Prepare the Way
Well a full week of Advent is almost done. Each morning I place an ornament on the Advent calendar that my mom made me when I was pregnant with my first child and living FAR away in Texas. I think about her and her generosity with her creative skills. I also remember past Christmases when I would receive one gift that was a craft. I loved spending Christmas day needlepointing something new, or sewing or beading. I also remember bursting into tears when I became frustrated. I set expectations high even as a child.
My mom would try her best to knit all the gifts and usually not make all the deadlines. She would wrap up works in progress, give them as gifts then ask for them back so she could finish them. This usually happened with sweaters. My cousin once just received all the yarn - it wasn't a work in progress at all... My mother was ambitious in her Christmas plans.
This year I scaled back on knitting madly right before the holidays. I tend to knit all year long and put my finished projects in a box. Then when it's time to give, I go through my box and decide who gets what for gifts. The system works most of the time.
Holly the cat is respecting the tree! I guess when you pull down a tree from last year, you remember the trauma. She loves to sit under this tree and purr away. Frodo doesn't even care about a tree in the house. For over an hour last night she was on the cat tree in the same room and he was blissfully unaware of her watching him. These peaceful moments are what I treasure most, it's like a window into the future.
He eventually spotted her and then the chase was on. In his defense, she was the one who moved and climbed down and hid behind the tv and caused the ruckus. They love each other in their own ways!
I started the pair of socks for my husband for Christmas, I'm enjoying the leisure knitting because I know I can get a pair of socks done in a snap if I have to, but I don't, so I enjoy each blessed stitch.
For reading, I did start Ulysses Grant by Ron Chernow. What a sad sack Ulys was in his early years. I'm enjoying his biography and also learning more about US history along the way. If I read this entire book before 2020 it will be a reading miracle! I have the hard copy which is not a totable book so I also borrowed the digital copy from my library. My kindle is always in my purse just in case I have spans of time to read.
My menu plan is set for the week of Christmas as well as a list of baking ideas. I'm not starting to bake yet because I'll eat them.