Another Blue Christmas

What is it about the threat of snow that turns people in our area into really, really bad drivers?  I mean – they’re driving 20 miles under the speed limit (and the limit is 25!).  The road is completely dry, but they’re driving like, well, the cliche’ is “little old ladies,” but that’s not fair to little old ladies.  One guy pulled out right in front of me.  The speed limit was 45, so he drove 20.  I’m not kidding.  AND he kept putting on his brakes.  I kept thinking maybe I was hallucinating and missing the 5-8 inches of snow they’re calling for.  But, no.  It’s just not snowing.  And even if it does snow later, it’s been too warm to amount to anything.  The 5-8 inches they’re “calling for” will be in the mountains (so maybe they’ll get 2″), and here in the valley, we may have snow dust that will turn to just wet roads in an hour.  It’s not even going to get that cold.  I don’t get it.  But when we stopped at the grocery store to say hi to Wesley (so he could have lunch with Steph), there was the whole town buying milk, eggs, bread and toilet paper.  Having stocked up on bread and toilet paper already, and having enough eggs and milk in the house, I stocked up on Triscuits, hot chocolate and brownies.  Now that’s emergency food!

I decided to make chili tonight, since the weather had turned, well, chilly.  I always make two batches – one with hamburger and one without (for Jon).  He was heading to Rachel’s, so I sent a bowl of the hamburger chili to her, and Jon took his veggie chili so they could eat together.  I also experimented with Whoopie Pies.  They’re really just brownies with fluffy white icing in the middle.  I think we’re all in sugar comas right now.  Sweet things don’t usually bother me, but – wow!  These were really sweet.  And I discovered that my live-in bakers had used all the vegetable oil, so I used applesauce instead of oil, which made them very dense and heavy.  I’m ready for a nap!

After dealing with all the bad drivers today, I found this in my mailbox when I got home, and it totally made my day.

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Isn’t that gorgeous?  It’s from Margaret Brunier, a friend from Illinois.    It’s even prettier in person, because there’s shimmer paint on the dark blue parts of the ornament.  The ornament stencil is retired, but I’m going to try to “recreate” it with something else.  If it works, you’ll see it.  If I’m very quiet about the results, you’ll know I bombed.  I’m not sure I can ever do justice to this, though.  I love the colors and her shading.  Here are the details.

Stamp sets:  The Sounding Joy* (inside), Christmas Lodge*, Creative Elements, Bells  & Boughs; Ink: Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Versamark; Paper:   Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla card stock; Other:  Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, basic rhinestones, Champagne Mist shimmer paint, scallop trim border punch; stencil (retired)  (*Available in the Holiday Mini Catalog; all other products available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)

I’m enjoying receiving all the swap cards from my friends.  They’re all so creative and clever.  Mine finally got mailed out today.  Tomorrow I’ll show you the one I got from Mary Fife from Massachusetts.  It’s another beautiful one, and she very cleverly used Lovely as a Tree!  I also have some from Patti Leake and Diane Oliver to show you.  Diane used Lovely as a Tree, too, in a totally unique way, and Patti’s is a Dasher card.  I love that little reindeer!  They’re all just amazing.

I’m off to try to work off this sugar high.  Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by.


About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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