Every year it's the same. I say I will have everything finished early, so I can relax the week of Christmas. This year I even took an extra week of vacation. HA! I wonder what in the Sam Hill I would have done if I didn't. I spent one whole day (really) wrapping because I bought a lot of little stuff for the grandkids. You know they are all excited about unwrapping. I have been buying stuff on clearance all year long, and I forgot I even had some of it. I spent another whole day making little keepsake dishes for all of the big kids and a larger keepsake "graduation" box for the daughter who just got her RN. I am not even sure what I spent this whole day doing, but I have been moving since I got out of bed this morning. It definitely was NOT clean.
What I have left to do:
Make a loaf of pumpkin bread for all the kids, my 4 brothers, the 4 guys who pick up my garbage, the mail carrier, plus a couple other people on the street. ( I bake it in coffee cans -- the old fashioned way).
Make sour dough starter.
Make sour dough bread.
Make the trim for (cuz I am too cheap to buy it) and finish 2 blankets.
Make 4 shrugs.
Make 9 tie died shirts.
Wrap some more.
Clean a lot.
Cook turkey and ham and most of the trimmings for Christmas Eve lunch.
Spend time with Daddy.
Spend time with best friend.
Drink 4 bottles of wine. WAIT! I need to move this one to the top of the list!
Not to worry. I have 4 days to do MOST of it. Some has to be done by Monday.
Oh yeah, I better add color my hair to that list.
Then on Christmas Day, I will be making Duck and Rice at my daughter's house, but that is a whole different ball game.
I am really tire. I feel like I am letting my Sparks down, especially Martha.
Still, even though I am exhausted, I am happy. I am listening to Christmas music. Who can be sad with a hymn in the heart. Why don't we listen to Christmas hymns all year long? They are beautiful. They make me want to be good. I wish I could sing. Well, I CAN sing. I wish they would not throw stuff at me and the dogs would not howl when I sing outside of the house.
I am a blessed person. I have so many friends here. Students who are still emailing me and following me into next semester. I THINK all three of my kids might be in the house at the same time Christmas Eve, and that has not happened in a long time. I will have to drink double that day on accounta I know there will be a fight! At least one between the big kids and 3 between the little kids. Oh I hope I can bite my tongue. I have a fantastic job. Doesn't pay crap, but it is a great job that makes me happy, and I love the folks I work with.
So I am going to quit thinking about all I have to do and start thinking about how blessed I am. Hey! On the bright side, I have not had time to eat, and it turns out that peeling pumpkins is a aerobic workout!
Happy Sparks and Merry Christmas to You and Yours!
I am gonna watch Rudolph before I go to bed tonight!