Saturday, December 27, 2008

"Let is Snow"!! And, boy, has it!

I made this for a friend, for Christmas. I had the embroidery finished but just finished making it into a pillow today. Yeah, yeah.... I know... I'm late. What's new? I swear that I'm going to start making gifts early for next Christmas!! Early, as in... January!! No, I get all my good Christmas ideas in about the first or second week of December! I actually appreciate that stores put things out earlier these days.... it gives me good ideas earlier! I don't understand why people think they can wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start making a zillion gifts, baking a zillion cookies and batches of fudge, writing to friends that they only write to once a year, which you'd like to put a little thought into... no?? So, my friends, you can remind me, next July, that I need to start making things now, not in December!! Mabye that'll work.

Anyway, this embroidery pattern is from Crabapple Hill ( and Meg Hawkey. I love her stuff! My oldest daughter, who reminds us nearly every day that she hates the snow, asked me if I could make another one of these pillows, but, instead, make it read, "Make it stop snowing!" Such a wit. No fear, dear, it was 50 degrees today! Downright balmy! I think the snow is gone for a while.

Personally, I loved it... but, then I had the freedom to stay home... I didn't need to try to get to work, etc.... It did keep us from music practice with our bandmates a couple of times, but, oh, well.... we'll make up for that! :) I loved the snow falling while Christmas carols were playing and the smell of baking cookies was wafting through the house. I can't tell you how many times one of my kids came in the backdoor and said, "Oh! It smells so good in here!!"... either because of cookies or dinner cooking. Music to a mother's ears, for sure... especially when you have teenagers!

We had a wonderful Christmas as I hope all of you did. I love this "lull" week of getting ready for the New Year. I'm excited about the coming year... not that this year was bad; it was a great year... but I look forward to all the fantastic things the Universe has in store for us!

I wish you all a happy, healthy and properous New Year!


This was the view outside our back door a few days ago. We definitely had a White Christmas this year! I thoroughly enjoyed all the snow, but I was able to stay home if I needed to, so that made it nicer, for sure. We did have a limb snap, after being weighted down onto the power line that goes to our house! It wasn't ten minutes before Wayne called the Water and Light people, to alert them of the issue, that I heard it go. It landed on the top of Wayne's truck, but, luckily, it was small enough that it didn't do any damage...and we were really lucky that it didn't pull down that power line!!! We're grateful that we never lost power.... our home was toasty and cozy all through the cold-spell, even the days that didn't get higher than the 20's. :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My sister-in-law, Laura, made these cute ornaments for us and put one on each of our plates at Thanksgiving dinner. Because we have six people in our family, we ended up with six of these cuties! So, I hung them from a garland of red, wooden beads. Very simple and sweet!