Eye Candy Friday

christmas cactus blossom for carole knits

This Christmas cactus came from the beautiful wedding of our friends Cate and Rhys last year. I can’t believe that a) I kept the thing alive and b) it somehow knew to bloom at just the right time. I love that it holds memories of a wonderful night of happiness and love that we spent with some of our dearest friends in it’s green branches. Objects that hold happy memories are the best kind of objects.

Make some happy memories this weekend, my friends.

Throwback Thursday Christmas 1992

Allow me to present . . . mother and daughter in their matching Christmas sweatshirts:

throwback thursday carole and hannah

Yeah.

These must have been a gift from my mom and, while it’s cute on Hannah, on me? Oy. Is it appropriate to use a Yiddish exclamation of dismay on a Christmas photo? Well, I’m going with it.

And can we talk about my hair? The blondeness? And the permed-ness? And the headband with the bow? Double oy.

In any case, this was taken at my mom’s by her Christmas tree and in front of the fireplace. You can just see the edge of the Ten Commandments that now hangs in my dining room. And there are ornaments in that photo that now hang on my tree. And my baby girl – just look at those cheeks and those tiny feet and hands.

So, despite the corny sweatshirts and bad 80s hair that obviously carried over into the early 90s, it’s a photo I sort of treasure.

Happy Christmas, Throwback Thursday Style!

Ten On Tuesday

We haven’t gotten one yet but I know it’s coming. What am I talking about? The dreaded Christmas letter. The one that will come in a Christmas card and be all about how wonderful someone’s year was. The one that will brag about perfect children and amazing vacations and 6 figure incomes. I’m mostly just kidding but I’m partly serious and it got me to thinking, what are the 10 Things I would Put in a Christmas Letter? You know, if I actually wrote something like that. Here goes.

merry christmas 2014 for carole knits

  1. We did a lot of work on the outside of our house this year. We had new siding put on, we got 6 new windows, a new front door and new storm doors. We spent a lot of money.
  2. We also did some inside work on the house. We redid a very small room and turned it into a usable space. We spent a lot more money.
  3. I still knit. A lot.
  4. Hannah passed her MTEL. This is the exam that will allow her to do her student teaching and finish her program and graduate. Hallelujah.
  5. Patrick turned 16 this past October. I like this arrangement that we have where he gets older but we don’t.
  6. Brant, Heather and Ambrynn didn’t visit this year. We miss them.
  7. We went to Mexico and had a fantastic time. The weather was perfect and the beach was beautiful and the tequila was plentiful.
  8. Our beloved Dixie crossed the rainbow bridge in August. We’ve decided not to get another dog and are truly grieving for her and miss her terribly.
  9. I finished up my year as President of our Kiwanis Club. It was a lot of work but it was fun and solidified for me even more how important it is to volunteer.
  10. I officially started my photography business. I have, like, one client, but it’s all good.

I guess that’s a summary of a year with our family. Succinct. Truthful. Hopefully not pretentious.

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Weekending

This weekend . . .

I had a very fun photo shoot with a 6 month old.

Fought traffic and Christmas shoppers to go pick up my iPhone 6.

Zoomed through the grocery store at record speed. What’s the cost per item when you spend $200 in 40 minutes?

Made a delicious dinner of filet mignon, baked potato and roasted asparagus which we enjoyed while watching a sappy Christmas movie.

st lucia buns for carole knits

Made lussekatter for St. Lucia day. They were deeee-licious.

Made caramels. And peanut butter balls. And toffee with chocolate and sea salt. Tis the season.

Listened to lots (and lots) of Christmas music.

Had a wonderful Saturday night with friends. I was particularly pleased to hang out with my former boss as I miss him terribly.

Watched the Pats squish the fish while stirring (and stirring and stirring) the above mentioned toffee.

Worked at the Kiwanis Christmas tree sales. When we left last night we were down to 40 trees so it’s almost over. Hooray!

How was your weeekend?

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