Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups : candy; candy canes; candy corn and syrup." ~ Buddy the Elf

We are continuing our visit up north, and are still staying with my mother. A little over two years ago, my parents downsized from my childhood home to a two-bedroom apartment. While this meant a significant adjustment for them both, they agreed that it was a good move. Now that my dad is no longer here, it is clear that this apartment is just the right spot for my mother to be.

The building is not what I typically think of when I think of apartments. There is an interior atrium, for lack of a better word, and all of the apartments face inward toward it. This makes it very conducive to running into your neighbors coming and going, and for lingering in the halls for pleasant conversation. There are tenants of every age and you can hear the occasional cry of a baby, or the laughter of children. They are all caring and supportive of each other, and I know that when we are not here, my mom is surrounded by people who look out for her.

Directly below my mom is a family with two young boys. The "Elf on the Shelf" has been making regular visits and mischief since the first of the month, in and around their apartment and the atrium. It has been fun each day to see where he will end up. Everyone in the building has been enjoying his merry-making.

I miss having a little boy to share the holidays with, and the "Elf in the Shelf" was not popular when Alex was young. So - I am enjoying this vicariously while I can.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Knitters use knitting to value-add to the world." ~ Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

We are well settled into my mother's home for our "in-between the holidays" time. Doctor appointments; gathering with friends; trying to sort through our storage units! It is a bit different, not being in our own home for the holiday season. I am usually well into decorating and movie watching at this point. This has been a year of adjustments on many fronts, but all is well.

One constant - I always have a knitting project in the works. My most recent is the "Chinook Scarf". This is really a very easy knit, yet I have had to frog back several times. Why? Because I have worked on it in the car. This pattern has a very simple lace edge, but if you are not paying attention (which I tend to not do in the car) it is easy to mess up. So, I don't knit this particular project in the car anymore.

It will be lovely when it's done!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share." ~ W. Clement Stone

Having used this old postcard of my grandparents for the last several years, I am keeping with tradition. Bruce and I arrived safely in NY on Sunday, and proceeded to get snowed in on Monday. What a winter wonderland! I did tell Bruce that it is in weather like this that I long for my own home, with soup on the stove and holiday movies on the TV. Next year!

For the next few days, we will be gathering with family to celebrate Thanksgiving. In spite of the affairs of our country and our world, I continue to be grateful for those that I love and cherish. I wish you all the most wonderful of Thanksgivings!