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January 2nd, 2022 at 08:57 pm

Hope y'all had a grand New Year. We didn't do much as far as celebrating, but that was fine. We had a good dinner and then watched a DVD and headed to bed at our normal time. We aren't party people, I guess. 

I've been catching up on the blogs and I must admit most who have their resolutions or goals stated have some good ones. 

It seems a big chunk of my time is spent in the kitchen, trying to stretch our food budget as much as possible and still eat healthy. A friend gave us a fruit basket for Christmas and I used some of it to make other things. We ate some of the fancier apples outright, but I used the other apples to make applesauce and apple juice. The oranges were huge and juicy and used them and some leftover tangerines we had purchased and made orange marmalade. Some of our friends made party mix so that's been a great snack and each one is a little different. Besides cooking, I washed the cabinet doors and then used orange oil on them (we have oak cabinets that aren't painted) to revitalize them. I then cleaned off the counters and washed them and the back splash and it made everything seem so fresh. We really need to think about replacing the ceiling fan and light in the kitchen. They will be 24 years old and although they both still work, I just know it will die and we'll be hard pressed to get a replacement and someone to install it. That is the major source of light in our kitchen; our home was built in 1979 and although we replaced the light over the sink, we don't have many other lights for the kitchen. 

Yesterday the financial person from church called. I couldn't imagine why should we would be calling me on New Year's Day. She was at church working on some things and it seems that our Stitches of Love group was sent a check by a local couple as a gift to their daughter. I guess every year they have her pick out a group or charity she thinks would benefit and she chose us. I was gobsmacked to say the least. I don't know her and she doesn't attend our church. It was a sizeable check too. What a blessing!

I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but I am struggling with getting rid of something. When I was a little girl, my grandmother gave me a pillow made of down. I quit using it years and years ago because due to allergy testing, it was found I'm allergic to it. But, I've held on to it. I was cleaning out a closet the other day and there it sat and I pulled it out and told myself I needed to get rid of it. How ridiculous is it that I struggle to get rid of it? I decided to research and it is decades past its prime so hopefully I can get it to the garbage can. I feel so foolish!


6 Responses to “This and That”

  1. Lots of Ideas Says:

    I wonder if the daughter was a recipient of one of your hats at some time in the past. I like the idea of having children choose a charity to receive money as one of their gifts. I believe Monkey Mama does something like that with her children.

    When we were cleaning out the house I grew up in so my mother could ‘downsize’, she would say ‘I can’t throw this away’,then place the object on a table and walk away. I knew that was code for ‘so you do it.’ Maybe your husband would do the deed for you if you asked.

  2. mumof2 Says:

    what a beautiful gift from their child to you...take a photo of the pillow and then put it in the bin...the memories will always be there

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, everyone! I appreciate your input. Since I admitted my issue and y'all were so kind, I am reporting I threw it away this morning. You gave me the courage to do that!

  4. Wink Says:

    It can be really hard to part with certain items from our past. Sometimes there is a connection to something that we just can't explain. I like the idea of taking a picture of it and then letting it go.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, I bet you've thrown away the pillow by now. If not I have an idea for how it can continue on in a new way. Down is excellent slow-release fertilizer. Down can either be mixed into well loosened soil directly, or can be composted with your regular compost. Used in a garden you can know that Grandma's gift continues to blossom as lavender, tulips, elderberries, peonies, impatiens, cedars -- wherever you put it.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Joan, yes, the pillow was history by the time you commented. Wish I had known...

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