I realized it has been awhile since I have posted. I seriously meant to post over the long weekend, but just never got around to it. I had time, but just never stayed on the computer long enough.
December 1 — first day of the slide towards Christmas. I have 4 of 6 scarves finished — or nearly finished. I need to put fringe on two. The tree is up from the basement and set up — one of those artificial pre-lit trees — but I have not put any ornaments on it yet. I bought a couple of holiday candles. I went out on Black Friday to purchase one item — it was too good a bargain to pass up. The fashionista requested luggage for Christmas, and Penney’s had a 5 piece set that was normally $160 for $38.88. I did not get up at 4 a.m. when they opened to be there. I went around 8 a.m. and bought the last black set they had — I would have settled for plum, but thank goodness I did not have to.
I went with family out to my brother’s this year. Eldest daughter went to Texas to see her dad, and of course the fashionista was in PA. This is the first time in my adult life that my brother’s family has hosted anything. And of course he offered at the last minute — not sure what is going on with him. I was a little peeved at first, but then realized that I could just show up and eat and then leave when I wanted to — it made for a rather nice change this year. I was not held captive in my own home by family who lingered on and on and on.
I made stuffing (with vegetable broth and no one noticed), green bean casserole, roasted butternut squash, and a relish tray. I was the only one who ate the butternut squash — which was fine with me. We had a nice dinner and a nice time of catching up.
I spent most of Friday doing some deep cleaning — I washed windows and doors and woodwork and moved furniture and cleaned furniture. I was wiped out by the end of the day, but it was nice to get it done.
I spent some time over the weekend reading. I finished reading the Twilight series. I went to the library and got new books. I am currently reading The Sign by Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar and The Sanctuary. I am not very far into yet, but it is keeping my attention. I have the third book in Kate Jacob’s knitting series — Knit the Season. I read the two most recent Agatha Raisin books — A Spoonful of Poison and There Goes the Bride. I have the tenth book in the A.D. Chronicles by the Thoenes, Tenth Stone, to read. Other books on the nightstand include Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock, Dune Road by Jane Green and The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman.
Sunday afternoon I baked some pumpkin bread and made lentil-vegetable soup, which I am eating for lunch this week.
I hope to get some things accomplished at home this evening — tomorrow my week gets pretty busy. A cooking class Wednesday evening, two hour practice Thursday evening, Christmas party Saturday evening, haircut Sunday afternoon to help with a fundraiser for Africa, and I am helping some friends cater an event Sunday evening. Sheesh. Tis the season!