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Archive for December, 2007

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!  Img_3656

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Winter Solstice

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I wasn’t doing anything….really

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Early Birthday Surprise

 Img_3590 I received a wonderful package this Img_3592_2 weekend from the very thoughtful Julie.  An early birthday surprise that included some stunning yarn from The Painted Sheep and the most fabulous smelling homemade soap (I can't wait to try it),  she was also so kind as to include some treats for the kitty and hubby.  Keith was very pleased with his treat (the pistachios) and promptly Img_3597 decided to have a snack.  And last but certainly not least were the wonderful holiday treats, Divinity and Pralines….and in such a festive box.   Thanks so much for such a wonderful birthday surprise!

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Warning Picture Heavy Post ! I can not believe it is December!  We were fortunate to take some extra time offImg_3563r over the holiday and visit both of my grandmothers and my Mom.  We flew into Rockford, IL  very close to my mom's place late Thursday evening (the 15th) and stayed a quick night with my Grandma K (mom's mom).  Mom Img_3475r_4 was extremely generous and lent us her car to make the 6+ hour drive up to visit Grandma E (dad's mom). Grandma E lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Lake Superior,  beautiful country but not the easiest place to get too especially this time of year. Keith and I had a nice drive up on Friday and arrived to the wonderful aroma of homemade stew…sorry no pictures it was gone too quickly.  We had a wonderful visit,  very low key with Img_3471r lots of knitting and visiting.  We woke Saturday to a dusting of snow and headed out to three lovely yarn stores and warmed up with some coffee at Babycakes.  I picked up some Frog Tree Alpaca Chunky  in Ecru and cast on for a The Single Cable Scarf from One Skein ( I did use 4 skeins to make it longer).     Sunday GrandmaImg_3474 E and I went out to breakfast and took a drive through Presque Isle and spotted this  red-headedImg_3477r woodpecker.  Whether I travel for business or pleasure, I always enjoy local culinary treats and I have to say no one makes these better than Grandma E,  we indulged in one of my all time favorites, pasties. Img_3489 These are truly a labor of love,  making them is a two day process and the effort is much appreciated.  Keith had forgotten his hat and asked if I would make him one.  After I finished up the scarf we picked up a few more balls of that wonderful alpaca yarn and a set of circular needles.  This was a quick knit after dinner Sunday evening, of course I had to check my decreases and then the finished product .    It was Img_3491_2 most enjoyable to sit with Grandma E crocheting, me knitting and Keith reading in the evenings.  Grandma knit wonderful hats, scarves and mittens each year when I was younger. 

Img_3437r We headed back down to Illinois bright and early Tuesday morning to visit with my Mom, step Dad, step Brother and stay with my Grandma K and her new furry friends.  Sampson and Delilah are the two newest additions to the family.  They are approximately Img_3444r 8 weeks old and bundles of energy and curiosity. They provided endless entertainment during our stay.  I spent a good deal of Wednesday baking while Keith helped out with a few lingeringImg_3504 chores around the house.  Wednesday evening I was lucky enough to join Madame Purl and her regular knitting group for a bit.  And then she was able to come over Thanksgiving morning for some more chatting, knitting, and playtime with the youngstersImg_3521r ( they were intrigued by the clear knitting bag).   After the pies finished up we headed over to Mom's house for a lovely Thanksgiving dinner. 

Img_3552 Friday was my step brother's birthday and seeing as how hImg_3568r e recently moved to IL from GA, I thought a scarf was in order.  And Grandma K also recently moved from TN to IL and that lovely Frog Tree scarf found a new home. Img_3572 Img_3553

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