One More Gift

There are so many reasons why I love this time of year.  I started a tradition a long time ago after I lost my father much too early to cancer.  He passed away in June and when it was time for Christmas, I decided to adopt an ”angel” off the Angel Tree at a local department store in his memory.

As I lost additional family members through the years, I would adopt additional angels in their name.  I also asked my friends to support their local Angel Tree instead of giving a gift to me.  I started this tradition over 20 years ago and last year, my husband and I started a new tradition.  We now adopt a family and help them at Christmas.  As much as I love opening gifts with my family, I have to admit that when I deliver the gifts to our adopted family, sharing that joy with them is my favorite part of Christmas.

This year, we have a single mom and her 12 year-old daughter, whom I’ll call Jill.  Jill’s wish this year was to have her room painted pink and she also wanted a zebra comforter set with matching curtains.  Two weeks ago we delivered that comforter set and curtains along with a stocking full of girly things and some clothes for her.  We also picked out some things for her mom too.  We contacted our local painter, Bear Mountain, and told them about Jill’s wish.  Bear Mountain donated the labor and most of the paint and Sherwin Williams also contributed some of the paint.  Bear Mountain painted the entire room including the ceiling.  On Christmas morning Jill, will have her Christmas wish wrapped in her new comforter set in her pink room!  My sincere thanks go out to Bear Mountain Painters and Sherwin Williams for their generosity.

Giving just feels good especially this time of year.  There are so many ways you can give of yourself and giving doesn’t always mean money.  You can give of your time through a charity or mentoring.  Find a cause you believe in and make a difference.

One charity that I think is fun and a little different is Kiva.  On Kiva, you can make loans of all sizes to entrepreneurs all over the world.   Your loan is typically repaid a little at a time.  I wait until the loan is halfway re-paid and then I loan it out to another entrepreneur.

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year will be to give more of myself next year.  I lost a dear friend last week.  She was sick for only a few weeks and unfortunately I didn’t get to say goodbye.  She gave so much of herself to our church and to our outreach projects.  I will miss her so much.  She was someone I always admired and so I want to give more of myself next year, in her honor.

We can all make a difference in this world.  It doesn’t matter how small or big the gift.  It is just a matter of reaching out

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” ~ Mother Teresa

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Yikes! The Holidays Are Just Around the Corner


How does it happen every year?  I think there is some sort of conspiracy that the days get shorter around October 1st and then the holidays just suddenly are upon us.  Consider this your warning….in a little over eight weeks we will be celebrating Christmas.  Don’t take me wrong, I love this time of year.  I just wish my new iPhone assistant Siri could take over and do the prep work for me!

On a recent beach trip with some college friends of my husband’s, one of the wives was in charge of breakfast the first day.  We always sleep in on vacation so Mr. 25th Hour Gal and I were the last two up that day.  We were told that the Beach Breakfast Mix was in the refrigerator.   I was really hoping it wasn’t something healthy.  Not that I have anything against healthy eating, I just wasn’t in the mood that Saturday morning for granola and fruit.

The Beach Breakfast Mix was a wonderful mix of eggs, bacon, cheese and spices.  You spread this on an English Muffin, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and broil it for about 5 minutes or until it is golden brown.  I loved it and it was just what I needed that morning.  The best part was that everyone had a hot breakfast whenever they woke up that day.  No cold leftovers for those late risers.

After returning home, it dawned on me that this would be perfect for the holidays when we have a lot of family in town and everyone seems to eat breakfast at different times.  Especially great for Thanksgiving morning when Mr. 25th Hour Gal is preparing the Turkey and I am making endless casseroles and desserts (I don’t want anyone to go hungry at my house).

So, here is the recipe.  Thanks to Mary E. for sharing.

Breakfast Mix
  • 12 Hard Boiled Eggs Chopped
  • 1 lb Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 6 oz. Bacon, Cooked & Crumbled (You can also use the “real” bacon bits as a short cut)
  • 3/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Spicy Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced (if desired)
  • Pepper to taste
Mix together and refrigerate.  When ready to serve, spread on a split English muffin.  Top with grated Parmesan and place under the broiler under golden brown.  Enjoy!
What is your favorite holiday recipe?  I would love to have a few new recipes this year ~ 25th Hour Gal.

It’s the Weekend, It’s Beautiful & You Gotta Zee This!

The weekend is finally here and the weather is beautiful.  Why don’t you grab the family and do something unique this weekend and visit the new baby Zedonk in Dahlonega at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve?

If you are asking yourself….what is a Zedonk?  Well, it is a really cute offspring from a donkey and a zebra.  In 2010, Pippi the zedonk was born at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve.  You might have seen Pippi in the AJC or featured on one of several TV news shows.  This past August, Pippi’s little sister was born.  As you can see in the picture she has striped legs and ears like her zebra dad.

The Preserve features other animals too.  On our recent visit there we saw white Bengal tigers, bears, monkeys, alligators, turtles, birds and more.  It takes about an hour for a leisurely stroll around to get a close-up view of all the animals at the Preserve.

After your visit to the Preserve, you can always have lunch in Dahlonega or visit a winery or even pan for gold!   They are located at 469 Old Dahlonega Hwy.in Dahlonega and they are open everyday from 10 – 4pm.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!;

A Crafty Project for the Weekend

I am excited that our new bedroom furniture has arrived.  I decided that I wanted to line the drawers of my dresser but I wanted something a little more fun than the traditional drawer liners found in stores.  So after a quick Google search I found many ideas and a new blog to follow!

Take a look at http://blueeyedyonder.blogspot.com/2011/02/diy-drawer-liners.html.  Complete instructions can be found here to give your drawers a fresh look.

I would stay and blog…but, I need to get to the fabric store.  I can’t wait to pick out something fun!  Hope everyone enjoys the beautiful weather this weekend.  I just love fall!

Love this idea!

Treadless

I apologize for the long time in between posts.  We had a great time at the beach and other than that little choking incident by yours truly it was all fun!  I highly suggest that you make sure that the “Mr.” 25th Hour Gal in your life knows the heimlich maneuver.  Yes, my “Mr. 25thHG” saved my life last week.  I sure am glad he knew what to do!

The weather was great at the beach and it was nice to get away for a short trip and visit with some terrific friends.  Our dream is to retire in the Charleston area.  We just love it up there.

So back to the theme of this post….tread life of your tires.  I had noticed that the tread on my tires seemed very low which was odd since my tires were purchased 18 months ago!  I called around to get quotes for new tires.  My last call was to the original shop that put the last tires on the car.  They looked up my record and my tires came with a 60,000 mile warranty.  I had only driven them 27,000 miles.  The good news was that I got more than 50% of my original purchase price back and applied to the new tires purchased!  This was a huge savings!

My tip today is to always go back to your original mechanic if something fails or wears out sooner than expected.  Your part or service may not always have a warranty but if it does, you may very well be entitled to money back.   The 25th Hour Gal always enjoys getting money back and I bet you do too!

Off for a Last Splash of Summer

Heading to the beach for a long weekend and I can’t wait to get packed!

Next week I will let you know about one of 25th Hour Gal’s favorite travel products.  It is a wonderful time saver and a huge help in packing.  So stay tuned for that but in the meantime, let me know about your favorite packing tips.

Hmmmm, I wonder if I will see any white shoes or white pants still lingering at the beach.  I will keep you posted!

Hug your loved ones this weekend and remember what a great country you live in!  Thanks to all of our military and their families for their sacrifices and their continued commitment to keeping this country safe.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

 

Ode To White

Happy Labor Day everyone!  Those of us in the south know that this day holds special significance for us southern ladies!  My cousin Jackie was kind enough to send out this reminder today and I wanted to share it with all of you.  Thanks Jackie!

Ode to “White”

That time of year has come again

As we have all been taught.

To pack away till May 29th,

The WHITE that we have bought.

Good-bye all you little shorts,

Capris and strappy shoes.

Blouses, tops and underwear

Are all that we can use.

The west may laugh.

The north may sneer.

But here way down in Dixie,

We hold our values dear!

Alas I know it’s painful

To put them all away.

But every Southern lady knows

YOUR DON’T WEAR WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY!!!