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The 12 to 25 Days of Christmas – Day Seven

Ribbon! Glorious ribbon! I know what you’re thinking: Is she crazy? The answer is, “Yes! Crazy about ribbon!” Okay, maybe it would make more sense if you knew that ever since I was a child, I have loved (though my mother may contradict me) decorating presents (yes, sometimes with a dozen layers of wrapping paper and tape). It doesn’t hurt to know that in my late teens and early twenties, I worked at my parent’s fabric store where I wound up wrapping and making giant bows for sewing machines (and occasionally sewing baskets) every Christmas. We also made bows for customers when they bought ribbon and couldn’t make a bow to save their souls. So, between the textiles background and the joy I find in making presents look pretty – regardless of the fact that no one in my house cares…or even reads a gift tag – I foster a love of ribbon.

On Day Seven (which just happened to be Sunday), I bought four spools of ribbon to help with my gift wrapping and house decorating. I would have bought more, but I figured I should a little restraint. After all, each spool has over 45 meters on it so that will last me a while. I do need more curling ribbon, though. What would possess me to buy full spools of ribbon? Where would I get them? Costco, of course! As with everything they sell, they do it in excess.  The best part is that they only cost $7.49 each (hence my buying four instead of just one). Unfortunately, Costco didn’t have the ribbon that I was actually looking for: flocked ribbon that can be used indoors or outdoors.

So, I wound up going to Michael’s in my quest for ribbon. I left with Christmas cookie cutters, pipe cleaners in Christmas colours and these cute little Santa candies on a stick (yes, impulse advertising works on me even though I know exactly why it’s there). I did not find my ribbon. Oh, they had lots of ribbon, just not the one that I was looking for, so I came home without it. It turns out that it was available at Home Depot…which was next door to Michael’s. Darn! Although, 9.14 meters really isn’t that much. At least I have cookie cutters now. Putting Christmas cookies on sticks will be much easier with them.



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Lesson of the Day: If You Want to Get Something Done…

Today’s lesson: If you want to get something done, kick them all out.

With Ian on vacation and Grandma arriving yesterday evening, there are finally more adults to entertain the kids for the last few days before school starts again (nine days!). This, of course, gives me the opportunity to do a few things. On of my projects is a Christmas gift for Liam that I can’t work on when he’s around. I have mentioned to both Mona and Ian that I’ll need a little time with Liam out of the house so I can finish up and move on to something else, but I expected them to want a day or two to relax before hitting the sights.

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