Originally Posted by amlikam
Could you dig arround the cabinets for a special "clearing out the old food" meal? I am sure this will be a special year (the year we had so much snow it was impossible to go food/present shopping). And maybe you could wrap up a pair of old pajamas with an IOU a PJ night in a few weeks?
What a brilliant idea, about the PJs with an IOU!
And yeah, you can kill two birds with one stone-- clean out the cabinets, do an inventory of your food stores, AND have a special meal.
I almost always have stew on Solstice. Do you eat meat? Do you have any meat in the freezer? Throw that, plus every veggie you can find, into the crock pot. YUM! Oh, and add maybe an envelope of onion soup mix or something. Gravy mix. Whatever mix. Can of chicken/mushroom/celery soup. Something to pull it all together.
We're having chicken/turkey soup. Stew. I wanted beef, but we're going out of town on Sunday, and turkey soup fixin's is what I have in the house. Oh well! So we're both having leftover-clearing-out-the-old-food meal
Originally Posted by Valerie.Qc
Maia, glad M if feeling better! And thank you for the card! What a nice surprise for me!
As for me... Thank you both for your support... We do have water and the fireplace is keeping us warm so we're safe and will ride this storm just right... But neither DH nor I are in the mood to celebrate right now... We'll keep it really low key...
I'm just... well... sad that nothing goes as wished or as planned, once again.
Naps are sometimes not an indulgence....but necessary recharging.
As for nothing going as wished....I know, mama, I know. This is where you Practice Acceptance. This is where you, like they say in AA, Let Go And Let God(dess). Sometimes it just plain sucks to do that, but if you try to live in an attitude of gratitude, things go lots better for you. Go write down 5 blessings you have. Right now. Get off the computer for 5 seconds and get a pen and write them down. K?
And then write down your children's names and your DH's name, in a list. Then write, next to their names, your favorite thing about each one.
There's your homework for the day
I am SO GLAD you got your card! I realized after I sent it, that it didn't have enough postage, and I was sure they'd send it back. So YAY!!!
Originally Posted by vydalea
SO. GLAD. you were able to advocate for M even if it was from NC. I remember what immaturity M's DD displayed this past summer. I am so glad that M has you to help him and doesn't have to rely on her insanity!!! Just hearing that he is 6 days off ciggies makes me want to punch someone for him. Hahaha. That first month was the freaking WORST!! I sympathize...but love how easy it is to BREATHE and walk up flights of stairs, etc. now.
Thank you! You are always so sweet about us.
He's still a little confused today, but not *nearly* as much as the past week or so. He did sleep a bunch, and around 4pm it took 20 minutes for me to get through to him to take his earpiece out of his ear and go put it on the charger, but most of the earlier part of the day was nearly normal. Yay. I hope it's this one med and that he gets sort of back to himself. So scary.
Tomorrow is Solstice! We're getting up early to watch the Sunrise, then we're offering up (I hate to say "throwing up" -- -- it just sounds so wrong!) Sun-shaped gingerbread cookies, frosted with yellow frosting and sprinkles. And libations of sparkling cider. Then chilling all day. We're doing more Solsticey things on Saturday, but tomorrow I am keeping ds home from his last day of school and we're doing that, and opening stockings, and then later on, his best friend is staying the night while her mom goes to her coven for some celebration.
Saturday, she's coming to pick up both kids to give me a break. Then coming back with them and we'll all have a soup (stew?) together, exchange gifts, and go to the public ritual on Saturday night.
Sunday we are going out of town. Usually we go straight to my mom's, a 7-8 hour drive, but this year, we're stopping by my cousin, who moved down here from NJ, and lives right on the way. We'll get up a bit later, go to her house, hang for awhile, stay over, then get up early Xmas eve morning and go to mom's for the rest of the week.