for me to have accomplishments achieved by) and instead I'm about to make new plans, but I feel less stressed about what I haven't accomplished yet as life has not worked out that way. 

 

Yule is looking like a bit of crazyness for us because of Hanukkah and also we've been invited to a friends for a holiday party that night, but I'm totally doing a buche de Noel again this year as it was super fun last year.   I will also keep my eyes spied for a yule log to drill into!  Yay for power tools!!!

post #96 of 205

Yay Maia!  :)

 

Very gentle hugs to those in fragile health.  I hope the new year brings healing of all kinds.

 

Kind of related, we've been having a hard time getting insurance for dd3.  We fill out the forms, send them in, get an A-ok, then the bills bounce with a "dependent not enrolled" note.  We got a "termination of coverage" letter yesterday and after I finally reached a human at the insurance company DH went in to do battle with the HR office (insurance rep saw the problem as being on their end).  Well... turns out the HR office had submitted the forms correctly but the NY state office that does the actual inputting made a mistake... they added dd3 to the dental plan but not the health plan.  They also had her birthdate and name wrong.  Sooooo... the HR office is sending everything again, this time with an "eyes on" attitude, and she /should/ be good to go by next week.  But we still have to re-submit everything from the past 2.5 months.  Argh!  The HR office did say this was the first time they'd ever seen a mistake like this, and dh thought it was funny that she had dental coverage but doesn't have teeth!

 

Oh... despite nearly everyone bailing at the last minute (literally, turning "we'll be there" into "can't come" just a half hour or so before the spiral) we had a nice winter spiral!  Two families came so there were three more kiddos to walk the spiral and while the potluck was a bit "lean" it was nice (I made sweet potato wedges, honey skyre, and gf tortilla chips while one family brought fruit salad and the other a basket of oranges).  I'm planning on hosting a full moon potluck every month this year (one of my DOY goals) so maybe more people will get used to gthering here and next years' spiral will be better attended.  :)  It's still up in our back yard and I spent much of our "outdoor hour" walking into and out from the center while the older kiddos built snow people and made stone soup for the spirits.

post #97 of 205

3X - I'm so sorry about your dad!  Hopefully the drs who messed up will cover his continuing bills.

 

Revolting - I hit that at 25, too.  Then again at 30.  Now I'm on the way to 32 - I still don't have a "real" job (and soon I won't have a job at all), I am still two semesters of electives away from finishing my degree, and I have no real plan for life, other than starting our farm and making lots of babies.  And I'm ok with that.  The key is to remember hat success truly is in the eye of the beholder.  Are you really driven to do all the things you thought you'd have done by now, or have you just always expected to do them because that's what people do?  You're at a great age to take anothet look at your life and the direction your going.  Your young enough to still accomplish all the things you want to do, or to decide to head off in a totally different direction.  Think hard about what success really is to you - what will lead you to a whole and fulfilled life - and then go there, not where others (or society as a whole) expect you to go.

 

Maia - I am so proud of you and M for all the work you've both put in to get hom healthier.  I continue to pray for strength for both of you.  I'm very happy that things are starting to go your way.

 

Lioness - That's awesome that you get to have a home birth!  I'm glad your husband is down with it, so many of them aren't.

 

Not a lot of Yule plans here, just the usual.  Badger is only coming down for the days before and after, because I work a lot that week.  Makes me sad, but next year we'll have a four month old (!) and I won't be working, so he can come for much longer and we can go all out.

post #98 of 205
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Originally Posted by FeralFox View PostLove the sun bread idea, but we are bread-free here.  We might have to do sunflower seeds instead.

 

Not a bad idea! I'm bread-free, but ds isn't. Even so, it's fun to throw the bread in the air winky.gif Hmm...I wonder what else besides bread or seeds might be an idea? See, we read the book every year, so it kind of has to be bread, here...unless I come up with something different...hmm. This year we are not making a sun-shaped bread, so maybe I'll get a very small bread or cake from the store and ds can finish what the Sun doesn't lol.gif



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Originally Posted by revolting View PostTalking about birthdays, my birthday is coming up (Christmas Eve). I'll be 25 years old. I love my life, but there's part of me freaking out about all the things I thought I'd have accomplished by now (like finishing school, having a real job, etc...) that I haven't yet.


Yowsa, you are so young (to me)! I didn't accomplish anything by 25 except being drunker than 24.



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Originally Posted by Aeress View PostWhat are your Yule plans? I was hoping to do fondant, but the kids aren't so sure about it. I am going to attempt a Bouche De Noel (I think I spelled that correctly). I just need to make it dairy free. So, we will have a "Yule log" that we can eat, but no dinner. lol So, I better get my butt in gear and finish stuff around here. Today, is the cookie exchange for my knitting group.


Is a Bouche De Noel an edible Yule log, I guess, right? Yum...dairy free shouldn't be too hard. I wish I could make one starch and sugar free for me!

 

Yule plans. Yule Eve, read Sun Bread. Make Sun Bread.

Yule day: get up before Sunrise, do the bread thing, have sparkling cider (or, ds will) and pour some libation on the ground, sing sun songs. Know any? We always just whoop and holler and make up our own. Open stockings. Make Yule stew in the crock pot. Have feast later in the day.

 

I do fear that ds is getting too old to enjoy any of these rituals and things. He does not want to watch any Christmas movies or go anywhere or do anything. I'm a homebody, and srsly, but he makes me look like Ms.Social!

Day after Yule: drive to my mom's, 8 hours away. HAve Christmas there, and then drive home on the 28th, Caregiver is staying overnight the 29th so I can leave at dark-thirty to see M for New Year's! luxlove.gif I will be home on the 3rd, and ds goes back to school on the 4th. Busybusy!

 



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Originally Posted by 3xMama View Post........bigeyes.gif.........Thank the Gods, DS2 isn't quite that bad!! Eeeeps, Mama, I applaud you for not doing something drastic at this point, I probably would've!!

 

And a big happy birthday to M!! Its pretty awesome how well he is doing!


 

I like the idea of seeds, too! Maybe we will put some seeds into our bread...

 

He has osteoporosis in his hips so his hip bones are literally dying due to lack of blood flow. He's going to need his left hip replaced sooner rather than later. And, well, he told me yesterday he'd rather die than have another surgery. Which has me pretty upset, understandably. I don't even know what to think anymore. Any Yule/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa miracles for him would be awesome. 

 

YIKES about your dad, my goodness. I hope it all works out for the best. If you're only 25ish, he can't be more than my age much? Hugs to all of you.

 

Seeds, and oh! Golden raisins! Little yummy suns. Great idea!

 

Y'all are being so lovely about M-- I told him that everybody on here is pulling for him, and he is so happy and grateful. He says thank you!

 

Oh, and ds....LOL, drastic. What, aside from getting him his own padded room for his birthday? ROTFLMAO.gif



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Originally Posted by vydalea View PostMaia, I love your list making strategy!  My sister does the EXACT SAME THING.  She'll write things on her list like "wash hands" or "put on socks" simple things that she has already done so her list looks long and full of crossed off things!  I think it's hilarious and also SMART.  It's a good reminder that some days just getting out of bed and functioning is enough.

 

ALSO...HOORAY for M and his sober birthday and his 30 day chip.  WOW.  WOWOWOW.  

 

LOL @ your sister-- I don't go that far-- "wash hands", indeed lol.gif But, like today...I put  on there "recycling outside" and "write in journal" after doing them, and then crossed them out. They needed to be done, just not necessarily today! Actually, shoulda been done days ago. So I'm glad I did them.

 

Thanks again about M. I'm really proud of him. HE is really proud of him. Oh, but he didn't get the actual chip. He chickened out about going up front. He's still a hanger-out-in-the-back. It'll happen. I'm just glad he's going.



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Originally Posted by _ktg_ View Post I had the same panic at 25 - so much to accomplish and so little done by that time.  Now I'm approaching 35 (which was a milestone for me to have accomplishments achieved by) and instead I'm about to make new plans, but I feel less stressed about what I haven't accomplished yet as life has not worked out that way. 

 

 

Yay for power tools!!!


Ye Gods, I'm just-turned-52 and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I've quit so many things I've started. Like nursing school. Twice. I'm happy just being a mom, but by Fall of 2013 I will have to have a job. My annuity that I've been living on runs out then. I have to find some way to make $1039/month. And I haven't worked since 1999. Yikes.

 

Power tools-- any idea what to get for ds? I want to get him his own drill and a couple of tools for his birthday. He'll be 11. But nothing he can chop his finger off with.

 



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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Postand dh thought it was funny that she had dental coverage but doesn't have teeth!

 

 

You have to admit, it does sound pretty silly lol.gif
 

 



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Originally Posted by FeralFox View PostThe key is to remember hat success truly is in the eye of the beholder.  Are you really driven to do all the things you thought you'd have done by now, or have you just always expected to do them because that's what people do?  You're at a great age to take anothet look at your life and the direction your going.  Your young enough to still accomplish all the things you want to do, or to decide to head off in a totally different direction.  Think hard about what success really is to you - what will lead you to a whole and fulfilled life - and then go there, not where others (or society as a whole) expect you to go.

 

Maia - I am so proud of you and M for all the work you've both put in to get hom healthier.  I continue to pray for strength for both of you.  I'm very happy that things are starting to go your way.


Sage advice, Feral.

 

Thanks for the kudos. I have told M what everybody said and he's impressed that y'all care orngbiggrin.gif

 

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Ye Gods, I'm just-turned-52 and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I've quit so many things I've started. Like nursing school. Twice. I'm happy just being a mom, but by Fall of 2013 I will have to have a job. My annuity that I've been living on runs out then. I have to find some way to make $1039/month. And I haven't worked since 1999. Yikes.

 

Power tools-- any idea what to get for ds? I want to get him his own drill and a couple of tools for his birthday. He'll be 11. But nothing he can chop his finger off with.

 

 

Oh I wish I knew what I was going to be when I grew up, but I don't!!!  It's more like an evolution of likes & dislikes, strengths & weaknesses.  Right now I'm mulling over a 10 year plan to get myself out of my current position and into a really different field.  It involves schooling which means a lot of part-time schooling since I'm el primo breadwinner currently.  What I can say is that I know a whole heck of a lot more stuff now than I did at 25 and that's nice to look back on and recognize even if I can't put it on my resume necessarily.

 

I know you will find something even with the lousy economy, perhaps something more part-time to allow for pursuit of what strikes your fancy/interest or stirs your soul.  

 

As for power tools - oooh drills are cool and I love mine which is made by DeWalt (love this thing!!) I also have a hand sander which is nice (again I want a bigger one) and I'm trying to convince DH to get me a circular saw for the holidays so I can try out making a table or a set of bunkbeds for the boys.  I've been holding my dad's one hostage since the summer in building my compost bins.   Nail guns are nice too.  Once I get a feel for building perhaps a jigsaw and or miter saw too for bigger/complex projects.  A sander might be a good start, to take down a finish and let him restain or paint old wood furniture. 

 

 

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Not a bad idea! I'm bread-free, but ds isn't. Even so, it's fun to throw the bread in the air winky.gif Hmm...I wonder what else besides bread or seeds might be an idea? See, we read the book every year, so it kind of has to be bread, here...unless I come up with something different...hmm. This year we are not making a sun-shaped bread, so maybe I'll get a very small bread or cake from the store and ds can finish what the Sun doesn't lol.gif


Yowsa, you are so young (to me)! I didn't accomplish anything by 25 except being drunker than 24.


Is a Bouche De Noel an edible Yule log, I guess, right? Yum...dairy free shouldn't be too hard. I wish I could make one starch and sugar free for me!

 


First, yay for M!!!

 

Second, i have recipes for you, girl. This has honey in it, but you might be able to play a little bit. But it's a grainfree bread.

http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-bread/

 

And here is a grainfree Bouche De Noel. I hope to make it this year. The Bouche was a family tradition for years, but then people didn't want the commitment. http://nourishedkitchen.com/recipes/?recipe_id=6003360

 

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Clay, OMGs, insurance gaffe or what? We had a similarly fun time at the beginning of this year when it took 4 months for our state insurance to kick in. At least the bills are finally getting paid.

 

We have our tree. I hope we can decorate it tomorrow night. Friday will be our Yule celebration, and then Saturday we're going to a Fraggle party as a Weeba Beast.

 

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