My last post was November 1st. Time has sped by! Mom was finally discharged from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on November 9th. After 18 days! Those 18 days plus the 12 days from the previous hospitalization from September 25 - October 6 equal a total of 30 days in the hospital. She's SO glad to be home and hopeful that a few medication changes might help this hard-to-treat problem not to occur again.
With the month of November has come a change in the weather. You'd think it's January instead of the middle of November. We had our first serious snowfall yesterday. I define a "serious snowfall" as one where the grass doesn't peek through. We received about 4-5 inches and it was / is beautiful. It is currently 18 degress so the snow isn't going anywhere fast.
It's no secret among those who know me that I LOVE LOVE LOVE snow and cold weather. When I mention snow here in Ohio, you would think I'd said a dirty four-letter word. I'd say the majority of people here have no good feelings when it comes to snow and/or cold wintry weather. I don't understand. My blood runs faster in the cold weather, I have more energy. And, a snow-covered white world is so utterly peaceful and just gorgeous!
Mom has joined a wonderful group (made up of many chapters) in the Dayton area. The group's purpose is to raise money for the Dayton Children's Hospital through various fundraising activities. This past Saturday was their Sugarplum Luncheon which featured a delicious lunch, raffles, live and silent auctions, a boutique of items for sale, another area of more commercial things for sale, and the Festival of Trees. The trees were decorated by members and were available for silent auction.
The luncheon was a fun way to perk up the dormant holiday spirit. I bought several great ideas for quick inexpensive gifts. I immediately thought of my grandchildren and the many gifts they will be giving to friends, teachers, coaches, etc. over the years to come.
I love simple gifts that cost very little but have a big thoughtful impact. In the picture on the right, the snowmen in the back are made by folding white copy paper around a pack of microwave popcorn (left) and a Hershey bar (right). Then make a hat out of a glove or fabric and a scarf out of fabric. Just mark eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons on with markers. The cute snowman cup idea is just a heavy white paper cup with a black lid. The face is drawn on with markers and a strip of polar fleece serves as a scarf. Inside the cup - a pack of hot chocolate mix. In the middle, an organza bag - Teacher's Survival KIt - holds an assortment of items and a card telling what each item is for. Then, on the far left, is a bag of red hot candies with a label that proclaims them as Reindeer Noses.
In the midst of Mom's hospitalization, I interviewed for a new job and got it! I'm nervous about the change but am very excited because I think it's going to be a very positive move. Since I'm on vacation next week, my last day at my present job is this Friday. I start my new position December 8th. I'm SOOOO psyched for this!
My soap inventory is a little low and I need to do my Christmas and New Years soaps NOW! I have so many ideas for soaps that I want to make but time has been so very limited. Hopefully, I can get a few batches done by Thanksgiving so they'll be ready to go by
Here are a few batches I made for fall - Black Mission Fig (designed as a facial soap with Shea Butter, Activated Charcoal, Bentonite Clay, and Coconut Milk), Harvest Time (with Apple Juice, Pureed Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Seed Oil), and Add H2O (designed as a shaving soap with Cocoa Butter and Bentonite Clay). I LOVE MAKING SOAP!!!! I really enjoy designing recipes - the colors, the ingredients. There's something just so basic about lathering up with a bar of soap that I made myself out of lye and oils. LOVE IT!
Hopefully, I'll be posting more now that things are settling down. Settling down - HaHaHaHa! I can only hope!