Well, today is Thursday, only 1 more day to go before vacation.. and I cannot wait. I am still trying to wrap up things with this big project at work before I go out on vacation. Once I do that, I will be home free... thank goodness.
Well, it appears Colorado got our snow! That is just not fair. I have a friend that lives in Broomfield and she had a heck of time getting home yesterday, as did her husband. The mail service around the Denver area has been cancelled for a second day as well. I need to email our friend, Dave, who owns the Alpine Lodge in Westcliffe, Colorado. It is south of Denver, but from what I understand the town of Walsenberg has quite a few road travelers parked at the big truck stop (this truck stop is on the way to Westcliffe). The lodge is at a little over 9,000 ft above sea level, so I bet Dave is getting some wonderful pictures!
I will follow up this post with another later... I plan to take some pictures tonight of the things I have been able to work on for the past two weeks (which does not amount to much, but hey..what's a girl to do?)
Wow, I did not realize how long it had been since I posted last. Tells you how crazy it has been and just how exhausted I am at night when I fall into bed. Still working on that damned project at work. I actually got up at 3:55 am this morning just to work on the documentation (that and I started dreaming about the stinking project)... sooo glad next week is a vacation week for me.... I can relax.. and well sew, and crochet and anything my little heart wants to do. I have had about enough of work for one year. It is that working with people that move at a snail's pace but expect you to "shake a leg" and get everything done right now. I cannot stand that. But I guess it takes all kinds because no matter where I have worked, I run into it. I am scared to death to not meet a deadline, but others are not concerned at all. Just strange to me.
Last Friday Emma and I went to our neighbor's house to say goodbye. Mrs. Chadah is not moving, but her daughter and grand daughter are moving back to Mauritius , which
is a Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. We are really going to miss Tina and Tara. We must go visit, as the island looks marvelous. Guess I should get Emma a passport next week.. or well, at least start on it. I also ate some Bharta while I was there... totally yummy.. so if you like Indian food I highly recommend it. I followed this recipe, but I did not put in the yogurt or mango powder. Yogurt I have, but I do not have mango powder... hmmm, I do have some mango smoothie mix, but I am pretty sure that would not make for tasty bharta.
Emma and I did make a gingerbread house. Oh what fun to have royal icing all over the place.... and M & M's. Glad I read Beki's post or might have actually eaten one of those gumdrops with the gingerbread.. okay, well, I did anyway, just to say I tried it (I must still think like a child at times, that "how bad can it be" thing). Um, well, gumdrops and gingerbread are just gross. Now Beki was right gingerbread with icing and M & M's is quite delightful. Anyway, the house lasted a whole 24 hours before Emma, Braden and I dove into the thing..... I think next year I will just make gingerbread men to decorate and eat.. then I will not feel so quilty.. Funny thing, when your children go on that gingerbread binge.. they crash. Emma played and played all day long and kept coming back in the house to take bits and pieces of the house with her outside (especially the M & M's). This went on all day long... then she came back in to play. I believe I was folding the mountain of laundry back in my room. The house became very quiet. I began to wonder where she was and what she was doing, as all parents of small children that become quiet. You will never believe what I found her doing...
Yep, she was dead asleep "under" the Christmas tree...
Oh, I forgot to mention something about the picture at the beginning of the post. I found those Angel Lights at the Antique store. They were still in the box. The extra bulbs still there.. along with the mail in receipt to Miles Kimball from December 5, 1967! I could not believe it. I remember these from when I was a little girl, but I think they were just separate, not part of lights. They are going to go up in the kitchen window.... permanently.
Wow, I did not realize it had been so long since I posted. Things have just been really busy around here. Last week I spent most of the week working, having the 24 tummy bug, and getting ready for my MTM-- Metro Tulsa Moms Christmas party Friday night. We had potluck/Cookie Swap/Dirty Santa gift exchange for this year's party.
Members come and go, and sometimes come back in our group. But it is nice to have these girls to turn to with questions/problems/gripes/ranting, really just about anything. I made Cranberry Hootycreeks for our cookie exchange. They appear to be a big hit, and I do not mind saying I just love them!!!! I ended up with Bath stuff for the gift exchange (and Em and I always like girly bath stuff... I mean LOVE... we can both use all the hot water and then stay in the bath for what seems like FOREVER).
What else has gone on.. oh yes... my washing machine decided it wanted to retire. There was no persuading it with a Christmas bonus, bigger salary, bigger office. No, it just wanted out of the rat race so it could relax. I finally agreed and then had to replace it immediately. It will be here tomorrow.. thank goodness. With everything that went on last week, the laundry piled up (about to have people come here instead of Tibet to climb a mountain!)
Last week was a busy, happy and sad week. The passing of James Kim really threw me. I sat and waited for every ounce of news of the Kim family. I was devastated to find out he did not make it. There is going to be a fund-raiser for the family byLisa and Stephanie . I believe they have stopped taking donations of items for the auction/fund-raiser. I cannot wait to see how it turns out. I think it will really show how much everyone thinks of the family.... even to those of us who do not know them personally, but where so touched by their ordeal. It reminded of us of how fragile life really is and how we can take it for granted so easily.
Now I did get the change to make some Soft Trees. A wonderful idea/pattern from Stephanie. Bad thing.. dork here forgot to get more AA batteries for her camera.... So, after I get batteries, tomorrow, I will post some pictures. They turned out cute, but I do think I like the fleece trees the best.
Well, off to knit and /or crochet a new stocking for Em. She has decided she wants a pink one, and well, I have several skeins of light pink and this beautiful blue so I can make her a pink one and me a blue one....
Saturday morning we woke up to fog along with our snow. It "iced" everything, the trees, the buildings, anything the fog touched. It was almost ethereal. I half expected fairies to come out.
Actually once the sun came out, all of the frost starting to come off of the trees and all under the trees the air just sparkled. It was magnificent. I really tried to capture the "fairy dust", but I think it was one of those times you would just have had to been there to see it. It was totally lost on Em who wanted to get on her clothes on and go outside to play in the snow. She and the kids stayed outside until they were nearly frozen. I even gave her juice to mix with snow to make fruit slushies. She and Thara enjoyed sitting on the patio drinking their slushes. I cannot tell you how many loads of laundry I did with all of those wet clothes. It will be a while before we are free of our snow, and I am not too sure I am ready to part with it either. There are still parts in my backyard that have not been stepped on, messed up, etc. I do feel sorry for those in Illinois and Missouri that are really getting hit and without power. That is just awful. They are saying it will be several days before their power is restored. Even watching all of those people on I-80 outside of Chicago, just stranded, awful!
I was so glad to hear that Kati Kim and her two daughters were found in Oregon. They are still looking for James Kim. The family website is here . Please everyone keep their family in your thoughts tonight as they look for James.
Not much else to report at this time. During our 4 day hiatus I did not accomplish much of anything except making Em some pj's. So much for my free time. Oh yes, and we watched the American Girl movie Samantha . Both Em and I love the movies, and the dolls.. and the clothes (which I will be sewing a lot of this weekend for Christmas, but do not tell Emma).
We woke up to the most delicious snow I have ever seen. It was sunny, no wind, but still cold. But since it was sunny with no wind one could wear a t-shirt and a wool sweater with jeans and be just fine outside. You did have to wear a hat and mittens though. We measured the snow in the backyard and we had almost 12 inches. Up by Kansas border they had 2 feet! WOW!!! We set a record for November. The previous one for November was held from 1972 when we had 5.6 inches fall. Now that is impressive.
We ate and then got everyone dressed and met up with the kids in the neighborhood. I was totally surprised by my father, he found my Flexible Flyer III! It was my sled from when I was about 6 or 7. It is in impeccable condition. Everything was just beautiful... even after that one kid had to take his sled and slide right into the creek! And yes, he is okay.
But we sure had a lot of snow. All had a good time today. We have some tired kiddos with rosie cheeks around the neighborhood tonight. All snug in their beds, good thing, because our low is supposed to be 8 degrees.. and yes we will be setting another record tonight with that low.