Saturday, December 22, 2018

This (Holiday) Week

Happy Friday Saturday, blogging pals, and happy (day after) winter solstice. While I may not care for the winter months ahead, I do welcome the return of the light. Because as of today, the nights begin getting shorter and the days start getting longer. Yippee! Who doesn’t like more daylight?

As you can see, this post was supposed to go live yesterday but I wasn’t able to complete it because it was a crazy busy time. I spent the entire day doing a mega cleaning to a good portion of the house. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the dust bunnies accumulate, especially with cats in the house.

Another thing we did yesterday is put up our Christmas tree. This is very late for us. We usually have it up at the beginning of the month. We kept putting it off and putting it off, and the days kept going by. It’s finally done and it looks beautiful. And the bonus is that the cats have shown little to no interest in it. I hope it stays that way!



Friday wasn’t the only chaotic day; it’s been insanely demanding but wonderfully productive all week. From multiple visits for groceries to hours spent in the kitchen, I've been keeping really busy (and out of trouble). It’s beyond belief how much is involved when you host a holiday. To make things easier, I’ve prepared a few things in advance. In my freezer so far you’ll find homemade cranberry jelly, maple-glazed carrots, sweet potato burgers, lemon-glazed cookies and the most amazingly moist brownies you will ever eat. The sweet potato burgers are specifically made with my younger daughter in mind who is vegan. But it doesn’t stop there. Every single thing I bake or cook for Christmas (aside from the turkey, obviously) is vegan. I make sure that all bellies are equally full and blissfully happy in our household.



Despite the roller coaster of a day yesterday, we squeezed in a visit with our neighbours who invited us over for coffee around 7:30. It was nice to get out and unwind with some friends. And it’s so cool to be able to just walk across the street to do so! You know what else is cool? Having someone prepare the most amazing coffee you’ve ever had. I think they have a Nespresso machine, if I remember right. Anyhow, I’ve never had one from this machine and WOW was it ever good. I looked up the price for it this morning and...nope...we won’t be getting one any time soon. I guess we’ll just hope our neighbours invite us over again. *snort*



Thursday morning we stopped in at the local SPCA with a box full of donations. I checked the wish list on their website and selected some items from there for us to pick up. We’ve been so blessed with the kitten we adopted from there in January that we wanted to show our gratitude. Kazee was six months old when we took her home and she has brought an abundance of joy into our lives from day one. And she is here because of this organization. Her previous family surrendered her after she had seizures and was on the brink of death from being treated with flea medicine for dogs. Instead of being put down, she was given a chance to live. And thank goodness for that because she has turned out to be the most amazing cat we’ve ever had. So we made a contribution on her behalf to celebrate our good fortune and to thank everyone involved - and the universe - for letting her live. *sniff*



Wow, I’ve really rambled on, so I will stop here, set you all free and wish you a wonderful weekend!

(I am behind on your blogs but I’ll get to them some time today.)

28 comments:

  1. Hahahahahaha "pre-installed cat!" And how lovely of you to remember all the shelter kitties at Christmas!

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    1. Wouldn't it be funny if there really was a tree like that? I bet it would be a hit :)

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  2. Funny cat tree! We are lucky so far. I think maybe because they are outside / inside cats, they can burn off energy outside, so that inside is a place of rest (and food). Sounds like you have been busy, but good idea freezing a bunch of food ahead of time. -Jenn

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    1. Our luck is continuing. Neither one has touched the tree yet. They've shown no interest in it. It's crazy! But I'm thankful for it :)

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  3. Merry Christmas Martha, you did some hard work there. Our mall has a Nespresso counter where they will sometimes give free samples and sell their machines.

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    1. It makes great coffee but it's expensive. It is not a priority, so it'll just have to wait. Possibly forever :)

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  4. Thankfully our kitties don't care much about the tree either! It's so busy this time of year. I'm loving the Cookie Fail pic, sometimes mine look like that! Have a lovely time with your family this Christmas!

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    1. My cookies sometimes look like that but at least they taste good :)
      Merry Christmas to you!

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  5. My mom hasn't put up a real tree since getting her cat Danny. I wonder why?

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  6. That is sweet of you to make everything vegan, that can be tricky. Hosting is a lot of work, but fun. :)

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    1. I've had quite a bit of practice with vegan recipes and it's gotten much easier over time. It's actually not difficult, just different. Baking can be tricky but meals are simple. Hosting is indeed fun despite the work!

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  7. Hmm, a Christmas tree with a pre-installed self-destruct mechanism.....

    I applaud your commitment to veganism -- sounds tasty!

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    1. HAHAHA Can you imagine such a tree!

      The vegan cooking and baking is very tasty and everyone enjoys it. I do a lot of it year round and just bought myself another vegan cookbook to do even more. My goal is to keep working on making changes in my life that will support a cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

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  8. Have a very merry Christmas.

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  9. I know hosting is hard work but I hope you enjoy, too! Everything sounds so good!

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    1. There'll be plenty of time to enjoy! I hope you are feeling much better.

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  10. We're doing simple hosting this year and there still is quite a bit to get it all done. With us being gone for a bit last week that put us behind with grocery shopping, which will get done today (with lots of patience on my part). Will have to get the house cleaned up a bit too tomorrow. So busy times, but fun times!

    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas Martha!

    betty

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    1. Busy but fun. That is what this time of year is like. I hope you have a wonderful time, Betty. Merry Christmas!

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  11. I'm sure your kitty is glad that you adopted her. Flea medicine for dogs! Good night nurse. And then they leave her at the shelter. She's so much better off with you.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you, Janie. We think so, too. This sweet cat was given a second chance at life and she is getting all the love she deserves.

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  12. You have been busy! Hosting adds yet another layer of work to the holidays, but it's all worth it. Kudos for all the vegan food you are preparing. Sweet potato burgers sound amazing (because I'm a sweet potato fan, probably :)) Thank you for remembering the shelter kitties. Kazee is a lucky girl to have landed in your home.

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    1. I love sweet potatoes! They are so good. And funny enough, I didn't start eating them until much later in life. It's not something I grew up with. I wish I could take all the shelter cats home with me. There are far too many waiting for homes. It is very heartbreaking. Kazee is a real blessing and we are very fortunate that 'she chose us'. :)

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  13. Lovely to read your post, you've certainly been busy.
    Have a wonderful Christmas-time with family.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Merry Christmas, Jan! Have a wonderful time with loved ones.

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  14. Merriest Christmas to you and your family Martha...
    My son is vegan...one daughter veghead...other daughter has Celiac...needless to say...cooking is a challenge!
    See you in the New Year...
    Cheers!🥂
    Linda

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    1. Oh my gosh, Linda, cooking is VERY challenging at your place. But...we do it. Because we love our kids :) I'm always happy making these meals for my daughter. And she's always so grateful!

      Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2019!

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