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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cincinnati Pops Christmas Concert

Good morning,

We love our Cincinnati Pops.  We finally are able to have season tickets again now that we aren't going back to sea every ten weeks. 

I took these pictures last weekend at the annual Christmas concert. 
Some special characters were in the lobby before the concert, too!  In the image above we spotted Rudolph...
...and Frosty is here, too!

Mr. and Mrs. Claus and several other important personalities were also strolling through the crowd.

Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

High Tech Row Markers

Good morning,

Those are my high tech increase row markers on a sleeve courtesy of my friends Martha and Russell.  :)  They saw me using safety pins with my knitting and later brought me bags of them that they had collected from their dry cleaning.  I also use them to carefully attach identifying item number tags to some of my finished items.

It's the perfect Recycle-Reuse!  Thanks!


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sons of Norway Julefest

Good morning,

We always eat very well at the Sons of Norway Julefest (Christmas Party).  Of course, there are those trademark Norwegian meatballs in the foreground.
We enjoyed the party with nearly 100 others.  It is always good to see old friends here each year.
This was fun.  For those with any knowledge of Lutefisk, you'll get a kick out of this.  It was sung to the tune of O Tannenbaum.
There was serious Christmas music, too. 

It was a lovely evening.

All the best,

Monday, December 10, 2018

Couch Friend on a Cold Winter Day

Good morning,

This is my view of Wendy when she climbed up on the couch next to me on a cold winter day just after I had started a fire in the fireplace.

So sweet!


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Cake and Roses

Good morning,

There was snow on the ground for my birthday this year, but it was warm and wonderful inside.  Pretty red roses courtesy of My Honey and...
a Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream cake from Graeters courtesy of our daughter, Catherine.

I'm such a lucky lady! 


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Client Gift Baskets

Good morning,

It's that time of the year again.  Catherine gives gift baskets to clients at this time of the year.  That means...
...lots of assembly and bow-making happening in our dining room. 

This year the theme is fresh fruit so we are making them only a few at a time as she is able to deliver them.

This is a fun tradition around here and I think the recipients enjoy them, too.

I hope your holiday preparations are going well!


Friday, December 7, 2018

Ivy in the Autumn Sun

Good morning,

Our year-round ivy continues to shine in the cold Autumn sun. 

Our ground cover continues to move around our property and keep it green.  Sometimes it gets carried away with itself, though....  ;)

Happy Fall,