Sunday, December 31, 2023

Day 365 of 2023

Tonight was the girls' first time to see the Winterlights. 
It was a fun thing to do on New Year's Eve. 
I'll see you tomorrow in 2024.


Saturday, December 30, 2023

Friday, December 29, 2023

Day 363 of 2023

Fireball in his new hat and one mitt. 
(Please ignore the stitch marker and un-woven end.) 
The second mitt is about one third done.


Thursday, December 28, 2023

Day 362 of 2023

I finished a hat for Fireball a couple days ago
 and had a little yarn left over. 
I've decided to make him a pair of fingerless mitts. 
One down. One to go. 
Hoping I have enough yarn.


Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Day 361 of 2023

Do you see the small green object in the white house? 
That is the bow atop a gift I intended to give to Little E
 the day after I put it there. 
Of course, I forgot 
and now she and all the other out-of-town guests
 have gone back to their homes. 
It looks like we need to plan another trip to Bermuda
 to deliver the tiny gift.


Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Day 360 of 2023

Little E has been working on a mystery knit project
 while she has been visiting. 
She leaves tomorrow
 but finished this part of the mystery last night. 
I can't wait to see the rest of it.


Monday, December 25, 2023

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Day 358 of 2023

One more sleep 'til Christmas. 

I made this for my in-laws before they were my in-laws, 
so probably in the 50 years ago range. 
The beard and hat bobble were made out of a fuzzy yarn 
which had lost most of its fuzziness up in the attic. 
I find crochet stitches baffling to mend, 
so I used a weaving technique instead adding a new fuzzy yarn.


Saturday, December 23, 2023

Day 357 of 2023

Today we're teaching another GB how to play Rack-o. 
This mess of a deal did not get me a win for this hand.


Friday, December 22, 2023

Day 356 of 2023

Today we are replacing the old door with a new door, 
but in the middle you have to have no door.


Thursday, December 21, 2023

Day 355 of 2023

I bought this dress (tunic for me) second hand in the fall. 
It has a couple issues so I have not worn it yet. 
The lining was too long and peeked out at the bottom of the dress. 
I have done two of the three steps to fix that. 
The button closure at the back is missing its loop. 
I was about to attach a new one when it occurred to me 
that this was the perfect time to make an improvement. 
I struggle with the button closures
 because my hair always gets tangled up in it. 
I prefer a zipper so that's what I'm going to add. 
The zipper I have on hand isn't long enough
 so I will remove the button and add a hook and eye at the top. 
I hope to finish this fix tomorrow
 and be wearing my "new" dress by the weekend.


Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Day 354 of 2023

One of the restaurants we frequent has recently added this to its menu. 
They are calling it a Potato Charcuterie Board. 
I have never heard of anything like this before. 
Because it was not just Fireball and me at dinner, 
we gave it a try. 
My favorite was the sweet potato fries
 with the maple brown sugar sauce. 


Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Day 353 of 2023

It's always so hard to pick just one of the beautiful displays of lights 
 so I decided to pick one of the first ones  on the route.


Monday, December 18, 2023

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Day 350 of 2023

Fireball and I attended a wedding today. 
I love this idea to represent the bride and groom.


Friday, December 15, 2023

Day 349 of 2023

Today's label is just too cute 
and perfect for a quilt, a coat or a knitted item.


Thursday, December 14, 2023

Day 348 of 2023

I don't think I've mentioned it here 
but I am also doing a second count down calendar. 
This one has only labels. 
It has two of the same design each day 
that can be attached to any number of handmade items. 
I am loving all the variety and can't wait to use them.


Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Day 346 of 2023

I came across a photo album while working on the house today. 
This photo is one of my favorites of M and me from the album. 
I did not realize until I pulled it up on my computer how very blurry it is. 
I decided that it was still better than the other photos I took today 
of a trip and fall incident which resulted in a bag of down pillow filling
 bursting leaving a comically absurd amount of fluff 
all over the room I was cleaning, 
resembling the aftermath of a pillow fight, 
my hair completely covered in said fluff which Fireball had to vacuum out, 
or the injury to my hand in which blood was involved.


Monday, December 11, 2023

Day 345 of 2023

I changed the dishes. 
Like last year, I am still feeling the traditional colors. 
I've used similar colors but left out the slate, black and peony
 and added the new color for 2023, jade.

(scarlet, white, shamrock, evergreen, meadow, jade)


Sunday, December 10, 2023

Day 344 of 2023

We are having Big Christmas early this year
 and we've been working hard to get things ready. 
It's crunch time now though so things have to happen fast and good enough. 
There will be no "perfect" this year, not that it should ever be. 
My solution to both where to hang my Nutcracker quilt 
and what to hang in the entry is to have them come together. 
I pinned the Nutcracker right to the front
 of the fall quilt I already had hanging in the entry. 
Done and good enough.


Saturday, December 9, 2023

Day 343 of 2023


Fireball and I made lots of progress on the house today, 
but the only picture I took was of the empty boxes.

Friday, December 8, 2023

Day 342 of 2023

I've rearranged the living room and set up a little Christmas cheer.


Thursday, December 7, 2023

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Day 340 of 2023

I'm not feeling well today so the first time I stepped out of the house
 was to go get the mail. 
Besides the mail, this is what I saw.


Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Day 339 of 2023

The LED lightbulb did the trick with the white and blue Christmas tree. 
My options for light color were daylight, 
bright white and soft white. 
I chose bright white and it turned out perfect. 
I am so happy with it. 


Monday, December 4, 2023

Day 338 of 2023

I forgot to open my advent calendar box yesterday, 
so I opened it today. 
I am so impressed with and excited about this personalized one. 
One side of the label states where your hand sewn item was made 
and the other shows you what that place looks like.


Sunday, December 3, 2023

Day 337 of 2023

I'm looking over my sock yarns to determine any color deficiencies.


Saturday, December 2, 2023

Day 336 of 2023

A couple years ago I got the Stitch Supply Co advent calendar. 
After seeing the cover artwork, I decided to do it again this year. 
So far I am loving the little gifts.


Friday, December 1, 2023

Day 335 of 2023

I've been wanting to make chocolate chip cookies for a couple weeks. 
I finally made them tonight. 
They are exactly as I was imagining.


Thursday, November 30, 2023

Day 334 of 2023

Two years ago, for M and The Trumpeter's wedding,
 I wore my hair in a french twist and wore a sparkly comb to hold it together. 
It never seems to be the right thing to wear for a normal day. 
I finally ordered a second comb that I feel will work well
 for everyday wear as well as a fancy occasion.


Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Day 333 of 2023

This year while clearing out the Old House, 
I brought home this white ceramic tree
 with blue lights and birds.
It stands at about one foot tall. 
I say they are lights but there is really only one light inside the tree
 that makes the whole thing glow. 
I'm not exactly sure why it glows more purple 
when it is actually very blue in the daytime when it is not turned on.  
The only thing I can think of is that the kind of bulb it takes
 puts off a glow with a reddish tint. 
Maybe I'll see if an LED bulb will fit and give a more accurate blue glow. 


Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Day 332 of 2023

As I am clearing things out, 
I came across a box with this whole book series inside. 
I don't take the time to sit and read much, 
but evidently I read the first three of this series 
and passed the books along to friends in my quilt group. 
These days I listen to my books on audio mostly from my local library.
(I get so much done around the house this way.) 
In the past I have checked for these books on audio
 and my library did not carry them.
 I thought I'd give it another shot and checked today. 
Now they do have all her books. 
I may get to "read" this whole series after all.


Monday, November 27, 2023

Day 331 of 2023

I am grateful for the early Thanksgiving 
which allows me more time to prepare for Christmas. 
It will be a slow and simple transition. 
Today I swapped out the fall mugs for green and red. 
I clearly have too many here. 
I might consider rotating them in and out as they are used.


Sunday, November 26, 2023

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Day 329 of 2023

Yarn update: 
The blue yarn is in its hand wound ball. 
I tried two different needles in order to get the correct gauge 
for the hat I intended to make for Fireball. 
After I finally got the right numbers, 
I did a little of the actual pattern which includes eyelets. 
The subsequent eyelet holes were way too large for my liking. 
I'm afraid that Fireball's head might not stay warm. 
So I selected a different hat pattern that I've been wanting to make. 
On that swatch I also had to try two different needles. 
I had to do some of my own math 
to change the pattern a little to make it work, 
but I am now on my way making a hat.


Friday, November 24, 2023

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Day 326 of 2023

Thanksgiving tomorrow will not be a big production, 
but I thought some broccoli salad might be nice.


Monday, November 20, 2023

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Day 323 of 2023

I need to swatch for a hat I plan to make for Fireball. 
Once again I will be carrying two yarns together
 to get the appropriate gauge. 
I was going to wait to wind this yarn into a cake
 with my winder tomorrow, 
but I really wanted to get started on my swatch
 so I can cast on the hat tomorrow. 
I didn't want to go upstairs and get the swift and winder 
so I did the next best thing. 
I used my feet for holders 
and wound it into a good old fashioned ball. 
I am now swatching.


Saturday, November 18, 2023

Friday, November 17, 2023

Day 321 of 2023

We went to a tree lighting tonight. 
Everything was lit up and so beautiful.


Thursday, November 16, 2023

Day 320 of 2023

I really don't leave the house much so I am not aware
 of the sun and its position in the sky. 
With the recent time change, the sun goes down so early. 
By the time I remember to check outside, 
the sun is already too low or gone completely.
As a result, my pictures have been lacking sunlight. 
Today I left the house in the morning
 and noticed the beautiful blue of the sky 
and the very bare ginkgo tree standing behind it.


Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Day 319 of 2023

Today I found something I've been looking for.
It was right there in plain sight.


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Day 318 of 2023

If I have calculated it correctly, 
it's been at least three and a half years since I've gone to a meeting
 of our small quilt group. 
Today was the first time I have gone back. 
It was good to see faces I haven't seen in a long time.
Since showing and telling is part of the normal thing we do, 
I brought some of the quilt tops I completed while stuck at home in 2020.


Monday, November 13, 2023

Day 317 of 2023

There is something you need to know about Great Grandpa H. 
He loved to shop at Goodwill or better yet, at garage sales. 
This picture shows his signature "fix" 
for anything that had a logo, name or monogram on it. 
This one is an iron-on patch meant for little kids' pants with ripped knees,
 but he would also use some kind of plastic-y paint to cover the offending words. 
And he did not limit himself to sweatshirts. 
He also "fixed" t-shirts, tote bags and containers - really anything. 
I kept these two sweatshirts to make a muslin of a new pattern
 to check the fit I have before I cut into my fancy fabric. 
When I pulled them out of a box yesterday, I had to smile.