Musical Monday: Count your Blessings

I like to plunk this out on my plinky old piano. From the movie White Christmas, a must-watch for me this time of year.

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Triangle Change Purses

Every Monday for the last while, two adorable egg ladies deliver cartons of fresh brown eggs to my door. I wanted to give them a little something for Christmas, and my husband suggested change purses since they always seem to walk away with the money in their hands. Following this tutorial for triangle bags, I made these two purses up. I may have to make one for myself.

 

 

Musical Monday: It’s Time to Say Goodbye (It really Is)

After reading Marie Kondo’s inspiring books about tidying up, I have been hard at work clearing clutter from all the ‘categories’.  The most recent has been the kitchen stuff and horse tack. This song went through my head as I work. I’m ambivalent about Sarah Brightman’s voice. A little sweeter than I like perhaps, said the person with the three-note range. Nevertheless, I like me some Bocelli on a Monday morning.

 

Musical Monday: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

When I was about 10 years old, a teacher sang this at a school Christmas concert. I was terrified of that teacher. But, she had an amazing singing voice, or I thought at the time. But then, I can remember singing with my classmates and thinking we sounded like a choir. I’m sure we didn’t.  Thank goodness for the music teacher we had back then (almost fifty years ago). It’s much of the reason I can read music and play (poorly) on my piano today.

Cold Season is Coming

Cold and flu season is upon us. I hate it when I have found the solution to a problem and then forget about it. And having a sore, red nose is a miserable problem. So to remind myself and lessen my own suffering and perhaps someone else’s I’ll record here what works for me.

There’s not much to love about a cold. As if the misery of the symptoms wasn’t enough, a raw red nose often results from keeping up with the flow of goo that plagues your sinuses. You can resort to the pills and sprays, but it’s hard to say which is worse…the sludge flow or the desert your sinuses become. So anyway, you’ve got a red, sore nose. Here’s what Ido.

Buy the facial tissues that promise to be soft on your nose, or have lotion. These are much easier on skin that the cheapy ones, which are fine for catching random drips, but are like sandpaper when things really get g flowing.

Keep vitamin E oil on hand. Not cream, as it may have other stuff in it that will sting your abraded skin. Either buy a bottle of pure vitamin E oil or buy capsules that you can clip open and dab on. This is good during the day if you can put up with a little shininess. But the way I look when I have a full blown head cold a little shininess is the least of my worries.

Butter on some Penaten cream (my German MIL pronounced it Pe-NOT-en)at night. That’s the stuff in the pale blue and white tin used for diaper rashes and other first aid. White and gummy, you probably don’t want to be seen with this stuff on your face. But this really works, even though it looks awful and feels sticky.

Incidentally, Penaten cream works within a night or two if you’ve got cracked lips or fingertips from being out in the cold. Mush some on your lips and go to bed. Don’t be surprised if you don’t get a goodnight kiss. On your cracked fingertips, glob on dabs, and cover with an adhesive strip.

You can try aloe vera, but I find it stings a bit after the coolness wears off. Some aloe vera products have alcohol in them—and that will hurt, as will many products that contain petrolatum.

So there you go. I hope I remember where I put my own good advice when I need it.

A Quick Project

Adhesive vinyl is a lot of fun to work with and last week I did up fifteen buckets that were used as awards. There is no time for big ambitions this week. So here’s a little project I just finished.  If you come to my house for coffee you will know what you’re pouring into it.


The image for the frame was found at:  http://tigers-stock.deviantart.com/art/536-NOVEAU-FRAME-17-314204650

Fonts are from Cricut Design Space. I don’t remember where the pitchers came from.

As is normal with “quick projects” I put the wrong label with the wrong monogram, so I ended cutting and applying the words Milk and Cream twice. Of course.