In December, I like to do a lit’l something called “a clean sweep.” I start with my clothes. If I don’t like something, but it’s still in good shape I toss it into the “Good Will” pile. If I don’t like it and it’s seen better days, it ends up as a “car rag” or in the trash. I try to live by the rule that if I haven’t worn it in a year, it’s out, but as with most rules, there are exceptions.

If I haven’t worn it in a year just because I haven’t worn it in a year, it’s definitely gone. If I haven’t worn it in a year because I’m still working on whittling down my girlish figure, it stays. Unless of course it’s dated and then it goes no matter how much weight I lose. The 80’s aren’t coming back folks so rid yourself of the notion and any 80’s wardrobe you may have hangin’ around.

On that note – Interestingly enough, skinny jeans are back but sadly – sniff, sniff – gravity old age dictates I cannot wear them again… Sigh.
Big sagging ass + big sagging boobs + skinny jeans = Blindness and projectile vomiting for all those around me.

I also make a “clean sweep” of paperwork. I’m a receipt hoarder. I keep receipts from 30 days to a whole year, depending on what I’ve purchased. I don’t think its a bad thing but in most cases it’s certainly unnecessary. But still, I do it. So the last week of December has me going through a mountain of receipts because after a year, ya’ never know. I may want to return that case of yogurt I bought back in February…

The freezer, fridge and cabinets get a clean sweep too. I’m absolutely anal with expiration dates on food! I’m constantly checking online to see how long food stuff will actually keep. I like this site, ‘Eat By Date‘ because it tells you other bits of info to consider when you’re deciding whether to toss it or keep it. If you’re into food storage for the long haul you’ll find lots of good info here, ‘Prepared Housewives.’

Emotionally, I make an effort to toss out old negative feelings and replace them with new warm fuzzies to start the New Year. I always look at the New Year as my last and final present to be opened because inside my glorious New Year’s box are even more presents!
This is me waiting for the New Year.
A year FULL of presents! Endless possibilities and all things wonderful that are yet to come! A surprise awaiting me around every corner! When the New Year comes I am definitely an “out with the old, in with the new” kinda’ girl.

Something the “out with the old, in with the new” phrase doesn’t apply to?
FABRIC! Seriously, is there even such a thing?? Old fabric, new fabric..
It’s fabric people and you can never have enough or too much of it!

Do you do an end of the year “out with the old, in with the new?”
What do you get rid of and what absolutely stays??


Dear Self,
It’s cold. It’s pouring down rain. It’s 4:30 in the morning, why the hell aren’t you sleeping???

Yeah, well, “self” has no answer for that so here I sit, bright eyed and bushy haired, coffee in hand ready to take on the day. Okay, not really ready at this moment but a few more cups of my cowboy coffee with ‘Frosted Sugar Cookie’ creamer in it and I will be!

If you guys haven’t tried this stuff right here, you really should because it will turn any cup of coffee into a cup of heaven. So, so yummy. Like a Christmas cookie in a mug!
Love this stuff!
Side note: Obviously I drink a lot of tea at my house too.
#lipton Β #yogi Β #sleepytime

The mood just kinda’ struck me for today’s prompt as I came across some rather interesting Christmas ornaments online and I thought, who would put this shit on their Christmas tree?? Personally, I wouldn’t hang not a one of ’em on any tree in my home but to each his/her own if you happen to be in the nut hut, right?

Creepy doll face. No thanks.

Creepy, old German ornaments. I think my parents actually had some ornaments similar to these and I’m pretty sure I thought they were creepy then too.

Serial killer ornament?

Um, just because you put a Santa hat on it doesn’t make it Christmassy…

What THE hell?? Who’s sitting around thinking, hey, I know! Let’s snap the arm off of a doll, glitter it up and hang it on the tree!

This one? Just let me vomit right now. Vile and disgusting..Β Who the hell could look at this thing on their Christmas tree???

And last but not least… The creepy dead girl suspended in some kind of a cage. I don’t even know.. This is just too freaky for me, and again nooottttthiiing I’m hanging on my Christmas tree!

So, “Would you or wouldn’t you” hang these ornaments on your Christmas tree???
And if any of you say yes, let me just say this right now. You’re a freak.

**Participating in #Monday Musings with ‘Write Tribe.’

BOOKS, SNOW N’ ICE, SUN N’ SAND – Pick Yer Poison

Some days the better question would be, “What aren’t you reading today?!” Yesterday, however, there was no time for reading or blogging, apparently. It’s that time of year folks and I am knee deep in all things Christmas so today is a double post covering yesterday and today. Which, I’m sure is considered “cheating” is some realm of the blogging world but hey, it’s my blog. I can double post if I want!

Lately, my typical reading day has been starting out like this.

Afternoon light reading has been this.
I love Danielle Steel and one day I hope I can say that I’ve read all of her books.

I round out the evening with this.
I do start and end my days with reading the Bible. All books in between are subject to change.

Today’s post?
I’m gonna’ have to go with snow bunny on this one because I do so love my snow and I will always love my snow. That being said, because I’m getting flippin’ old, I have been toying with the idea of spending Christmas some place warm. I’m not ready for the 6/6 split of 6 months in the north, 6 months in the south but a lit’l warm up would be nice.

What about you? What are you reading? And where would you prefer to be reading it? Curled up next to a cosy fire with the snow softly falling outside. Or, lounging on the beach in dental floss listening to the ocean waves??