Friday has been a sunny, mild day. The rain has moved on and there is no rain in the 5-day forecast.
Today, I worked on my "ugly Christmas sweater". I don't know if there is a tradition of ugly Christmas sweaters in other countries, but they are sweaters that are a bit over the top when it comes to Christmas themed designs and decorations. I used to have an ugly Christmas sweater (a cardigan, actually), which I bought several years ago. I wore it on several occasions, but then, it sat in the bottom drawer of my chest of drawers, unworn, for several years. Finally, a couple of years ago, when I did that big decluttering, I decided I am not likely to wear it again and donated it. Then, the lady hosting the December prayer gathering asked us to wear ugly Christmas sweaters to the prayer gathering! Oh, no! Not now that I've given away my ugly Christmas sweater!
I had another holiday sweater, which I've worn several years, but which had got a bit too big on me. It had escaped being donated during that earlier decluttering, but, I had put it aside to be donated during a more recent decluttering round. However, when I heard my friend mention having an ugly Christmas sweater prayer gathering, I pulled it out of the donations pile!
|Front of Sweater|
It is a cream colored sweater with gold and white snowflakes embroidered on the front and one gold snowflake on each sleeve. The back of the sweater is plain:
|Back of Sweater|
I thought I could turn it into an ugly Christmas sweater. Of course, I could go out and buy one, but, I didn't want to spend any money to buy something I'd probably not wear again for several more years, if at all! I suppose I could have bought one from a thrift store, for around $5, but, again, I didn't want to spend any money!
So, this afternoon, I pulled out the Christmas suitcase, where I store various items like the holiday crocheted throw that can be seen on the back of the sofa, the red plaid table cloth, the holiday placemats, the stockings, etc. They are the items I don't want stored in the garage with the rest of the holiday decorations. The suitcase is kept in my closet. I took out the contents of the suitcase and spread one or two items, like the crocheted throw, around the house. Then, I gathered two of the stockings I stored in the suitcase and sat down to transform my snowflakes sweater into this:
|Ugly Christmas Sweater Front|
|Ugly Christmas Sweater Back|
These stockings are older than my daughter! I bought them during an after-Christmas sale, one year; for my mother and one for me! At first, I just wanted to pin them to the sweater with safety pins, but then, I changed my mind and hand-sewed them to the sweater; they can be removed without any difficulty to wash the sweater. I decided to have a little fun with it and added the decorative buttons to the cuffs (had the buttons in my button collection), and glued some sequins, too, to add a little sparkle. It is not quite so over the top as some ugly Christmas sweaters I've seen, but I think this is about as festive as I want to be! Best of all, one ugly Christmas sweater put together using what I had on hand and $0 spent!
Friend M came to do the garden in the late afternoon and did some weeding and pruning for me. It is a good time to weed as the ground is soft after the rain.
Today, I was craving a hamburger for lunch, and was tempted to go out and buy one! Instead, I cooked a pot of rice, pulled out packages of chicken curry, dhal, and green beans from the freezer, and had that for lunch. There are leftovers for tomorrow's lunch, too. For dinner, I made some fried rice with some of the rice, some ham, an egg, green peas, and roasted cashews. Again, using what I had on hand and $0 spent! I am not saying I might not still give into the craving and buy a hamburger another day, but I managed to avoid doing so, today.
Later in the evening, I bagged up three of the jars of jam to give as gifts at Saturday's prayer gathering. There will be a white elephant gift exchange, so one jar of jam is my contribution to that, one jar is for the hostess, and one jar is for my friend who leads the prayers. I reused/recycled gift bags I received last year! And the jars I used for the jam are also reused/recycled (I'll probably need to buy new jars, next year, though).
Still later, I video chatted with my daughter. She found some money on the floor of the subway station on her way home, tonight. She texted me a photo of the folded up note and asked me what she should do! I told her to pick it up and say thank you! She felt bad for whoever who lost it, but there was no way to know who might have dropped it and it wouldn't have been feasible to walk around the subway station at night, asking people if they had lost any money! She usually leaves any small amounts she finds on the ground for someone else, who might need it more, to pick up (unlike her mother who picks up even pennies!). I told her to regard it as a gift from her late grandmother, as we had been talking about her, last night, about life after death, the rituals of visiting the graves of loved ones, etc. Once before, too, when my daughter needed a new computer and I was debating whether to buy her a new one (I didn't want to spoil her by indulging her too much), I had told her that if her grandmother was alive, she would have just given me the money and told me to buy a new computer; the next day, when I went to the office, I was informed by our payroll section that there was a check for me for retroactive pay for a pay raise I didn't even know I was getting! The amount of the check was more than enough to buy a new computer for my daughter and, to this date, I think it was a sign from my late mother! I reminded my daughter of it, and I suggested that, if she still felt bad about picking up the money, maybe she could donate it to a charity, or perhaps buy a meal for a homeless person, or buy some knitted gloves or hats from the dollar store and leave them at a bus shelter for anyone to take.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Waking up this morning
- A sunny day
- Being able to put together an ugly Christmas sweater using what I had on hand
- M helping me with the garden
- My daughter and an unexpected gift she received
Plans for tomorrow include making a dessert to take to the prayer gathering and attending the prayer gathering.
What are your plans for the weekend?