Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday Concatenation

As I ambled down the hall this morning and opened the door to the den, I was greeted by the soft glow of lights from our Christmas tree. My arms don't seem so sore from stretching to reach the top of the tree, as I look at all the ornaments casting reflective green, purple, and gold twinkles about the room.

Then I look to the other side of the room. Yikes! Yesterday, after school work was finished, the boys and I pulled all...and I mean all...the boxes that appeared related to Christmas down from the attic. Sitting by the fireplace are too many boxes waiting to be culled for treasures of Christmas decor. While I would have loved to go through everything yesterday, it just wasn't possible. The all-important "Can We Put Up the Tree First, oh Please, oh Please, oh Please?" had to occur before anything else. A few hours later, with only Momma left hooking ornaments to the branches, we called it a night.

Do you have a Christmas tree? Is it up and decorated? Do you decorate alone or does the entire family help?

Thursday Concatenation
I love to read blogs and look at so many different websites! There are wonderful blogs that I have found. Even though we don't write about the same subjects, or necessarily share all the same interests, we're connected by our blogs. I have many interests, and therefore, read blogs on all sorts of topics. That's CONCATENATION...a series of interconnected or interdependent things or events. In an effort to share and connect the blogs/sites I enjoy reading, I'm featuring three of them each Thursday.

Crafty Pod
This is a fun and inspiring website I found thanks to my brother, T. He sent me an email last week with the subject line "saw these websites and thought of you.." Don't I have a thoughtful brother? :o) Crafty Pod has all sorts of crafting in the forms of Tutorials, Videos, and Podcasts (hence the name 'Crafty Pod'). Be prepared to spend a few hours moments browsing.

Nifty Nut House
I love this Nut House! LOL Seriously...when I visit my hometown in Wichita, KS, this is one of my first stops. If you're lucky enough to live within a 100 mile radius of Nifty's, plan a road trip. Nifty Nut House is incredibly wonderful. Open the door, and you'll feast your eyes on an amazing selection of peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans...all kinds of nuts, that are roasted on-site. Yum! My Dad especially loves the Spanish Peanuts. At just $1.50/lb, paired with a cute container, I consider this a Thrifty Christmas gift. If you can pull your eyes from all the nutty goodness, keep walking and you'll find candy, candy, candy. Sour cherries, giant licorice jelly beans, and chocolate covered everything! You know all those candies you loved as a kid? You can probably find it at Nifty Nut House. They stock Retro candy as well as all the fun chewy, sugary confections kids like today. The best part about Nifty Nut House is that you can order online! Go check it out. Just be sure to hold your drool-rag while visiting. :o)

This is a no-frills website. You won't find fancy clipart or flashy advertisements. What you will find is a great resource of information for your kids. Originally created for presenting unbiased reviews of children's software, SuperKids offers so much more. Click on the Educational Tools link, and discover a collection of FREE products. I especially like the Math Worksheets, which can be customized for your student. In the Articles category, you can find interesting information and interviews. Did you know Doug Englebart invented the computer mouse in the early 1960s? I didn't, but enjoyed reading his interview at SuperKids. Check out the Reading Corner for many more interesting articles. You'll find yourself marking SuperKids as a 'favorite.'

I'm off to finish decking the halls and put out my Nativity sets. What are you doing today? Whatever it is, I hope you have a HAPPY THURSDAY! :o)

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