Friday, November 27, 2020

A Preoccupied Weekly Link Round-Up


You never know what's going to kick your muse in the seat of the pants. This time it was HGTV

Last year, I didn't put up one single Christmas decoration, which is much different from years past. I had a good excuse: I was right in the middle of my fight with cellulitis and had to spend as much time as possible with my leg elevated. But after Halloween this year, I began getting itchy, wanting to get the decorations out of the shed, and doing a bit of decorating.

Denis and I got the containers out of the shed and brought them into the house. I went through them and managed to purge quite a few things that I never intend to use again, and then began the slow process of deciding what I wanted to do.

I wanted "Christmas Lite." I just don't have the desire to go all out as I have before with thirteen trees and much, much more. I slowly began to put ideas together, and then I made the mistake of deciding to watch "Holiday Crafters Gone Wild" on HGTV. Talk about inspiration! I'm still not done-- especially since my ideas keep morphing-- but I will be sharing photos in the near future. It's still amusing me how one program got all my brain synapses firing!

On that note, I'd better get out to the corral before I start with the lights and garlands and snowmen. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Marion Pritchard, the Dutch rescuer who "lied, stole, and even killed" to save the lives of 150 Jewish children during World War II.
  • The courageous tale of Jane Johnson, who risked her freedom for those who helped her escape slavery.
  • Mary Golda Ross, the first Native American aerospace engineer and space race pioneer.
  • Sara Josephine Baker, the doctor and public health pioneer who saved the lives of 90,000 children.
  • Stacey Abrams, Georgia's political heroine... and romance author.
  • The rare authority of Alex Trebek
  • Sir David Attenborough: Nature shows that prosperity doesn't mean endless expansion.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
►Crafty Gems◄
►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Stay Safe. Stay healthy. And don't forget to curl up with a good book!


  1. I wasn't sure if I'd feel like doing much for Christmas, but yesterday evening, the impulse began growing. I'll be checking out Crafters Gone Wild and hoping for inspiration and enthusiasm. :)

  2. I know exactly what you mean about getting kicked by the muse, Cathy! That happens when I write, too. And it's interesting to think about the things that do and don't get one thinking and inspired. I'll be looking forward to seeing what you put together when you've finished decorating. For now, though, I'm heading to Saqqara!

  3. 13 Christmas Trees? Wow. Enjoy your decorating

    1. I am enjoying it, although those thirteen trees are firmly in the past.

  4. Funny how one program can sort your ideas out! If you are anything like me, actually seeing the decor in action makes a world of difference. Like those reading nooks for example... We have been attempting to create one in our son's old bedroom. We just haven't been able to decide what we want. Sure helps to see examples.

    Have fun decorating!

    1. Yes, it does help to see examples and to even hear the creators' thought processes.

      I am having fun decorating, and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I'm not trying to get it all done in one day.


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