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Christmas Gifts

At first glance, my favorite Christmas gift is my new webcam from my husband. With it I am now able to have great online conversations with my mom and dad, whom I miss an awful lot! And I’m able to give them the “J5 fixes” they need. 😉

J5 and Mommy

The late bloomer gift is my new “The Message” New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs, by Eugene H. Peterson. I’m just reading it from front to back. I doubt I’ll use it as a study Bible, but then that was not what it was written for. I’m only in as far as Matthew 14, but I am really enjoying it! I don’t struggle to keep my mind focused – of course I still struggle to have a few uninterrupted moments to sit and read, but that has less to do with the book than it does with a certain 2-year-old…

In talking with Beth last night, I realized that my life needs “exercise and church”. I am going to try to find a way to get connected with one of the churches around here. Most likely, I’ll try to go to CCC. I want to get into another small group and they have morning women’s groups with child care. As for the exercise, I dug out my pedometer (I was allowing it to dry out after a trip through the washing machine). I don’t know yet what I want to do, but mostly I want to get my step count up out of the triple digits…

Sadly, I will be in church tomorrow for the funeral of my Great-Aunt Millie (My Grandma Forman’s sister). She was killed in a car accident on Christmas Eve. She was a super sweet lady. I will be happy to see all the family again. It seems that’s what brings us all together lately. The last time I saw this whole group was at my Grandma Forman’s funeral. It’s that generation shift. Family gatherings don’t seem as big as they used to, but maybe that’s just because I’m one of the grown-ups now.

Well, I’d best be going. My 15 minutes of rest are about up and I need to get back to the “Today” list that keeps growing.


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Baskety Goodness!

Ok, so one of the biggest eye-sores in our home has been The Pantry. It’s not really a pantry. It’s a notch in our kitchen that the builder stuck shelves in. It had an accordion door on it when we moved in, and that was cumbersome, so we removed the door to acquire some much needed additional storage space. The result, however, was to leave it open for viewing, with no ability to hide our piles of Ziploc bag boxes and Gladware containers and lids – neither of which like to stay in neat and tidy stacks.

Earlier this week, inspired by my mother-in-law, I decided to do a “Pantry Reboot”. Bring out all the food in the pantries and put it on whatever flat surfaces were available. Fortunately, we have a rectangular folding table that worked nicely next to my desk. The idea is to consume all the items from the pantry before buying a lot more groceries. For those of us who forget what is stashed in this corner or that…sometimes food items can get really old without realizing it. On my last pantry cleaning a couple years ago, I found food that we’d actually moved from our apartment…9 years before…

Anyway, back to The Pantry. As I was in a major cleaning mode, I realized I couldn’t do this entire process without putting things back in a nice way. A way that wouldn’t be such a consistent frustration to both myself and J4.

So, yesterday I ventured out to find some sort of solution. After an unsuccessful wander through K-Mart, I found exactly what we needed at Target! Woven Paper Baskets!!

Without further ado…I proudly present…The Pantry: