Is everybody getting all of their fall projects done?

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   Posted 10/26/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was on my walk yesterday, I ran up on a gentleman working very hard in his yard.  He mentioned to me that he had come to the conclusion that he spends all summer getting ready for the upcoming winter.  How true that is.  My husband and I are going through the same thing right now.  And it seems like no matter how early you start, you are scrambling at the end to finish up before the snow flies. 
I know not all of us live in these types of climates where the snow flies, but I was curious on how you all are doing, getting ready for winter.  Christmas shopping falls into this category also.  That is always a stressful time of year.  And we don't have the money this year that we had for getting gifts for the grandchildren like we did last year.  I try not to stress over it, because no matter what we get, their parents and their other grandmother will get more and better stuff.  So what can you do?  It isn't the gift, it is the giving, right?  Some kids dont' realize that especially when they are as spoiled as our grandkids.  Luckily the granddaughter is younger and loves clothes, that works out good for me. 
Anyway, check in and let me know how things are going for you.  We can all work on this together to keep the stress down.  Holidays can suck sometimes.  But it is all in the atmoshpere of the season, not the presents.  I know a lot of us get depressed when we can't give like we want.  But I am afraid that this year is going to be hard for a lot of us.  So let's support eachother to make it easier.
I hope that you all are having a wonderful day.  Let me know hwo it is going for you.
Hugs, Karen

PS.  I picked up a cookie press at a garage sale this summer and hope to make some shaped Christmas cookies.  Wish me luck.

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   Posted 10/26/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess im lucky that I live in a part of the UK which doesnt get much snow so there are very few winter preparations to make. I think sticking together during the holiday run-up is important for those of us with depression because so often people can feel lost and alone during the holidays. Its always nice to have company... even if its only over the internet.


P.S. Good luck with the cookies Karen!
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   Posted 10/26/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I am the same as Darren, living in the UK, there isn't much preperation to make as the weather is pretty much as bad as the rest of the year!! I am a bit apprehansive about christmas as it is our first christmas without my Dad. I am scared & sad, but at the same time I think a lot of our family will make more of an effort to see us & spend time with us, so it might be a lovely family christmas!

I haven't even thought abt christmas shopping yet, it is scary how quicky it is creeping up on us!! I will have to make a start!!
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   Posted 10/26/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   

We are still trying to pick up leaves and today it snowed for the first time, just snowshowers but none the less snow.

Holidays are coming.



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   Posted 10/26/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Just moved all the garbage out of my house, I had a lot of boxes and paper hanging around. Now that it is all gone, my house has gotten 2 times bigger :).

I am with Darren and Li, fall and winter in the Netherlands are equal to grey days with rain, only snow once in a while when we are lucky. There are, however, so many projects on my mind right now, of which some are already put into action. I won't have to be afraid to be bored :).
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   Posted 10/26/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I rarely get bored either. I have such a vivid imagination that I can easily entertain myself. Plus there is always something that needs to be done. I should have vacuumed today, but was kind of lazy. It has been raining and sleeting all day. It makes you not want to do anything other than stay warm.

I have to do that Christmas shopping too. It is sneaking up on us. It will be November soon. Then after Thanksgiving, it just flies. I have no idea where to start with the grandkids. Maybe go by age, youngest first. That is the easiest thing to do. I have no clue as to what to get them...

Oh well, story of my life, everything is last minute.

Hugs, Karen

Oh yes Darren,

I will let you know how those cookies turn out. This is an old cookie press. Sounds like fun. I get to make different shapes and probably different colors too. Have to get some food coloring. It will be a good time, I am sure.
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   Posted 10/26/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Karen,  Yes, it is going to be a small Christmas this year and I have explained this to my sons. Of course they are adults so they understand.  They are getting only necessary things and only a few at that.  Since our family is only 3 we are just greatful that we have the time to be together and to share the day.  I am going to fix a nice meal and we will just be relaxed and maybe watch some xmas movies.  My favorite is A Christmas Story with the little boy, Ralphie.  It is so funny and makes us all feel good.  We just have to accept that times are hard and learn to live a much different life.  And that is OK because Americans have been to gimme oriented and too much into instant gratification.  You can live without that fancy sweater or 4 in. heels.  We need to get back to a simple life and enjoy the pleasures of going for a walk in the snow or reading.  Hope the holidays will be good for all of you despite the need to scale back.


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   Posted 10/26/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I know all about that scaling down Aurora. This has been a long time coming. I could see it before it got here so I am somewhat ready. I just hope that we can recooperate before a real long time. It will be hard on a lot of people. You are right about the instant gratification too.

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