If you are like me you might suffer from “Winter Blues or Seasonal Effective Disorder” or just from the lack of sunshine because you have clouds or just snow. So here is a slice of sunshine for folks and yes I personally rolled around in this spot and was very happy to see sunshine today. I have been rather tired of the clouds and gloom lately.
Here is a link for a holiday card I wanted to pass out to folks that follow or even check this site every now and again.
So Happy Holidays from me to you.
First off a link to start things off to help everyone to not be quite the consumers but, hopefully to be a little less
This week has been a bit strange. I would have thought most creatures would either be sleeping or well dead. I have had a lady bug land on me while I was doing yoga one morning. I felt something on my back and brushed it off onto my yoga pants. At first I thought I had killed it by accident but, it decided to crawl up my yoga top and at that point I stopped doing my yoga to take the lady bug outside (it was still warm when I did this). I realize that we have had warmer weather than usual lately but, still you would think that having bugs in your house would no longer be an issue.
Today my beloved Sin (Shin) was staring at something in the bathroom. I admit I had no idea what she was staring at and hunting. I later discovered a very fat fly in our house. I admit I am a bit reluctant to shoo it outside since it is very cold out but, since he/she will only live for about 3 days to a week. Sorry not sure of the life span of a fly. I guess for now it can stay unless it decides to dive bomb me while I sleep then it will have to leave. I value my sleep.
I did want to mention something my husband who is the computer master/geek told me and it explains a lot. If you use yahoo for anything like say mail which I do. He told me that only 20% of all the people who work, test, program, etc. for yahoo actually use yahoo mail and other things that yahoo might offer like news etc. I was shocked, so in case you are currently unhappy with yahoo mail and all the “updates” to make the site “better” now you know why so many people who actually use it are upset and disappointed with the service. My use of yahoo for my mail might be changing in 2014 not sure yet who I would use instead but, if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I would appreciate it.
Not much new is going on at this end. I have been stuck at home for awhile due to the weather and my husband taking our one and only car to work with him. I really hate this time of year just for being stuck inside most of the time.
Today we got A LOT of rain so much that when I took our trash and recyclables to the curb I ended up with very wet boots and feet, ah well. Now I am in the process of trying to dry out my boots without feeling the need/urge to put them in the dryer.
I also wanted to share this web post for folks who are trying to either decide what to do with their clutter, are just beginning with their clutter, or just dreading the holidays because they know they will be getting more stuff even though they have told family, and friends to give them gift cards, or even money.
http://manvsdebt.com/clutter-disaster-plan/. I have thought about this a lot while I was getting rid of my stuff earlier this year and helping my mom with her stuff. I have basically decided that I would probably save the following items in no particular order.
1. The companion animals and their supplies like food, litter etc.
2. My daughter, some clothes of hers, a few toys and one of her purses.
3. My husband, his clothes and computer.
4. My clothes.
5. My backpack.
6. My computer and Kindle.
7. My purse.
8. My pictures and camera.
What would you save if you had little time to evacuate your apartment, or house?
I just thought I would share what I want for the holidays in no particular order and feel free to share yours as well.
1. Peace on Earth toward all creatures human and nonhuman alike.
2. To travel to the places I have longed to see and take my daughter with me.
3. No more prejudice in the world.
4. No more factory farms where animals are used and abused.
5. Freedom for everyone.
6. To be debt free.
7. To reconnect with my friends who are far away and see them again.
8. More precious moments with my daughter with hugs, kisses, and tickle fights galore.
It is not a long list of things that I want. I feel that in some small way I am helping with the Peace, freedom, and no factory farms by being a Vegan it is a small step but, it is a step in the right direction. I also think I am helping with numbers 3 and 5 by my small but, important donation to V-day.org and I am doing it for my daughter as well as every woman.
What is on your holiday wish list?
Today is the official day of being done with shopping for the holidays whew! So glad that is over with. I even got one student loan paid off as well today and sent it certified return receipt so that way I have proof that they did actually get my money. It is the rush of the holidays to get presents mailed, UPS’d or Fedex’d to folks. So I wanted to make sure it gets there.
Tuesday joy of joys is giving to various worthy organizations and yet again my inbox was filled and a lot promptly deleted. Not saying any of these organizations are not worthy but, after giving myself my early holiday gift I have very little money to burn, donate, or even rub together for now.
Does anyone have any great holiday recipes they would love to share or even just one? I personally have declared the chai spice cookies to be our holiday go to for cookies. You can decorate, cut out or basically do what you normally do with your holiday cookies. If you love chai tea then these are just like drinking it except, you get to eat it and without the caffeine. You can find the recipe in 1000 Vegan Recipes on pg. 433. Although this year I might try something different will have to get the input of my daughter to see what she wants.