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One More Week

My husband and I are leaving on a trip next week. It has been a bit of a challenge to get organized for a trip and Christmas at the same time but everything is coming together. I think all the shopping is done—I have one more medication to pick up, but all the presents are bought and awaiting wrapping. There is plenty of wrapping paper and tape.

We are planning to have a family Christmas on Saturday with presents and a festive meal. The kids requested Dad’s meatloaf complete with mashed potatoes and peas (my suggestion, I like peas.) We can make it fun without trashing the whole kitchen.

Our son is living with us at the moment, but he has lived far away and has experienced a number of Christmases without Mom and Dad, but our daughter has always lived close-by and this will be her first. She has plans to spend the day with friends and invited her brother. I am sure they will have fun.

This is the first time my husband and I have been away from home for Christmas since we were first married. We will be celebrating our forty-first anniversary on this trip all packed in with Christmas and New Years. I am really excited. We are going to explore new places and see new things and old friends. There will be some time for relaxing in there too!

Right now, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Some Thoughts about Thanksgiving

(This was written the week before Thanksgiving, I’m running behind with posting!)

I’m sitting in a nice coffee shop this afternoon. There is a fire in the fireplace and I am here with some writer friends. We write a bit, chat a bit and drink delicious coffee. I am thankful that I am able to do this. The café is run by a local church so they have nice music in the background and a playground room next door.

Today, they have Christmas decorations out. The trees are covered with little white lights, and the throw pillows have snowflakes on them. It is festive, but not garish. I’m feeling the mood for the holidays begin to blossom.

My husband and I are planning a major trip in December this year. We have less than a month before we go—a month that includes two holidays! (The trip is in two weeks now.)

I am set for Thanksgiving, except for some last minute shopping, and most of the Christmas shopping is done. That is a new one for us, since we have been known to hit the stores on Christmas Eve. It is nice to get everything done ahead of time. Things were also eased by the fact that I asked our kids what they wanted. Yay! Of course they still add things to the lists, but we can cope with that.

I have plans to decorate the house on Friday or Saturday this week. I don’t like to rush the season, but this year I want the decorations out so we have plenty of time to enjoy them before we leave. Our family Christmas is planned for December 17, then our church Christmas dinner is on the 18. We set off on our journey on the 20. Things will be busy between now and then!

Meanwhile, I am concentrating on being thankful. I have a wonderful family and two of my children live nearby. My middle son is in the Air Force, so he has to go where they send him. I am thankful for his desire to serve, and for his safe return from deployment.

I am thankful for our house, and our friends. My writers group is important and I have known some of them for 18 years. We have a great church family, and nice places like this café to meet in.

All in all, life is very good.

One Project Done

The first project on my Do list to be completed is an organizer for my double point and circular knitting needles. These little devils have a habit of getting tangled and lost in the bottom of the bag.

I had seen a case that I liked, but I didn’t want to spend the money. When the sewing looks simple, I get cheap, besides I have stacks of fabric I can choose from to make something attractive as well as functional.

I used some coat fabric I had left over from my stint in a coat factory. It is a lightweight, silky fabric, but tightly woven so I knew the needles would not poke through. I wanted something sturdy, but not too bulky so it would fold easily. The outside is quilting-type cotton. I trimmed it with a piece of ribbon from my stash box that happened to be just the right size.

There is a store nearby that sells upholstery fabric, and they have piles of remnant squares. I usually have a few on hand, and I thought it would make a nice backing, but, alas, the pieces I had were not big enough.

After that, it was straight forward cutting and sewing. I cut carefully so my pockets would line up nice and straight. The vertical folds were accented with ribbon which also covered the raw edges. I used a button and a strip of elastic to keep it closed.

This was such an easy project, why did I wait so long before I made it?

Would you like to make one? I will have the pattern available soon at my Etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandKnitComfortneedle case