- Christmas Eve we had a few guests for dinner--my mom, her brother Jim, and my sister Kathy. It was really nice to have only part of the horde over!
- The broiler in our oven decided not to work so I had to transfer 10 pieces of garlic toast from the big oven to our tiny toaster oven, in twosies. Why does it seem to be only on holidays that appliances refuse to function?
- My uncle and Grant played guitars and sang after dinner, running through some of Grant's band's playlist. After one song, Uncle Jim said he was having trouble following some of the chord changes on the page until Grant explained that they were for the bass--which is what their lead singer plays. Mystery solved!
- Our Christmas morning tradition was always that we didn't care what time the kids got up, they could creep out and get their stockings, but the parents were not to be disturbed before 8:00 AM. The kids still open their stockings first but these days the most popular item in them are the $50 prepaid gas station cards Santa brings.
- I got the book Word Play Quilts from DD Elaine, which has the word I made for Tonya's Cake quilt. My word is SOAR--it's in the quilt on the cover! My name is even listed inside the book! Very exciting. I'm inspired to add words to some of my older UFOs. I'm thinking it would be fun to give names to each of the witches in my Any Witch Way quilt. Any suggestions for names?
- Erica and Elaine both had gifts which were too bulky to wrap, so I sent each of them to another room to find their hidden gifts. Elaine was really happy, since none of her packages were the right shape to hold the boots she wanted most!
- Dinner at my mom and dad's was wonderful. My brother barbecued filet mignon in the rain, sheltered by the patio table's umbrella and assisted by co-captain Nick. All 21 of us feasted on filet mignon, oven roasted veggies (I tried a parsnip for the first time--it was delicious), salad, baked potatoes and creamy Sue's potatoes, and crusty french bread, followed by stuffing ourselves with multiple choice desserts. It was a lovely Christmas.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Tuesday's Orts--Dec 28, 2010
Oh, dear, it's pretty late for this edition of orts, but here goes: