Feeling like Christmas!

Thanksgiving is over and now Christmas things can begin.  Christmas music, shopping, decorations.  All that stuff.  I still can do without the snow, but it will be coming soon enough.

I worked almost a full day on Friday.  I wasn’t sure if there would be work, but there was.  However,  I did take a break in the afternoon because temps were 50 degrees!  I hadn’t hooked my bike up to the trainer yet, but did have to drag it back down the stairs and outside to ride (worth it, though).

I added another 16 miles to my yearly total.  2173 miles.  Just to clarify – these are only road miles, not any miles from the trainer.  I reset the mileage when the bike came outside.  And yeah, I guess that means I am bragging 😀

Saturday was going out with my mom to the Shirt Factory for their annual open house with all the local artists and crafters.  We didn’t even finish because there are 80 artists there!  Saw lots of holiday stuff:

Not only are there artists in the Shirt Factory, but also a yoga studio

There is a tea shop and a new bakery.

The tole painters had oodles of stuff for sale.  I bought a couple painted tea light holders there.

There are classes offered here by various artists as well.  It’s just such a cool, cool thing to have in our area. John and I would love to move his business into here.  However, spots don’t come up all that often, and it has to be a big space to work.

We would have shopped more, but as I told my mother, I was getting food cranky.  So, we went to lunch at East End Eatery with John.  I had a cheese stromboli!

Cheesy carby goodness!  I took half of this home and had the rest for dinner.

Holiday time this weekend also meant getting out our tree.  I think it is getting time to upgrade the artificial tree.  This one is looking a little worse for wear up close.

Putting up the tree makes me so happy.  Pulling out the ornaments each year makes me remember all times past and it really is a snapshot of a bunch of different periods in your life.  We don’t have a theme to the tree, just a very personal one, which I think are the best trees. I love seeing other people’s trees and all the special ornaments.

I think I will show different ornaments again like I did a couple years ago.  That was fun.

Pixie now has a new spot to hide in:

Nobody can see me in here with the shiny things.

We still have to do the outside lights, but it is cold and one of our strands is out.  1 year old LED lights and the middle conked out. Boo!  So, probably need to get some more.  I also have a couple indoors decorations to work on that I saw on Pinterest LOL!

It’s funny – it seems like it should be December and there is still a lot of November left to go!

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23 thoughts on “Feeling like Christmas!

  1. debby

    Favorite new phrase: “food cranky.”

    Wow, a bike ride after Christmas, AND your Christmas tree already up! You are a workhorse. And yes, you are allowed to brag about your bike mileage. That’s like more than halfway across the United States!!!!!!!!
    debby´s last blog post ..The Post-Tday Report

  2. Tena

    I love a tree with family ornaments and yours is perfect and so pretty. We have some of the same ornaments!

    With that kind of mileage, you deserve to brag 🙂

    Merry Christmas!
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  3. Daria

    So glad your holiday was a delight. If you have a minute this week, I would love to have any information you can share on choosing a trainer to bring my bike inside. Also, when you hook it up, is there a way you can track your mileage? Can you change the resistance level by changing gears? Just curious. Thanks so much

    1. Lori Post author

      Daria – I sent you an email about the trainer last week, did you not get it? You might want to check your spam box.

  4. Shelley B

    I would love to shop at that open house…so many artisans under one roof, how wonderful!!!

    I’m not even thinking about my tree or inside decorations yet. Jeff has started on the outside lights, but I sill need to muck out the house from Thanksgiving and the kids being home.

    You have ridden a ton of miles, and I laughed at your clarification of “outdoor” mileage…I separate my running miles from my walking miles, so I totally get that.

  5. Jody - Fit at 54

    We put up the tree for the stepkids when they were young but since everyone is old & gone, 😉 , well, we have just a little table top one. We had tons of special ornaments though!!!!

    Lori, what does John do that he would move into that space. I love all the pics & crafts. This is such a pretty time of year with all the decorations.

    YAHOO for bragging on your riding – you deserve it!!!!!!!!!
    Jody – Fit at 54´s last blog post ..New Weightlifting Tricks for Post Turkey Day!

  6. Fran

    You’re early with the tree. Since we have another holiday coming up on December 5th: Sinterklaas (you can compare him to Santa Clause), most people in Holland don’t put up the tree before December 5th.

    We will buy a real tree again this year and probably buy it around December 7th and put it up that weekend.

    Love your tree though.

    And you have every right to brag about your miles, it’s an awesome achievement!
    Fran´s last blog post ..Sunday November 25, 2012: Mishmash

  7. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    That day of warm weather was such a blessing! We had ours on Thanksgiving. Now… it’s FREEZING again. 🙂

    The fake tree is up but nothing is on it yet. I’m looking forward to getting all the lights and ornaments on it though – it makes me really happy too. LOVE LOVE. Also love those Christmas wreaths! I haven’t seen ones that pretty around here.
    Ali @ Peaches and Football´s last blog post ..Giving Thanks

  8. Sharon

    Love your idea about posting pics of your ornaments – I may copy if that’s o.k. Consider it a compliment!! Thought of you early this morning when I was eating my one-minute pumpkin muffin and drinking coffee out of my favorite mugs!
    Sharon´s last blog post ..Priority Check

  9. Taryl

    What a cool shop!

    And I love your tree – I can’t wait until my husband fixes the back end of my blog and I can more easily post images, because I enjoy them in the blogs of others and yet my own is shockingly sterile 😉

  10. Grace @ Grace Dishes

    It feels like Thanksgiving was early in November this year and it DOES feel like December. All the Christmas decorations are making me feel left out but I love seeing it 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful week! Your tree is beautiful!
    Grace @ Grace Dishes´s last blog post ..Nice and easy

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