Gifting at Christmas

My 90 year old dad is blind, but exactly how blind is usually hard to tell because he functions very well.

The other day however, a circuit blew and the lights in the kitchen turned off suddenly right before dinner time.

My mom and I tried to fix them but figured out pretty quickly that we needed a new fuse.

I shrugged, and suggested that we use my camping lanterns and not tell my dad.

My dad stresses over these things and asks a bazillion questions and issues even more directives, making what would be a tedious task into a torturous job.

I was curious, would he realize we were eating in dim light?

The answer of course, is no.

He had no idea.

So when it came time for me to pick a Christmas present for him, I decided to get him a one-touch Keurig coffee maker.

Seeing him fumble around for a cup and try to fill it with water without missing or spilling before he even adds his coffee grounds or sugar made me stop and think.

He could really use an automatic Keurig.

Put the mug in place, put the coffee pod in place, push one button, and voila. . . coffee!

Today it arrived in the mail, with K-E-U-R-I-G in big letters on the box.

My mom took one look at it and knew what it was for.

And for once, instead of chastising me for spending money, she congratulated me on getting the perfect gift for my father.

This is why I love gifting at Christmas.

A very merry pop art Christmas

Christmas is coming up and I’m hard at work making plans.

This year, my kid decided that she didn’t want to take Christmas photos so what’s a mom to do?

I hired a professional illustrator to create our Christmas card.

My only instructions were to make it look like pop art.

That’s right, I wanted a Lichtenstein-esque Christmas card.

And that’s exactly what I got from the artist (the talented Michael Samuel):

It’s cartoon meets pop art meets graphic novel.

And I love it.

I was so inspired by the card, that I even had the back side designed by the same artist:

The resulting card is spectacular.

I bought matching green envelopes with the polka dot/tree inserts to keep with the theme.

No one likes a plain white envelope, right?

Of course not.

I will be sending out approximately 90 Christmas cards this year to family and friends.

I can’t wait for the reactions to come rolling in!

P.S.  If you want to see the original photo that inspired this art card, click here.

Holiday Break

My work will be closing down for three weeks for the holiday break.

I can’t believe it!

The last time I had three weeks off in a row, I was unemployed.

Over the 2017-2018 holiday break, I took a one week trip to Sweden.

Oh, how I miss Sweden in December.

All filled with Christmas lights, snow, 3 pm sunsets, dala horses, advent candles and spiced wine.

This year there’s not much I can do besides stay at home.

There’s no point in travelling when you’d have to quarantine anywhere you go.

Were we not sheltering in place, I’d consider a trip to London to visit my friend Michelle.

Or perhaps a trip to Oslo to see where my great-grandmother came from and explore a little of my genealogy.

Sadly, I think my holiday will not be filled with travel.

I think I’m stuck at home, quilting.

Again.

I’ve got about 6 quilts to work on so I definitely won’t run out of things to do.

But part of me longs for travel, this year especially since I’ve got so much free time on my hands.

Christmas 2020

I hate to say it.

It’s going to drive all of you crazy but I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping.

That’s right, I’ve done almost all my Christmas shopping and it’s only mid-November.

This is par for the course with me.

I managed to get some really great deals on stuff for my family and friends..

I’m always on top of things when it comes to buying presents.

And getting ready for Christmas.

Mostly because once my birthday is over, I go into FULL HOLIDAY MODE and start buying presents, planning my Christmas cards, and decorating.

This will be an unusual year because of covid.

We might have to celebrate in our garage.

My brother has two young children and because I do this every year, I got them ornaments of their spirit animals (a seahorse and a black cat) for their Christmas tree to put on the presents I bought them.

So here’s to the start of this weird and wacky Christmas season.

May your days be filled with love and Christmas cheer, even in these challenging times.

Halloween costumes

Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.

Hardcore girls just wear lingerie and some form of animal ears.

I’m stumped however as to what I’ll wear this year, if I wear anything.

Thanks to covid.

Usually I go to a party at my Aunt and Uncle’s house but that’s not happening this year so what’s a girl with 10 totes full of costumes supposed to do?

Perhaps put them on and take pictures in them for my blog?

I always blog when I’m working on the costumes, but never the finished product.

My question to you is this, IF I were to model my costumes for the blog, which ones do you want to see?

Father’s Day and stuff

As we all know, Father’s Day is fast approaching.

I have mixed feelings about Father’s Day mainly because my father basically doesn’t want any acknowledgement of the holiday.

And because he’s a cranky old man.

But even cranky old men deserve a little love and so my sister and I bought him two bottles of 2017 Chateau Kefraya Blanc de Blancs.

Not a huge financial undertaking, just a gesture gift.

Lebanese wine for an old Lebanese man, perfecto!

Plus it’s from the Bekaa Valley which is where my dad hails from so there’s that.

And while we’re on the topic of gifts, I also got my youngest a gift. . . just because:

Parakeet shorts, for my parakeet lover in the family.

Of course, I had to get a matching t-shirt for her as well:

So there you have it – gifts for my loved ones.

All I need is something for my birth father and it’s all taken care of.

Happy VD!

I had a WONDERFUL Valentine’s Day!

First of all I drove my mom to the airport so I had an early start to my Friday which meant when my office closed early for the holiday weekend, I got to start my weekend EVEN EARLIER!

Woot!

Many people sent me text messages wishing me a Happy Valentine’s Day.

I mean, how can you be SOUR when your friends and family pepper you with love?!

Then I took an uber to Campbell and I had a lovely dinner with Nadine before we commenced drinking and socializing with our friends for the Onesie Pub Crawl.

We hopped around from bar to bar and at each location, I drank a gin and tonic or two.

Round about 11 pm everyone headed to my least favorite spot In downtown Campbell so I called it a night and proceeded to head home.

Where I spent the next fee hours swiping right and left on Tinder.

Ah ha ha!

All in all, it truly was a lovely day and an even better evening.

I really had a blast watching people’s faces LIGHT UP when they spotted us in our crowd of onesies.

But the BEST part of the evening had to be when a firetruck filled with handsome firemen drove by me on the street and I caught the fireman on the rig smiling reflexively when they saw us.

Happy Valentine’s Day indeed!

Love Letter #1

I wrote my first of many love letters to a dear “old” friend of mine.

We happened to be texting.

And I’m not sure if it was the effects of watching Ellen Degeneres or the booze I was drinking, but the love just started pouring out of me.

I started out by pointing out what a gift he is in my life:

“I know what a gift you are.  You’re extraordinary.  A true gentleman and a romantic with a generous heart and a playful spirit.”

I went on to tell him, “I think it’s important to tell loved ones that they are loved.  You are one of my favorite people in the world.  And I love you.”

There’s so much I admire about him.

He’s a hopeless romantic.

He is so full of love that he can’t bear to not have someone to give it to.

I love his dry sense of humor and how he is self-deprecating about the things that worry him the most.

And if something happened to me tomorrow, he knows that  he has made my life better by just being in it and that I love him dearly.

And do you know what?

He loves me too!

Isn’t that a blessing?!

I could get used to writing love letters to my family and friends.