Monday, December 31, 2007

the last post of the year

Two and a half hours to go on this end of the world. We just saw the ball drop in NY.

I finished the mittens yesterday evening, they fit like a glove without the fingers! And they are already taken. J loves them and was wearing them for the most part of today. Now I do have to knit a pair for me (again). I also have found a couple of very nice sock patterns on Ravelry. Not that I don't have anything to knit or on my needles. The log cabin socks are almost done, tomorrow I'll make a picture and post them. They are a really nice thick sock and knowing my husband they will probably end up on his feet! I have tried every kind of pattern or color but he just loves to wear nice home-knit socks and we do have the same size so socks get a lot of wear in this household.

Rest me only to say that we wish you a very good, happy and healthy 2008!
See you next year, tomorrow that is.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

One more day

My recent drink of choice: This thee is so good. We spend the day doing laundry, going for a little road trip and crafting. T is in a painting mood today and painted the breaddough ornaments he made. J and I both got one when the paint was dry.
And I am working on a pair of fingerless mittens for myself. The previous ones I knitted all found new owners and I thought it was finally time to make myself a pair. And to top it all off I am designing them myself. Of course I am knitting them at the same time on the same needle to prevent that I can't remember how I made the first one. They are going to have an after thought thumb. I just do not like the look of a thumb gore on a fingerless mitten. There are going to be more cables and I do like the bobble point I made in them.
These are meant to be finished by tomorrow so I can finally wear them when I am behind my computer, in the winter my office is so cold. I need some warm hands in order to type. And to to it off they will also be handy when I am at work. For some reason it is either cold or really warm in my office.
Only one more day to go in 2007 and then we have another year. I am planning to do more sewing next year, I am thinking of some of those cute aprons from vintage patterns!!
Now only to find cute fabric for those............


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Two more days


I woke up very early this morning, to the sound of the two men in my house whispering around me. They told me they where going on a little "road trip" and T confided in me that when they came back they would have a little surprise for me. Nice, it was not even 6.30 yet!!
So what is a mom to do? Yep, roll onto my other side and continue sleeping! I dreamed of little doggies entering our house all excited to see their new home (dreaming on..........) and I dreamed of a laptop all for my own (still dreaming) But where would they go so early in the morning ?They came back all giddy, and brought me the best gift somebody could ever give me in the early morning, coffee!!!! Not the regular kind I make at home every day, no my favorite, a real treat that I do not get that often. My boys went all the way to Starbucks to get my favorite coffee drink of all a "caramel macchiato". Oh, how I love these surprises, my boys are the best!!
These little things they do make me so happy, best off all I like to watch them interact together. They are truly father and son, and friends not to mention two big goofballs.
I made this Marshmallow tree for our knitting get together last Saturday and forgot to post the picture. Doesn't it look totally fun, and best of all it takes care of that needed sugar and chocolate craving we sometimes have. There is only one suggestion, do not attempt to make this while three boys under the age of 10 are "helping" (eat that is).


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

cocktails and one mit

We celebrated Christmas eve last night with our friends, we had lots of food and we had lots of fun.
T got a watch and books and of course the necessary candy to get the sugar rush needed on these occasions. We spend the day before going to the party with just hanging out and I even finished my mitten. Now it is on to the second one.
The day before J and I had a cocktail, looks very festive the one on the end is T's non alcoholic version. Let me just say this, we definitely are not cocktail people and after one "appletini" we decided we did not like it. I rather have a glass of wine or a glass of beer. T on the other hand loved his version and went straight for the second one (read, licked the sugar of the rim because that was the most fun).


Merry Christmas


A a very Merry Christmas to everybody!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Mini

I made this little mitten, just for fun, before I decide what mittens to knit out of my book. They are all so pretty!
Yesterday afternoon we had our little knitting gathering at M's place and I had already started another mini mitten. This time with three colors, and a little bigger. And yes, I did start another pair of mittens, this time out of this book. The yarn is a DK weight so it knits up much quicker than the other ones that are knit on a size 1 needle. This gives me time to decide what pattern to knit and what colors to use.
Today is a stay-home-and -do-nothing-day, I slept in and had coffee, and cleaned the bird cage and the rat cage and vacuumed my office so far. And T announced he will be in his PJ's all day.
This afternoon I think I will be alternating knitting with some reading.
Happy Sunday!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Snake in the tree

On a chilly morning in late December a noise came from the Christmas tree. I wondered what it was and wandered over. And what did I see? a snake and mouse where playing hide and seek!
My last "present knit" for Christmas and now I finally can knit some other things for myself and finish T's socks. I actually got up and finished it at six in the morning on Thursday so I could give it to the lucky recipient's grandma to sneak in withe the other presents.
And for my final Secret Santa Gift I got this set, I just love the glasses and being a real nerd I have never had a Appeltini or any other kind of martini. Neither shaken nor stirred.
So over the Christmas week J and I are going to try this. It even comes with happy green sugar to put on the rims of the glasses.
Today was my first day of the Christmas vacation, and I did not even sleep in. T and I went grocery shopping very early to beat the crowds. I always get very, very cranky if I have to do groceries. I do not know what it is (ahum I do actually) but shopping does not improve my mood, that is the reason I try to do it only once a week.
Anyway, there are a whole battery of registers and as usual there is only one open. No, two one regular and one "10 items or less". So we had to wait in line for a long time.
T was home in time so a friends parents could pick him up for a birthday party. He came home all happy and with two friends in tow. Their mom picked them up one hour later than planned and they played a little bit and then zoned out in front of the TV.


Monday, December 17, 2007

In Memoriam

We went to a funeral today, it was a moving service and T sat next to me in Church, he was paying even more attention than I did. When we had dinner a bit late tonight and talked about what he thought about it. He remembered all the names of the people who spoke, and looked at all the pictures of Dawn taken throughout her life. I met this lady through her daughter, my friend Dee. Her granddaughter sometimes babysits T. They are great people with great hearts and I surely never will forget Dawn. This year at the relay for life she was there and did the survivors walk. Next year our team will walk for her and light our luminaries for her.
And as always when I hear "Amazing Grace" I have to cry. Luckily I was not the only one and there where enough tissues provided to pass around.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Nine days before Christmas

It is nine days before Christmas and T is wondering what could possible be under the tree? While J was sipping hot cocoa with marshmellows,
I was knitting up a storm to make me a matching purse to go with my sweater for those cold winter days.

I do think everything in this purse stays nice and warm too! At 19.30 I am setteling in for a nice tv special, I will not go into the political aspects or the actions of our President and wheather I do agree or not. But hey, many Presidents lived at the White house and it is an Historical builiding and I am a sucker for Christmas and old buildings. So I wil watch and wish that I could be one of those volunteers to decorate the White house for the season. The waiting list should be gicantanourmous, so I just keep on dreaming!
At least a girl can dream, can't she?


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Deck the Halls


The tree is finally decorated, nothing fancy, but it looks OK to us. It took about a week until I had time to put lights and decorations in the tree. Oh, the joys of a working mom!
This weekend we had the second boutique at the winery, and it was a busy one.
Friday night was the Christmas party from my work, and yes I did help close the place down and danced my little heart out!! Only downside was that I had to be up and running by eight the next morning.
And to ad to the Muscle aches from dancing was the cold this weekend, standing on the concrete floor was not helping either. By Saturday night I was really tired and called it an early night.
T and J spend the weekend at home and of course played video games. The weekend came and went and before you know it, it is Monday again and work is calling.
But it is almost winter break, two weeks of free time, and knitting and crafting time. I forgot to mention cleaning and laundry and all that kind of fun stuff.
Now it is time to get the Christmas cards out, I love getting snail mail, and it is a treat to open my mailbox and getting cards. Oh, by the way the count on Christmas cards is still 0


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Sinterklaas was here

Yesterday, I went to T's class room with bags full of goodies, and pictures. I gave the "Sinterklaas" talk. It was a lot of fun, the kids had a lot of questions about our Sint traditions and of course eating the "pepernoten". I even brought a CD with sinterklaas songs. Highlight of it was the slippers T and I gave the teacher. All the kids insisted he try them, but he explained he did not want to ruin them with stinky feet. After checking my mail before turning my computer off last night, I found this in my inbox:
He mailed all the kids (and parents) this picture, and let them know they fit and are nice and warm. Not to even mention the looks of those fuzzy clogs!!
For us I ordered some chocolate letters from the same place the clogs and the pepernoten came from, and a roomboter amandel staaf. So we can have our own little Sint eat feast later today.
Now I am ready to put up our Christmas tree, the lights are already hung outside, and my office is also decked out, but now the big tree and then the holiday season has officially begun!