You just can’t believe what you read

I read I had lost my posts before a certain date. Then shortly after posting, there they are! Hmmm? Well, however it happened, I’m glad it did. It’s interesting how these posts carry some meaning that I didn’t realize before I almost lost them.

I have not gotten the Christmas cards out and it’s the 23rd. I know late cards are not as good as early ones, but I guess “better late than never” still applies. Sorry if you are reading this and I owe you a card. It’s on it’s way shortly. I’m trying to finish them tonight so they go into the mail tomorrow a.m. Christmas has been way too quiet this year.

I still owe three people presents from the past two years. I have to get serious between Christmas and Jan 1. I want to start the year with nothing hanging over my head. It would be nice to start from where I am at instead of always being behind. And the people who I am making these three things for really mean something to me. Go figure. It’s been one hell of a year.

Bummed about losing posts

I guess I lost all the posts I had before switching to the Christmas background. I thought I had it backed up, but, uh, I can’t find it right now. It’s gotta be here somewhere, right? I’ll stumble across it before too long.

In the meantime, have you seen all the Christmas Scrapbook blog trains going around? I’ve seen them with as many as 80 separate participants. My fav so far is the Christmas Around the World train as it has a color focus of blue this year. There are so many on that train it’s next to impossible to download them all even with a whole month to do it in.

I have to finish up our cards and get them in the mail tomorrow. I can’t believe Christmas has crept up on me again this year. Ayiana chose the picture we’ll put on the cards. She is such a sweety. I won’t put up the picture until after Christmas in case anyone is snooping, but it’s a photo to melt a mother’s heart. At least people should still get them before Christmas. I’ve only gotten a couple myself so maybe people aren’t sending them like in previous years.

The economy is hitting hard in even the smallest ways. And from what I hear, most likely we won’t be pulling out of this until 2010. Somehow I feel insulated here in New Mexico. Small towns don’t see the unemployment quite as bad because we are already pretty self sufficient. Having the Walmart finally forces the other stores to become competitive or go out of business. I don’t go out to eat much anyway, so that won’t change my lifestyle. I have my warm bungalow next to the Rio Grande, my two girls doing well, a reliable car, even I am able to work pt faculty, one class per semester. That is something to be grateful for. That gives me an idea. I’ll have to work on this and get back to you. But do come back.

I should have more time to focus on putting my blog in order between semesters, so I can’t wait to get to it. In the meantime, time for a good night’s rest. Til tomorrow.

We have a Christmas blog afterall

Thanks to a lady named Allie Brown (click this post title) who created the kit, and Vicki who created this gorgeous Christmas kit, I have the Christmas blog layout loaded! Woohooo! I love it. I did not know changing your blog decor could be as much fun as writing it. lol

Two more weeks and the semester is over and I’m on Christmas break. I’ve really enjoyed getting back into teaching. I love the eagerness to learn I see in most college students. And I’ve learned if you don’t see it, you can create it. If you are one of those students who doesn’t feel the eagerness, challenge yourself. When I get my Career page in better shape, I will have a lot of information posted that will assist students in meeting their goals in college, even in Grad school. (That was a trip!) Off to grade the last exam and get grades ready for class, although I’m in such a Christmasy mood I want to go download all those kits in the post below. So why don’t you get started for me? lol ttyl

JIC Creations: Blog Train Freebies Galore!

JIC Creations: Blog Train Freebies Galore!
This blog has 4 Christmas Blog Trains going and 2 more starting later this month! If you want to collect some gorgeous Christmas kits, quickpages, mini-kits, etc., this lady’s blog has I would guess 140 links to different blog participants on the different trains.

So lets go for a ride. It’s going to take me until Christmas to download all of these gorgeous kits. Thanks to all participants! Tell them Enchantedcropper sent you. 🙂

Train ** 44 Blogs Long ** Christmas Mini-Kits

Can you believe it! 44 Christmas mini-kits from the designers at Digitalscrapbookpages. Click on the post title or Digitals and you’ll be on your way. That will take you to one of the fab designer’s blog’s, Shawn Walters. Download her mini-kit and then follow the list below it. These designers at Digitals are the most generous I have found. And the most talented! Okay, yes, I’m a First Responder there, but that is why. If you want to work or volunteer somewhere, you want to do it with the best. So get busy, it’s going to take a while to download 44 mini-kits. That still blows my mind!

Black Friday

Well, I just couldn’t do it. I stayed home, safe and warm, no one pushing me, stepping on me, (I’m short) or otherwise jostling me. I am trying the simple lifestyle these days anyway. No more going overboard, with Christmas or anything else. I have learned my lesson on that over the years. I have been decluttering my house 7 months now! You think I liked “stuff”. I am doing the don’t keep it unless you love it method. (I haven’t hit my clothes closet yet. That’s going to be a real hard part.) So I’m putting up a 4′ Christmas tree with simple decorations and buying one or two presents for my dd’s and we’re good. What are you going to do? Would love to read some other peoples ideas and plans for Christmas. If you click the title of this post, you’ll get only this post on the page and all the comments listed so you can read them all. Now you better write some comments, don’t make me look foolish. :o) Enjoy the rest of your day!