WHERE Has That Girl Been?

Well, the OCD monsters seem to have crept in and taken over these past few weeks . . .
I said I was going to engage in Advent and blog about it every day . . .
and then I missed a day.
and then another one.

and then the voice inside that says,
"If you can't do it just right, then don't do it at all!
What's the point?
Oh, and by the way, because you are a Christian, by nature,
you believe that NOTHING can be done just right."

And then you KNOW nothing happened after that!

SO, I was MIA for awhile.

here are a few little thoughts and tidbits . . . .

I have now tired three times, and failed, to make Christmas candy!
I had a group of ladies over last week to make candy with me . . .
three types of candy were on the roster . . . .
I was in charge of one of them.
It ended up in the trash.

So, we enjoyed the other two kinds of candy for a few days.

And then I decided that a toffee recipe should not be able to stump me . . . .

So I tried again.

This time, I wised up and didn't triple the recipe.
This was helpful in making it more manageable when stirring . . . .
and also when throwing it away -
At least I didn't have THREE pounds of almonds and THREE pounds of butter to throw away this time!
That was a $20 Christmas candy mistake!

So, I decided to make something more simple today.
Peppermint Bark.
Couldn't be easier.
Melt white chocolate.
Crush up some candy canes.
Stir together.

Well, I somehow managed to burn the chocolate.
On top of that, it didn't melt.
It just didn't melt.
Is chocolate that picky? Can it choose when to melt and when to clump????

But if there is one thing I am, it is determined.
Mix that with a mild (maybe make-believe) case of OCD . . .
and well, I am not finished!
I still have fudge and macaroons to make!

We'll see.

This year I made my own Christmas cards!
That makes the list of "things learned the hard way"!
We made 100 cards . . .

and next year . . .
a 20 pack from this great place.

But . . .
they did turn out great!

Today . . .
it is snowing.
Really snowing.
So bad that Herb didn't even take the Mini out today.
It is all public transportation all that time for that boy today!

I think I heard him yelling at Mother Nature as he left the house today.
Sort of a "bring it on" thing!

He was as a giddy as a school girl as he left to "go on an ADVENTURE!!!" (his words!)

I am doing laundry . . . . and things like blogging and making yet another unnecessary Christmas stocking stuffer for my mom . . .
putting off the things I don't want to do . . . like paying bills and filling out my billing sheet for work. Keep in mind, I don't have that many clients. This is not rocket science! But, I have a little bit of self-sabotage mixed in with that OCD!

I have an art project that I am working on . . .
being paid to do!
she is buying the supplies . . .
and instead of paying me for my time, I asked her to display the piece in her shop with my name and number displayed.
She is a small business owner with a LOT of creative souls (and soles) tromping in and out of her doors all day!
I can't believe i am being paid to do this!
I have been praying for something creative to do for work . . .
Counseling is something I am good at, but don't always have space in my head or heart for it.

How about these AMAZING earrings I received in the mail this week from Herb's folks!?!??!

And . . .
Our "first" Christmas decorations:

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Blogger Jennifer Coomer said...

Good post. I enjoyed

Dude, I have been trying to email you all day. And I don't know if my emails are making it to Denver. I keep getting rejections.

I am feeling rejected.

Boo hoo.

3:30 PM, December 20, 2006  
Blogger Jennifer Coomer said...

And...the cards are gorgeous. You can be VERY proud.

3:44 PM, December 20, 2006  
Blogger hurricanic said...

I think this is my favorite post of late. Not really sure why. I'm not smart enough to use the words. Or know the words. I just liked it. Perhaps because of all the visuals. Love you, friend. Keep being you.

9:09 PM, December 20, 2006  
Blogger BJ said...

I agree, cara. Your heart has blessed me today :)

9:50 AM, December 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

candy making is nothing to sneeze at! it's hard work! oh, i got like 10 cavities from the candy we made last week! totally sucks.

11:07 PM, December 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even those of us who never comment have missed you. Are you all snowed in now?

9:52 AM, December 22, 2006  

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