It is still New Year’s Eve here in South Dakota, but the new year will come soon. I am looking forward to the new year of 2011, hopefully there will be peace, a better economy and less illness for everyone. But, we will have to wait and see.
We had a wonderful Christmas celebration with our small family and it was a blessing, especially since the kids almost didn’t make it due to the weather in the US and Europe! I got yarn and knitting patterns and a gift certificate for yarn and books!! I also got a new camera that I will be using on my weaving items.
Weaving: I am weft behind again. I had to fold up and move the Macomber out-of-the-way for the kids to sleep on the floor in my studio. I have equipment scattered all over the house, tucked into corners and standing on top of cabinets. My spinning wheel is camoflauged in my bedroom as a clothes rack on top of the file cabinet! EEk it has to come down soon. I have a towel warp all ready to go onto the loom as soon as I set it up again. But today is New Year’s Eve and I have some baking to do for our get-together tonight with friends if the snow doesn’t keep us from driving up their hill.
We have a bit of snow about 4 or 5 inches now mid-day and more coming, but hopefully it won’t be continuing into the weekend. It is cold too, 1 degree above zero fahrenheit. ick.
I will have some weaving on the loom next time I post and maybe some knitting photos will make it here also.
Happiest of New Years to all of you.
Teesa has a new ep out. Go to http://www.teesamusic.com to listen. Teesa is one of my “kids”.
Our son was supposed to fly into the local airport tonight and begin his vacation with us. He emailed us this morning and he is desperately trying to get from London to Amsterdam to fly to Minneapolis. The snow is so bad that he is not sure if he will make it, but has promised us he would be home for Christmas! What weather the world is having. And who would have thought that the snow in Europe would make our Christmas a little stressed out? Then to think that all the airports in London and many others in Europe have people sleeping, standing in line and sitting around waiting for their stand-by status to be a reality and just wanting to get home for Christmas Day.
All of us are waiting. Aren’t we also waiting for Jesus to return? I am!
Merry Christmas to all of you, even if it is not the perfect one that you wanted.
I have been baking cookies instead of weaving. I have been listening to old Christmas songs from my childhood, while I bake. Um, like from when I was born until I was a teen anyway. These old songs came on an inexpensive CD I purchased at the locally owned Drug Store/Gift Shop in town. The first song is Frosty the Snowman sung by Gene Autry. Now, I remember, vaguely, watching Gene Autry on TV when I was really little. But I remember hearing this song for most of my childhood years. Since I lived in Southern California where winter meant lots of rain, or cold (45 deg. F) and little snow unless you drove up into the mountains, this song was fun and a dream because I didn’t really know much about snowmen. When we did visit the snow in the mountains we tried to make “Frosty” but never had the coal or corncob pipe and especially the “magic silk top hat” (whatever that was!). As I listen to Gene Autry’s recording of this old song, I laugh because I remember hearing him sing this but never really thinking about the singer. When I hear Nat King Cole sing about the chestnuts roasting on the fire (whatever that means) I see Nat King Cole and I hear my father singing badly along with the song. With this Christmas theme song I think about the singer more than the song. So what other memories come to mind as I listen to these old songs; Bing Crosby and White Christmas: he whistles part of that and I can see him doing that in a movie, and I see my mother whistling along with him; Judy Garland and Have Yourself a Merry Christmas: her beauty, her singing and her sad life and how my mother tried to sing just like her; Perry Como and I’ll Be Home for Christmas: makes me cry for the moms out there whose child is in Afghanistan or Iraq for Christmas.
I looked up the origin of the song Frosty the Snowman and came across this article that is interesting. Does anyone else remember Gene Autry?
We got our Christmas Tree and put it up on Saturday. We went to the local Boys Club and bought from them. They are so good and most of their trees don’t have the green spray on them to preserve them. I am allergic to that spray. We brought it home as quick as possible because the wind chill must have been zero, it was so cold outside!
Putting up the tree
Gracie helps put up the tree
We even put up some lights outside. We are looking forward to seeing our son in about 9 days, or less. I still have to warp my looms so I can get them out of the way in order to turn my studio into a guest room. We did not see our son last Christmas as he was in Afghanistan. But this year we celebrate! Rejoice with the moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, significant others, husbands and wives, children of all those that serve in this war, either in Afghanistan or Iraq that we get to see our loved one this holiday. Then pray for all those that don’t get to see their loved one this holiday. You’ll be happier for it.
Saw this video on You Tube today and thought I’d share it with you all, it is great. Sheep and dogs and lights.
Decided that reading the news of the day is not a good idea before going to bed to sleep. The sleep leaves you as soon as you close your eyes and begin re-reading those awful headlines. All the news these days is SEX, LIES AND MONEY. I get tired of hearing about who sleeps with who, who pays someone for something illegal, and all the accusations against everyone. It’s all “not my fault” and that is disgusting. Ok, so you know I won’t be reading the news before bedtime anytime soon.