Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Last night we picked Kate's friend Holly up from the airport. She flew in from Missouri. It was not a smooth trip due to the snow storm in the midwest. They cancelled her original flight and moved her to another one. Fortunately, she got here safely. She also said that after Jan 1, you will no longer be able to take batteries on US flights. Pretty soon, you will have to fly naked so that your clothes can't be used as a weapon.
Today, we took Holly to travel through the woods. This is Kate and Holly standing in a precarious (to me) spot to take a photo. They stopped and took may photos today but I didn't mind. We drove through the puddles (it rained rather hard last night) and the day was a perfect 57 degrees. A bit unusual for December but I'll take it. This is my embossed leaves sock among the leaves. It looks right at home. I am almost finished the second sock and the urge to finish is great. I have not spent any quality time with the shaw. I have done 4 rows. I am not used to such a large project (done on such thin yarn) and it seems to take forever to see any progress. I think once I get into the lace parts it may go faster and I will enjoy it more. For now, I do some and put it down. I don't want to fall asleep working on it and make a mistake.
Anyone make any interesting New Year's resolutions? I have my standard one, to try to be a better person and to engage in less gossip. I will add -to finish the Icelandic Lace Shaw, although I hope it doesn't take the whole year! We will be home, watching movies and eating ourselves silly. Kate and her friends are going galactic bowling. We did that for a few years when the girls were younger and it was lots of fun. Noisy music, food, bowling, swirling mist and strobe lights. What more could you ask for?
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Calvin, who is helping in his usual inimitable way, and I and the rest of my family wish you and yours a safe, peaceful, joyful holiday. May it contain laughter and friendship and love and it goes without saying, Knitting!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I am making mitten number 2 of a pair to go with the scarf that Emily made for my niece. She used a difficult-to-work- with acrylic yarn in a gorgeous purple color. I used an easy-to-work-with white cotton/acrylic blend and just wove a piece of the purple through the cuff and made a bow. It helps them coordinate with the scarf and look all cute and girly. I am hoping to have time during the holiday week to finish my snowflake socks. I have half of one to finish and it's cold enough now to need them. I am hypothyroid and even though I take my medication every day, my hands and especially my feet are often cold. Those socks will come in handy (footy?)
I am sitting at work, wasting time. Although time spent online with knitters is hardly a waste. I have finished my three medication clinics for the week along with their accompanying paperwork. Today my goal is to do my social rehab notes and finish up odds and ends. Tomorrow and Friday, I have crisis management classes and then it's off for the week and a half. Katie has a friend that she met online who is coming in for a week's visit on the 28th. She is from Los Angeles but is living with her father in Missouri at the moment. I spoke to the father so that he could try to hear over the phone what a trustworthy and wonderful person I am but he was more interested in telling me what kind of foods his daughter likes. Maybe he is more trusting than I am but if my daughter was travelling to visit someone she had never met in person, I would want to know as much as possible about them.
There are no cookies baked yet. The motivation has not struck like I hoped. I know it will come all at once and I will spend a couple of days doing nothing but creaming butter and sugar. Kate made a batch of spritz cookies (the kind you make with a cookie gun) and some got burned so we ate them. All. So much for the weight the doctor told me I lost. Sigh, six more days to go.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
|You Are a Snowman|
For some reason blogger won't let me just copy and paste this. The place to find the quiz is www.blogthings.com/whatchristmasornamentareyouquiz
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
When my PK and I got married, my dad didn't attend the ceremony. ( He didn't want me to marry PK. I have never been sure why and he wouldn't tell me. ) Nor did he visit us in our home (well, once in 26 years and then for half an hour). When we came to his home, he would find something to do to occupy himself in another part of the house. This went on for years. I would take the girls to my parents' house on Christmas morning for a short visit (my dad was usually "busy"). PK would stay home because he felt unwelcome. After a few years of this, I decided I didn't want to go to their house if my whole family was not welcome so I stopped. I continued to have somewhat of a relationship with my parents but it grew less and less as the years went by. We continued to have our Christmas morning at our house and my beloved aunt joan came for the day. My girls think of her as their grandmother.
Fast forward to the present. We have continued to have our quiet, cocooned Christmas morning filled with presents, hot chocolate and babka. I like to think that the girls don't feel the loss. They tell me they don't. All of this is to say that PK and I have made our own holiday traditions and as the girls came along, we have added new ones. We have never had to worry about people wanting us to be at their house for the holiday. In the early years, it felt a little lonely being just the two of us but we made our holidays our own. We have tried very hard to help the girls find the joy in the holiday and the togetherness of it all. I am hoping that as they move on with their lives, they will come home with their children and we will have a new generation where everyone respects everyone and allows them their choices.
Now, the heartwarming part. A few years ago, PK was laid off from his job. As Christmas approached, we knew we were going to have a very lean holiday. I was working two jobs and he was working at whatever he could find. He works in computers and at that time, jobs were scarce. We decided we would take whatever we got paid one week in Dec and spend it on the girls for Christmas. When we told them this, they were adamant. Whatever money there was should be split FIVE ways, not three. "We are a family." So, for the first and only year, we had a family pollyanna. I devided the money and we each shopped for each other. It was one of the most memorable holidays we have had. Everyone pitched in and it was as wonderful as any holiday we have ever had. I was so proud of my girls that year. They showed generosity of spirit.
So, yes. I enjoy Christmas and look forward to it every year. It's not the presents, although they are fun, it's knowing that these are the people around whom my world revolves. And I am so lucky that I get to share it with them.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
So that's what's new here. What's new with you?
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
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