Thanksgiving is past and now it is fast forward right through December to Christmas. I have wondered and wondered why this time of year seems to go SO much faster than any other month. I have no clue but I'm convinced that it does.
Andy and I along with Mom and Daddy traveled back to Virginia for Thanksgiving. We traveled down the Saturday before and then back
again on Wednesday. On the way to Virginia, we ran into a stretch of icy highway on 35 and sat for forty minutes. A little later, we stopped for lunch at Bob Evans' farm in Rio Grande, Ohio. I loved these lights made from Mason jars. On the way back home, we had a mishap on an icy bridge in Virginia leaving Mom and Daddy and us with some car damage. Could have been SO much worse. Cars can be fixed!
I'm so thankful that I don't get carsick because I can knit ALL the way to Virginia and back. On the way down, my lap was full! I finished the vest for Miss B. On the way back, I worked on finishing a shawl that I've been knitting on and off for a while.
In Danville, we stayed at my uncle's place. The housing development by my uncle and cousins is aptly named The View. My uncle passed away last March and his unit will go up for sale soon. It wouldn't do for me to live here permanently as I would get nothing done. I would sit in front of any back window ALL day and gaze out at this view. It's a two-story home with a wonderful back deck. The back side faces the Dan River. Take one look out any window on this back side and you know immediately how they named the development what they did. The view is amazing! The weather was a little overcast while we were there so we missed out on the spectacular sunsets but one day, we came kind of close. The reflection of the sky in the river was so beautiful.
We had our family dinner at Mary's Diner with a delicious buffet of food just like home cooking. We had nineteen adults and ten children, eight
of which were three years old and under. The crowd included both of my cousins, their children and grandchildren, our older son and his family, and our younger son's family. The only one missing was Taylor, our younger son. He recently started a new job and couldn't get off work to join us. It was great seeing everyone - it had been five years since we'd gotten together last and we've added eight grandchildren among us since then.
Before going to Mary's Diner, we had Christmas for our children and grandchildren. We took lots of pictures but due to parents' wishes, I can't post any of my older son's children. You'll just have to trust me on this - they are two precious little girls! Landen and Raleigh were so cute. I know Landen has grown six inches since I saw him last! He's three years old and now wearing a size 13 shoe! Here he is playing with his new Thomas the Train pieces with Andy. Raleigh is now very mobile. In fact, it was hard getting a good picture of her because she was on the go! Here she is going up the stairs. She could hear the older two playing up there and wanted to be a part of it. So cute!
I took handknits for Miss B and Miss H. A colorful vest, Josh, for Miss B and a baby blanket using the Chocolate Parfait pattern from Ravelry. A year or so ago, I knit a gorgeous poncho with cables and bobbles for Miss B. She started crying when we tried to put it on her. She wasn't much different with this new vest. I did convince her to try it on but that was about it. I recently knit socks for her that I made a little big so she'd grow into them. She didn't like them because they were too big. Sigh. I don't think I'll be doing much knitting for Miss B for a bit. Hate the thought that she's not wearing and enjoying what I knit for her.
Our property in Virginia was loaded with the most wonderful trees and bushes! I miss them all year round but especially at Christmas. I've always made my wreaths using these greens - magnolia, boxwood, cedar, etc. - from our property. Since moving to Ohio in 2009, I've hauled greens back with me from Virginia every
Thanksgiving to make my wreaths. This year was no exception. Mom and Daddy visited our friend, Lois, and pruned her boxwoods for me. I trimmed holly,
magnolia, and other greenery from The View's clubhouse area. All of this put together with a little Fire Chief from my bushes to pick up the orange color of the house trim and - voila! - wreaths! They're so easy to make. I use straw wreath forms and floral pins. I "pin" the boxwood to the wreath in three sections - top, sides, and middle. Then, I "pin" the extras - magnolia, holly, etc. This year, I decided to go bowless because it's a little challenging to find a Christmas ribbon that goes with the house colors. I kind of like the bowless look. Now, the challenge is for the wreath to withstand the wind. It's very windy today so we'll see soon.
Andy and I went to Big Tree Plantation yesterday and purchased our Christmas tree. It's soaking in a bucket in the garage for a day or two in preparation for bringing it in the house.
Big week ahead here. Today is my official last day of employment with the company I've worked with for the last 12 years. I start my new job on December 8th. So excited!!!!!! I think it will be a good move. The new company's next orientation doesn't start until the 8th so I have a week off! Lots to do! Take the car into the shop for repair, using a spa gift certificate that Andy gave me for Mother's Day and I haven't had a chance to use, haircut, decorate the Christmas tree, making soap, address Christmas cards, colonoscopy (ugh!), and then my birthday next Saturday! Whew! What a list! Hope I'm able to check off each item on my To-Do List! This might be the first Christmas that finds me actually ready or at least close to it.
So goodbye, November! Hello, December!!!!!!!!!!