Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Blog reader Barb, from Manitoba asked me "how do you find time for all of this creativity and activity at such a busy time of the year??!!" ... Well, actually, I don't know! It's something I try not to think about - for fear the answer will overwhelm me. If I had to think about it I guess my answer would honestly have to be that its a God thing becuase I truly don't have the time. Oh, and of course, Miles gets inspired and whips something out of his creative, chaotic mind when he sees me floundering about. I keep a little notebook with me all the time (yes, in my funny looking Winnie the Pooh Diaper Bag/Camera Case that I haul with me everywhere) and I write all the little things of interest I come across and all the best bits of the day to share with you here. The rest of the stuff goes in the dustbin of life. The stuff that gets left out is the 'have to do's' and the bad stuff gets chalked up to experience. Thanks for your comments Barb - I love hearing from you. Feel free to email me anytime too, directly at lalalime@hotmail.com. I would love some nice snowy pics of your Manitoba - I've never been there. I would love to share some with my blog readers!


(using some of my elements) Thanks for sharing!

YOUR layout could be featured here... just send me a link!

Well, some of you are definately getting in the spirit with my "GIVE before you give" challenge. If you are new to my blog I will 'splain it again. I am challenging you all to give 'extra' this year. You all know who you HAVE to buy for, and who you NEED to buy for... well, I am daring you to pick someone you don't have to or need to buy for. Someone who you know could use your love... it does not have to be monetary... could be doing a good deed, babysitting, anonymus deed etc... but the idea is you do it BEFORE you do the others, the 'have to's and need to's' I was trying to think of like if you picked someone low-income or needy... what would make a really nice gesture. What came to my mind is they probably get some food, specially this time of the year, but I bet nobody buys them nice bath soaps, bubble baths, make-up, nice costume jewellery, pretty towels, tea towels - or even toilet paper. If you can't afford new for some things, I bet you have some pretty nice things hanging around or in your jewellery box you never use or know will be replaced this Christmas. Can you see it now, a needy person recieving something nice BEFORE Christmas - they may be able to use over the holidays?

Gina and her daughter took the challenge: Hannah called and needed foods for her school food drive today. It is a 1-2(maybe 3)punch type of giving... I was giving to my girl, she was giving to the ppl in need, and She was also giving to her class - if they meet their quota of foods to give, they get a party at the end of the week. Giving times 3. :)

Another anonymus reader wrote this: Didn't know you were hoping for replies to your GIVE before you give ... I don't pick one person, but we did donate a number of new toys to the "Toys for Tots" can over at the fire station yesterday. As for one person, I made some cookies for our favourite folks at the coffee shop with a note saying we appreciated them. Once the holiday season is over, I'll once again be baking stuff for the firefighters throughout the year to let them know they're appreciated.

You know, in my busy-ness, I may have missed someone... if I have, please remind me. I want to publish your good deeds here over the next few days before I take a break for Christmas. I hope my fingers fall off typing all your 'good stuff'...


CHRISTMAS GIFT - name? Bug...

how sweet is that?

Reader Dee Doty sent me this beautiful poem which was shared with her from another friend. (thanks so much, Dee) This goes right along with our 'giving' theme:


I've never made a fortune

and it's probably too late now.

But I don't worry about that much,

I'm happy anyhow.

And as I go along life's way,

I'm reaping better than I sowed.

I'm drinking from my saucer,

'Cause my cup has overflowed.

I haven't got a lot of riches,

and sometimes the going's tough.

But I've got loved ones around me,

and that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for his blessings,

and the mercies He's bestowed.

I'm drinking from my saucer,

'cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,

My faith wore somewhat thin.

But all at once the dark clouds broke,

and the sun peeped through again.

So God, help me not to gripe

about the tough rows that I've hoed.

I'm drinking from my saucer,

'Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,

when the way grows steep and rough.

I'll not ask for other blessings,

I'm already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,

to help others bear their loads.

Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,

'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Yep, more oxymorons for you to ponder:

non-fat ice cream

non-profit organizations

non-stick glue

non-stick gum

non-stick velcro

non-stop flight

non-toxic bug spray

non-working mother

normal deviation

normal espionage

normal human

numb feeling

numbing sensation

Okay folks... I have a revalation for you. This is NOT the time of year to diet. Nah, don't even CONSIDER it. Why put your poor body through this stress. You know, I have a mother in law who's love language to me is FOOD and toilet paper. You heard me right. The food part is understandable as she loves to cook and bake. Well, the toilet paper thing? She buys it by the flat I am sure. I have never bought a roll since I married her son. Now thats amore! So, in this train of thought I bring you the following poem:

A Dieter's Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all around my hips

Were Fanny May candies that sneaked past my lips.

Fudge brownies were stored in the freezer with care

In hopes that my thighs would forget they were there.

While Mama in her girdle and I in chin straps

Had just settled down to sugar-borne naps.

When out in the pantry there arose such a clatter

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the kitchen I flew like a flash

Tore open the icebox then threw up the sash

The marshmallow look of the new-fallen snow

Sent thoughts of a binge to my body below.

When what to my wandering eyes should appear:

A marzipan Santa with eight chocolate reindeer!

That huge chunk of candy so luscious and slick

I knew in a second that I'd wind up sick.

The sweet-coated Santa, those sugared reindeer

I closed my eyes tightly but still I could hear;

On Pritzker, on Stillman, on weak one, on TOPS

A Weight Watcher dropout from sugar detox.

From the top of the scales to the top of the hall

Now dash away pounds now dash away all.

Dressed up in Lane Bryant from my head to nightdress

My clothes were all bulging from too much excess.

My droll little mouth and my round little belly

They shook when I laughed like a bowl full of jelly

I spoke not a word but went straight to my work

Ate all of the candy then turned with a jerk.

And laying a finger beside my heartburn

I gave a quick nod toward the bedroom

I turned I eased into bed, to the heavens I cry

If temptation's removed I'll get thin by and by.

And I mumbled again as I turned in for the night

In the morning I'll starve... 'till I take that first bite!

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Fold your Own Santa and Reindeer!

A special Christmas present from Yamaha. We have made paper craft models of Santa Claus's reindeer and sleigh.Download them to enjoy your own Christmas. Our original Christmas card is also available.



  1. This is a beautiful kit..I love it!Thank you sooo much for sharing it with me.:)
    I have read that first poem before but it was sooo nice to be reminded of it.My cup has been over flowing for a long time now.:)I have a real close family..two of my kids are in their early thirties and still live at home.LOL My dh and I are in our early fifties and have never known what it is to have an empty nest since having our first child.If you have love..your cup runneth over continually.:)So..my wish for you is to always have lots of love.:)

    Merry Christmas and have a fantastic day today!


  2. Hi Barb!
    I guess until I read your most recent posting, I didn't realize how much we had done already....mainly because it's just something that we DO. I've donated a few things to Toys for Tots, like your anonymous reader. as Tiger Scouts den leader, I challenged "my boys" to bring dry goods to donate to the food pantry. When I took all that to the food pantry (4 full grocery bags from just 5 boys, including my own!!), they asked if it was for the pantry or the Christmas baskets. Well, of course they should use it wherever it's most needed.

    But I didn't really think about these things as being "extra" because it's something that we've always done. (Well, the Tiger Scouts thing is new in our family but giving to the food pantry isn't.) I think the only year that we haven't given is the year that we had literally nothing ourselves and had to GET help from these organizations...and then I felt guilty for not being able to give.

  3. What a fun blog you have! There is so much to look at! Thanks for the freebie! I found your blog on the top blog websites!

  4. Thanks for the lovely freebie. Could've used the exact shade of blue a few days ago ... maybe I'll rescrap the page. :-)

  5. Thank you for the lovely gift.

  6. Thank you for the lovely freebie! And I'm honored to be officially a permanent part of your blog via the blogroll! I made a LO on my blog using your O' Christmas Tree leftovers, did you see it this morning? I love those bread ties, they're neat.

    Emma and I took the fudge to both the fire house and the police station across the road the other day. The firehouse was happy and the cops were estatic! My camera pooped so no photos. The cops said to bring more fudge and they'd be happy to take the photos again. Emma's G-ma got her a TMX for christmas so we tok the one we had and dropped it in the Toys for Tots barrell. Some kid better enjoy it since I got up at 5 am on Black Friday to grab that giggling red monster. Does my giving away daily freebies count? j/k that's as much for me as it is for everyone else.
    Happy Holidays to everyone!

  7. Fun poems today my friend!

    No dieting for me. We had sugar cookies AND coffee cake before NOON today at work. After lunch, I will be bringing in some walnut roca & peanut brittle that I made lastnight. (my gift to my co-workers is holiday weight gain)

    Tell JOY I'm loving her new little Christmas BUG. What an adorable little face.

    Yes, feel free to comment or post from my blog any time. Its there to share!

    I'll get back to you about tomorrow!

    Enjoy this BEEYOOTEEFUL sunny day!!!

  8. Thank You for sharing Blue Suede its beautiful as all your work!

  9. Hi Mrs. Miles ~ I love your new mini kit!!!! Beautiful! Thank you so much!

  10. Oh Mrs Miles.. I have not met you yet.. and I truly love you.. what a wonderful heart you have.

    I have missed your blog so much.. I am so glad to have power on again. I will never take it for granted again.

    Thank you for the lovely kit.. I cant wait to use it.

    I love the poems.. I love your insight. I love your sharing. I love your heart. and your hubbys too. *smile*

    Thank you for sharing the photo of my sweet sweet BUG.. I am so thankful to have him. I laugh every time I look at his picture.. he is so cute.. like a bug.

    Hugs.. thank you for ALL you share.


  11. I love reading your blog. :) Thanks for the link!

  12. Love it thank you!!!!! :)

  13. these kits are so great ...thanks for sharing


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