NOTHING! And, it feels so GOOD! I'm sitting here at my kitchen table (which has no clutter - this, in itself, is a Christmas miracle!), still in my PJ's, going through all the blogs that are listed on my side bars and having a pot of tea. (The tea is Pomegranate Oolong by Harney & Sons Fine Teas and is delicious!) The creativity on these blogs amazes me!! Please, all of you, check out the knitting carols listed on Knit and Plenty. What a hoot! "Knit Before Christmas" is my favorite! It's also been fun seeing what bloggers have knit/dyed/spun for the holidays. You've got me thinkin' - what did I accomplish in 2006 and what are my goals for 2007. I'm going to give this some serious thought and post about this later.
I don't think I've posted about my Christmas goodies. Brian was in CO in July for a conference and bought a beautiful necklace for my Christmas present. Taylor gave Andy and me a wireless outdoor speaker that we can use with the iPod and take on the boat. Andy presented me with gift cards/certificates to Barnes & Noble and to Knit Picks. He asked me if that was enough to take care of my wish list there. I smiled kindly and refrained from telling him that it wouldn't begin to touch it!! You see, I've made a wish list with every catalog I've gotten from Knit Picks this year. But, before I could place the order, I'd get another catalog! Well, the wish list has continued to GROW! I keep trying to whittle it down ..... Mom and Dad gave me $ to shop for whatever fiber goodies I want. (Gotta love that!) Sally, a friend of mine, sent me a pewter sheep pin and earrings. I also purchased a set of Lucy Neatby's videos for Merry Christmas to me!!
Everyone has left and returned home -- sons, girlfriends, and dogs. Good to see them come and good to see them go. Great to see them come home and settle in. Great to see that they are doing well. Great to see them leave to return to lead their own productive lives (which they seem very happy with). Great to have our space and time back. Funny, how we get so used to being by ourselves once the children leave home. It does take me a day or so to not miss their companionship, smiles, and laughter. That's when I make plans to go visit them or pick up the phone and call them.
Here is a picture of a near calamity. I brought the Louet wheel up from the studio to the house and got quite a bit of spinning done at night while visiting with company. Riley, Taylor and Nicole's beagle doggie, took a liking for my roving!!!! They rescued the roving but I'm still finding pieces everywhere! Hope Riley doesn't get wool block!
Tonight, Andy and I are going to nearby Danville, VA to use one of our gift cards for dinner (maybe Red Lobster??) and then go to a movie. Not sure what we'll decide to see - there are several good movies showing. Also, need to go to Lowe's. Andy is sealing the block walls in the basement and needs to pick up some more. Far be it from me to stand in the way of progress! Hopefully, now that the basement is finished (almost) and is back on its foundation, 2007 will see BIG progress on our 217 year old house!!! It would be SO nice NOT to see R-MAX insulation board in the background of our Christmas pictures next year. It's been 20+ years with insulation as the backdrop and it's getting more than OLD!