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Less is More 
Nov. 29, 2011 1:05 pm 
Updated: Nov. 30, 2011 1:11 pm
Tree is up, wreaths are hung, Christmas hand towels washed and hung, candles set out.  I wrapped 75% of the gifts.  I am done!  Every year I do less and it takes more energy.  It used to make me so sad when my Mom said, "Oh no, I don't put up a tree anymore, it's too much trouble"  I am not all the way there yet, but my back hurts.  I am sitting on an ice pack and drinking a glass of chardonnay and it is not yet 5 p.m. I EARNED IT. 

P.S.  Sunday is Christmas cookie making day with my grandkids, so I guess I am really not done

P.p.s. I am cooking dinner Christmas day, so I really am not done

Nov. 29, 2011 1:19 pm
Thanks for the welcome. I feel you on getting all the hard part done and early. I had our family tree up Friday, right after Thanksgiving and it feels good. Now I am now where there with gifts. I don't even know what we are getting this year for each other. Argh!
Nov. 29, 2011 3:05 pm
less is more!
Nov. 29, 2011 3:23 pm
CG. I feel your pain... It now takes me a day and a half to put up my Christmas stuff! It used to be possible in 5 to 6 hours! I had to sit and sip on a few glasses of Sauvignon during the process! Happy baking day with the kiddo's!
Nov. 29, 2011 6:07 pm
Hey, CG. We got it all done, too. Hubs put up the lights on Friday, and the tree. Decorating it was my job while he brought in the boxes of holiday 'stuff'. But we've pared it down a lot over the years. Now we just take down some of our wall art, hang our Christmas art, set out a few other things and the house is transformed. I felt bad for Steve because the lights took forever (1st holiday in this house) and the interior stuff went up so easily. But I still felt like Terry, and sipped on a a glass of Chocovine afterward. But we're done! Well, except for presents and Christmas breakfast, and Christmas dinner. And the fudge, gawd, can't forget that. *sigh* I need more wine.
Nov. 29, 2011 7:07 pm
Cover Girl you are doing better than I am.You made me laugh with the need more wine. I am very impressed you have got quite a lot done. I have two gifts--not wrapped and a tree--up no decorations. So feel good about what you have accomplished! Also, pour a glass of wine for me--I think I need it before I start.
Nov. 30, 2011 6:16 am
CG is right- Less IS more. We do a tabletop tree for that reason- granted it's a 5 foot tall table top tree and our ceilings are 7.5 feet, so on top of our table and tree we have just enough room for the angel. Our tiny home really has no floor room for a tree so this is a good compromise for us-we'll wait until DS comes home from college to decorate. I am trying the "less is more" with baking too- only making one kind of Christmas cookie this year (my mother will have a fit) making two bars, then pies and lots of cakes and one cheesecake. Cookies are so much work! I try to stick with the attitude that anything that makes me feel grinchy and crabby probably is not that important at Christmas, so less dish washing is definitely in order- lol!
Nov. 30, 2011 1:11 pm
Thanks so much for agreeing with me that less is more. Now tune in to my next blog for my complete insanity where too much is too much. I can't believe I did this.
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I am a retired registered nurse. I have two fabulous grandchildren ages 10 and 7, they live only 1 mile from me so we cook together often.
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I like one pot meals, slow cooker, rustic fare. Lately, I am cultivating recipes for soup and have turned out some really good results, especially using curry seasoning. I am not a baker.
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I make many of my mother's dishes. I like to entertain with just a wide array of appetizers sometimes, even though it is labor intensive.
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My Italian spaghetti sauce. My famous pot roast made in an oven bag. Appetizers.
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My latest debacle is making Pho, Vietnamese beef soup. Very labor intensive, many exotic ingredients, cook all day. I went to strain it through a cheesecloth lined colander and forgot to put anything under the colander. Down the drain it went; 7 hours worth of broth. Oh Well!
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