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Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


What a lovely Christmas. It's nice afterwards to have a few peaceful days to relax, too. All the best to you and yours.

By Blogger cathy, at 12:17 AM  

What a fine Christmas day you had! Today is my first day alone in a quiet house...I miss all the fun but can't wait to finish a good book I'm reading and start the second front of a sweater for me! Happy New Year! Jane

By Blogger jane, at 7:54 AM  

Lovely tree, lovely family time! Nicky Epstein is definitely a designer that intrigues me. I have one of her books (free-form flowers), but I'm never sure about her garment work...Have fun with it (and many other things) in the New Year!


By Anonymous Marg in Mirror, at 11:00 AM  

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Friday, December 26, 2008  

Christmas Festivities

Ahhh. Boxing day. I hope you are ready to put your feet up, unbuckle your belt (if you aren't wise enough to wear elastic waists) and take it easy. I hope your Christmas day was deliciously wonderful. I hope all good things come to you.

Our traditional celebration always begins with Christmas Eve oyster stew. Last year I found a pearl in my oyster and this year, LD did! We thought they were fitting plunder for our Viking ship. Mine is bigger and whiter, but his is more perfectly shaped.

Santa scurried all over the house on Christmas eve and way into the wee hours of the morning too.

Surprises were everywhere when we finally got up to breakfast by the fire, especially specialty foods. By the afternoon I could tell there was a wee bit too much sugar running in my veins, as I grew a bit cranky. Fortunately, my guys went for a long afternoon hike to work up an appetite, so I could chill with my asked-for-and-delivered Christmas gift of Nicky Epstein's newest book; Knitting On Top Of The World.

Lust city here – combined with more “Huuuuh? What was she thinking?” designs than I have ever seen in a knitting book. Some of her designs really are off the wall, but the ones I love, I really love, and there is a wealth of text about the traditions, history and ethnicity of knitting. Later on, I was careful at dinner – a lavish, butter and fat filled tradition, with beloved cousins at the table and dogs underneath it.

Afterwards we opened more gifts, played dominoes, watched DVD's about railroads, and poured over the big volume of the National Gallery's art collection.

Little cousin L has yet to tour an art museum so this was a real introduction to the world of non-commercial art. Her mom was utterly fascinated as L and I slowly went through all 696 pages of it! I told her that as soon as she was ready to spend all day in an art museum, to call me and we would go up for the day. Told her sister the same thing – and I foresee a trip to Washington in 2009.

A pinnacle day like that deserves a loooooong downtime and the next 3 days will provide it. Our only activity comes tomorrow, when we're joining my sister and her husband at Hanover Tavern, to see the Sanders Family Christmas – a bluegrass musical being performed by the Barkesdale Theater – a Richmond theatrical troupe.

I've been giving some thought, lately, to 2009 and will enjoy writing about it next week, but in the mean time, it seems the Bird Family had a pretty good Christmas Day too. Someone found a bird playhouse and gave it to them as a gift.

posted by Bess | 8:57 AM