Sunday, December 23, 2007

Holiday Catch-up

I've had a very busy schedule this past week. I worked 6 days in a row, 12+ hr shifts each day, hence no time for blogging. Michelle left the day before I had to go back to work, here she is with her finale quilt, for the "Future Rock Star" baby. She did another out of pinks & lavender that I realize now I never got a picture of.
Here she is modeling her first quilt. I think it turned out a lot better than my first.
I learned a new lesson this past week. When the temperature is -10 degrees F, don't try to put on the plastic stemmed ear muffs that have been out in the car all night.....
I managed to get to Quilt Guild on Thursday. The first time in a couple of months. Here is Mary Lee holding up her latest creation, Tessellating Cats. I thought they were cute. Sorry about the darn chair in front.
I stopped at the Municipal Garden on C St on the way home to take a picture. The bitter cold creates ice fogs, & some beautiful scenery.
Last evening we had our friends John & Mindy & their 2 girls over for dinner. We also had Lillyelen, my orthopedic surgeon Pete's girlfriend. Pete had the flu, so stayed home with his misery while the rest of us had a good time. We had the British Crackers before dinner, & all wore the silly paper crowns, & played with the little prizes.
There was pear salad; curried halibut with garlic spinach on coconut rice; & Grandma's Grape-nut pudding for dessert, along with rich dark beers, & a hot cherry flavored Belgian beer that even I like. (I'm not a drinker by any stretch of the imagination). Below here's Mindy just being funny.
These are 2 plain pencil boxes, that I altered to make them special for the girls, Hope & Christie. They both really loved them. They had a little pen, calendar & sketchpad/note pad inside.
Here is what my DH is giving me for Christmas. This is the floor model at out local Lowe's store. The middle doors on top will be flipped over so that the handles & lattice are on the bottom on mine. These looked upside down to me. My cupboards are sitting in the guestroom unassembled right now, but John said he would come over tomorrow & help Warren put it together. We have to wait for the counter top though, since (in the tradition of Murphy's Law), they sent a 12 foot top for a 4 1/2 foot counter.
It always amazes me when we reach this time of year, to know we are already heading back into long days. The 21st was the shortest day for us (some 5 hours & odd minutes), but in a few weeks we'll have noticeably longer days.
Well I have one last item to pick up for Christmas, & 1 jug of Warren's special eggnog to deliver, then the only thing I have to do is finish my Christmas cards (I know, I'm way late this year), & tomorrow the only errand I have is my friend Mary's dressing change. She had a ruptured appendix a couple of weeks ago. 2 surgeries later, 3 of us Calendar Girls are taking turns changing the dressing for her. Isn't it funny that out of a group of 12 quilters, 3 are nurses? I wonder what the normal ratio is.


Melodie said...

I love the cabinet!! Where is it going?
The pencil boxes look a bit like over-done bread!
We're having some serious blowing snow right now!!
Merry Christmas!! Dad is staying with me and the girls this Christmas Eve. We're going to the neighbors for homemade pizza and oyster stew! Love you!!

Lei Lei said...

I wondered where my Christmas card from my favorite aunt and uncle was. (it's okay, I don't think Uncle David or Aunt Vicki read blogs). Merry holidays, I love you!!

Granny Fran said...

Some day I'm going to do the Tesselating Cats for myself, love it!
Have a great Holiday.

Shirley Goodwin said...

Have a wonderful white Christmas!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Glad to see you back here, Deb.
Enjoy your well-earned holiday!!!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

Fran├žoise said...

Have a nice Christmas!

MJAPA said...

Well, they loved the quilt! Hooray! I think it makes a good dress. :-)
Hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas, also hope our little box made it to you from Target. Will try to give you a call soon! Loves to you!

Barbara said...

hope you have had a wonderful christmas time ...all the best for 2008...many creative ideas and a lot of fun..
HUGS Barbara

Rian said...

That picture of the foot bridge is just beautiful.

Happy New Year!!

Jules said...

I love Rock Star Baby Quilt! (And is this for Bon Jovi's baby? Just kidding.) I really do love it. I wasn't kidding about that part.