Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I'm still thinking about how I will approach this coming New Year. For sure I won't be doing the long list of resolutions that I did last year at this time. Not because I didn't accomplish them - for the most part I did. But are resolutions the way to go? Is that what made the year zip by so quickly? What's important in life anyways???

In the meantime, our traditional tourtierre supper is ready to be taken to our becoming-traditional-part-time-family get-together this evening. When you have young adult children, you take them as you can. Enjoy your celebration, however that looks to you. All the best in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thinking about the last year

Some wise words to ponder as we go into the last days of 2009. Josh Harris talks about what is really important in life.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Post Christmas review

Christmas was REALLY nice this year. Time with friends and family. Lots of good food. (Ihaven't really eaten a regular meal since then - it's been nibbling on leftovers for me) A meaningful Christmas Eve service. And...once the planning for the Christmas Eve program was over, I realized that my New Year's resolution to have a "simpler Christmas" really did come true.

A fun read while all the preparations were going on was Sadie Shapiro's Knitting Book by Robert Kimmel Smith. One of those "slice of life" books that makes you laugh, cry and ponder the ways of the world.

Now I can share some of the knitting and sewing that has been going on for the last few weeks. Icelandic lopi hat for my skiing husband, small needlecases for knitting friends (I'm always losing my darning needles myself) and an apron for a friend who loves owls.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Just sayin'

Attention all women:

1. Drink your fluids
2. Take your cranberry or vitamin C capsules daily

Avoid pain.

Just sayin'

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lesser known kefir facts

1. Kefir eggnog is actually quite tasty.
2. Drinking kefir on a regular basis will ruin your sweet tooth. Be may need to find new comfort foods.
3. That white stuff in the margarine tub - it's NOT margarine.

One piece of Christmas knitting I CAN share...Opal socks for the piano teacher. This dear lady comes right to my house for lessons - she deserves a medal for that, but must settle for wooly socks.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

And the knit goes on...

My latest knitting project must remain unseen for the moment. You never know who is reading this blog. Suffice to say - I now know the attraction of Addi Turbo needles. They were there; I bought them; I loved them. They made the mystery project really fly along. So...this item required a 16 inch circular needle and also involves a pompom. Say no more. Oh, yes I will say more. All the colours in the pompom were used. Ah huh, a stranded something or other. Be impressed.

Since I've been knitting so much, the reading has been listening. "The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette" by Carolly Erickson was fascinating. I'm trusting that her historical details are accurate, because this is how I will always think of Marie now. My French history was a little hazy before, but this book cleared things up somewhat. It is written in diary form, which I usually avoid, but in a spoken form it was fine.