O Christmas Tree!

Today is another Wonderful Wednesday and I’m enjoying the Christmas decorations I finally put out yesterday. It didn’t take long because I’ve pared down the process a lot over the last few years, but I still needed some recovery time afterwards. I spent the afternoon dozing in my recliner, happy with what I had been able to accomplish that morning.

Life for me these days is lived in bytes, small bits of time in which I break tasks up into manageable pieces. Gone are the days when I could  accomplish five or six things at almost the same time, all while compiling a grocery list in my head. But I’m not complaining. I truly appreciate the days when I can do more than just live through a migraine.

It’s funny how used to things one can get, given enough time and thought. Last year, one of the darkest years of my life, a good day for me meant not sleeping most of the day away. Earlier this year, I felt thankful when I no longer needed insulin injections. Now… well, let’s just say that I plan the night before the one or two tasks I want to accomplish the next day and hope for the best.

Christmas preparation for me used to involve days and days of making and freezing cookies and other delectable treats. I would crank up the Christmas music on the stereo and sing along during hours of decorating. If it was snowing outside during any of these activities (I’ve lived in snow country most of my life), then all the better.

Now life is slower but not by choice. Still, having had to slow down is not a completely bad thing. In a few minutes I’m going to slide into my recliner and gaze around the living room at our few decorations. Although we no longer put up a traditional tree, the sight of the small ceramic Christmas tree with its tiny colored lights always brings a smile. My mother-in-law made it especially for me as a gift many years ago and I cherish it still.

So, do any of you have treasured Christmas traditions or keepsakes? If you do, please share them in the comment section below.



Sweet Saturday

Sweet Saturday

Are you having a “Sweet Saturday”? The “sweet” in my “Sweet Saturday” designation is more about having a day off from the usual Monday through Friday workweek, whether that means running errands or just enjoying a lazy day. And each Saturday will probably be a little different depending on what’s going on in your life that week, so make it yours in whatever way works for you!

Today it’s all about cooking for me. It’s been snowing all morning which makes it a great day for cooking! I had some leftover baked potatoes from earlier in the week and found the greatest recipe online for a baked potato soup. I tweaked it a bit because I didn’t have the celery, American cheese or green onion called for, and it still turned out great! Even Rick, who isn’t a great fan of potatoes — unless they’re his favorite potato pancakes — loved it.

The recipe is called Bacon and Baked Potato Soup and comes from Recipe.com.  I changed the American cheese to shredded Cheddar, and since the green onion is just to top each serving, I didn’t feel bad leaving it out. And I’m not a big fan of topping soups with sour cream, so I left that out too. The recipe also called for half & half, light cream or milk so I used equal amounts of half & half and milk.

This recipe made enough for a couple more lunches, so that part made me happy. I’m a big fan of cooking once to serve several times. It saves time and energy, which in my life makes a huge difference because it keeps me from standing up too long at any given time.

Oh, and I did peel my potatoes because Rick likes them better that way, but as the recipe says, that is optional.