Blogmas Day 19

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We’re on the home straight now. Less than a week to go.

I worked today and ended up leaving a bit late because we had a couple of keen shoppers who didn’t seem to want to leave.

I was glad that I’d made chili in the morning. Mr Fixit cooked rice. After dinner he made his usual joke: “What’s for dessert?” We don’t have dessert very often, and I was the one who as a child was used to having dessert after dinner 6 days a week whereas Mr Fixit rarely had it. I’m the one with the sweet tooth. And yet he’s the one who’s regularly asking (only partly tongue-in-cheek) about it.

I hinted to ds3 that maybe it was time for our first batch of gingerbread cookies, a firm tradition in this house at Christmas.

So look what we enjoyed tonight! I love it when people get the hint. And I didn’t have to lift a finger.

My other evening pleasure has been knitflixing! Knitting and Netflix. Season 2 of The Witcher.

I have two days off now and a long To Do list which includes making a meal plan for the next 8 days. If you celebrate at this time of year I hope you’re having fun getting things ready and not stressing about it. See you again tomorrow.

Blogmas Day 18

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The day started with snow. A lot of snow.

We cleared about 8 inches of the stuff off the driveway before I went to work for 9am.

And it continued….all day.

The store was predictably quiet today thanks to the weather. I got tonnes more tidying done in the fashion fabrics, but by 4pm my back was starting to twinge and seize up.

I was glad to leave at 5 and get home. I had forgotten the meal plan was chili so when I walked in the door I was surprised to see no pizza-making activity. Turns out that pizza was Sunday’s plan. As it was too late to soak and cook beans we made pizza after all.

I say ‘we’ but the men did most of it. I just wanted to lie on the floor and stretch my lower back.

Once I had eaten, and then liberated the Advent yarn, I had minimal energy so opted for passive entertainment! I caught up on some of the podcasts and vlogs that I subscribe to, and managed a few rows on the scarf.

(This is Hannah of The Cozy Cottage Crochet.)

It’s only just after 9 but I didn’t get my usual quantity of sleep last night and I’m ready to crash. Judging by the wind whistling around the house tonight and the continuing precipitation I feel like I may wake up to snowdrifts in the morning.

And with that, I’ll say goodnight.

Blogmas Day 17

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I’m going to have to write this quickly and get to bed because I finished work at 8.15 tonight and have to be up at 6.30am for a 9am start tomorrow. And I couldn’t put down my library book so I stayed up late!

I think this is the 6th book by Val McDermid I have read in recent months and I’m really enjoying them. Great writer!

My camera really caught the colours in the sky this morning. According to our weather station it was minus 10 outside.

Even though the thermostat in the hall was set to 17, the spot by the sofa was only reading 13. You can see why I like fleece PJs!

Now that my daily yarn is out of the bag I can go to bed. Back tomorrow!

Blogmas Day 16

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I woke early this morning, around 6.30, and it was still dark. I went to the kitchen, made a cup of tea, fetched a large glass of lemon water, my laptop, phone and library book, and crawled back under the duvet.

I spent a very pleasant couple of hours checking my emails, Ravelry and the other usual things, and when I decided to open the curtains I realised it was snowing.

Horizontal blowing snow.

Poor Mr Fixit had to go out of town today so I’m sure he just loved the driving conditions! At least it brightened up in the afternoon and I only had to clear about an inch off the driveway before he came home and compressed it with his tires.

This is the pattern I bought yesterday. It’s a good basic vest that I can use to make lots of versions in various fabrics.

This is View D. Medium length, size large. I left off the optional tie. The fabric is a quilting cotton with a wintry theme to wear around Christmas. I’m thinking of making a fluffy chenille one next.

Bright orange yarn and two beads today.

Dinner is in the oven and things are quiet. One son is home but in his room, the other two sons went out together for Christmas shopping and Mr Fixit has a class at the gym. Mrs Lazy, aka me, I’m sitting on the couch and appreciating my day!

Blogmas Day 15

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And here we are at day 15. A day off work which meant lots of housework! It does feel good when it’s done though.

I had organised a knit night for my Hygge group tonight which is always good motivation to get the place looking relatively clean and tidy. We had a good laugh, though there wasn’t any actual knitting accomplished!

I didn’t show you my new acquisition the other day.

At our staff Christmas party we were given gift certificates from the owner of the company. These sewing machine totes were on sale, as well as there being a 15% additional coupon over the weekend, so I splurged. My machine fits neatly in there so if I ever go to a class or sewing day at a friend’s I will be prepared.

My Christmas cacti are performing nicely again.

I have a pattern for a vest (waistcoat) and some pretty quilting cotton to make a seasonally-appropriate vest for myself for work so my plan is to get that sewn tomorrow. Theoretically it should be a quick project. If it works out, I’ll post a photo for day 16.

Blogmas Day 14

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What a beautiful morning! It snowed a bit overnight but as you can see we had a lot of blue sky by 9am.

Day 14’s yarn Advent was black yarn and another turtle bead (I confess I opened the bag before work today, rather than waiting for the evening).

Work went well again today. Lots of customers but also I finished cleaning up the section I started on yesterday and I managed to get about two-thirds of the fabric pile relabelled for the clearance shelves. I was feeling like I needed an energy boost this afternoon. Could have done with some caffeine and something sweet to keep me going!

The O’Go scarf is now as long as my wingspan and I am just finishing the grey section. One colour to go.

And the crochet beanie is to this point. I haven’t decided what’s happening next.

I really need to give in to my tiredness and go to bed. I’ll be back tomorrow.

Blogmas Day 13

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A co-worker gave me this box today. She overheard that I’m a sucker for nice boxes and tins. Twelve little screw-top tea tins in a pull-out drawer – oh my! Looking at the back of the box, I can see that I would never have bought this tea myself. It’s full of additives including dairy and artificial flavours. But I do love the box!

It was a good day at work. In between customers I managed to fill a cart with fabrics to be moved into clearance, which meant the remaining fabrics on that group of tables got sorted and tidied. I didn’t manage to finish the job but I’m back in tomorrow. The plan will be to get the rest of the bolts looking neat and any empty tables will be dismantled for now.

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good time to weed out older fabrics. I was surprised that I found quite a few with a 2019 date. Once that section is done, I’ll move on to another one.

Ah, it’s so nice to be back home with the fast wifi. It was so slow uploading the photos to WordPress while I was at the cabin.

Mr Fixit and I tested out this new blend of spices. We’ve often made turmeric tea/golden milk before but we were ordering some more food from Om Foods in the Kootenays and thought we’d try this. It doesn’t tell you how much to use for a mug, so I put in a rounded teaspoonful per cup. It was quite nice, a more adventurous mix of spices than we’d usually use, and it’s good as an anti-inflammatory aid.

A pretty fabric bag today and some pretty beads too with my Advent yarn.

I’m open to suggestions as to what to store in the tea box/tins. And if you have any good ideas for knitting or crochet projects with beads that I can use my 24 small balls of yarn for (I’ll have 600 grams by Christmas) feel free to throw some suggestions in the comments.

Blogmas Day 12

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It’s the 12th which means we’re half-way through our Advent fun.

I’m so glad I made the effort to create this yarny Advent calendar and also that I decided to blog every day. I love this time of the year and I’m always a bit sad when December whizzes by and in the blink of an eye the Winter Solstice has passed.

I feel like I’m appreciating it all more this year and enjoying each day as it comes.

I realised after I took this photo that my son had included a teeny package of clear beads in the bag as well.

We had a quiet Sunday. Mr Fixit had to replace the control panel on our washer, and the band that goes around the drum on a friend’s dryer. Of course the parts arrived while we were out of town.

I spent a few hours in my sewing room.

There are five cat masks, one for each of us, plus a Snoopy one and a gnome one for me. If you have to wear a mask you might as well have fun with it.

Work tomorrow!

Blogmas Day 11

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Hi everyone.

Today we had to leave our cosy cabin and come home. I think the length of our stay was just right and considering we didn’t sleep too well I know we’ll both be glad to sleep in our own bed tonight.

It was mild, 6°C as a high, and we had quite a bit of rain. But it was a safe and easy drive and we stopped on the way to pick up some vegan baked treats.

After dropping our stuff back home we popped back out for some groceries and to take the car through a car wash. It was desperately in need of a clean!

Here’s the progress on my crocheted beanie that I’m designing on the hook. I used the darker pink for the brim along with a 5mm hook. The ‘ribbed’ strip was about 18″ long when I decided it was a good size to stretch around my head, so I joined the ends and then started working into the row ends for the body of the hat. Initially I tried a 6mm hook for this section but it was coming out too big so I ripped back and changed to a 5.5mm.

The lighter pink stripe may end up about the same width as the brim and then I’ll have to decide which color to use next.

The boys kept everything going well while we were away and we returned to a clean house. We did find out, though, that ds1 had had an accident at work on Monday but all three sons maintained their silence so that we wouldn’t worry while we were away.

Some 8-ft long work surfaces that were loaded into one of the trucks fell and landed on him, his left shoulder and arm taking most of the impact, though his head and jaw were bruised too. He went to the ER as he thought his arm might be broken but thankfully it wasn’t.

He’s been off work as a result, popping painkillers as needed, but he’ll be ok. (Once the initial shock was over, they were laughing about it, because the last time we went to the same cabin ds2 went into Emerg in an ambulance for a collapsed lung and I had told him he wasn’t allowed to have any more health scares!)

Day 11’s yarn and beads.

So, we’re back home and glad we have another day off tomorrow to get a few things done around here before work on Monday.

Blogmas Day 10

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Our last full day at the cabin was pretty uneventful. A short outing, time in the hot tub, a couple of board games, some knitting and crochet and a movie.

See that little squirrel? He/she has been our constant companion. We’ve been  putting seed in the birdfeeder every day and I think the squirrel thinks it’s his/hers. It runs around at high speed, up and down the trees, along the railings, and brings leaves and berries into the feeder.

The highest ledge that screens the hot tub is one of its favourite perches. And in that photo it’s enjoying some of our walnuts.

I made a little progress on the scarf. As you can see I’m using an appropriate project bag for the time of year.

And of course I opened bag #10 of my Advent calendar.  We’ll be home tomorrow and I’ll get to see the over-the-top light display that the boys strung up in our absence. (I was sent a short video!)