Don't you love buying brand new Christmas ornaments each year and adding to the ones you have had for a long time? Have you made your own? I have made lots of them.
Good Monday morning! It started out at 50° this morning instead of 38° like yesterday morning. We had a special delivery this morning, my Christmas present! Yes, it is finally here. I asked for a hot tub. Now all of the good, bigger ones are sold out and the replacements are out in the Pacific Ocean, floating on ships that don't seem to be getting unloaded.
So David ordered what they had and even then we waited three weeks for delivery. This is one of the blow up spas which we will take for now. Later on, when they come in, I want a nice, good sized more permanent hot tub that is big enough to work out in.
Matthew has been setting it up in the backyard. I sat in it to see how big it is.
Matthew is now filling it up and next will be figuring out how to heat it up. We have the chlorine holder and chlorine today.
The commercial refrigerator in the farm store was reading 66° just a little while ago and I have no idea why. So I started messing with it. It finally kicked on so someone turned it off for some reason or it cut off...Nothing was in it that needed refrigeration so we are good. I sold out of all of my eggs on Friday. Now the temperature is going down at a pretty quick rate. Hopefully, it will be at 33° Fahrenheit soon.
David is at the vet with Molly who has fluid around her heart. Three weeks ago, the vet put her on a new heart medication plus she is already taking Lasix to get rid of excess fluid. This causes her to pee on the floor almost everyday in the house so that has been a delightful blessing. We do really well getting her outside but then someone lets her in and we don't realize because we are at work. Then I go in the house and there is a giant puddle...Fun, fun times. Anyway, today's visit is to see if the new heart medication is making her any better.
The heart medication is doing okay and her lungs are clear, but the vet says she will always have some fluid around her heart. She gained one half pound. We keep trying to feed her more but she is not that interested in food unless it is a chewy.
I have been fascinated by Christmas ornaments ever since I was a little girl, helping to decorate our Christmas tree. Back then, most ornaments were glass and very breakable. Each December, they would crash to the ground and break and my mother would yell. Now, so many are unbreakable plastic and are so cheap looking.
Over the years, I have made a lot of Christmas ornaments. I have made clay Christmas ornaments, foam Christmas ornaments, paper Christmas ornaments, added paint to the inside of clear plastic Christmas ornaments, made cross stitch ornaments, sewed cloth Christmas ornaments, and even did some crocheted Christmas ornaments. Most are not even that hard to make.
This season, we have been so busy with David's father's illness and ultimate death, funeral, managing his bills and things, and the aftermath of him having a will with two executors, an addendum that the court won't recognize, plus a sick dog with a lot of vet visits, and David going to his doctor appointments, and we can't forget about the business, David's Garden Seeds®, that I have not had a chance to think about making some ornaments this year. I really wanted to but so far there has not been time. Of course, Thanksgiving was in there and then two weeks of being sick with a cold after that.
I am thinking maybe I will get to make some Christmas ornaments with my Cricut some time over the next few weeks.
The hot tub was at 77° after work. I collected eggs and went to check on the mail since the mailman never came all day long and we have over 200 orders waiting to go out. The mailman came at 6pm. His vehicle broke down earlier in the day. Out here in the country, the mailmen have to use their own vehicles. I got a package and two Christmas cards.
I sat down and read the instructions on the hot tub. The lid has to be on while it is heating so I put the lid in and slowly, the heat started to go up.
Gordon Ramsay had a fun new two hour show on tonight and again tomorrow night. We watched and then turned on the newest episode of Yellowstone. We love that show, except for all of the swearing.
Good Tuesday morning! It is 63° and foggy. The hot tub is finally up to 91°, still not warm enough to get in. Interesting, isn't it? I never dreamed it would take this long. I had several dreams of hot tubbing in the night. I thought I might be able to go in early this morning. Why is it taking so long to heat up?
David went to a breakfast meeting with the pastor so it is just me and the girls. I need to put some clothes on and go feed the animals but it is cold and wet out there.
Nacho and his workers are here to do some more wood working around the place. Everything is wet and the sky looks like it could snow at any moment. However, it is 63° so there is no chance of that happening.
I hung up some stockings and made Molly a stocking since this is her first Christmas with us. By "made" a stocking, I mean I bought one and put her name on it in glitter. It is drying in the craft room. The only thing is it doesn't match the others but that is okay.
At mid-afternoon, a large truck pulled up. David's big Christmas gift arrived--a sauna. For years, David has put heaters in a bathroom in San Antonio, pretending it was his sauna. Out here on the farm, he put heaters in a small room in one of the sheds, calling it his sauna. Now, he has a real sauna. The thing is huge. We put it in the guestroom. Matt and Aaron put it together. There is room for two but I hate to sweat.
Right at the end of the day, we had two different customers come in. They each bought three or four packs of seeds. The man said his wife told him just today about us and that he would be back when he could because he loved our store.
The stocking for Molly dried and it looks okay.
I seriously want to make some Christmas ornaments this year. I got all new polymer clay back in October to do so, but time has not been on my side. I used to make ornaments and sell them at craft fairs so I do a decent job...
I was hoping to make some Christmas ornaments with the grandchildren. They normally come down a week or two before Christmas so they can be at their house for Christmas Day. However, this year, we won't get them until after Christmas because their parents cannot get consecutive days off from work. So we will have Christmas with them on the day after Christmas and then have the kids one at a time for a week each. They live four hours away so it's not like we can just drop by to do things with them.
As I mentioned earlier in the day, Nacho was here working today. At 5pm he said he would be here for at least another hour. Of course, my brand new hot tub finally got hot enough to go in, but I was not going to go out in my bathing suit in front of three guys working out there. He finally left at 6:30pm when it was good and dark. So I got changed and went out there. I took a little battery operated lantern and had a good time in the hot tub. The trouble I had was with the latches that hold down the top. Once I finally got those unbuckled, I got in and turned on the massage feature. It was awesome.
The water was so good with the heat and the movement. I was in a hurry to get out though, because I thought the Gordon Ramsay show where he and his friends try to find Santa was coming on at 7pm. (It didn't come on until 8pm.)
So I got out of the hot tub and put the top back on the hot tub. I was by the pool. The pool and hot tub sit on two different decks, with space between the two levels. In the dark, I did not realize that was there. So down I fell, giving myself a bruise on my backside and I bent my right big toe somehow so it hurts pretty badly.
I wish the hot tub were a little bigger but this is all that was available right now and it really does feel great. I was hoping to swim a little for exercise. But it will be fun. The stars looked so gorgeous while I was out there.
Good morning. My toe is still hurting and, of course, I can tell exactly where my bruise is. Fun times. I called for a podiatry appointment but I cannot get in until next Monday. At first, the receptionist talked about the week after Christmas...
This Friday, we have a KTSA representative coming to the farm to talk about advertising on their radio station again. We are planning a TV commercial for January through March on Me-TV which is an ABC affiliate here in the San Antonio area. We already shot the commercial for it.
It is hard to believe that next week is Christmas already. How did that happen? I still have gifts to wrap. This is the worst part of Christmas, having to wrap...It is a lot of work and I always have to do it by myself. I still need to make Christmas ornaments as well.
At the farm store, there was condensation on the outside of the commercial refrigerator. I looked on the control and the motor was off and the temperature was rising. I could not get it on. I unplugged and replugged to reset but that did not work. Then I started looking online. I finally found a YouTube video that showed me how to use the control. I have no idea where the instruction book is. I went over and set it and it is on and cooling again. I hope it works.
So I was in the Production building when one of our new workers came in and turned in a nice $149 pair of steel toed work boots and left. She did not quit, the boots don't fit her. We sent her to buy a pair of work boots so why didn't she get some that fit? They are 6.5 tiny shoes so I can't wear them. Matthew took them back but they said they had been worn so they would not take them back. This girl is a temporary worker and has hardly worn them because they hurt her feet. She is now wearing her own steel toed shoes. Why didn't she just say she had her own? I am not happy about having that much money wasted for no good reason. If it were up to me, I would let her go and take the money out of her check.
Amazon shows that I am getting six packages today, all Christmas gifts, most of them for the fire pit area for David. Yes, most of our gifts are outdoor area Christmas gifts this year. We have never done that before. David used his sauna. Not sure how it will go when the grandkids are here for two weeks because the sauna is in the guestroom. It should be interesting.
The UPS lady did not get to our house until after 6pm tonight. It was dark and she brought us about 12 packages. Six were for me, mostly for the fire pit that I am giving David for Christmas. She said there was a fatal pedestrian auto accident and the police could not tell if it was a man or a woman so she did not get to start her route until after 10am and she had 127 stops to make. That is a lot of stops to make even if you start early in the morning.
On this site, I have a page on Christmas ornaments that I wrote a few years back. Specifically, take a look at this recipe for cinnamon Christmas ornaments. They are not edible so do not eat them. The cinnamon Christmas ornaments smell wonderful. My kids and I used to make and sell them to our friends and acquaintances during the Christmas season. We sold a lot of them.
Good Thursday morning! I am without my assistant today but that is okay. I have been trying to fix things on our Shopify website. I have spent literally hours upon hours this week trying to find out where to go to change things in different spots on the website. I hate Shopify and I want to change our website back to SBI. SBI is easy for the website builders to use. Shopify is good for the customers but it is hard to figure out.
LOL! So I am sitting in the store and it is almost 1pm right now. A lady came in wanting to rent one of our little houses or trailers. I said we don't have any little houses. The buildings are all part of our David's Garden Seeds® business. She couldn't believe it. When you come here, you will notice that we do have several portable buildings but they all are a part of our business. One houses the production side. Another houses our storage and shipping department. Then we have more storage plus our break room and kitchen areas. None are vacant and none are for rent.
We have a big operation and we ship our seeds all over the country. We count and pack our own seeds in envelopes that we make and we move a lot of product each year.
This afternoon, we made some more home canned items and pickled items that I will have to add to the website.
Matthew finished the fire pit area in the backyard which is David's Christmas gift. I think it looks great.
I hung some new string lights by the hot tub. I still have to put together and hang some for over by the fire pit. That strand came with no light bulbs put in so I have to put them all together.
This evening, I skipped the hot tub to finish wrapping up all of the gifts so that is done. I had a difficult time sleeping due to my nose clogging up so I am tired...
Good lunchtime! I have been so busy today that it is already 12:30pm and 76°. Nacho is here with a helper fixing things up in the back 40.
I had to pay three bills and mail in a claim to Christian Healthcare Ministries which takes forever. I hate paperwork.
The commercial refrigerator in our farm store has not been keeping cool. So our friends at Comfort Commander came over to service it. It turns out that someone pried open the piece at the top of the door a few weeks ago so it is no longer sealing. We need a new part. He tried to tighten it up a bit but the condensation is still thick on the outside of the door and the motor keeps coming on, a lot more than it used to.
A few weeks, when I was sick in the house, someone came and tried to tighten the doors. I think that is when the top piece got pried open because we did not have troubles before then. So now we have to wait for this part to come in and with Christmas and New Year's in the way, I don't think the mail will be coming in quickly. Plus, a lot of things are still floating out in the Pacific, waiting to be unloaded thanks to covid/corona.
A customer who lives in Poteet dropped by for the first time out here. She used to come to our store when we were in San Antonio.
Shortly thereafter, a lady from KTSA radio in San Antonio came by. We were expecting her. In January, we will be advertising on the radio (550 AM) again. Also, our TV commercial will begin showing in January on MeTV. We are excited about it.
I added quite a few new items to the website including some new snacks that we picked up a few days ago.
Sometime today, I came to the house, and found a ripped up mess. Molly decided to grab one of the Christmas pillows that I sewed years ago and destroy it. All four dogs were there but I know it was Molly.
I hope this weekend that I can make some new Christmas ornaments on my Cricut.
David bought some pork shoulders from a buddy who smokes meat for extra cash. He gave one to our manager. We got one and there was an extra so we took it to a family in Devine along with some of our home canned foods. It is the family with the alpaca ranch. They just added a new child to their family this weekend and were thrilled with the dinner. We had no idea what they went through this week.
We came home and ate some of the meat. There is enough for us to eat it tomorrow night for Svengoolie, although Svengoolie is playing a movie they played just a few months ago so I think we will watch Christmas movies again tonight.
Good Saturday morning! Just like every other morning this week, it was overcast. As soon as it was light, I went out and fed all of the animals. It is a good thing I did because it started lightly raining as I was cleaning up dishes in the sink. Then we heard rumbling thunder and it started pouring. Then the rain started coming down sideways. Soon it began to hail. I got photos.
Our accountant has gone to Florida for the next two weeks. Monday is our payday and also our Christmas bonus day. George got all of the pay stubs done yesterday and I just wrote all of the checks for Monday. I am doing laundry and I have a lot of other things to get done today as well.
It is now 10:50am and the rain has stopped. It is still quite dark in the house and very overcast outside. The temperature is 72° and tonight it is supposed to get down in the 40s again. Sunday night it will be in the 30s.
It is now 12:30pm and it has heavily rained three more times. Now it is overcast and the rain has stopped again.
I got the kitchen table ready for Christmas with a red and green plaid tablecloth, candles, and some Christmas ornaments including a Nativity set. I also put up some Christmas ornaments around the house.
After I collected eggs, I went into my greenhouse that is overflowing with David's Garden Seeds® plants and shelves. I watered every plant which took quite a while.
This evening since Svengoolie was a movie that was just shown a few months ago, we watched Surviving Christmas and the Jeff Dunham Christmas Show. Both were hilarious. We had so much fun.
It is cold outside this morning. We didn't have anymore rain last night. It is 43° and a bit windy and chilly. I just came back inside from feeding everyone. I noticed that the hot tub said 22°. I felt the water and realized it was reading Celsius. The water is 72° Fahrenheit. I guess the storm somehow turned the heater off on the hot tub yesterday. I reset it so, hopefully, it will heat the water back up. Everything outside is still soaking wet. We couldn't use the fire pit area because it was soaking wet.
When I came back inside, David called me from the den. I went in and he is lying down, all covered up with a blanket. He said we will be staying home from church today as his throat is sore and he can barely talk. Me? Today is day 22 for my cold and I am still coughing and my voice is not right. All because people can't stay home when they are sick.
So we will be staying home from church this morning, the Sunday before Christmas. I love church at Christmastime....Don't you?
I still need to make some Christmas ornaments on my Cricut today and fold a bunch of laundry. Tomorrow, we will be doing some Christmas celebrating at work. I hope David feels good enough for it.
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