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I spent much of last week getting the house ready for the holidays. I’m not an over-the-top type when it comes to Christmas decorating, but a friend asked if we would be on the Health Share Holiday House Tour this year, and it’s such a worthy cause that I couldn’t say no. But when people pay actual money to see them, your decorations have to be extra.
So, I enlisted several trusted friends to help me hose down the mantles with greenery and hang a power of garland and ribbons and wreaths - oh my.Continue reading
Every have one of those days? My yesterday was. Gray and rainy is my least favorite kind of weather, unless I can curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and my knitting, but I couldn't because there were a million and three things to do. Plus my daughter, Elizabeth, was getting ready to go back to Seattle. While she'll be back at Christmas, the transition is still always hard. I wish I could tell you that when I feel this way, I give myself a spoonful of sugar, fly my magic umbrella to a Mary Poppins kind of place. But I'm not, and I don't. I just sort of trudge through andContinue reading
I recently listened to a podcast in which Trish Malcolm interviewed Cecelia Campochiaro, author of Sequence Knitting. Trish Malcolm often begins her interviews by asking her guest how they got into knitting. Campochiaro said that it was not her mother, but the mother of a friend who taught her to knit. Apparently Campochiaro's mother had been forced to major in home economics in college and bore deep resentment against domestic arts.
I can totally see that. Even activities we genuinely enjoy lose all their charmContinue reading