Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
We had a nice Christmas. Dearest Daughter arrived home about 5:00 on the 24th and we spent a quiet evening at home with a simple soup and sandwich supper, then a fire in the fireplace, conversation and opening family gifts. The next morning there were "Santa Gifts" and we watched the Geraldine Page version of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory", then in the afternoon we went next door to the Brother-in-Law's for a large dinner, and family conviviality.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I'm usually not very good about getting out Christmas cards - a few to immediate family and a couple of old friends - and they are lucky if the cards arrive by Epiphany. But this year I had 17 in the mail, by the first of December to people I have never met in person.
Some folks from the Knitters for Obama group on Ravelry had a card exchange and I decided to join. Boy was it worth it.
It has been so much fun getting a wide variety of cards from all over the country. I just love seeing the different styles people picked/made. Some even had little prizes inside.
This tiny origami heart is so cute!
Thanks Tracy for the nice words about my table cloth. I made it many, many years ago. It seemed to take forever, but won me my only County Fair blue ribbon ever.
And to the rest of you, if making paper snowflakes online hasn't been your thing, check out Tracy's blog for a link to create the fastest (and possibly cheesiest - it's up to you) Christmas sweater ever.
(One way or another, I will provide you with ways to waste time you should be using to wrap presents/bake/take care of your family. If the snowflakes and sweaters aren't enough, check out the "Christmas Hathos" video clips Andrew Sullivan has amassed. You'll have to scroll down though the rest of his postings to get them all. I can't decide on my favorite. Cher? Charo? or possibly this.
I swear I can't get enough of it.
Posted by Cindy G at 9:33 AM
Sunday, December 14, 2008
it's just been a busier than usual week. I subbed for the High School secretary on Thursday and Friday, which meant working at the Library on Wednesday instead of Thursday, plus my regular Saturday morning shift.
And the little village scene went up, too.
Posted by Cindy G at 12:45 PM
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I mailed off the holiday packages to my brother's family in IL and my sister's family in MD. Doesn't sound like a big deal - just a trip to the post office. But first I had to shovel out this:
Also scrape about 1/4 inch of ice off all the car windows. Also rake as much snow as possible off the roof. But it wasn't that cold out, and it felt good to get outside and moving. Don't think I've had that much glow in my cheeks since last winter.
Posted by Cindy G at 11:25 AM
Monday, December 08, 2008
After this post from Princess Sparkle Pony, I no longer have any clue where I stand on politics, religion or economics. Or maybe I have a clue where I stand, but I'm not sure whether it any longer has much connection with the world around me. My head hurts.
We attended a lovely holiday concert (excellent Puccini - totally dynamite Zion Gospel Choir) in Madison yesterday. I'm going to go lie down and close my eyes and think about that. It will remind me that the term "civilization" may not yet have become completely meaningless.
After that, I think I had better just get back to my knitting.
Posted by Cindy G at 8:00 PM
Well, "repent" may be too strong a word. "Realize a need for clarification" may be better.
First, thanks to everyone who commented. Lots of food for thought there.
In making my last, hurried, post I didn't mean to imply that I think the automakers should just be handed whatever they ask for, only that I agreed with the author of the WAPO column that in the different responses to Wall Street and Detroit there appears to be a class bias. And I'll admit that my own bias is that it eats at me to think that bank executives are still walking away with huge severance packages while the electricians in Chicago haven't received what their contracts promised. Not saying that I'm right, just that it bothers me. So I support those workers in their efforts to point out the discrepancy.
But the older I get, the more I realize I don't know.
Posted by Cindy G at 9:02 AM
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Why the rush to bail out the financial industry, but not manufacturing? As far as I'm concerned, this column from the Washington Post hits the nail right on the head.
And I'm 100% with the Electrical Workers Union in Chicago (story from The Nation via Yahoo.)
I think I need to go re-read me some Howard Zinn.
Posted by Cindy G at 11:31 AM
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Now this was a quick sock. Worsted weight, 20 sts around. I don't think it took more than an hour. No pattern - I was just winging it. Needless to say, it's meant for a Christmas ornament.
Knocked off a couple of "muppet fur" scarves that have gone off to the shop here in town on consignment. No pics, but they weren't too exciting.
It snowed yesterday, and the sun is out today, so everything looks very bright and crisp - I'm finally wrapping my mind around the fact that we are almost a week into December. I have finished what shopping I am going to do - now to get things wrapped and in the mail.....
kmkat and junior_goddess asked how I found the old home movie in the last post. My neighbor, the one who now lives in the blue house, tipped me off to it. I'm not sure how she found it, will have to ask next time I see her.
Posted by Cindy G at 9:48 AM
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Well, no, actually you can't, because the house wasn't built when the movies was taken.
But you can see the empty lot, graded and ready for construction to start between the house where the action takes place and the next one over. So you can see my next-door-neighbors' houses from here.
This is probably not of the least interest to anyone reading this blog, but I found it oddly exciting.
Posted by Cindy G at 3:00 PM