Weekend Toss (November Edition)

Hello friends!  I have been quiet this month after the frenzy of writing almost every day in October.  I haven’t gone away, just resting and organizing the office space in my kitchen.  Which is a story in and of itself about why I no longer have an office.

Also, in case you haven’t noticed yet, it is Christmas time, even though Thanksgiving is still days away.  I have one friend who put her Christmas tree up on November 2.  I love her love of the season.  I haven’t even decided if I am going to put up a tree this year.  And, no, I am not a scrooge.  I actually love the Christmas season, but sometimes the hustle and bustle wears me out and I need to retreat and just be simple and remember the Shepherds Abiding.

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One thing that is a big part of the season is gift giving.  In our families we don’t go overboard and usually keep it simple.  It’s more about the fellowship than it is the gift giving.  We do purchase a few gifts and what not.  This year I am going to do most of my shopping online to avoid much of that hustle and bustle.

There are always giveaways this time of year and I want to share one with you today which is the reason I popped in during my time of blog rest.  The sign up for the giveaway ends Monday, November 17 at midnight.  It makes me wish I had young children because it is a great book give away.  Eight books for children that center around the theme of Christmas.  It will make a wonderful gift or gifts if you have several children on your list.

My friend LeeAnne G. Taylor is hosting the giveaway on her blog.  If you click over to her site all the details will be there on how you can enter the give away.

Children's Christmas Book Giveaway

In other news, I have also taken a personality test (again).  I do this once in a while as an assessment tool.  I almost always come out the same type.  I sometimes waffle between two similar types, which is actually true to my type.  Go figure!

I have more to share with you about my personality type, but I am still processing what I want to say (which is also true to my type).  Anyway, I thought you might want to have some fun this weekend and check out who you are.  Just keep in mind that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by a creative God and he probably has us in way more than 16 basic personality categories.  I took a shortened version of the Myers Briggs on this site:  16 Personalities. Go ahead click on the link, take the test, then come back next week and read about my results and we’ll discuss our personalities.  I am curious as to what your type is.

If you want to take a longer version of the test so that it is a little more in-depth you can go here.  It will take you a little longer, but I think I like this one better. If you should get two different types, then read both carefully to see which of the two you most identify with.  You may also want to wait a few days and take one of the tests again.  Your mood at the time of the test will affect your answers.    Years ago, I tested as an extrovert, but a lot of that type did not really match who I know I am, the introvert part makes much more sense.  The “N” and I think the “F” has always been consistent.  Sometimes now my J and P are a little confused. Part of this could be how I interpret the meaning of the questions, especially on different tests.

Whatever your type, have fun taking the test and seeing how it explains who you are. I’m sure that at least one of the personality types hates this kind of testing and you know who you are, so no pressure!

There is talk that we could see some of this by the end of the weekend:

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Enjoy what is left of your weekend.  Off to figure out supper.

Have a grace-filled weekend,

Teresa

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Simple Christmas

Hope, Peace, Joy and Love – Wrapped in swaddling clothes – a gift for all who will receive.  This is Christmas.  This is the focus.  No need for gaudy adornment, or lots of ribbons and bows.  Just a few simple reminders that we are in a special season of light.

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front of mantel

My fireplace is cast iron with a slate mantel.  The previous owners had painted it white and we thought it was wood, when we discovered that it was cast iron my brother refinished it to it’s original color.  It is beautiful, but due to the inadequacy of my camera and my photography skills, pictures don’t do it justice.

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my large hurricane candle holder full of silver Christmas balls.
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You will notice that there is a candle missing in this picture, the lighting was much better and it shows the fireplace better, so I included it anyway.

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Wreath I made for my front door a few years ago.  I bought a simple green wreath at Michael's and embellished it with Dollar Store ornaments and bead garland.  Used a hot glue gun and just started gluing.  I thin it turned out ok.
Wreath I made for my front door a few years ago. I bought a simple green wreath at Michael’s and embellished it with Dollar Store ornaments and bead garland. Used a hot glue gun and just started gluing. I think it turned out ok.
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The window above my kitchen sink. i just added a string of colored lights.
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Back entry – found this at Hobby Lobby, one of my, if not the, favorite places to shop.
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A few or our “childlike ornaments” Mr Piano got me the Curious George last year, his mother got him the little red fire engine, because the real one like he used to have is way too expensive to buy these days, and we got the Schroeder and Lucy one this year – it is a vintage Hallmark keepsake ornament from 1996. That’s pretty much who we are – he plays I bask.
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please ignore that the window could use some windex. You can catch a glimpse of my neighbors house in the background. I love looking out this window – it feels like we’re in the country even though we aren’t.

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The little dining room off the kitchen. This room was supposed to me my mostly white little french dining room, but due to cramming two houses of stuff into one temporarily it has some elements that weren't meant to be in this room.  The table cloth hides a multitude of boxes that are still unpacked.  I just threw some ribbons and lights on the bookcase and a few ornaments on the table - and put out a crate of Christmas books.
The little dining room off the kitchen. This room was supposed to me my mostly white little french dining room, but due to cramming two houses of stuff into one, temporarily, it has some elements that weren’t meant to be in this room. The table cloth hides a multitude of boxes that are still unpacked. I just threw some ribbons and lights on the bookcase and a few ornaments on the table – and put out a crate of Christmas books.
I have several Children's Christmas stories - I love to put them out at Christmas.  The usually keep the message of Christmas real and simple.
I have several Children’s Christmas stories – I love to put them out at Christmas. They usually keep the message of Christmas real and simple.

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Did you miss the tree?  Me neither.

Simplifying in Grace,

Sadie

Linking up over at the Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes 2012.  Lots of beautiful Christmas decorating going on – go take a look.