Hello, little blog.  It's been awhile.  Have you missed me?  You're a good friend, just hanging around until I check in.  Kind of like a loyal puppy.  Only, no peeing on the carpet, for which I'm grateful.

I could start off by saying it's been busy around here, but isn't everybody's life busy?  Especially now that commerce has decided Christmas preparations should begin before Halloween.  It's nutty.  I'm trying not to succumb, but I have to admit I purchased a couple holiday dish towels last week.  I'm making a few gifts from dish towels and potholders.

I saw this idea at a craft fair a few years ago.  With a basting stitch, I gathered the center of the towel to fit the width of the potholder.  Front sides together, I sewed the center of the towel to the center of the potholder. You can then sew a button onto the top edge of the potholder (non-loop side) and latch the towel on your oven door.  

Or, whip stitch the potholder closed at the top and hang it on a pantry door.


This pantry door is close to my sink, so this is a good location to hang my towel.  I have several of these I swap out when one is in the laundry.  I get a kick out of simple, practical items like this. 

There's your Martha Stewart craft of the day.  It's a good thing.

In other news, two weeks ago, my husband went to get into his car and the door handle came off in his hand.  He came inside and said, "I think I need a new car."

So, we purchased this.

It's a silver Hyundai.  Other than that, I know nothing about it, except, it has door handles that don't come off.  This is important.  Merry Christmas, honey.

In all fairness, my husband's old car had seen better days.  It was probably time to retire it anyway, but just a warning for all cars - if your handles come off, you're on your way to the trade-in lot.

Thanksgiving is next week, and I have to backtrack in my head, because, as you can see, I've been sucked into the Christmas wormhole.  I'm excited about  Thanksgiving this year because a friend is bringing a roasted-outside-all-night turkey, stuffing, and a pumpkin cream pie.  And I'm catering in three side dishes, because of this.

I'm making a cranberry Jello salad.  I think I can manage it.  I might plan an injury pre-holiday season next year.  Or, maybe I'll still be in this boot.  AUGH!

In the spirit of giving thanks, here is my grateful list for 2014:

1.  I'm so thankful for good doctors.   From Parkinson's to chronic UTIs to torn tissues, we have a slew of nice docs that keep us moving.

2.  I'm grateful my husband has a good job.  We have more than we need.  I feel guilty about this sometimes.  I share and donate to try to compensate.

3.  I'm grateful for the hard workers at my folks' ALF.  They don't get enough kudos, so I bake goodies for them once in a while.  They have difficult jobs, which I could never do.

4.  We had a door replaced in our home, and my folks got new carpet in their suite. These are material things that I know, in the long run, don't matter, but in the short run, they're very nice.

5.  I had a wonderful vacation at the beach this fall with my sister and her sisters-in-law.  I always forget how nice it is to do nothing for a while.

6,  The new show Madam Secretary.  I look forward to it.  The writing is very good. By Sunday night, I need to plop.

7.  My new gym, which has a pool.  I need to swim for exercise and for ankle therapy.  I'm not great at it, but I'm working on it.  Oh, to bring back those 1920 swimsuits that covered all the blobbiness.

8.  For Fuji apples dipped in soft caramel.  The taste of Fall.

9.  For my Kitchen Aid mixer, my Sonic toothbrush, the supplement MSM, my clothesline, the Christmas music of Josh Groban, and all my blogging friends. 

10.  For good friends who bring roasted turkeys, and for the love of family.  And for Jesus, who enables us to love one another, because some days...

Thanks for popping in!  Have a blessed week!


betty said...

You look almost robotic with your cast/boot/whatever they call it these days. I love the towels! Great list of thanksfuls! Happy Thanksgiving!


Mari said...

With all the snow here, it really does feel like ThanksgivingMas!
I like your towels - I could use a few!
The car is beautiful and the handles look secure.
Take it easy on that foot and let it heal!

Brenda said...

Nice coming back to blogging and finding you and your wonderful witty posts still here!
Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love those towels and I do have a few of them that i use. I found a sale on dish towels and bought a bunch in the hopes of making some for gifts but have yet to find a sale on the potholders. I will sooner or later I'm sure. Tis the Season to be Thankful and from the looks of your list you do have a lot to be thankful for. I do too! Happy Thanksgiving !

Juli said...

Love the whisk one! Great colors!

Looks like you do have a lot to be thankful for, as do I. It's nice when everyone brings a little something to Thanksgiving. It eases the burden off one person and allows for so many new dishes you might not have thought of.

Chatty Crone said...

Sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for!!! You mentioned Parkinson's - does someone have it by you? And glad you have more than enough . that is wonderful. Have a great Thanksgiving....

Cathy said...

Now, see I totally caved to the Christmas push, so my tree has been up for over a week. Guess what! I'm totally enjoying it too. lol I have kept the blind closed though, so no one else sees it. haha

Love your towel idea. Very cute!

Deb said...

I love those kitchen towels! How cute! I think I am going to try to copy cat...Thanks for the idea! Hope your foot is better soon...my finger is still in a splint...us old folks heal slowly. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Christine said...

Great idea for the pot holders and towels. I could use those, as some of my kids have a habit (that drives me bonkers) of using a towel and then letting it drop to the floor. (and leaving it, of course)

Nice car! While our handles have stayed on, the rest of it is falling off. My husband will be getting a new one at the new year, and our son will get the falling apart one.
So many blessings...

Karen Lange said...

Love the dish towels. My grandmother used to make them for us, but now that she is gone maybe it's up to me to continue the tradition. Your post just might inspire me. After I get some writing projects done. :)

So many things to be thankful for. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Robyn Campbell said...

Pretty dish towels, Mare. Love that. I just might try this in Dec. Thank you, my friend.

I'm SO STEAMED bout the Christmas stuff being out early October. GRRR. Gets my dander up.

I have so much to be thankful for. Gosh. So much. I am so excited to tell you this. I am self-publishing a writing book for kids age 8-12. It's called Kids Are Writers Too! I see a need. I won't self-pub my novel or my picture books. But this, yeah. SO EXCITED!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your entire family. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo