So it’s another year…2016 has officially begun. It seems like 2015 just sped by; wasn’t it just yesterday that I was blogging about the new year?
As long as I’m talking about time passing by, I’ll go ahead and ‘fess up to my first New Year’s task; taking down Christmas. I think this is probably the latest that I’ve ever taken down my Christmas décor…yeah, I know, lots of people wait until Epiphany to do that (as a Christian I probably should also), but not me. I like my house back in order pretty quickly and have even been known to take it down Christmas night (but that is rare…usually I take it down a day or 2 after Christmas). Where does the time go? It seems like I’ve been starting to take down Christmas all week, but one thing or another kept getting in the way.
Before I began the take down, I put The Pioneer Woman’s Hoppin John in my crock pot (this is last year’s pic when I cooked it on stove rather than crock pot). Southerners have this strange superstition that we have to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring good luck throughout the year. I did not know until I was grown that some families also add greens to their New Year’s meal (symbolizing money); my family never did. I don’t know if we didn’t buy into that part of the superstition or we just didn’t like greens.
As long as I’m on the subject of The Pioneer Woman, I’ll show you my fresh new tablescape that I did after putting away the Christmas dishes. I was ready for some nice, neutral tones after the profusion of color from having the Christmas dishes out the past few weeks. This was the perfect time to use one of my great Christmas presents…these amber plates from The Pioneer Woman collection. I’ve loved her collection ever since it debuted at Wal Mart and asked for a few things to add to what I had already purchased. I’ll be showing you more of my PW gifts and purchases in the coming weeks. I love this basic neutral shade and placed it on a simple cream placemat.
I love these beautiful paisley napkins, one of my first Napkin Lady purchases. Our menu today was hoppin john, cornbread, and smoked ham, so I did not do any layering. I just added my Chateau flatware and a pretty tassel napkin ring.
For glassware, these amber balloon goblets were the perfect addition.
Still keeping it simple after the plethora of Christmas décor, I just chose my 3 cream colored pillar candles.
I loved our simple table and our simple meal! Both were so pleasurable after the excesses of Christmas.
Referring to the last part of my title, I got my Wal Mart Beauty Box in a couple of weeks ago and am just now having time to blog about it.
Yes, you are seeing leopard print Swisspers. Cute…nothing I would ever purchase for myself…or anyone else. It’s a Q-tip, people!
This full size body butter is very nice and I will enjoy it. However, it is not something that I would purchase for myself. I’m a Jergens girl.
I did use the Cover Girl coupon. Not that I needed to buy any makeup, of course.
Also useful was the L’Oreal coupon. Not that I needed to buy any makeup, of course.
I haven’t used the Oil of Olay sample yet, mainly because I forgot about it. But I will; Oil of Olay is one of my preferred brands.
I really like both of these samples. I already use Pure Silk brand of shave cream, so I am thrilled to try out this raspberry one. I am always glad to have a travel size hairspray. I definitely will put this to good use.
Centrum vitamints? Really? It landed in the garbage.
Rogaine for women? Really? It landed in the garbage.
Didn’t I give Jennifer Aniston’s perfume sample a bad review a while back? Really? It landed in the garbage. Overall, I wasn’t quite as thrilled with this Wal Mart Beauty box as I have been with others. But there was enough in it that I still feel it worth the $5, so I will continue for now.
This brings me back to my final New Year’s task…examining some things in the past and setting some goals. I abandoned New Year’s resolutions years ago. But I do periodically examine different items in my life and try to improve them or set goals for myself. You already know about my new variation of using up stockpiled makeup. Above is a photo of the Elf Happy Hour palette on Jan. 1. As you can see, I have made a lot of progress and hope to have this conquered by the end of the month.
I also start a new devotional book each year on the first. I love my Upper Room Disciplines and started my new one today.
I do different things each year when it comes to reading the Bible. Last year, I bought a Guideposts Women’s Devotional Bible, and I enjoyed it very much. Sometimes I will read the Bible through in a year or go back to one of my old Bibles.
That is what I decided to do this year. I chose to do this Bible again because the devotions are arranged topically rather than chronologically. For example, instead of going straight through the Bible beginning in Genesis, I started with a section of devotions on the topic of “Grace,” which began in Job. I will be skipping around throughout the Bible rather than reading it chronologically. Since I just finished going straight through a devotional Bible, I thought that this would be a refreshing change and something different.
The last task that I attended to is something that I have had on my mind and heart for a good while. I love to read….I love it so much that I made an almost 30-year career out of it as an English teacher and a librarian. However, I have discovered since my retirement that my reading for pleasure has gone way down. I know it sounds crazy…seems like I would have more time to read, not less. I guess since I was reading anywhere from 2-5 books a week for 9 years, I just felt a little relief that I did not have to meet that pace any more and my reading decreased dramatically. Yes, I have read in the past few years, but nothing like what I really like and prefer to do. I just don’t take the time any more.
So I have made up my mind to be more intentional about my pleasurable reading in the future…and this is where I’m starting. Go ahead…say it out loud, “Moby Dick? Pleasure? Are you nuts?”
No, not nuts…actually I am a little anal retentive. Because the book is always better than the movie, I am planning on reading The Heart of Sea before I see the movie. Because The Heart of the Sea tells the “true” story of Moby Dick, I wanted to read the novel first.
I’ve read excerpts from the novel and know what it’s about, but I’ve never actually read it from cover to cover. Seems like when I took that period of American Literature, we had to read Bartleby the Scrivener. Enough said.
I’ll probably think of some other goals that I’ve set for future blog posts, but for now, I have covered the major ones:
1. Don’t buy more makeup. 2. Use up makeup you have. 3. Read Women of Faith Devotional Bible and Upper Room Disciplines. 4. Read for pleasure more.
Have a great week of tablescaping and reading! I certainly plan to.
I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living, From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday, The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours, Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season, The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House, Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately, Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring, Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia, Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home