Christmas 2013

December 27, 2013

This was a good year. After relocating to Minnesota two months ago I was able to come back to Florida to spend time with J and our families.  The best part was surprising J and my godmother.  First was J. I told him I was flying in on Sunday but I actually arrived on Saturday.

My godmother and her husband didn’t know I was in town. So when J and I went to my parents for Christmas I called when we arrived. Dad gave the phone to godmother who said they were waiting on some guests. That’s when I walked in and said ” yeah, you’re waiting on me.” Her expression was perfect!

I got a beautiful necklace from J and my parents got us tickets to see Alton Brown. I got warm gloves from both sets of parents and an alpaca scarf from J’s parents. 
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I made an afghan for J’s mom.
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It’s the Barghello pattern from “Best Loved Afghans” using Caron pounds in black, light pink, rose, light green and sage green and a K hook.

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A Comedy of Errors

December 26, 2011

Otherwise known as Christmas 2011. Christmas Eve was good, although a bit tiring. We had a late lunch with J’s parents as his oldest brother and family came to town.   There were nine of us seated around a table that definitely didn’t fit nine, but it was fun.  J’s youngest nephew (YN) was very excited to open presents and was bouncing all over the place.  We finally got presents opened and one of YN’s presents was a remote controlled helicopter and a remote control car.  While YN was playing with the car, J was working on the helicopter.  Once that got up and running we found that Duncan is afraid of them.  I was thankfully able to get video of that, and no, J wasn’t chasing the dog with the helicopter.  He didn’t have that much control of it yet.

Christmas Day J and I hosted dinner for our families.  Our day started with some cleaning.  I didn’t want to clean the floors until Christmas Day because Duncan would be more than happy to mess them up again right away.  We had to unexpectedly clean the refrigerator when I discovered that the thawing turkey leaked blood not only onto the bottom shelf it was sitting on, but also into the two drawers below the shelf AND the floor of the fridge.  We got that cleaned up; got most of dinner ready and discovered that the directions for the ham had been mis-read.  They were originally read as heat it for 10 minutes.  In actuality they were to heat the ham for 10 minutes for every pound.  We had a 6 pound ham, a turkey that was cooked and resting, potatoes that were mashed and green beans that were about to be finished.  We ended up having to slice the ham and somewhat layer it in the pan to heat it.

While the ham was heating the rolls went in.  For the record Pillsbury’s crescent rounds are not perforated very well.  I had some deformed rolls.  And somehow ended up with burnt bottoms on most of the rolls.  We also put the Sweet Potato casserole in to the oven to heat up while the rolls were cooking and the ham was heating.  After the rolls and ham was finished the casserole got moved up under the broiler.  And we somehow managed to set it on fire.  But only the marshmallows.  And thanks to last year’s Christmas gift to J from my parents (stuff to make S’mores to go with the fire pit I got him) we actually had jumbo marshmallows on hand.  Cut up some of those and replaced the burnt ones, put the dish back under the broiler and voila!  Sweet Potato casserole came out perfectly.  J didn’t get to make giblet gravy; he had forgotten and left the giblets out on the counter while we were at his parents for dinner.  He had also left the bacon he was defrosting in the microwave.  So on our way to a friend’s house after dinner we had to stop and pick up some bacon and gravy at the store.  We discovered that giblet gravy was a possibility though later on Christmas Day.  J was carving the turkey and was surprised to discover a second bag still in the turkey.  Oops.  Despite the Comedy of Errors that occurred, dinner turned out pretty good.

After dinner it was present time!  J and I got a Kitchen Aid (Woohoo!), a nice set of kitchen knives (Woohoo! And so glad I didn’t get J a set after all) and a bunch of other little stuff.  I got J a Keurig; he’s not a big coffee drinker so that works out perfectly for him.  He can have coffee and doesn’t need to worry about making a whole pot that would go to waste.  Plus I can use it for Cocoa and Cider.  Yum!  J also got a helicopter which he started to play with today.  As soon as he got it running Duncan took off running to the kitchen where he could hide from the evil toy.  Santa J was very nice to me; he got me a Kindle Touch!  I also got a gift certificate so I can pick out a cover for it.  I like the idea of the one with a lamp, but the negative comments currently outweigh the positives.  So I’m going to wait a bit before I get one.

Here are a few pictures from dinner on Christmas Eve.

    


Picture Pages

November 6, 2011

In my last post I said that I had been busy crocheting blankets for the Hillsborough County Animal Services Pit Crew. I managed to get three completed for them and here they are!

 As Tasha is demonstrating, this one is comfortable for all types of animals. I’m sure she thinks the same of the other two, but she was too busy trying to keep Duncan away to be bothered to pose for me.

And finally, J turned 40 last week and this was one of his gifts. I’m not 100% sure I’m done with it, I’m playing around with ideas to add color to make elements pop. J thinks I should do a “cross stitch” concept, or find a way to weave in embroidery thread. I’ve been contemplating dye and painting the areas I want to pop or just putting glitter on those areas. Thoughts and suggestions are welcome.

Also, I’d like a decent, easy to use photo editing software. Nothing fancy, I’d like to be able to remove backgrounds, change background color along with the typical crop/brighten etc. I don’t mind paying, but I don’t want to pay more than about $100, however free is always better 🙂 Any suggestions? What are you favorites?


A Few Pictures

April 20, 2008

These are from my phone, which doesn’t always take the best pictures. So please forgive me 🙂

Tasha and Boris are showing off their favorite positions

Tasha and Ciera showing that cats and dogs really do get along

Brian and Dad as smurfs 😀 This is one of those fun features on my phone camera
John and I were out riding one day and saw this guy under a dock.
I know this can’t be seen all that well, but the blob on the right is a gator and all the 4 or so blogs to the left are turtles. I guess the gator really wasn’t that hungry. This was taken while leaving work one day, and that is a pond our glassed in walkway passes.


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