Here We Go A-Wassailing…

December 4, 2012

family outing to tree farm

papa does most of the work

mama takes a turn

Joshua watches us cut down our Christmas treesuccess!

among the trees so green.  I got that carol in my head from the moment we stepped out of the car.

Yesterday we went to a tree farm and cut down our Christmas tree.  It is the first time we’ve ever cut down our own tree.  Bill is a natural tree guy so we have gotten a fresh tree in the years we’ve been together.  Driving back from Santa Cruz the day after Thanksgiving, almost every car had a fresh tree on its roof so we got the idea to cut down our own.  It was very fun.  I think Joshua will really enjoy it when he’s older.  Bill took yesterday off of work and the weather was gorgeous making it the perfect day for our outing.  We even took little Casey who was very well behaved.  He was a little nervous in the car on the way there, but more relaxed on the way home.  I’d say that was because he was a little tired but this little puppers has endless energy.

Such a fun day.  We are between visitors at the moment.  Trying to get things picked up and ready for the next one.  Time to flip some laundry…

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Truth In Advertising and Valentine’s Day Decorations

January 27, 2011

a better shot of my flowers

These are two very different topics, but both have been on my mind the last few days.  Let me start off with milk.  I think I heard an ad on tv for skim milk, talking about how it has nine important vitamins and is great for overall health.  I’m pretty sure the ad said nine, but I’m not 100% positive.  Regardless, I think, wow, nine important vitamins!  Maybe I should swap out the soy milk in my almost daily latte and use skim milk.  I really do not like the last of skim milk.  Really do NOT.  I actually don’t like the taste of any milk, but skim milk especially.  Growing up, my parents me me drink a glass of milk with dinner and I am pretty sure I chugged it just to get it over with.  Soy milk I actually enjoy.  But I figured nine important, possibly essential, vitamins and fewer calories.  I can do it.  At my request, Bill brought home a quart of skim milk and I made the change.  Two mornings later, as I was eating my cereal (still with soy milk), I have a few minutes and decide to compare the labels of the soy and skim milk. Yikes!  I could not count nine vitamins on the skim milk.  I count five and that’s if you include the protein.  The soy milk I have is plain and has DHA Omega-3 and Calcium, and I get this kind because it’s what they sell at Costco.  This soy milk is 20 more calories and 5 grams of fat but has 15(!) vitamins, not including protein (which is actually two grams less than the skim milk). Plus, it has more calcium and Vitamin D than the skim milk.  And, I am not grossed out by the taste.  I found it to be an interesting comparison, and next time, I will do my research BEFORE making the purchase, and not blindly believing the advertising.

valentine's day decorations

The other topic on my mind is Valentine’s Day.  It’s a nice holiday, a good excuse for dinner and possibly flowers, but I don’t really expect it to be the most romantic day of the year.  We don’t usually do anything special, and I have never decorated for it, but this year is different.  Partly because the house looked so blah after the Christmas decorations went down, and partly because I have this cute ornament tree, begging for adornment.  I bought some KnitPicks yarn last fall to knit hearts for the tree (actually planning ahead for once), but somehow managed to talk my mother-in-law into knitting the hearts for me!  There wasn’t much talking involved as she was between projects and glad to help.  And thank goodness Jeanne helped, because if I were knitting them, they might be done for Valentine’s Day 2015.  The hearts are super cute!  I hung them from my tree at least two weeks ago, and I love how they look! Feeling the house needed a little something more, I found this cute tutorial for a garland to hang over my mirror.  I think it’s sweet.  I used the felt I had on hand, and were I to do it again, I’d get a few lighter colors and I’d make the hearts smaller.  My large hearts at 5 inches at the widest part and that is too big.  I’d stick with the 2 – 3 inch hearts. I made two strands, with one hanging by my fireplace.  I have some extra knitted hearts which I put in a large jar, and they looked like giant size gobstopper hearts.  The decorations are cheerful and fun, and make me smile.

And that’s that.  The flowers in the first picture have nothing to do with the post.  I just wanted to use the picture.  They were an impulse purchase at Whole Foods yesterday.  I guess that’s me falling for the “advertising” again.

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So Sleepy…

December 16, 2010

I have been working into the wee hours trying to get Christmas presents done.  I’m really kicking myself because I knew during the summer that I wanted to make these presents but of course I waited until the last minute.  When am I going to learn? Hopefully before I’m 70.  Bill’s been pitching in and has been a huge help.  And he had a helper.  She scares me because she likes to be underfoot (literally) when someone’s at the sewing machine, and look at how her tail is wrapped around the wheel of the chair.

Bill and his helper making presents

I was knocked out for a couple of days with a cold.  Yup, another cold.  I must need to get out more and expose myself to germs so that I can build up an immunity.  I catch a lot more colds now than I did when I was working.  It’s weird.  But while I was sick, Bill decorated the gingerbread men.  Suffice it to say, he enjoyed himself.

Bill's gingerbread men

I finished a big gift today so I’m feeling very good.  I only have three more to finish but they are manageable.  And then I’ve got to get to my Christmas cards and my tree.  My tree is up and has lights so the house is feeling festive.  We weren’t sure how interested Gracie would be in the tree so we’ve had it up for about two weeks.  She’s not been very interested in it, but we’ll see how it goes with dangly things hanging from it.

Last week, Bill and I went to one of his holiday parties.  It was fun.  They had a bunch of photobooths, and I think Bill and I went into each one.  I love photo booths.

Google Party Photobooth

I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays!  It is a most wonderful time of year!

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Where’d It Go?

November 5, 2007

I was referring to the weekend, but it made me think of one of my favorite movie quotes: “We went like this, he went like that. I said to Hollywood, where’d he go. Hollywood said, ‘where’d whoooooo gooooooooo.” Any idea what movie it came from?

What a wonderful weekend. After a long week of work, I was ready to relax at home on Friday night. Plus, I had an IDEA that I wanted to work on. I got home and put on my jammies and sat in front of the sewing machine (and the tv). Oh the fun I had. I got up relatively early on Saturday and tinkered with my IDEA for a few minutes, but then I got ready and ran out of the house to run a couple of errands and meet friends for lunch. It was nice to catch up and we were totally girly, shopping for make-up. I had to make it an early afternoon so that I could run up to the Bead Shop in Frederick. Then I went home and got back to work. I had some pouches to make and an IDEA to finish.

coffeecozyI certainly enjoyed my extra hour this weekend. I actually spent it awake. All that awake time paid off as I perfected my new IDEA. It’s a coffee cozy. Bill and I were talking about Christmas presents for our administrative help at work. I am going to make my secretaries some quilted coasters from Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts. (Thankfully I am planning ahead and the hope is that these will not be last minute.) Bill said he was just going to get them Starbucks gift cards. And it hit me, a handmade coffee cozy. I thought it would be a great present (along with a gift card to the local coffee establishment) for a baby sitter or pet sitter, administrative assistant, coffee lover, etc.

I’ve posted 3 of them in my etsy shop. Now that I have the design and the right thickness, I can make some more. And some that would be male appropriate. I’m really happy with the design, especially how the two ends come together. Bill thinks it looks like a mistake, but I think it adds some interest. I am waiting for my mom to take a look and let me know her opinion.

Believe it or not, I actually had some time to sit down and relax with my knitting and time to clean up my craft room which look like it was in the path of Noel. So that’s how I spent my weekend. Hope you enjoyed your 49 hours too!

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Happy Holidays!

December 26, 2006

I hope that everyone is enjoying Boxing Day! That sounds so much better than “the day after Christmas”. My husband has taken my mom and Jacob to Mount Vernon, giving me some time to work on my Christmas cards. But I had to check my email for some addresses, and then I checked my yahoo to see what was going on in the world, which led to checking out my favorite blogs, which made me realize I haven’t blogged in a few days, and here I am.

As my holiday post, I thought I would share my favorite decoration with you. I hang all my needlepoint ornaments from my dining room chandelier. I’m sure they would look lovely on the tree, but I’m worried about getting tree sap on them, or having the dog or a cat knock it off… Plus I think it’s a nice touch in my dining room. The only problem is that I’ve run out of spots for ornaments so I don’t know what I’m going to do when I finish the two I have in my stash…

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Christmas and that Santa was generous!

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A few tidbits about me: I met my husband in college, flirting over tuba letters in the Penn Band. Our dog, CJ, and our cat, Sabrina, round out our family. I'm a sewist, knitter and needlepointer, and an occasional scrapbooker. I love organizing, reading, making jewelry, and hiking. A Chicago girl at heart, I am an avid follower the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.

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