Tying Up Loose Ends

Posted by mrssmythe on December 23, 2013 in Celebrations, Crafting, Critters, Kitchen |

Today was the day I tried to accomplish all the things I had meant to do this holiday season but hadn’t yet managed to get to.

First up – the glitter ornaments I’d bought supplies for back in November. Pepper and I spent an hour this morning painting styrofoam balls with glue, then shaking glitter all over them. This was phase one. Phase two was supposed to occur after they dried.



Someone interrupted the drying process. I wonder how many of these will stick to her when she finally decides to leave that basket.

Next, I made another round of Christmas cookies. These came from the same dough I used for the sugar cookies several days back. However, instead of cutting them out, I tinted the dough, rolled them into logs, and sliced them. A pretty labor intensive process.


Ginger came in, saw them, and said, “Mommy! You bought the Pillsbury kind from the grocery store! Thank you!”

Meanwhile, Pepper – deeply engrossed in Minecraft – reached over to try one and accidentally grabbed a disc of raw dough off the cookie sheet that was heading into the oven. I watched her bite into it, expecting her to realize what she’d done.

Her expression didn’t change at all.

Finally, I said, “How’s that cookie tasting?”

“Good,” she answered.

“They’re even better baked,” I replied.

At which point, she finally snapped to attention and realized what was going on.

“You seriously didn’t realize it was raw dough?” I asked her, taking back what remained of the cookie.

She shrugged. “I just thought you hadn’t baked it long enough. I wasn’t going to say anything. I didn’t want to hurt your feelings.”

And, finally, I was able to drop by the mall to pick up a few last minute gifts for CPT America. (To give him, mind you. CPT America finished his shopping weeks ago).

I had to work to keep focused, though, because it’s so interesting to watch other people shop. I’d pass a display and think, “Who in the world would give that as a gift?” And then, five minutes later, someone would be pausing in front of that very display saying to his children, “What do you think about something like that for your mother?”


So, did I get all my loose ends tied up today?


I’m still working on a handful of gifts, and many things still need to be wrapped (including what I bought today for CPT America). But I’m swiftly approaching the point of no return. Things will either get done or they won’t. Either way, Christmas will come.

And, anyway – it’s hard to feel stressed about anything after watching five episodes of “I Love Lucy,” which is what Pepper and I did while CPT America and Ginger attended a holiday banquet for Ginger’s gymnastics team this evening. We consoled ourselves in their absence by eating large quantities of toasted raviolis from Olive Garden.


Pepper snapped this shot when I dashed in to get them.

As you can see, it rained today.

From the dining room table beside a sparkly cat,

Mrs. Smythe

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