The Last Day

FIRST LET ME ANNOUNCE! I get to talk to Marie Osmond on the QVC channel at 10:40PM on New Years Day. How cool is that?
I'll be calling in by phone so you will not see me but can hear me. ha.
So, if you want to tune in, go to the QVC channel at 10:40pm on January 1st and see what I say.
I don't even know yet. Ive only been told what NOT to say. I am so nervous. I'm not good at this sort of stuff and libel to say something stupid or sound stuttered. My stomach is in knots. I'm not a good speaker and its one of my biggest fears, but I have to tell myself  "I can do this" and gain some confidence. I may need some liquid courage before hand. Haha. Wish me luck.


Well, It's the last day of the year and my last post of the year. I cant wait for the new year to begin and start making new plans for the future. I don't make resolutions but I do make a list of things to accomplish each year. Just for the fun of it I look back and see what I made possible.

So, lets see....
Here is my list from last years New Years Day post. I accomplished everything in red.
  1.  Continue good health 
  2.  Maintain my weight loss 
  3.  Participate in a small marathon.
  4.  Clean closets out (again).✓
  5.  Blog more ✓
  6.  Stay off Facebook
  7.  Redo my Kitchen 
  8.  Worry less and pray more
  9.  Get to work on time
  10.  Renew my Phlebotomy certificate 
  11.  And better myself all together. 
I accomplished over half of them and tried at the other half. 
For this new year, I'm not gonna make a list. Ill just keep working on last years goals. I really want to do a 5k or 10k run.

2016 was pretty good for me. No tragedies or major sicknesses. I did loose a tooth though. 
I won a couple fun contest throughout the year. I even got to fly for the first time. In fact I did a lot of "First" this past year. 

Something I never mentioned.... I wrote my first commissioned article just last month. True! This was a big deal for me since I consider myself a poor writer with terrible spelling and lots of typos. I was asked to write a 3k word (6 page) article for a diet website. They sorta helped me out by giving me a few guidelines. It took me a week. I sent it in and they loved it. I was amazed at myself and had some extra cash that helped me complete Christmas. I think I'll go on a shopping trip for some new clothes soon too!

I just want to thank all of you that read and comment on my blog. You have no idea how much it means to me. I enjoy blogging. Its a way I get out my frustrations, show my talents, and let others know whats going on in my part of the world. I have made many blogger friends and hope to continue making more. 

Here is the 2016 year review of my blog post.

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NOTE: I have decided to do my New Years Dinner. The collards have been cooked (outside of course) shewwweeee. I have lots more to do for preparation.
Ill be busy today and tomorrow.


Gifts and Traditions

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I did! I got to enjoy a lot of family time on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I also ate entirely too many sweets! But hey, I've done good all year, so why not. Im glad to say, I have only gained 3 lbs from it. Im sure I'll have it back off by New Years Day. 

Every year, I get a feeling that Christmas cheer is going away. I want to hang on to traditions but it keeps getting harder to do so. The kids grow up, the wrapping paper is no longer flying through the room with excitement. Its gift cards and money. A smile, a thank you and everyone goes home. 

However, in my living room on Christmas morning, my 25 year old is back to a 9 year old as she tears into her gifts from Santa. She got alot! Me and Nick no longer buy gifts for each other because we have already have everything we need or want. We just get a joy out of haveing our daughter at the house, baking, cooking and dinner with family. 

However, our daughter will purchase a couple gifts for us. We let her enjoy the spirit of giving. I want to show off a few things she got me for Christmas.

This very soft blanket I can snuggle with as I watch TV while curled up in my recliner.


This cool ring!


A Mud Pie brand Coffee Scoop 


And last but not least, this small cake stand from Pioneer Woman. 
I've already put some cookies in it to show it off.


I love it all. And Nick likes his socks and shirts. Ha.

Now Christmas is over. My decorations are taken down the next day and its back to work. 

For years I always do an annual New Years Dinner but I may skip it this year. It gets harder to get family together. Most of them will not even answer my invite therefore leaving me to guess if they are coming and resulting in lots of leftovers and a lot of empty place settings. It gets under my skin! It stresses me out and I say evey year that Im not doing it again, but I still do. I love doing New Years dinner mainly for my Mom and Dad. 

Will I do it again? Well see. Its only four days away and collards are hard to find around here. I normally cook up 8lbs! Along with 10 lbs of meat, 10 lbs of potatos, black eye peas and cobblers. I could cut that in half and save a lot of money if some of them would just say they are not comming instead of leaving me wondering. I would hate not to have enough. 
Im still leaning toward having just a quiet day off with my husband.