Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Escaping the Holiday Stress at Readers’ Café

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by Glenda at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. Come take a break from the shopping, preparing and stressing, and join us around the warm, crackling fire.

There’s eggnog, mulled wine and other yummy goodies on the table. Please help yourself. Then sit back, take a deep breath and feel your worries melt away. Join in the conversation by posting comments below. We’re a friendly bunch; no need to be shy.

Hit your internet browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

Feel free to share your:

  • Holiday survival tip
  • Favourite holiday memory
  • Favourite holiday recipe

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.

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Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

Hi Glenda,

Nice fireplace! Very cozy.

Mike

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

Hi Glenda

In terms of survival just remember what ever happens, you are loved. All the food is good at this time of year. As you know I love sweets. But you are the sweetest thing.

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

Hi Mike

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

Hi Mike, come on and put your feet up by the fire. Would you like some eggnog?

Darrell, you’re sooo sweet!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

Egg nog! One of my favorites.

And Darrell is a standup guy (I can’t say what you said).

Mike

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

So is it dark there, yet? We’ve got a little bit of light here still.

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

It is getting dark here, I will be glad when the days get longer.

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

Almost dark here. Would you like the “adult” eggnog, Mike?

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

Friday is the shortest day of the year, then things are on an upswing. Hooray.

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

I am looking forward to all the good food and time with family and friends.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

I gots ta have the ‘high test’ version, Glenda!

Good food and family and friends are what it’s all about. Darrell is wise…

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

Yes, to me, Christmas has always be best with family and friends around, rather than a large pile under the tree, tho that can be fun too.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

As long as it’s a large pile OF PRESENTS!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

A large pile of coal, not so good…unless you have a coal-fired stove.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

I’ve got to go pick up my son from wrestling practice. I’ll be back…

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

presents are fun, the love that they are given with is what lasts and the thing we remember most.

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

Huh, WordPress told me I was posting too fast and spat out my last comment. Imagine my thumb typing too fast!

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

:)

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

quiet tonight

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

I guess most people are out shopping, driving and stressing, while we cozy by the fire. Do you need an eggnog refill, Darrell?

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

did not know I had one?

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

Too many eggnog make me sleepy by the fire

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

Too many eggnog make me sleepy by the fire

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

Ahh, that is why you’re yawning and talking double!

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

I guess?

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

You two spend that whole time under the mistletoe?

I’ll take an eggnog top-off!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

I saw Glenda kissing Santa Clause…

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

Good place to be, don’t you think, Mike? Would you like shortbread or mincemeat tarts with that eggnog?

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

Shhh, Mike… ;)

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

I’ve never had a mincemeat tart. Let’s try one of those. Is that a holiday tradition at your place?

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

Are you two at it again? I’m helping myself to some egg nog.

Hmm. Needs a bit more nog. I think I’ve got a flask in my coat. Ah yes! This ought to do the trick…

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:09 pm

Definitely Mike. Yummy.

Just listening to Rolph Harris “Six White Boomers”.

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

{blushes}

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

What is your favourite Christmas memory, Mike? Darrell?

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

I’ve never heard of Six White Boomers.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

Favorite Christmas memory. Hmm. One of my favorites involved a lost teddy bear. One of my daughters never went anywhere without her bear George. But one fateful April day he disappeared. We turned the house upside down several time to no avail. She was totally heartbroken.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

Then in September, as I was hiding some gifts in the darkest back corner of my closet, what should I find but George himself. I showed it to my wife, and we cooked up a devious plot.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

On Christmas morning my daughter opened a box to find George. She almost jumped out of her skin with surprise and excitement!!

With George was a note:

Dear Alyssa,

I found this little bear wandering around outside the workshop and offered him a ride home. Take good care of him from now on!

Love, Santa

Never will be able to top that as the greatest present ever…

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

My Christmas gift to Mike.

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

That was great Mike. Christmas has always been special for our family and so it would be hard for me to pick just one memory.

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

Ahh, what an awesome story, Mike. It gave me goosebumps. How old was she?

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

Go ahead, Darrell. Share one of your most favourite ones.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

Thank you, Glenda! I don’t think I can top that!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

Six

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

One of the best christmas memories was the first year you were part of the family dear. You are a big part of the family.

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

How precious that moment must have been !

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:36 pm

Ahhh, dear, what did I ever do without you? Any favourite childhood memories?

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

I remember finding a snowmobile in our dinning room.

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

Right Darrell, that must have been cool!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

Darrell,

Was it put there intentionally?

Mike

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

I’m imagining a snowmobiler taking a wrong turn through the bay window…

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

Darrell, you might want to elaborate!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

I’ve got to run to the grocery store. No chance to use the snowmobile here!

Comment by Marti

December 19, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

Hi! I hear there’s eggnog?

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

Here’s one of my fondest memories:

The opportunity arose for the family to go to Hawaii for ten days in mid-December. After the rough autumn with me recovering from two painful surgeries, my parents felt some fun in the sun would be good for the entire family. We had a great time eating pineapple spears with juice running down our arms, seeing bananas actually growing on trees, and watching a whole pig being cooked in a pit at an authentic luau. The warmth, the scents, and the sights are all fond memories from that trip.

We returned home in time for the last day of school before Christmas holidays. We then traded our summer clothes for winter ones and headed for Forbidden Plateau on Vancouver Island. Auntie Fern and Uncle Ed were managing the ski lodge at that time, and as it was going to be closed over the holidays, we all – including Uncle’s parents and our baby cousin Craig – went up for Christmas. We had free run of the rustic lodge atop the ski hill. Uncle Ed was recovering from a serious volleyball mishap, so it was a good way to end a painful and stressful year. It was the best Christmas we ever had as a family!

Comment by Marti

December 19, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

We still have a little bit of ice and snow here. I posted pics I took right after the storm at http://enterthelaughter.com

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

Hey Marti, welcome. Yes, there’s eggnog, shortbread, and even some of Mike’s famous MCH! Help yourself and come join us by the fire.

Comment by Marti

December 19, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

That’s a great Christmas story!

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

Cool pictures, Marti.

Comment by Marti

December 19, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

Thanks! I appreciate the cup o’ nog – delicious! Giggling at your “cool” pun – LOL

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

The snowmobile was a family gift for all of us and my parents put it in the dinning room to suprise us.

Comment by Marti

December 19, 2007 @ 5:57 pm

We are gonna watch “American Beauty” with daughter now, in our effort to educate her in fine cinema. Cheers! Peas and joy to all!

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:57 pm

Thanks Marti, do you have a favourite Christmas story?

Comment by Marti

December 19, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

Perhaps another time. Family is waiting for me to get off the computer to share watching the movie, but thank you so much for inviting me over, I hope you have a wonderful evening!

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

Enjoy the movie, Marti. Thanks for stopping by.

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 6:13 pm

quit again

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

Perfect time for us to head back over to the mistletoe!

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

sounds good

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

There is a par-tay at http://www.jonnygoldstein.com/ that has apparently trumped Readers’ Cafe. Oh well.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

Okay, break it up!

Darrell, thanks for clarifying that whole ’snowmobile in the dining room’ thing.

Glenda, a whole ski lodge to yourselves, that’s awesome!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

No way can Johnny trump Reader’s Cafe!

Comment by Jerry

December 19, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

Darrell and Glenda just wanted to wish you both a Merry Christmas in case I don’t get to see you both.

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

;) Yes, Forbidden Plateau was awesome!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

I’m a bit rusty on my Canadian holidays, but isn’t Boxing Day coming up soon?

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

Hey, there’s a pencil next to Glenda’s name…

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

oh wow Jerry, welcome! Hope to see you over the holidays, we’re so far!

Comment by Darrell

December 19, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

Boxing day is the day after christmas.

Comment by Jerry

December 19, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

Thanks Glenda, that’s very nice of you!
Do you have big plans for the holidays?

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

You know Johnny, Mike? Boxing Day is the 26th. You guys don’t have it?

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

Glenda,

I don’t know Jonny, but because he doesn’t use an ‘h’ in his name I’m a bit wary of him.

I thought it was the 26th. How fun to have the two back-to-back!

Mike

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

Jerry, eight or nice here for Christmas dinner!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

No Boxing Day here. As a kid I thought it would be a load of fun, though.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

Eight or nice? I always thought it was ‘naughty or nice’. I’ve got to catch up on the latest lingo! ;-)

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

Boxing Day isn’t really that spectacular, its recovering from Christmas etc

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

Glenda,

If I want to buy a signed copy of your book, what do I need to do?

Mike

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

And by signed I mean whatever works for you! :-)

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

Mike, order from http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/ill-do-it-myself-the-book/ and I’ll pop an autographed copy in the mail!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

Okay, an angel just got his/her wings because I just rang your cash register. Merry Christmas!!

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

THANKS Mike, I’ll pop that in the mail tomorrow!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

Uh oh, I see that it’s almost time for my Teaching Sells mastermind call. BTW Glenda, let’s talk about our mastermind idea tomorrow. I got some positive feedback I’d like to discuss.

Darrell, great chatting with you!

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

GREAT Mike, catch you tomorrow. Thanks for hanging out this evening!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

December 19, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

Glenda,

Thank you! One of the highlights of this year blog-wise was our meeting on the Apache Trail. I look forward to more substantive adventures in 2008.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both!

Mike

Comment by Jerry

December 19, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

Christmas is going to be a little different here this year as my son and family are not coming home, so Bob and I are going to go to the Island to spend some time with his brother and sister in law.

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

Mike, that is a fond memory for me too.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

That will be nice to get away, Jerry.

Comment by Jerry

December 19, 2007 @ 7:04 pm

I’m looking forward to it after the last couple of weeks. I guess Darrell filled you in on my news.

Comment by Glenda

December 19, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

No he didn’t, Jerry. I can ask him or email me, if you like.

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