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Dec 24, 2011

Happy Holidays! Ikea Trip


Happy holidays, and we will put out something for the tomtens and their helpers tonite!
llustrations by Jenny Nystrom

                                      

Portland Trip- I had planned on doing a longer blog about my recent trip to Portland to see my husband's family. Then two days after we got back, food poisoning (best guess). Ugh, I spend most of the last two days in bed, but am feeling much better, just low energy. More to come....


IKEA Trip- I did make my first ever trip to an IKEA store, as they built it after we left Portland, of course. I picked up a new set of white dishes, a great price, and some various kitchen goods- new dish towels, a table runner, a 2-sided grater, winter napkins that have cross-stitch snowflakes (cute!), winter cookie cutters, gooseberry and lingonberry preserves (big chunks of fruit!),  a juicer (with 2 sizes for large and small- love the Swedes!), herring, and Swedish meatballs. I'm grateful that I was able to get this much due to an unexpected bonus on our paychecks! Good timing, and my dishes especially were pretty beat up. I will say, I love their prices and variety. I could get lost in there though, it's huge!

I mentioned to someone how much I enjoyed the IKEA displays of tiny rooms, and their use of space. She replied- yeah, it's great if you're in college. Oh well, some people still live large in a shrinking and aging world. To each their own. I was glad to come home to our relatively energy-efficient, warm, cozy home, and firm bed! I see aging people who are in large homes, and wonder what will happen when they are gone and their children have to deal with things? The debt involved, not to mention the work? Life happens so fast, and you can't always plan for it...

Going into the new year I'm grateful for my family, friends, and health (except the recent bout). Someone told me in a doc's office last week for my yearly "you sure look younger" (than 55). I just smiled!

Happy New Year if I don't post before then...


  A vintage german color new year's postcard. I love the lucky pig :)

5 comments:

Candy C. said...

Yule Goats and Lucky Pigs, doesn't get any better than that!
Good thing we don't have an IKEA close by here, I could get in big trouble! LOL!!
I'm with you on the smaller house thing, easier to heat AND clean!
Glad you are feeling better!

nancypo said...

Yes, I would live in that store! Great prices and simpler items. I'm hoping for a chair someday... and keeping food down is a happy thing!

Michelle said...

55 is still young. At least in my world. I would love to shop at IKEA ,but we don,t have a store near us. Merry Christmas

Kristina said...

I have to admit that I have never been to an IKEA store. I'm not even sure where the closest one is either. Maybe some day I'll get to visit one. Glad you had a great time. Good job on the great doctor update (looking younger).

nancypo said...

Yes, 55 is young, dentist told me my gums are great today. Ah, I feel so special! I had never been to IKEA before, what an adventure...

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