I have only 3 gifts so far. One for K9, one for J15 and one for my mother. I want to get V a chainsaw but I need to do some research and get some recommendations first. I know it is something he will use around the property and has been looking at for a while. He has a little electric one that we used in town but we've got much bigger trees and definitely not enough extension cords to reach to some of the trees that need cut here.
I do have some home canned goods that I can use for gifts (peach salsa, pear chutney, cranberry mustard) probably for the nieces and nephews. I may make some biscotti as well and I usually give them coffee or teas.
I've been laid up for a few days. I pulled some muscles in my back over the weekend and then they were further aggravated when I came down with a stomach bug on Monday (I ended up leaving work early). Let me tell you, it's a terrible thing to realize that you need to get to the bathroom now and have a catch in your back so you can't even breathe much less move. My stomach is feeling much better and my back is slowly healing. I've been taking lots of ibuprofen and me and the heating pad have been close friends. I did make it back to work today and oh my it was busy!!
But regardless of health and gifts, the season keeps creeping up. I'm having difficulty getting into the swing of things. I even put some holiday music on my ipod but can't stand to listen to even some of my old favorites. Maybe when we put up the tree and do some more decorating I'll feel more into it- maybe.
I have been pleased that the boys aren't making excessive demands on their lists, and J15 is simply asking for fatigues and boots (she wants clothes to work outside in). V just wants trains (no surprise there- but that's probably not what he's getting). He has asked me several times what I want. I honestly don't know. Last year he got me a pressure canner that I really wanted. I got my land this year, that is gift enough for me. Maybe some books...
I've also been a bit preoccupied with this possible promotion. I've got an interview next Tuesday and a candidate forum on the 16th where staff members can ask me questions. Eek. V still hasn't heard anything about his job possibility and I think he's getting a bit discouraged. sigh.