Today is my wedding anniversary! I have a date later... One of the things I usually end up doing on my anniversary is taking down the Christmas tree and decorations. Specifically, the tree. (And now, new blog header!) I just like to start the new year with a clean(-ish) house, instead of a project to clean up from last year. This one will be no different, as we awoke to a CRASH! in the living room. Several of our favorite ornaments were broken, including the first one I ever gave BFJ. But that does not define our relationship, so it's time to clean up and move on. There are many elements of my year (every year) that could keep it from being my personal favorite year, but in my marriage, every year has gotten better. Some years more than others; this year has been a good year. Now, on to the next! Another thing I am looking forward to is new plantings in the Spring. I mean, how can I help it when I get new seed catalogs every day? BFJ accused me of ordering them, but you know I
I mentioned earlier that I had made a lot of gifts for Christmas; here are some pictures... crochet hook case for mom: shadowbox for dad from grandpa's old tackle boxes: hand-drawn calendars for mom and mother-in-law: camera case for sister's new digital camera: scarf-turned-neckwarmer for a sister-in-law: Besides these things, I also made hats for my boys and nephews, which I previously blogged about, and also made a hat for my brother. I was planning to make a few more hats and another scarf, but the celtic knotwork turned out to take a lot more time than I had bargained for, especially with my little experience! I also received some handmade gifts, which surprised me! One sister-in-law made a sign for my garden, and painted a cute little crate to transport seedlings, and another of my SILs made little cement pieces for the garden that spell out a saying about gardens. I don't know it off the top of my head. I will have to get pictures of those items for you.
I got the recipe for meringue from my cookbook but if you go to http://www.foodnetwork.com/ , Tyler Florence shows you how to make them. Key instruction: do not underbeat . Batches 1 & 3 look like soft serve ice cream. Batch 2 looks like ... blobs.
Three days left til Christmas. Three little boys can hardly wait. The middle one is about to burst, due to excessive secret-holding. He's made it three weeks with a big one. Don't even tempt him, that's just cruel. I'm so close to finishing lots of projects, but keep running into one-more-little-things that need to be done. At least everyone is feeling much better. (Thank you for asking after us.) Boy, was it cold today. BFJ said, "It's not hard to believe it's the first day of winter." I never thought of it before, but I guess my birthday is technically in the fall. Tomorrow is Cookie Day. Problem : the dog has taken to digging up my tulips suddenly, every chance she gets. (You know, those tulips my sister just gave me in November, they haven't even bloomed yet!) I finally covered them with chicken wire, but they are probably ruined. I'm so glad I put some in a pot. After the dog got in trouble for that the fifth time, I left for a few ho
As I said before, the majority of my household was sick last weekend. But here's what I did: Watched a train go by, went to a family brunch, with lots of yummy foods, (and I won a prize for "Best Presentation: Hot Dish ,") and there were lots of jolly people there; watched my sister perform in a Christmas pageant, and went to a birthday party for myself and my mother-in-law. This weekend should be a little slower, but you never know this time of year!
Thank you to all of you who stopped by to wish me a happy birthday! I intended to post yesterday but ... didn't. The best gift I was given for my birthday? The day off! BFJ took the day off of work so that I could do whatever I wanted and not worry about the kids, the house, etc. Unfortunately, the kids were sick and one of my birthday activities was a family trip to the doctor. And now I have something. But he was kind enough to stay home today, also, so it seems more like a snowday than anything else. It was really nice, though, to have the whole day for my own devices. It was really cold yesterday. I did try to run a few holiday/fun errands. I bought some yarn for a knitters' exchange tonight, and then I tried to go to Borders for some activity books there. After crawling through traffic (icy roads) for 30-40 minutes, I got to the closest Borders, and they were closed for water damage. Hmph! Well, I thought maybe God was trying to tell me that I shouldn't be out r
Last week, we drove up to my parents' house in the mountains and stayed a couple of nights. We drove up during/right after our first big storm of the season, and it took us twice as long as it usually does to get there. By the time we got there it was 11:00 p.m., and BFJ and I were exhausted. The boys, however, were refreshed from their car naps, and bounded in to see Nana and Grandpa. Luckily, my parents had gone to bed for a few hours, not knowing when we'd arrive. BFJ and I unloaded the car and went to bed, leaving Nana to take care of the boys. (Thanks, Mom!) The next day was a loungy day. I spent time on my knitting, and actually ripped out more rows than I knitted. This was when I realized that this scarf was really meant to be a neckwarmer . We also got in some Andy Griffith, my dad's favorite. The boys also spent time in the hot tub. I try not to go out in the snow in a bathing suit, so luckily they were accompanied by grandparents. BFJ and the boys found some tim
This month is just zipping by, isn't it? We have so much going on. The stress and joy are compounded by being a crafty person, aren't they? You want to/have to make stuff . Well, the mittens seemed like they went over well. (I didn't even realize when I did it that the mitten I photographed was made of the shirt my grandpa was wearing in the photo I linked, but several of my family members noticed.) I was going to show you what I got in return, but I haven't had a chance to photograph them yet. However, we've gotten our tree up and decorated and I did get a picture of the ornament from my grandpa's shirts next to the ornament I made last year, using my grandma's buttons. If you can't tell, that is a yo-yo-and-button tree. So here they are, hanging out together. Only, BFJ apparently moved them after I got pictures; they are no longer together. Last year, we did not have cats or dogs, and this year, there has been a bit of tree-tustling. And actually
On Tuesday, it was 74* out and my kids asked if they could play in the sprinkler. Today, we have snow snow snow. I would show you, but it looks a lot like the pictures I posted last weekend. I don't mind the snow, but my feet are cold. It is a nice day for hot BLTs for lunch. It is good weather for decorating the house, and making little ornaments. I am going to an ornament exchange this weekend, items are to be handmade. Last year, I made little trees out of yo-yos and buttons from Grandma's stash. This year, I am making little mittens from my Grandpa's old flannel shirts: environmental and sentimental! Maybe next year, I will be skillful enough to knit little mittens like Leslie .
I finally got a good picture of these birds who visit us often. I would put out a bird feeder for them, but apparently they just stop by for worms. It took me awhile to track down what they were, but it helps that they are woodpeckers. We hear them drumming on metal but as far as I know, they have not made any holes, including in the tree. They are Northern Flickers . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It's less than four weeks til Christmas! I guess that is always the case when we get to December, but with Thanksgiving being so late in the month, it seems like Christmas is almost sooner than usual. I am still working on several gifts. Well really, I am working on one gift, but I have several other projects to work on before Christmas. This weekend, we are going to celebrate my birthday (which is really more than a week away), go cut down a tree, then I am going to an ornament exchange. And the next week is even busier! But I really enjoy all the holiday events - seeing family, making things,
I don't usually get outdoors when the weather is cold, (I'm a sit-and-sew when it's cold out sort of person) but luckily a friend asked me to take some anniversary pictures, and I met them at a park. I love the hint of blue in the sky in the last one:
(I don't know what that means, but my brother and husband said it repeatedly.) We had a great Thanksgiving. I hope you did, too. We had a small group, just my family: five boys and seven adults. I made Night Before Mashed Potatoes, and a cherry pie. BFJ made the turkey and stuffing! Everyone brought something, and so on. The highlight of the evening was the board game, Wise and Otherwise . We did not have enough game tokens for everyone to play so my sister-in-law drew herself on a pistachio shell. We present: Nutalie: We've had this game for years, longer than kids, but haven't played in awhile. We had so much fun, one of the boys who's just learning to read joined in. We should play it more often; it reduces people to tears. Here's proof: I'm thankful for my family, my home, my salvation, friends who knit, friends in general, little boys with dirty faces, and a husband who shares his quilt.
Thank you all for the kind words about my dad's benches and tables. I love the carved trees. I might have to order another item from him, myself. In family news, my parents were down to town (from the mountains) on Monday for some business and stopped by to see us. We had fun walking to school and back with Nana and Grandpa. BFJ was also home for the day, so it was a whole family affair complete with two dogs. I showed my dad a few things on his new digital camera and online, hence the last post. And that was even his photo. Pretty good composition, I thought. Oh by the way, I made the rag quilt on the couch in that photo a year or two ago. My first "quilt" by machine. Today, BFJ is enjoying snaking the sewer line, an annual delight. On the plus side, the boys were happy that Dad was home early today. Luckily we noticed a teensy bit of water around the drain in the basement this morning, so there was no major flooding this time. Since Dad is outside spraying things off