Hello Friends! A good and happy week after Christmas to you all! If you are back to work, I hope this week is an easy one, and you find yourselves sailing right into another holiday weekend.
Outside my window, there is no snow. Yesterday I opened the windows for fresh air, worked in the yard, and the boys went for a bike ride. This is December is it not? I'm trying to appreciated the nice weather, knowing that one day soon, I'll be snowed in for the day, but it does feel a bit contrary to this time of year.
The only thing remotely close to the color of snow around here, is a jumper I've been knitting, and want to finish before cold North winds do eventually change course, and sweep across the Midwest. The pattern is an oldie but goodie, Montera 874, by Classic Elite Yarns. The yarn is Cascade 220.
I've been spending my time slowing down just a bit to knit, read, and think about the coming year. (It doesn't get much better than Tasha Tudor's art, her knitting patterns, and recipes all in one place:) There are no definite resolutions made for the new year as of yet, but I do find myself roughly planning, dreaming up goals, such as new writing adventures, the possibility of hosting knitting groups here at home. (Could this be the year? I wonder.) There is a new position at work, which starts in January, and which opens up my schedule for more time to do these things, and for visiting here. Oh the promise of a new year! Wonderful! Are you making plans as well?
Wishing you a beautfiul week! Jeannine xo
We are slowly getting settled into our new home. It was the unpacking of books, and a little organization of yarn and sewing supplies the other day, that helped make things feel like home. There has been some holiday bustle as well. Christmas shopping was done at the last minute this year, and wrapping followed sometime long after midnight last night. Just moments ago, gifts were placed under the tree. There wasn't time for as many types of cookies to be made, and a few boxes that still need to be emptied, seem to compete for attention with the decorations about the house, Yet still we are blessed with togetherness, good food, and gifts to give. It's Jordan's 14th birthday! My heart. We are home. Yes, regardless of the rush, it's a perfectly wonderful Christmas.
Whether you are celebrating the miracle of oil that burned far beyond its day and through the darkness of nights, or the birth of Christ in a manger, with the glory of the star, rejoice! Both gave light to the world. As our holidays coincide this year, we can celebrate together as friends and share our hope in the promises of God.
May the miracles of this holiday season shine in your heart, and may peace, joy, and happiness be your gifts. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy Hanukkah dear friends!
Love, Jeannine xo
Dear friends, you must think I have forgotten about you, but au contraire!! I think about you all the time! I wonder what you are working on. (What's on those needles, in those hoops, and what's in those sewing machines.) I wonder if your days have been peaceful, and what you are planning for the holidays? I hope you are all well! The transition to the new home has just been incredibly time consuming. We decided not to have the kitchen done as previously mentioned, and to instead do some of the work ourselves. We are very close to done now, and I promise to share many new things when we are settled. I am so looking forward to it!
I think the fact that we celebrated Thanksgiving a couple days later, made me appreciate it that much more. With vases and decorations already packed, and sent to the new address, I only had one candle left at stone cottage, but a beautiful card, full of kind words from a friend, made a perfect display for the table.
After dinner, my daughter washed the dishes. She is in front of her husband at the sink. She called all the boys to make them dry. I've called her the substitute mama many times over the years. She is so very special.
The chilly mornings here are balanced most days, with warm bread in the oven...and coffee!
I'm knitting the pockets of my Anna vest. It's such a fast, easy, and enjoyable knit. I should have had it done months ago; but thinking ahead to all those snowy cold days that are sure to arrive soon, there will be plenty of time for finishing, and for wear. (Side note: It seems turtle necks are back in style!:)
Frost covered, misty morning skies, hot tea in warm mugs, wooly knitting, and Christmas cross-stitch. Oh, I'm so thankful for it all, and for this very special time of year.
This week will be our last week at stone cottage. Any sadness I feel has less to do with moving, and more to do with memories of a daughter living at home and growing into a beautiful young lady finding her way, and babies that I kissed, rocked, and sang lullabies to each and every night, and of toddler boys running, and making me laugh while watching them play in the yard, and wishing I could do it all again, only slower. Who knows, perhaps I'll think of these things even more now, and thinking of these memories, is oh so very precious, it could never fade because of a move.
A cottage tale continues as we make our new home our own. Two Christmas trees are already waiting there, and it will be a very special Christmas. I hope you'll join me there very soon! As always, I'll make tea!
May peace, joy, and love fill your heart each new day of this holiday season my friends.
xo Jeannine :)