Thursday, December 22, 2011

Almost Christmas

It's almost Christmas, and I'm almost ready!  Today was wrapping and counting day.  I have a few things to finish but I'm nearly ready.  The two 'grands' (darling granddaughters) and I went to the grocery store and the drugstore today for some final shopping.  Boy, I love Walgreen's!  We got boxes, wrapping paper and tape, plus some hair accessories -- very necessary items in the female world.

I finished knitting and sewing together a sweater for a doll, and tomorrow I'll have time to finish up the last two gifts I'm making.

Then I have to make one robe for a Wise Man.  Our church does a sort of a live nativity play each Christmas Eve, with whoever has the newest baby playing Mary, Joseph and Jesus.  We have shepherds and live sheet, a donkey and some goats.  And of course three Wise Men!  I help with the wardrobe.  This year we got some new crowns.  I always remind the Wise Men that their wives said when they are done with the service they go back to being wise guys!

It adds a note of reality to Christmas Eve to have the live action.  We are in the fellowship hall with the tile floor, because you know what happens when you bring donkeys and goats in from the cold, right??  It's kinda smelly, but I guess if the Holy Family could endure it, we can do it too.

The kids in the audience are transfixed by the animals and the baby.  The Christmas story is read and acted out, and we sing all the appropriate songs.  It's a lovely tradiition.  Then it's home for dinner and presents.

For the people without kids, or those who want a serious service, there's a later candle-light service later in the church, but I like the live action play and having entire families there.  You can see the story coming alive for people.

So back to preparations tomorrow morning!  For the first time in a long time there won't be snow Christmas Eve.  It's too warm -- they have snow in Arizona and New Mexico but we're unseasonably warm.  The weather guys are calling it a Brown Christmas!

Time for one last run at the stores if you're so inclined.  I might have time to bake one last pie or batch of cookies...

Blessed Christmas to you all!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On your mark, get set...

Welcome!  This blog is an attempt to bring a slightly old school woman into the 21st century!  OK, I'll admit it, I love READING blogs.  I've become a follower of a couple of really good ones.  I admire those people immensely.

Having done the FB thing for a while, I don't want to become one of those tiresome people who has to publish what I have for breakfast each day. 

Who am I, and why would you be interested in reading this blog once, let alone repeatedly?  Let's see, I'm a wife and mother, grandmother of four, the Executive Assistant to a very senior manager in an international engineering firm, a sewing enthusiast, a knitter and crochet-er (is that even a word??).  I love to read, mainly mysteries and non-fiction but I'll read other things too.  I love the novels of Jane Austen and James Lee Burke, J.K. Rowling, Robert B. Parker and Charles Dickens, to name just a few.  I once tried to enter all the books I've read into one of those library programs and maxed out before I even scratched the surface.

I've always been interested in sewing... I wanted a better wardrobe than our family could afford so I started sewing in high school.  I figured if I could do it for my dolls, I could do it for myself.  But I'd never want to sew as a business -- then it would be too much like work!  I'm primarily a garment sewist but with the advent of grandchildren I branched out into children's wear and quilts.  An I run the best darned stuffed animal hospital in our town.

I think I'm creative, and I admire creativity in other people.  I try to learn at least one new thing every day.  My pet peeves are people who think that if they're right it means that everyone else wrong, mean people, and those who use bad grammar when they know better.

My motto is "blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape".  Expect a blessing every day, and see the glass as half full, that's the way I try to live.

When I 'grow up', I want to be as good a person as my grandchildren think I am...