Since I’ve Been Gone…

I haven’t posted for awhile and with very good reason, I promise. First, I’ve been busy pursuing my love of photography. I recently took two BFF’s out for some fun photos and we had a blast! Here’s a few of my favorites:

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And of course, with the holidays in full swing, I’ve been trying to decorate the house, make and/or purchase gifts and we’ve had some family stuff that had to be taken care of. Well, right in the middle of the decorating frenzy, I was decorating the beautiful 8 foot Frazier Fir Christmas tree that hubby and I picked out. It was going along smoothly until I decided to stand on a nearby chair to reach the top of the tree. Needless to say, as I was attempting to strategically place the perfect ornament onto the highest branch, the chair went one way while I went the other.

I won’t go into the ugly details, but after a four hour trip to the E.R., it was learned that I had fractured my tibia and tore my ACL. Not pretty. The incident left me in a brace to immobilize my knee and I am on crutches until at least mid January until the stress fractures heal. I will then be able to address the ACL, which will probably need surgery. Merry Christmas to me! hahaha

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After the immediate panic of wondering how in the world I was going to get everything done, I had a long talk with myself…and then with family. I do believe that this may have been my sign to slow down, to celebrate the season the way it was supposed to be celebrated. I had already started to make a few gifts, and will continue to do so on those days that I feel good enough. Most of the decorating was already finished (the most important personalized ornaments were already on the tree too) and even if it wasn’t…so what?

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My husband has had a quick refresher course on grocery shopping and laundry while one daughter has been designated as my taxi driver and the other as my cleaning help. Hubby clipped some fresh pine branches for me to make a few more decorations and I’ve been taking wrapping the few gifts that I have to a new level. (These are things I can get accomplished when I can wobble to the kitchen table, prop my bad leg up and spend a few pain free minutes to concentrate)

I’m really looking forward to this Christmas. It’s going to end up being exactly what Christmas is all about. No commercialism, no last minute panics and no nonsense. Just a simple, family Christmas filled with jokes about my coordination, homemade gifts and team-effort food. It’s going to be the best holiday ever because we’ll be focusing on what we DO have rather than what we want.

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About finefrugality

I am a wife, mother, business owner, farmer, foster parent, retired probation officer and so much more. :-) I love to save money any way I can. I just don’t see the sense in handing my cash over to someone else when I don’t have to. I coupon, I grow and can food, I reuse and repurpose items, I scour thrift stores and during the warmer months, my Saturday mornings consist of yard sales and our local farmer’s market with my husband. I have organized local meetings which include coupon swaps, barter clubs and swap meets. Here is where I begin to share this life with the rest of the world. This is Fine Frugality. Because being frugal is not only fine. It is FINE.
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5 Responses to Since I’ve Been Gone…

  1. So sorry about your accident, I’m glad that your family is willing to pull together and help you though! 😀 Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!

  2. Your positive attitude about the Christmas season even in the midst of your injury is amazing!! Enjoy your family time and the relaxed atmosphere of a no rush, no fuss Christmas!

  3. hard way to realize a wonderful Christmas

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