Today was all nice and lovely and sunny. And COLD! Flurries are predicted for Thursday. (those of you farther north are probably having a good laugh at me and my “cold” southern weather) It’s not much, but I’ll take what I can get.
So last night I got these cute slippery sock things from walmart. Yes me, miss can’t stand tennis shoes, socks, or slippers, wear-flipflops-in-the-winter girl… wearing sockslippers. I think aliens abducted me and replaced my brain or something. Or maybe it was because when I saw them, I loved them, and decided I must get them and have adorable and warm toes for once. ‘Happy feet’ has found new meaning.
I got their CD for Christmas. Very unique sound, and addicting. Kind of an old timey but modernized gospel/country type deal. That description doesn’t do them justice, though. Check them out… NeedToBreathe
My mom and I decorated sugar cookies on Christmas eve eve. It was so much fun! It’s amazing the things you can come up with when you’ve got edible snowflakes, red and green sugar sprinkles, and an assortment of other festive edible decorations. 😀
Christmas was very quiet and nice. We woke up to a great downpour… there were flash flood warnings, rare for us. and about a fifth of our yard was just standing water from all the rain! I, for one, thought it was pretty neat… I like having some kind of extreme weather on Christmas, and as there isn’t much hope for a white Christmas in my warm little town, a huge rain is rather refreshing.
And today we had a second Christmas of sorts. My Grandpa came to visit, exchange gifts, and eat a lovely ham & sweet potato dinner. It was so good to see him again. 🙂
Don’t ask what the title means. I’m not entirely sure myself. It just popped into my brain a few minutes ago. Haha.
Last night my mom and I went out for *Christmas shopping*! It was great fun. Normally we stay home during Christmas week and avoid all the crazy traffic and such, but she was feeling a bit antsy, so we went out anyway. Lots of things are marked down already, and we had a good time looking at all the gaudy decorations. 🙂
Among our stops was walmart (A shopping trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to wally world, now would it?) and there we picked up some mixed nuts to munch on. Hence the picture of the day… The shells looked all lonely and beautiful at the same time, so I decided they ought to have a picture in my blog. 😀 I like the way they look.
Today has been labelled “Christmas Baking Day”. I’ve made two loaves of Banana Bread so far, and later I’ll be making sugar cookies. Yum! The house smells strongly of banana at the moment, quite nice. The recipe I use is from starbucks, so it feels gormet, but it’s pretty easy peas. If you’d care to try it, here it is:
2 Cups Flour 1 1/8 Cups Sugar 3 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda ½ Cup Vegetable Oil 1 Egg
¼ Teaspoon Salt 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Preheat the oven to 325*. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.
Blend together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Mix together the egg, sugar and vegetable oil until combined. Add the flour mixture and when blended, (NOTE: The mixture will be crumbly until the bananas are added. Don’t panic! J) then add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas and mix until combined.
Gently pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-60 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pan.
It’s great to snack on with a hot drink on a cold winter day.
Ahh, another simple, normal day. I take that for granted too much. My life generally fits in the mold of what people call “normal”. Funny thing is, it strikes people as odd that my family and I live “normal” lives. Silly people! Haha.
I sit and ponder this, wrapped in a fuzzy green blanket and finding amusement in the office chair. I never noticed until this morning that we all have our different levels… My mom likes it low, my dad likes it high, and I like it in between. Brings to mind the three bears, does it not?
These simple little things that make you *not* normal seem to make you the most ordinary.
What’s great about today is that it’s not like any normal Monday… I don’t have school today! *happy sigh* I adore Christmas break. Christmas seemed to sneak up awfully quick this year, but that’s what I always say. My parents and I are planning a “Christmas Night” on Christmas Eve. We’re taking cookies, hot chocolate, blankies, Christmas music, etc. along and going for a drive to look at all the pretty Christmas lights people have up. Fun fun.
In my southern little state, we don’t get the hope of snow much. hardly ever. so when we hear the weatherman say, “wintry mix”, we get excited.
only to have our hopes dashed the next day by bucketloads of nothing but straight up, freezing cold, RAIN. That’s what happened yesterday, and today I wake up to find a news clip that claims the east coast got 20 inches and oh no we might freeze into a glacier or something. I suppose it’s all this global warming stuff. *rolls eyes* Oh well. I got some cool pictures at least. 😀 hehe.
Anyway. Last night I went to a Christmas party with some camp friends of mine. It was quite lovely, I missed them so much. We had quite a bit of fun playing white elephant and such.
This morning is so perfect… a little drizzly out and chilly. Perfect for what I’ve been doing: Reading. Kiss has turned out to be really good so far, I’m almost finished with it. I might just turn out to be a DeKker fan after all. I think it just took me awhile since it’s a different feel than I’m used to. Definitely could get addicting.
& I just remembered that I have my happy Christmas mug waiting on me and coffee is brewing. (ooh, sounds so witchy… coffee brewing) tootles.
I remember when I was about 3 or 4, my mom took me to the dollar store to buy a treat with some money Grandma sent me.
After carefully considering all of my toy options, I decided on a butterfly net. (Although plastic army men were a close second) The net was pink and green plastic, cheaply made, but I didn’t care. It was such a treasure; Now I could finally catch those pretty little insects that always seemed to flit just out of my reach.
I ran around on my stubby four-year-old legs, swinging the net at any bug that looked suspicious. I kept at it for days, without success. It seemed they were just too quick for me.
I was a determined little munchkin, though.
I stayed on the watch for an unsuspecting butterfly, net in hand.
My dreams finally came true one day when a bright yellow butterfly landed on a low bush, right on my level. I threw my dollar store net and… I caught it! I proudly closed off the opening of the net and ran to show my mom.
After observing it awhile, we set it free, possibly to land on another low bush and be captured by another eager tot.
I still have that net somewhere. Even after 11 years, I can’t bring myself to part with it. I was reminded of that butterfly net yesterday when I saw a yellow butterfly, just like the one I caught, fluttering its way through our backyard. It finally occurred to me to wonder what type it was.
I whipped out my handy-dandy pocket butterfly guide and found a plethora of bright yellow butterflies that fit my description. Of course they couldn’t make it simple for me and just put a sign on the type I had. I finally found one that looked identical: the male Cloudless Sulphur. Not a very pretty name, is it? Still, I like it. Sometimes the most ordinary things turn out to be magical.