It’s another Tuesday Tidbits and we are exactly ONE week from Christmas! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. That being said, it’s also a very busy time of the year for most people. We are no exception, I’m afraid. 

We are hosting a few parties (thankfully these will occur in restaurants…not in our home) and one of them is in just a few days. After confirming (and re-confirming…and possibly re-re-confirming) the reservations, the menu, the private room, the lighting, the music and anything else I can possibly control, I’ve moved on to the name cards for each table.

For this particular event, there are gifts…lots and lots of gifts. It’s Christmas! Gifts are fun! I spent two evenings wrapping. (Although, I’m extremely thrilled that I already wrapped all of our personal gifts earlier this month.)

Personally, I love to wrap gifts (love it!), but I had to come up with a system for this one. 

Naturally, I had help. So much “help.”

But, after a few hours and a couple of evenings the work (for this particular one) was done.

And while the gifts all still need ribbons (I also love ribbon…lots and lots of ribbon), they are currently in hiding. Not from the future recipients of the gifts, but from Niles. If I place them under a tree, he can’t leave them alone. But if I place them somewhere random, he couldn’t care less. All gifts will receive their ribbon just before they leave this house. Otherwise, Niles eats the ribbon. No bueno. 

Over the weekend, Trent moved over a couple of fixer upper vehicles into the garage. People often ask if we use the entire garage. The answer is truly yes. (Those same people ask if the kitchen cabinets are all full. The answer is also yes.) As you can tell, Trent loves old vehicles. He has restored several vehicles over the years.

If you are anything like me, this upcoming week gets crazy and overwhelming. I encourage you to find the beauty in the simple stuff. I love to turn off lights and just have the white twinkle lights glowing. I love to have a favorite smelling candle burning. I love to do all of this while watching some cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie. I hope you can enjoy the simple stuff during this week.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for following along!


  • December 18, 2018 Reply


    I love to do those things too. All Christmas lights on, my favorite candle, White Christmas and soft Christmas music from TV and a Hallmark movie mixed in. Ahhhh, Christmas.

  • December 18, 2018 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    You home always looks so nice, even with wrapping Christmas gifts. Niles is a curious cat I’m sure and just has to check things out for himself. A short story, it was getting very close to Christmas, 1967 and being in Vietnam I had bought some things to send home to nieces and nephews. We were in our base camp and I couldn’t find anything to wrap the presents in. My platoon sergeant looked around the camp and found some plain brown paper and helped me get them ready to ship. He was like a second father to us. He passed this last spring and I am thinking of him, how he did his best for us in all that we had to do.

  • December 18, 2018 Reply


    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • December 19, 2018 Reply

    Marian Williamson

    Michael Lannoo—what a nice memory. My brother was also in Vietnam. Merry Christmas to everybody.

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