Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Just hanging out on New Year’s Eve, as one does.  Dinner is over, daughters are doing their own thing, and we’ll be watching some movies and I’ll be…..

Knitting.  Which is an important part of my…..

Life.

(Admit it.  Lamest New Year’s post EVAR.)

Kermie forgives me.

Kermie forgives me.

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GHI

Goodness, this month is truly Getting away from me.  I had acres of time, didn’t I?  And now I’m down to a few precious hours, but I’m not really despairing.  After all, it is the season of light and I won’t let any darkness creep in if I can help it. It’s all Good, even the stuff that’s not so Good.  Like Giving back the dog.  She was adorable and had very melty eyes but Great balls of fire, she was beyond us all.  She has been returned to the foster family she had and will await another placement; I found out that we were the fifth family she had been placed with, not the second as we had been led to believe.  We know it was the right decision because we all breathed a huge sigh of relief.  Maybe that makes us terrible people, but I think this dog would have been miserable with us and us with her, and she certainly deserves the right match in a family, doesn’t she?  And I’ve learned the same lesson I learned as a teacher: just because I have the capacity to love doesn’t mean I have the capacity to work miracles.  Thus endeth the lesson.

Happiness is surging through us now, and we are looking forward to our little family celebration.  There is an impressive pile of Holiday-wrapped gifts amassed on the window seat, and a Huge pile of empty boxes collected in the garage.  Things didn’t get finished, but so what?  The important part is that we love each other to bits, and we are going to savor the next three days together with Hugs, laughter, good food, Christmas movies, and lots of indulgent time spent reading, knitting, and playing games.

We will also see “Into the Woods” because we’re that family.  We like music and musicals and when we can, we Indulge our Inner music geeks and Immerse ourselves.  I would be remiss, however, If I didn’t Include something else that has become so Important to me:

It has ticked me no end anytime I see a notification saying “John Paul liked your post!” “Benjamin Is now following you!” “You have reached your 50th follower!”    I don’t know where people came from, how they found this blog, or even If they stayed around, as I don’t “do” stats and all that (please, I could barely handle algebra, you think I could understand statistics?) .  It was enough that somebody took the time to read what I wrote and clicked a button to say “like.”  There are bloggers who garner hundreds of comments and have cult status and that’s great, because many of them do great things.  (I’m thinking of the Yarn Harlot who raises funds for MSF and PWA, and the Bloggess who raises awareness of depression and funds for underprivileged children; they’re my personal blog heroes.)  The comments are nice here, but I really enjoy just having this little place that’s mine and I can be whatever I want to be through some words and images.  And the fact that somebody reached out to say “hey, I liked that” is a whole bunch of Good Holiday Inspiration.  (See what I did there?  Wrapped it in a neat package!)

Merry December to all of you, and find yourselves a corner of light somewhere.  I’ll be thinking of you.

Heh heh

Heh heh

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DEF

The Dog is sadly not working out.  Turns out the rescue foster left out quite a few Details regarding her breed, temperament, Destructive behavior, and a whole lot of biting.  We have let the rescue place know we are not a good fit for this particular Dog and while I am partially heartbroken that this just Didn’t work out, I am also relieved.  It was going to be a very long haul on the re-training and I Don’t think I have the spoons for it.  We are sending her off with many belly rubs and ear scritches when she lets us.  I’m so sorry, Roxie.

Everything Else is kind of on a standstill.  There hasn’t been any baking yet, or card-sending, but today I actually got out to buy a few stocking stuffers to supplement the Amazon Extravaganza that has been my shopping so far.  It’s like my December planning and Executing has been floating in the stratosphere waiting for me to beckon it onwards, but I’m not able to throw myself into it until puppy situation is straightened out.

Finally, I am Furiously knitting my Fingers down to nubs, as there are still FIVE presents in various stages of Finishing to be done.  And this dog likes to steal and eat yarn.  (No, I swear that is not the reason why she has to go.)  Food planning of the cookie type has to happen this weekend or I am going to be in big trouble and there is to be no FREAKING out around here.

oh, yesssss......

oh, yesssss……

  

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ABC

A: I haven’t been doing much of Anything.  There’s been a ton of knitting for Giftmas going on, what with the family next door, my own three, my two besties, And A couple of other Assorted folks here and there.  The knitting must take place with a movie or really good series, And so far I’ve been immersed in the Netflix, watching The Forsyte Saga And Call the Midwife.

B: Besides the knitting, there has Been the planning of the Baking.  We have to have the traditional items of course, But there’s always something new I get into my craw and I won’t Be content until I’ve had a tussle with it.  I’m tinkering with the idea of a chocolate cake roll, along the lines of a Buche de Noel, But not nearly as stroke-inducing.

C: Christmas, Carols, Cookies, sugar Comas, Coupons, and Cleaning.  That sums up what’s looming on my radar, but it’s okay because there will only be the four of us this year.  We are not having any sort of open house party because…

D: We got a Dog.  A one-year old puppy named Roxie and right now it’s all about the training and the rules and the teaching and the schedules and I cannot possibly introduce a house full of people on top of that.  I’m nervous enough about bringing in the tree.

Thank you to those who ordered my gift labels from my Etsy shop, Inkytags.  Your feedback was greatly appreciated!

This is SO how I feel.

This is SO how I feel.

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On Reflection….

I took some photos of our Thanksgiving table so you could see how ridiculous it looked considering only four of us were at the feast.  I had a lovely centerpiece with pumpkins, a pilgrim figurine, and a whimsical birdhouse; there were two different kinds of cranberries this year; the wine was ruby gems in liquid form; the tablecloth was a lovely muted autumn plaid.

I uploaded the photos to my computer.  And then, I did something I have never done before.  When the little message popped up “would you like to delete the originals from the camera?” I said yes.  I had so many pictures on that little camera and it scrolls through so slowly, I decided I should tidy things up.  I imported so many pictures!  I deleted so many pictures!  And now I can’t find them on the computer ANY. FREAKIN’. WHERE.

Gnashing of teeth.  Forceful expelling of breath.  Scrolling through existing photos, thinking perhaps it’s randomly shoved into the middle of our England trip, or two college graduations, or a wedding, or our cruise, or…..

And I discovered it doesn’t matter that I can’t find them right now.  I had a plethora of pictures and memories to float through that were distracting me from the gnashing teeth and I found myself smiling rather than cursing.  I know those photos have to be here  but they don’t need to be here right now.  So I can’t blog about it, big deal.  There are more and more memories waiting to be made, and more and more memories I can look back on and be present in that moment.

In the meantime, I continue to make tags for my little Etsy shop, knit on my Christmas presents, and be very grateful that my husband secured a job.  And with that, I leave you with this:

Ralph was special

Ralph was special

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