Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This and That at Year's End

Making vanilla essence.

My first apple pie ever.

Reading (a Christmas gift).

Knitting new place mats.

My desk all clean and ready for 2010.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and very creative NEW YEAR!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009



Bread pudding with fresh cranberries and apples.

More Snow Pictures

These were taken the morning after the big snowfall, cat carefully checking it out (before coming back in where it is warm and dry).

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow Day and Houseguests

We have a lot of snow and since it changed to icy rain during the night it is frozen solid, so hard, that the cat who actually ventured out into it, did not even sink in.

We currently have 5 house guests, they spent the night in the basement and are still there. It is the best I can do for them but much better than having to be outside in this weather. I am glad they got along and there was not fighting at all. The fifth one was hiding when I took the photos, she is the one that has been with us the longest (since we moved into the house) and does not really approve of having to share "her" basement with other cats.

Del came home early yesterday because of the weather and picked up the groceries we needed on the way, so we are all set for a cozy weekend at home or longer if they conditions don't improve. I don't even have shoes fit for this kind of weather and because people down here are not really used to it it can become dangerous, especially on the roads. I mean, why slow down, just because it is slippery? So we will not be going out if we don't absolutely have to.


It took me a long time to find buttons I liked and then it took a while until I felt like sewing them on, but it is finally finished. My version of the Garter Yoke Cardigan. Made with a rather thick yarn and more of a jacket than a cardigan. I will probably make another one in a thinner yarn some day.

And Miss K. really likes the granny rectangle blanket I started a while ago, even though it is by no means finished. I actually found her sleeping on my shawl the other day which I had hung over the chair while I was washing dishes and since I need my shawl I gave her the blanket instead and she is happy.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Cards

A bit late this year but my Christmas Mojo ran off with the circus. ;-)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Christmas Decorations

I felt like I over-decorated a bit last year, so this year I kept it simple.

Dining Room

Living Room

View from the Kitchen Sink

Spotted the other day while washing dishes.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, December 03, 2009

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