I love December. I love that we have the Solstice, with its shortest day (8 hours and 5 minutes here on the 21st), and the long dark nights, and gloomy days, and sunny days, and cold weather that makes you want to wear all your winter knitted/crocheted accessories.
I love that it’s our wedding anniversary on the 10th (31 years so far) and we get to go on a retreat most years to just be the two of us, without anyone else around. This year it was a cabin we’ve visited a few times before, about 1.5 hours drive away, with a woodstove and a private hot tub. It also has underfloor heating in the bathroom and baseboard heating, so not TOO rustic, and it gets warm enough that we can actually open the window, regardless of how cold it is outside. It is close to some cross country (Nordic) ski trails with snowshoe trails marked out, and we tromped through deep snow for nearly 2.5 hours one day. Seeing moose tracks was my favourite part of that!
As usual, the month has whizzed by with leisure activities and work commitments and our three night retreat. While we were away, ds2 gave us a scare. Messaged us to say he had spent the night in the emergency room with chest pains. He was in enough pain that he called 911 and an ambulance came and took him in. Turns out it was a partially collapsed lung, the treatment of which involved having a tube inserted between his ribs into his chest cavity to drain fluid into a plastic container, which he had to manually empty every day. He was sent home in the morning, and in his message to us said he was fine and we didn’t need to come home early. Thankfully after three days and follow up X rays he had the tube removed and now seems back to normal, but that was a worrying experience.
And now it’s time for Christmas baking. We are not buying gifts for each other this year. We had our tree and lights set up in the living room on December 1st, and our celebrations will simply involve fancier family meals, and a visit with friends on Christmas Day. My work outfit this week included Christmas light earrings and leggings, and a string of battery-operated lights around my neck adorned with some Christmas ornaments!!
Today I baked two fruit cakes (I completely forgot I was going to make them gluten-free, and dumped regular wholewheat flour in with the dried fruit, apple juice and oil before I realised what I’d done). I also baked two dozen mince pies using my own mincemeat, which I made four weeks ago and tucked away in the fridge. I will have to bake more fruit cakes using the GF flour so I can share with friends and co-workers.
The meals have been planned for the next few days, I have done my last Costco shop (amazing that I actually found a parking spot on my first try) and now I have lots of cooking and eating to look forward to. (Of course, we will be going to the gym now and then to try to burn off some of the extra calories. We had a great yoga class at 8.30 this morning; different teacher, different style.)
There has been some knitting and crochet. I took the garter stitch wrap with me to the cabin…
I played around with a knitted rat sweater and a crochet version too…
I made a Secret Santa gift for work’s Christmas party (sadly I didn’t get a photo of the nosewarmer with its white pompom as it was an afterthought)…
I bought some clearance yarn at Michaels (whoops)…
I sewed a quick tube skirt out of some sweater fleece in my stash so that I could show off my Christmas light leggings…
And I’ve been making a toque similar to the Joyful and Bright Slouch Hat that I made last year…
(Using the Candy Cane colourway of Bernat Pop, left over from the knitted Fair Isle toque I made recently.)
What a picture-heavy post this is, but it has been a while since my last update. I didn’t think I’d done much, so hadn’t posted because I didn’t think I had anything to show you.
Here’s wishing you all a very Merry Solstice/Yule/Christmas/whatever.
Happy belated anniversary. Glad son is okay after that scary ordeal. Enjoy the season with family and friends.
Thank you Linda. Merry Christmas to you and your family. We finally have snow, just a thin layer! It looks very pretty.
Glad you enjoyed your relaxing retreat. I hope your son stays on the mend. Enjoy your holidays. In my opinion you can never have too many photos in a post. They sometimes convey your thoughts and ideas better than words alone.
Thanks Arlene. Happy New Year to you!