Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve Snowstorm

We are getting blasted with another snowstorm today - must be a foot out there already! It's a good thing we have no plans for New Year's Eve - just a quiet evening at home - a welcome treat after the hectic week just gone by.

Here is a peek at a few of the special gifts I received this year - a cross stich done by a friend - love it!
This beautiful necklace from my DH.
A digital picture frame from my DD - best of all, already loaded with great pictures.
On the knitting scene I received a gift certificate to Knitpicks, The 2008 Knitting Calendar, and on the mystery scene Robert B. Parker's new Spenser novel, Now and Then from my oldest son, plus the NESN Red Sox Champions Again Video (funny - I got him one too!)
All in all, it was a good Christmas (aside from Jake's broken arm!) - mostly because it was spent with the people I love best!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

'Twas the Day After Christmas

Well, a couple of days after Christmas actually. It was a good Christmas - always good when the family is all together. On the day after Christmas My DD, SIL, and their two girls drove down to NYC for their quarterly scoliosis check-up. They are both wearing soft-core braces, an innovative new treatment for scoliosis, combined with exercises and chiropractor adjustments, and the closest treatment center is a 9 hour drive away in NYC. My grandson decided to stay home so he wouldn't miss his basketball game the next day .....a decision he was to regret, as you can see from the picture below! Only 20 seconds left in the game - and a 200 lb. player on the other team slammed into him (I think football may be the less dangerous sport, at least they have protective equipment on) We took him to the ER, and had his arm xrayed and splinted, (a three hour ordeal) and made an appointment with a specialist to have it set the next day . His parents, who had planned to spend the night in NY, headed back home, took him to the hospital the next morning - and here is the result - in his school colors no less. He is looking at the bright side of things - it's his right hand - won't be able to write (he thinks!), and he won't have to do push-ups at basketball practice anymore. It should be off in 6 weeks and healed in plenty of time for baseball season.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas to Me!!!!

Just look what I received in the mail today - not one, but two Whoduknit Holiday Swap packages. They both arrived perfectly timed on Christmas Eve, and I was overwhelmed by both of them. I opened Barbara's first (we swapped with each other), and could not believe all that was in it - couldn't even get it all in one picture. There were ornaments - wooden ones, a beautiful embroidered felt bird, a cute

nutcracker, and toy soldier. A kit to make a beaded medicine bag, some Plymouth cotton yarn, body wash,lotion and lip balm, candy, coffee, a beautiful fabric decoupaged serving dish, The Knit It Holiday issue, and the book, Shrouds of Holly by Kate Kingsbury, which I can't wait to read. And some great recipes I can't wait to try.

I am really overwhelmed by Barbara's generosity - thank you so much Barbara.

But there is more!

Next I opened the package from Karen - and once again was overwhelmed! And once again could not fit everything in one picture. There were little notes on each package - lots of fun.
There was a container of Ginger Snaps, and some Cinnamon Plum tea - which was inspired by the book she sent - A Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich - Visions of Sugar Plums (how clever is she!) a recipe for Lebkuchen (German Honey Bars) a pop-up magnifier to help with that small print, an adorable keychain sock blocker with a pattern for making a mini sock to put on it - and some Opal sock yarn to make it with! I think that will turn into big socks for me though! There was also a cute mini stocking that I have turned around the wrong way in the picture - it has a star on the front of it.

And, if you look closely, under all of those goodies is a Trader Joe's bag - I never have enough project bags!
Thank you so much Karen - again, I am overwhelmed by your generosity!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Two Days Until Christmas

Two days left and I'm still
knitting - The Blanket Buddy from the One Skein Wonder's Book.

Still wrapping - this book is for Jordyn along with some yarn and needles. Still cleaning, haven't even started baking yet. Tonight we are having friends over for dinner. Tomorrow I have to pick up my oldest son, who is flying in from Austin, at the airport (a two hour round trip) - it's 2 p.m. and I'm not even dressed yet!Believe it or not there are still more gifts to put under the tree!
So why am I playing with my digital camera and posting on my blog? Because I love you all and just had to wish you a very Merry Christmas!!!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Thank You!

Thanks for all of your birthday wishes! To answer some of your questions - yes, the meal was a delicious as it sounded! And, yes, there was some chocolate - Moosetrack IceCream! I didn't think I could possibly have dessert - but somehow managed!
Today I received a gift certificate from my sister-in-law to Knitpicks! I was dumbfounded because she is not a knitter and really doesn't know a crochet hook from a knitting needle so I had no idea how she knew about Knitpicks. A phone call solved the mystery. I had mailed her present in a knitpicks box that I had received an order in (really - I didn't do that intentionally!) and she got the address off it and ordered the gift certificate. So now I am pouring over the catalog deciding what to order.

Monday, December 17, 2007

It's My Birthday

We survived the snow storm yesterday. The power was out most of the day, but came back on at 9 o'clock last night. I thought I'd get the day off for my birthday - but the snow stopped and the power came back on and school was not cancelled - bummer! The roads were still pretty horrible and I think school SHOULD have been cancelled!!! I guess a lot of parents thought so too, since we only had 8 kids in our class today.
Having a birthday a week before Christmas pretty much sucks! But I'm at an age where it really doesn't matter anymore - just grateful for one more birthday LOL. My DH gave me a big basket full of Bath & Body products, which is really luxury, since he is usually much more practical than that, (think kitchen appliance) and my Daughter gave me a yummy terry cloth robe - so soft and comfy. My sister gave me the 2008 Knitting Pattern a Day calendar - can't wait to browse through that, and my other sister gave me a beautiful leather bag. But best of all, my DH is cooking dinner - some sort of pork flambe dish, Latkes (potato pancakes), and roasted asparagus - he even has the dining room table set with candles!
So...Happy Birthday to Me!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Snow and Love

We are being bombarded with a Nor'easter today that is supposed to last into tomorrow. Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm thinking a nice gift would be a snow day! I have wrapping, decorating, and maybe even baking to do and could sure use the day.

And the love....a thank you note from the cheerleaders for the hats. I taught a lot of them when they were in Kindergarten and First grade, and although I shouldn't admit it, taught some of their parents too, including their coach! So it was an act of love to crochet the hats for them, and they returned it! That's the way life should be!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Package from Norway

Out of over 100 participants in the Christmas Around the World Swap, would you believe that my Norwegian friend Vigdis got my name?
How great was that. I received my package today full of goodies from Norway.
How cute are the little hat and mitten ornaments - and how much patience does it take to knit something like that? More patience than I have! Then there was some candy, a snoman ornament, carved wooden spoon ornament a tiny folded star - some beautiful pewter ornaments:

And look at this adorable Norwegian Gnome! He will have a special place next to my computer.

And some Norwegian yarn and pattern book to make some full size versions of the little ornaments...and it's in Norwegian! Guaranteeing that Vigdis will be hearing from me often to interpret the pattern!
Thank you so much Vigdis -
it was a wonderful package from a wonderful friend.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Saturday, December 08, 2007

AND THE WINNER IS...............

Rachel! who is anti-technology. She wrote, "I very rarely watch TV (only a show here or there online), I despise phones (I don't like to be accessible), I have to deal with the computer but outside of blogland, it's only out of necessity. I'm happiest when I'm living in the woods doing research, miles from any type of gadget, electricity, etc." Congratulations Rachel! Send me your mailing address ( and I will mail off your prize.
And, once again, thanks to all of you who entered my contest and shared your weird habits with me (and the world!) It was so much fun - I'm already thinking up another contest!

Friday, December 07, 2007

You Are an Angel

A truly giving soul, you understand the spirit of Christmas.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Brrr...It's Cold Outside

We've got a couple of feet of snow on the group and temps in the teens. But I did finish the hats on time and the girls wore them in the parade.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

300th Post Contest

I'm overwhelmed by the number of responses to my contest - 101 to be exact! I had no idea there were so many of you weird people out there LOL. But seriously, thank you all so much for sharing your weird habits with me. This has been so much fun! Some of you made me laugh, some of you really scared me! But I am enjoying reading every one of them, and following the links to your blogs to 'meet' you. It will take me a few more days to go through them all and I will try to comment on each of your blogs (if I can find you). I'll announce the winner next weekend so be sure to check in then. Again, thank you all so much for taking the time to post your comments and sharing your idiosyncrasies - it really has been a lot of fun!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

300th Post Contest!

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This is it - my 300th post - all about ME! So, of course, I'm having a contest. If you read my blog you know lots of weird stuff about me so to enter the contest leave a comment telling me one weird thing about you.

And, If you link my contest on your blog, you will get two chances to win. I'll leave the contest open until Dec. 1 and make it a sticky until then so it will be easy to find. The prize:
This Knitting Needle Knitting Bag from Bag Style, two skeins of Paton's SWS Soy Wool Stripes, 24-Hour Knitting Projects by Rita Weiss, a pair of Bamboo knitting needles....and, there may be some other treats hidden in that bag!