Thursday, December 27, 2012

My One Little Word for 2013

I came across this post and thought for a while about what word I wanted for 2013.  I made a list.  They included look, light, grace, open, create, calm, soar, simplify, hope, present, play, and open.  Then I thought of grow. 

I have a beautiful little granddaughter who was born on the first of November.  Her name is Violet.  And she is growing. It reminded me of that that old saying, something I often said when my children were small:  they grow up so fast!  I made another list of sayings I like which included the word grow:

How does your garden grow?
Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be.
Grow deep roots
Love grows
Growing old is not for sissies
Grow where you're planted

One can grow physically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually.  One can grow kinder and calmer, more playful and more open. 

I like this word grow.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


It's December 2nd and I am on vacation until January 7th.  I have an entire month to do what I want but, like when my sons were small and I unexpectedly had a few hours or even an entire afternoon to myself, I end up wandering around what to do first.  I have to do some house cleaning and decorate for Christmas, make Christmas cookies, get presents and wrap them, and put up the tree.  I did get John to put the six boxes of Christmas ornaments and decorations down and into the spare room and there they sit. 


I'm working on a Fair Isle knit stocking for my new granddaughter Violet, but I'm it finding it hard and I'm worried about the after thought heel.  Will I get it done in time?  Maybe.  Or perhaps I'll sew her a Santa bag instead.

I'm knitting two scarves for myself.  Scarves are boring.  Maybe I'll put them aside until January.

Then there's quilting.  I thought about making this quilt:


and pieced six of the star blocks.


While looking for fabrics, I came across the blocks I'd made last winter for a quilt I'd called Homecoming. I posted photos of these blocks then and here's the link

Now I've decided to re-purpose them, along with the six star blocks, into a Winter quilt.  This way I can add snowmen, more stars, animals, people, and sheep.  Yep.  Just what I need.  Another project to add to the list. 

Books Read -- December, 2012

1. At Ease with the Dead by Walter Satterthwait
2. Aftermath by Peter Turnbull
3. Backlash by Sally Spencer
4. The Killing Floor by Peter Turnbull
5. The Cruise of a Deathtime by Marion Babson
6. Sweet Humphrey by Peter Turnbull
7. And Did Murder Him by Peter Turnbull
8. Deep Cover by Peter Turnbull
9. Fire Burn by Peter Turnbull
10. Accustomed to the Dark by Walter Satterthwait
11. Harry Lipkin, Private Eye by Barry Fantoni
12. Paradise City by Archer Mayor
13. Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
14. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
15. Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart
16. Faithful Place by Tana French
17. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
18. Broken Harbor by Tana French