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. 

I made an afghan for J’s mom.


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.

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.



December 26, 2008

Yesterday was a wonderful day!  Good food, being with family, definitely a great way to spend the day.  J and I got my parents tickets to see Jeff Dunham in March when he comes to town (I picked up a set for us too!).  Mom doesn’t think she’s ever seen the Achmed the Dead Terrorist video that’s been around on email.  So before we left for the night I went to trusty old You Tube and pulled up a video of Jeff Dunham.  Mom’s definitely going to enjoy the show!

My Santa’s were amazing to me as well.  I got some pattern books I’d asked for, including one I had forgotten I’d asked for.  And I was sooo excited to see it, I had to page through before opening any other presents!  I now have the ability to make this gorgeous Six Pointed Star Afghan, a crochet church or gingerbread house.  And I got 50 Sensational Crochet Afghans & Throws.  The patterns in this book are stunning.  I can’t decide which one to make first!

Mom and Dad were on a cruise to the Caribbean that got back on the 20th.  I’d been looking to replace my digital camera (since it’s pretty old!) and mentioned Mom and Dad this.  They asked which camera I was looking at and I figured they were getting me one for Christmas.  Especially since electronics are frequently cheaper in the Caribbean, and this post of theirs helped me think that they did get me one.  J had also asked what I wanted and I told him a yarn winder.  Everything he said made me believe he got me one.  So yesterday we’re opening gifts.  There were two I couldn’t open right away, so I started asking “can I open this one now?” each time.  Finally J hands me his box and says “here’s your yarn winder baby.”

I open the box, look at him and say “That’s not a yarn winder!”  He got me my new camera!!  I got to open Mom and Dad’s final one next.  Dad tried to be a smartalec and said “I don’t know what you’re going to do with two cameras.”  Sorry Dad, not quite that dumb 😀  Anyway, they had gotten me a beautiful new watch from their trip.  It’s rose gold, diamonds surrounding the face and in place of some/all of the numbers (it’s in the box at this moment, so I don’t recall how many of the numbers are replaced) and a beautiful mother of pearl background.  Absolutely gorgeous!

After we left my parents we needed to meet up with some friends of J’s to give them their gifts.  They had decided to go bowling (who knew bowling alley’s were open on Christmas? not me!) with another couple, common friends of theirs and J.  So we all went bowling last night.  We had a lot of fun and were pretty noisy.  It’s a good thing there were no leagues last night.  Some of those guys are so serious about their bowling that they tend to get crabby at times when others are having fun.

Here’s some final pictures of Christmas gifts that I made.  I don’t have pictures of all gifts, but I do have these.


The lightbulb and the green ones were for Mom.  The green is actually a little bit darker than shown here, and the white has silver threads woven in it.  Mom had said she really liked this set (I did too!) when I was making the batch for her employees.  So I decided to pull it out of that batch and give it to Mom for Christmas.  She got the lightbulb a couple of weeks ago.  She almost ruined things though 😀  When I gave her the finished ones she told me later that she kept out a green and red one for herself.  I told her she couldn’t do that.  She told me she needed 12 and that’s how many she got.  I then I had to tell Dad to make sure she didn’t keep any.  He was a big help there.



Mom’s brother came down to visit us for Christmas this year and he brought his lady friend.  He’s been dating A for roughly a year now.  He’s been alone for around 20 years  and I’m very excited that he has someone special in his life.   I made Uncle M an afghan earlier this year that was supposed to go to him for his birthday.  Mom had to cancel her trip north, so he got it for Christmas instead.  But I couldn’t leave A out, so she got this afghan.  Which is perfect, we’ve had some cool days/nights since she got here and this will help keep her warm.  That is if we get another cold front before she heads north again.



the-bruise-up-closeThis is the one I made Uncle M.  And of course, Tasha had to get in on the act too!









And one final picture!


This is the dragon I made J for Christmas.  He really likes it and decided a name is needed.  I made this only while working my part time job so that J wouldn’t see it and I wouldn’t have to lie about what/who it was for 😀

Everyone enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.  Me, I’m going to see what I can do about avoiding the crowds shopping.  I think staying home watching movies sounds like a good plan (maybe my brand new DVD Wall-E!)

Merry Christmas to all!

December 25, 2008

I hope everyone is having a safe and wonderful Christmas! 

J and I are heading over to my parents later this afternoon for dinner and presents.  And of course Ciera will get to go with.  I’ve already told her she’s going to see Mom and Dad and Lacey.  Her ears prick up each time I tell her.  And the last time when I got up she thought that meant it was time to go. 

My uncle is in town and brought his lady friend with him.  He hasn’t dated anyone, as far as I know, since his divorce, which happened before I started school (I think).  He’s been seeing this lady for about a year now and this is the first the family gets to meet her.  I’m excited to meet her, I’m glad he has someone in his life and he’s happy. 

I can show these to you all now.  Mom is the supervisor of her department and awhile back she requested some hotpads for her staff.  I told her sure and when she asked about the cost, I told her to just pay for the yarn 😀  So here’s what she ended up with:

snowflake-hotpads and starburst-hotpads

The first batch, the snowflake ones, are all two sided and have one end that is open.  Each one of those has a potpourri packet inside so that they will hopefully give off a scent when something hot is placed on them.  Then I added velcro so that the ends will stay closed and people can remove the potpourri packets and wash the hotpads.  Of the starburst ones I really like the red and green ones that are the third from the left in the first and second rows.  I might have to make a set of those for me 😀 

Everyone have a good day and hopefully I’ll be back later with more pictures from a new and improved camera!  Here’s hoping Santa was good to you all!

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