Christmas Crunch | Getting Ready for the Holidays

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I hope you enjoy “Christmas Crunch”. We enjoy the holidays but it is a lot of work, as you know, to pull it off. If you make it to the end, let me know. The end is most important part where the results of our labor really comes thru!

I love Christmas and so does our family and it’s just a special gift in itself to be able to make a family Christmas for everyone, many of whom have made special Christmases for me. Enjoy as I share my days off in preparation for the big day.

Working During a Holiday Week and the Quest for Good Nutrition at Non-MLM Prices

George’s company had the employees off Monday for their 2nd Christmas holiday and then their New Year Holiday is Friday, and I believe that is how many companies did it. We only had the one holiday at Christmas this year. And I really missed it. It feels like a holiday week for me though still – only that I’m having to work it, lol. Meanwhile George made his holiday time productive by making pot pies with the turkey and ham leftovers. These are somehow in our freezers. There’s not room for much else. But better than the leftovers go to waste.

I cannot wait to have time to look at my Christmas gifts again, to get my nails done, to plan 2022, to do the next bucket list, to work on the Year in Review, to work on Roger’s tribute. But we are in full work mode – excuse me – I am in full work mode. Some of us actually have a 3 day week if you were lucky enough to have an employer that gave you the 2nd holiday and New Year’s Eve off. I’ll be singing the praises next week though on the 3rd when I’m off for our New Year HOL on my birthday. I only work ONE day next week to do payroll and then I’m off the rest of the week and we fly to Texas for grandson’s first birthday party.

I have been pretty much exhausted and a bit under the weather this week. As has George. Christmas does this every year to me. So I’ve gone in early and left early – not that much earlier though. I should have left by 3:30 every day but I think it’s been more like 4. So the company getting extra work out of me. lol Should make them very proud, lol lol. Today we have bad storms, possibly tornadic so I plan on coming home and folding checks from home so I’m not caught on the road. I’ll work part of the day from here to avoid that. There is NO WHERE to stop should there be any bad storms in b/w there and home. So it’s important on days like this to make sure I’m not on the road when it starts to happen.

I’ll probably go in early today anyway. So again, I’ll probably end up with a longer day rather than a shorter one. Usually how it turns out. lol.

The roofer guy came yesterday for a more proper inspection of our roof. They did a temporary fix to the obvious from the last storm til they could get out and do a proper full inspection. We were in a waiting line from the last storm.

So one of the things on my mind, with rising costs occurring, and also our need to sort of ween ourselves into a more of a retirement mode kind of lifestyle (so we don’t go cold Turkey in a couple of years) is to take myself off of any of the wellness products I’ve been using. It’s so good but it’s so expensive when you add shipping and tax. I get it. It’s MLM (multi level marketing), but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the products. I just need to make a list of all the things that I use and begin visiting some health food stores or on line places and see if I can’t get some of it more cheaply. Maybe there are some things at the grocery I’m just not aware of. That will be one of my projects this year. I’ve done the conversion with my vitamins already. For the most part.

This drink above is filled with nutrition and so are the shakes. So I just have to figure out how to do these on my own. I’m tired of shakes though, lol. So I will work on taking myself off completely. I will always remember the time of my life where I joined the team to do the MLM, it was one of the sweetest, happiest, times of my life, being part of this team and group and having the side hustle. But because of my personality, and my ability to dive wholly into something, it wore me out trying. I was consumed by it and didn’t really have time for it. I had to give it up before I lost family, friends, work. I didn’t look back. I did create this blog “Less Hustle, More Coffee” because I wanted to enjoy the rest of my days. God was telling me that I didn’t need to chase a dream or chase $ to enjoy the rest of my life. George was not on board with my dream anyway – to RV and travel full time for an extended period of time. He was not supportive of this and basically told me if I chased this dream and did this that I’d be leaving him so I guessed that meant he would file for divorce saying I left. So I was chasing something that would be taking us apart. I’m left with supporting “his dream” for retirement I guess instead of mine to stay married, lol. Maybe one day we’ll have “our dream” for retirement. My guess is that we won’t plan it, it’ll just be what it will be. And as of right now, looks like it is being planned for us. Mom has now moved here so it would be rude of us to move away, lol. But if we do I guess we have to take her with us somewhere and I don’t think ANY of us want to move anyone ever again! So yeah, looks like we are concreted here as of now. The kids haven’t said whether they intend to stay in TX or not, so I guess here is where we will be.

Anyway, my main point was that I’ll be on a nutrition journey this year to try and find good things to eat and drink that is not at the prices of MLM where you are supporting bonuses and commission fees. It’ll probably still be expensive though and if in my journey I can’t get what I need, I guess I’ll still do the wellness company b/c there are certain things I just need these days to feel better. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll share with you any things I find. One thing I DID like about the wellness company I do is that there is a lot of research that goes into it and resourcing to get good ingredients. It’s a product you know is good. So we’ll see what happens in the coming year!

Of course I get next to ZERO time lately to do anything I need or want to do. I’m patiently waiting for my weekend so I can even look at my Christmas gifts. I’ve been too tired at night to even go in the living room and piddle.

I really need rest ya’ll. I really, really need rest. I mean I’ve gone to bed as early as 5:30 one night, but usually around 7:30 to give me an edge up. Anyway, let’s get through this work week and then this weekend I’ll be washing and packing for Texas. Won’t have much time next week. It’ll be here quickly.

And that is my mid-week update. So mainly just working and waiting, working and waiting – for time off! As always!

A Wonderful Family Christmas that Flew By Way Too Fast

First of all Thank You for those that watched the latest “Less Hustle More Coffee” video (see yesterday’s entry for the link to YouTube). Christmas was probably not the best time to put out another video but I didn’t want to put it off as I have so many to catch up on. I’d like to catch us up to being at least 4 to 6 weeks to current time. The next one will be Roger’s tribute and I am formulating ideas. It will involve some filming so that takes even more time. Plus we will be going to Texas soon.

I have a lot of pics to share. I have shared a lot of them on Facebook so some of you have seen them already if you follow me there and I show in your feeds.

This Christmas happened so fast. This past week we were working by day and seeing family at night and then we had a lot of cooking to do and prepping for Christmas, stockings for all that was there on Christmas Day, and so by Christmas Day afternoon, I was exhausted. Yesterday I was able to do almost nothing but ironing for work, washing our sheets for 3 beds in the house, and washing all the blankets. I watched Sister Wives or videos the rest of the day. And I’ve not slept well the last two nights and honestly am just not feeling good. However, life moves on and we have responsibilities so we thrust ourselves forward. Christmas just about kills me every year. But we love it and we have looked forward to everyone coming and it’s been a dream come true. So now we have to build our strength for Texas, to that little grandson’s birthday and the never ending year end processing that we are graced with when we are already beaten to death by the holidays. lol lol lol Yeee Ha, tis the American Way.

Christmas Eve

This was several families worth that had been dropped off for Christmas Day. And several large gifts at that. I think there were presents for about 21 people if I counted correctly. Not that many were there but there was gifts either to/from extended family and friends as well. Some had been shipped in.

We tried to create a good atmosphere and spirit. I loved having the TV on YouTube playing Christmas music to a scene of a living room or cafe with Christmas tree and crackling fire. Oh yeah, we are beyond just the fireplace scene, lol. One day I will share some of those Ambiance channels with you.

Pics of the mantle.

Dinner was turkey, dressing, baked sweet potato, whiskey carrots, cranberry, 7 layer salad, and rolls. It was good and we were stuffed. None of us could eat dessert, cheese cake.

Christmas Day

Little Roo’s Santa where Santa visited our house too.

Some of the food. I didn’t get it all I don’t think.

Katy’s birthday cake. She was born on Christmas Day! We have learned that no one really can eat many sweets by the time Christmas Day arrives. We are often left with most all of the cake leftover. So George bought Katy a cinnamon donut for her cake, lol. I don’t think much of it was eaten either, lol.

Present opening was wild and crazy and I loved seeing what I got everyone, lol. It was so special having Little Roo around.

Part of the Aftermath:

Earlier in the Week…..

A fabulous time!

Now today it is back to work for me to do time sheets and get the next payroll done. If you didn’t get a chance to see the video, see the previous post. Subscribe if you haven’t already so you will get a notification when it comes out.

So I will probably pop in at some point this week. Katy and Cody pushed through and are safe at home. Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken travel back tomorrow. If I don’t get back here in the next few days, it’s just me taking a break. If so, I’ll be back by New Year’s to do the “Year in Review” but goodness, let’s just go ahead and say all we did was move Mom. lol. I think that was most of our year.

Hope your Christmas was special and that you get some time off. Not all of us are that lucky. But I get most of my week off next week. It’ll throw the year end processing in a tail spin and I’ll probably have to make up the hours, thus losing the PTO but that is also the American Way ::sigh:: And I am worn out before it all starts. But I am not missing my grandson’s first birthday party – family is coming first. Maybe one day they won’t be so far away. It’s really hard for us to travel out there. And now especially with so much going on here and with Mom. Over and Out for now.