Sunday, December 31, 2023

That's A Wrap!

Happy New Year! May it bring good health, Laughter and sweet peace. 

I couldn't sleep so I was up early this morning. This is why I do not rush to put Christmas away. We have it for such a short time I am going to enjoy it as long as I can. 

I made some pumpkin spice scones and coffee and with my snowman mug I was feeling very festive and tired.  

Yesterday we went to my brother in laws for our annual Christmas gathering. How amazing is this??? The table is where you deposited the food as you came in. 

I mean come on this is magic!!!

Husband gave me a gift certificate to Dorr mill when I retired in June. Well Dorr was having their annual sale, time to spend it. 

These are all half yard pieces, the green doesn't show up very well. I also got a full yard piece of a grayish brown great for backgrounds in my rugs. 

If you have been to Dorr Mill you know they sell higher end clothing.
They had them marked down I tried a few things on and settled on this top. I think it got marked down more than they wanted as there were some discussion between the clerks about it when I checked out. I just love it. And I only went 7.00 over my gift certificate! Win win!

I was able to take a quick spin around the local thrift store this week 2.50 dish towel and a shade for my porch lights. 

I was able to have a pre-birthday lunch with this sweet girl far left.
She became a teenager!!! sob sob where did the time go?? 
My daughter was out to dinner and was approached by a blog friend who knew her from her pictures on here. 
Ok Michelle I will not post the selfie my daughter took with the two of you but I would love an email ( I can match you to your blog. 
By the way my daughter was thrilled to meet you, you were very kind. 
Well I guess that is it for this year. My next post I will have a        give away celebrating my 14 years of blogging. 
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

It's All A Bit Foggy

It sure is not feeling like winter in NH. More like fall in England foggy and wet, so wet! I am not loving it. 

Husband is finally much better not perfect but so much better than he was. He has passed his time with a puzzle. 

I spent some free time finishing off this little rug. I watched the first Harry Potter movie today for the first time. I now know why my sweet grand loves this series. 

I took a bit of time to start to color plan a larger 4th of July rug.
I have plans to go away for 5 days of rug hooking in Maine with my roomie Donna so I needed to get a rug going. It is not until mid Jan but time goes fast as we all know.

We had the full cold moon. We saw it for just a bit until the clouds and fog moved in. 
I went to the Dr with husband today. I quizzed her on the RSV vaccine and RSV in general. She said the vaccine is new they have no idea how long it will last so 3 months or 12 months no idea. 
She does not want husband to get it for at least 3 to 4 months as he will have natural immunity for at least that long. 
She also said that there is a lot of sickness this year and expects more after the holidays.
I know husband is very leery of going out in public right now and I can not say I blame him. He still is coughing and his head is all stuffed up but his breathing is so much better. 
I have one more post this year 
In January I will celebrate 14 years of blogging!

Sunday, December 24, 2023


There was a light dusting of snow this morning then some sleet but nothing stuck. 
We are decorated and tucked in

We stopped buying for each other a couple of years ago,it just made sense.

Husband is getting better very slowly. I would recommend that RSV vaccine this has been worse than covid. I have had time in my wool room so I have been busy knitting. But I need to get a rug started soon.

This past week has been stressful and Christmas eve is not what we planned. I have tried to walk when I can it helps to bring peace. So that is what I am wishing for all of you tonight,peace. We are all dealing with life in one way or another. 
May you find true peace.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

It All Goes Sideways

I have been doing a lot of that this week.
Monday husband wakes up and is not feeling well at all ugg. It is pouring and historic flooding everywhere. We are fine but no day to be on the roads.
Well Tue he is worse long story short he spent a day and half in the hospital with RSV. 
He is home and better and should be fine for Christmas!

Before all this happened I made mini mincemeat pies. I made the crust with lard and butter. And let me tell you this is crust like Grammy made. So flaky and tasty. I will make crust like this always now.

I have also been working on dish cloths.
My first time making them.

Tomorrow morning is the winter solstic. It will be nice to see the light returning bit by bit. 
We will be laying low until Christmas day. My shopping is done. I need to make a couple of batches of cinnamon rolls to deliver the 24th. 
I have much to be thankful for. 
Happy Solstic ♡

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Christmas Joy

My Grand's Christmas review. Such a lovely talented group of young ladies.
My beautiful grand♡

And my sleep over friends. We had such a lovely fun time we did not want it to end! We are hugging goodbye and have promised at least one more sleep over this winter but 2 nights next time! Husband did great and was a hit. 

When we come together we always swap gifts. This sweet little snow woman. Donna even wove the little head scarf. And the little mushrooms she made from a dried orange and cinnamon stick. Sooo sweet.

And this is a spun cotton bear made by Dayle.
This is just a small sampling of the gifts we exchanged. 
I love this friendship we have and feel very blessed.
Tuesday I have 4 friends coming for lunch. I will be so sad to see Christmas go this year!
Have a wonderful week

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

The Things You Learn

Last night I went to bed really early but I was awake at 1am and could not get back to sleep so I scrolled. I found you could put the youtube app on your smart TV and choose TV art! Genius! No more black hole over the mantle!
And there are hundreds to choose from! I kinda love it. I have hated that TV over the fireplace since we put it there.

Today has been fold and snow squalls. It is suppose to all clear out so I can watch the metor showers tonight. 
I had my women's group here on Monday night. A few bowed out they were not feeling well and I appreciated that so much 
But the really exciting news is I am having 3 of my dear friends come for an overnight tomorrow night! One from Vermont,one from upstate NY, and one from the seacoast of Maine. We are all meeting here and they are staying over. Eeek I feel like a kid again!
I had some requests for my banana bread. Let me know if you can't read it. It makes one large loaf or two small.
I added a tspoon of Chai seasoning which turned out delicious. Bake at 350 for 1 hrs for large loaf. Aways test for doneness everyone's oven is different. 
Well gotta go have a wonderful week. 

Sunday, December 10, 2023

A Fun Busy

My brother sent me this sweet snow globe. It has batteries so you don't have to shake it for it to snow.

Friday I headed to my daughter's to stay overnight with Sweet B while they went away. Our craft project was little mushrooms made from acorn caps. Such a fun project.And we attended a play of Charlie Brown's Christmas. There were some of my grands schoolmates in the cast.
It was well done and sweet.

I am trying to winter over a plant I was given when I retired. So far so good.

I am party central I have 14 women coming for appetizers tomorrow night. So excited to have them here. I was given some bananas that needed attention. So I baked banana bread. Chai flavored banana bread. It came out so good!

This is from king Arthur flour yum
It is raining we are loosing all of our snow. Overnight high winds ending with a bit of snow. 
I have something else soooo fun planned this week don't forget to come back.....

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Eye Appoint That Wasn't

We got snow overnight Sunday into Monday morning. Heavy snow that is bending the trees and shrubs to the ground.

It snowed lightly most of the day. And this is why I love it here. The quiet that goes with the snow. Just very peaceful.
Now I am not going to say I am not sick of it by March. Or that I love to shovel and roof rake. But some how the snow reminds me of my childhood. The really good parts.

We heard tapping on the window. A little finch letting us know that the bear is sleeping and time to put out the feeder again. 

I thought I had an eye appointment. With traffic an hour down. Someone was suppose to call me to let me know the Dr could not see me that day. Well they didn't grrr  so we made the best of it a bit of shopping and lunch out. 
We were just a couple of exits from home when we start to see the mountains and hills of home. Pretty beautiful!
I will leave you with a picture of our house all decked out for Christmas. 
   Have a wonderful week♡

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Christmas Truffle

Snowy Sunday 

Calls for an afternoon cup of coffee.

Watching the awful game and knitting slippers. I have been knitting these slippers since 8th grade the sad thing is I never progressed. 
I am going to make a few for a basket next to the door incase someone wants to use them. 

Christmas decorating done.

I have one more batch of cookies to bake.

The cookie walk was a success. I just have a couple of friends to deliver to.

I made some old fashion molasses cookies that were a flop. So what to do? Crumble them up mix with cream cheese roll into balls and dip in white chocolate. Voila a Christmas truffle.
I will leave you with my 3.00 thrift store find.Galileo thermometer. The bubbles have a temp and the lowest one tells what the room temp is. 
Just something fun. 
 Eye appointment on Tue.  Then an over night with Sweet B.on Friday! I have a craft project already for us. 
Have a wonderful week♡