We’re having a gorgeous Fall day here, the bikers have retreated, and #1 daughter has moved into her new apartment. It’s a very nice place, with a pool, a built-in desk, a panic button by her bed, and a balcony.

It’s Kids Room week at the HGP. Here’s the list of holiday jobs:

  • Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
  • Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
  • Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
  • Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.
  • Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
  • Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.
  • Check smoke detectors and clean them, change batteries if needed.
  • Make “goody basket” for guest bath, from samples found in abundance in stores right now.

I’m keeping up pretty well, actually. I picked up the jewelry findings I needed on sale at Hobby Lobby and finished up the red vintage bead jewelry set you can see here.

I also tried out a foaming bath oil recipe. Basically, It’s liquid soap and almond oil in equal measures with scent and glycerine in smaller quantities. It’s very nice — so often you have to choose between harsh with bubbles or moisturizing without. I’m going to make up some bottles of it to put together with soap using some nice Cybilla scents — my sample is Grapefruit Lily, and it’s very pretty but also a bit sharp and green.

But I feel sure that the main question on your mind is the same thing that I’ve been thinking about: what were hymn writers of the 1980s thinking? This morning we sang “O Praise the Gracious Power” which has not just an insipid tune but also some really bad poetry:

O praise inclusive love,
encircling every race
Oblivious to gender, wealth
to social rank or place:
We praise you Christ!

I’ll leave you to contemplate that. I’m going to go read for a bit.