Our community's water main burst, flooding the cable room of the Bellsouth station. 1000 families (including ours) have no phone service, possibly until Tuesday! (This is one of those times when DSL would be so nice.) I am using the library's network this morning, but I won't resume posting until our phone service returns.
It has been strangely quiet at home the last two days. Without phone interruptions or the Internet to distract me, I've accomplished so much! We cleaned out the attic. I completed my gift wrapping and shipping. I DID find those two long-lost Christmas gifts up there. I finally got my wedding dress and various sentimental clothes out of my closet when I emptied it. The repairman is installing the vents for the new ductwork as I write. All in all, a productive week!
I'm blessed to have found so many Christmas bargains earlier this year. I hardly have any shopping remaining. I still get the itch to get out and shop or start some complicated Christmas craft, though. This year I am going to tell myself, now that my shopping budget is empty, I can make as many natural or free Christmas decorations as I like. Over the summer I have collected several used floral baskets with oasis foam inside. I soak the oasis and reuse the baskets for quick gifts of seasonal greens. I have a huge magnolia that needs trimming, so I may try pinning the leaves around a cardboard circle in the style of a roman laurel wreath. And let's not forget about the baskets of pinecones we collected during the windstorm of the century! Surely we can come up with something for those.
Anyone else have a free craft or natural material project you like to do for the holidays?