Hello and Happy New Year! I’m sorry I’ve been away so long that Happy New Year is somewhat awkward at this point, but life has been too busy. Working nights at the hospital, that beastly flu!, more patients than we can handle, getting a bit of it myself, and still needing to feed and care for my family, put everything else on hold for a time. I wondered at times if I should keep writing here after being away so long. Then, I remembered the reason I started this space in the first place, simply to share the joy I find in my days here at home, the beauty of nature (God's Handiwork;), my love of crafts, baking, and to send a little love and friendship to all of you. It seems good reason to keep writing. So there you go, and here I am, a month and a half later. (Sigh.)
I just pulled my knitting out of the basket today and will need to get reaquainted with a couple patterns. I have several items near the finishing row.
I recently gave up a lead position I had at the hospital. The title and money were not worth the sacrifice of time away from home, which has been especially demanding this past year. This weekend, I was home for the first weekend in a long time. I was able to pick up our tradition of Sunday dinners again…gathering together with family, prayers of thanksgiving, laughter, stories, brownies with vanilla bean ice-cream. Oh thank goodness for good old-fashioned Sundays!
I used Katharine Hepburn’s recipe for the brownies. A link won’t work without joining NYT cooking. But if you search "best brownie recipes" and look for the name, you can find it without joining. Thin and crispy, buttery chocolate topping and delicious, moist cocoa goodness in the center, I’ll add this one to my recipe box. I used 1 1/2 times all ingredients.
Trying to feel back to 100% after not feeling so well in recent days, I’ve been out walking a few times a day. It has felt more like March rather than January the past couple days.
This little one was sunbathing. I’ll admit, I wish we could have pet foxes.
Just before Christmas I finished the quilt I had been working on for my daughter and son-in-law. I took a quick photo before wrapping. It required sewing until 2 am a few days before Christmas, but by some little Christmas miracle, it got done.
Happy January! May the start of the new year be just a prelude to the most wonderful year ahead for each of you. Make it amazing:)