Time for the best of the week because it’s Friday


It’s the wee hours of Thursday night or Friday morning, whichever works for you.  The weather here has changed drastically and I’m watching out my window for the freezing rain (it’s been raining pretty steady for 2 days now) to change into snow.  by the end of today (Friday) we are expecting in the range of 14 inches of the white stuff with not much of a break from it till after Christmas.  So it looks like I will have my white Christmas after all.

Because it’s Friday, it’s time for me to share with you some of my favorite posts of the week.

On Simplicity

  1. While a shorty, this post posed a question I hadn’t thought about before.  Is Simplicity only available to a specific group of people?  What do you think.
  2. What is simpler than curling up with a good Christmas book, I can still remember hours spent curled up in blankets on cold winter days reading aloud to my children.  Even when they could easily read themselves they still enjoyed a family read-a-thon.  Jackie gives us a list of her favorite Christmas books here.


On Gift Giving and a Homemade Christmas

  1. The question posed here reminded me of the age old question “which comes first the chicken or the egg?”.  In this case the question about gifts is whether or not it’s the thought that counts?
  2. But wait,  Sandra tackles the question of whether it’s the thought that counts from a different angle, love to hear your opinion on these two posts.
  3. I love a craft that can be washed away and the items used for something else when the holidays are over.   Do you like frosted glass candle holders? Here’s a recipe that will wash off when you are done with the look.
  4. Still need a small gift for a child.  You may have all you need to make these cute fabric scrap dolls before Tuesday.
  5. Know someone who would love a homemade body scrub?  Heidi shared her Spiced Chai Sugar Body Scrub earlier this month, it may be just the thing for that last minute gift.
  6. More DIY Christmas ornaments.  I have moved beyond the decorating to the actual last minute straightening up and preparing for guest, but if you are still in decorating/crafting mode these ornaments might be just what you needed.


 Remembering to Be Thankful This Christmas

We’ve all heard the news this past week, a shooting at an elementary school in which young children and the adults who were trying to protect them lost their lives too soon, and in a horrific way.   Locally, we have been hearing of suicides, and other crimes this month.  But we can lose sight of the stories that get lost after they lose front page status.

  1. Liz brought back the reality for me of those who are still living through the horrors of life after Hurricane Sandy. Many are today still without power, heat, or even a home still standing. Read more here and how Liz is trying to make life a little better for the survivors.
An artist friend makes these hot plates for gifts

An artist friend makes these hot plates for gifts

This weeks humor

Now that I have depressed you with the news that not everyone has a home to safely celebrate in, I feel the  need to lift your spirits back up to enjoy the Holiday weekend.

  1. I toyed with listing this under the gift section, but it was so tongue-in-cheek and did make me laugh that I decided others might just share my strange sense of humor.   No further introduction, the title of this post is called The Crankypants Guide to a Green Holiday.  Enjoy.
  2. When men take on the household chores, they often find unique ways of doing so, ways we may not have thought of ourselves.  You gotta love a man who irons, but especially without pants!
  3. Don’t believe me check out the photo!

  4. I have shared my love of Ikea with you on several occasions, when you live in small homes you can get plenty of ideas from just walking through an Ikea store.   Since a trip to Ikea always means a day with my daughter-in-law who is the funniest person ever to shop with, I found myself laughing all the way through David’s post and nodding my head.  Whether you have ever been to an Ikea or not you will enjoy this look at what happens when one enters the huge store.


  1. Hi Lois,
    Thank you so much for mentioning our fabric scrap dolls. I, too, am working through my counter clutter to see the actual counter below children’s creative crafts and materials we’ve collected for the week. Your links are an inspiration and we’re thrilled to be in such wonderful company!
    Merry Christmas and have a happy new year,
    Liesl at Trash Backwards.

    • Liesl, you are welcome, I loved the fabric scrap dolls as they remind me of things past generations would have cherished when families didn’t have the money to shop for things. My wish is for others to find a love of the handmade and simpler gifts over the expensive electronics and such that don’t spark imagination when being played with.

      When my boys were young we had a couple toy stores that I loved. One was called Children’s Palace and carried very little in the way of battery operated or electronics, it closed down when Toys R Us moved in to town with all the electronics. I hated Toys R Us as I couldn’t ever find things that fit with our needs.

      The other store was an independently run science store. Everything in there needed to be built or was an experiment type item. We loved that store, but that too closed down when people stopped wanting things like that. I would so love to shop there again for gifts for the grand kids.

      Also I want to thank you for your app, I have been sending people over to your site to try it out, what a great idea to help people to find new uses for their trash!

  2. I love your Friday posts (especially when I have been included) as they give us all a chance to meet each other. I too am in the cleaning mode, and I keep putting off wrapping the presents–the gifts are “hidden” in my room in plain sight still in their bags–and I am still looking for the dining room table which I think is under stacks and stacks of papers
    Thanks for this

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