Sunday, December 30, 2012

Farewell 2012!!!

  On this next to last day of 2012, I am vowing not to work so much and spend more time with my friends and family. And CROCHETING!!!! I have missed so much this year working OT, but the draw was too easy and more $$$ is always good. Well, until I had to work a 19-hour shift.....after that night, I vowed my life is more important than that and I am going to spend more time for ME!

   Christmas was fun this year! After years of it just being ok, we all had a great time. My new quick and easy go to gift are redneck wine glasses:

Everyone laughed and liked them a lot. I even suggested to my newly engaged eldest son that we make these as favors for his wedding, filled with candy and a tag with their names and date of their yet to be determined wedding.
    We had a lovely rib roast dinner on my new-to-me Noritake china:
I found this lovely full set for 10 at Annie Johnson's Thrift store in Dunnellon in early November. It is the Blue Hill Pattern. As a little girl, I always adored my mom's, sister's and sister in law's Noritake. My brother was Marine in Viet Nam and brought home those sets for the ladies when he came home. I always pouted because I was left out (I was about 4-6 when he finished his tours of duty). As I grew up, I "got" it.....Mom was his mom, Mariah was his fiance, and Pix was close to getting married. I was way to little to appreciate it. So it makes sense that Jim's two boys are in line to inherit his and my mom's. When I found this set, I was just browsing in the shop on a Saturday night and couldn't believe when I saw it. It is just really more beautiful than the picture shows. The 87-piece set was $95...a STEAL! I didn't have the cash then. I thought for sure the set would be gone by Black Friday, but I went to check anyway. IT WAS STILL THERE!!!! And better yet, being Black Friday, it was on sale for 30% off...yup, I got the whole kit and kaboodle for $66!!! I snatched it up and took it home. As the store clerks were packaging it up, I told the proprietor my story. She laughed and said that she has a set that her hubby brought  home to her from Viet Nam also. The woman smiled and said she was happy to make my dream come true. I am truly blessed!
   Well, I am doing a 5 hour OT shift this afternoon, I have to work tomorrow and then I'm off for New Year's day. Can't wait to see the Rose Parade!!!! What are everyone's plans for New Year's eve? Since I'm working til 8pm and will be home about 9:15p, I'm hoping to stay awake til midnight..HA!!! On New Year's day, we are having a turkey, greens, black eyed peas and homemade mac and cheese.
   On that note, I will leave you with the two of the best pics I have from Christmas; my new great-nephew Jaxon, born on Christmas Eve and the Housewives of Central Florida pic from Christmas Eve with DiBiasio's:

Happy New Year my friends!!!! May 2013 be healthy, wealthy and wise for us all!!!! (Not to mention CRAFTY!!) <3 p="p">

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