We spent Christmas Day recuperating from Christmas Eve. It's always been our family tradition to open gifts on Christmas Eve, and then we used to have a big dinner on Christmas Day. Now we have two lovely daughters-in-law who also have families, and so we've moved the whole celebration to Christmas Eve so that they can celebrate Christmas Day with their families. It always worked out well for Mike and me. We celebrated Christmas Eve with my family (where the tradition originated) and then Christmas Day with his. No hard feelings...ever...just the two of us, very busy whenever we trekked home for the holidays. As for our current family, last year we gave up on the gift exchange in favor of planning a family weekend together. In June of 2016, we're planning a trip to Rockaway, Oregon on the Oregon coast. The house is reserved and our calendars are marked. We were talking about it at dinner on Christmas Eve, and we're all looking forward to it.
Speaking of dinner and Christmas, here are a few family pictures. Mae was looking so pretty that evening. She had her hair in a kind of fancy braid, and she has the most beautiful hair to begin with. She gives me raging hair envy.
Mike was explaining something with great gusto here...some project he's working on. That's his "red dirt shirt" from our Moab trip in September.
Here are Valerie and Matthew. Valerie is always so photogenic, and the two of them together just make me smile. Their personalities and interests are very well suited to one another.
Here's another of Erik and Mae, married 6 years now. Hard to believe that much time has passed.
By the way, Santa brought me the newest version of my Nikon point and shoot for Christmas. I've been a very good girl this year. It's the Nikon Coolpix S9900. Here's the picture from the website.
This is the third version of this camera I've had, and I really love it. This new one has this cool feature where you can open the viewing screen and rotate it. It's so helpful when you're trying to take pictures of things down low...or things up high...or selfies (which I hate)...or anything that requires you to do something other than stand erect.
I had this feature on an old Canon point and shoot. The camera wasn't a very good camera, but I really loved this feature, and I missed it when it was no longer available. Now I'm just happy as a clam to have it back.
Okay and "Happy as a clam." You know I can never write something like that without having to consult The Google about it. Here's what The Google has to say about the meaning and origin of "happy as a clam".
Okay...now that we have that settled, I can move on.
So, as I was saying, we spent Christmas Day recuperating...and as for me, I spent the day doing a lot of sewing. I've moved the hoop again on Hocuspocusville, and now the whole bottom half is finished.
It's hooped up again and I spent a little more time on it this morning. I like doing that "feather stitch" and so I was working on that quite a bit. Most of my embroidery is usually back stitch or stem stitch, and so it's fun to add something a little different into the mix.
The fabrics I ordered a couple of weeks ago arrived on Christmas Eve. You might remember that I bought some of this blue tree fabric just because it caught my eye. It was so much prettier in person, and this picture isn't going to do it justice. If you look carefully at the top of the image, you can see that it has a little silver sparkle in it.
Although I had some solid blue binding strips cut for "Whose Woods Are These?" I changed my mind and used the blue trees for the binding on my little quilt. And it's all finished now!
My friend Marei and I were messaging back and forth about this quilt this morning. She made the Christmas version for me. We were discussing how it might not be too hard to turn those trees into hearts with a little imagination and a lot of half square triangles. Then it would be a Valentine's quilt. And I might just give it a try...because I don't already have enough half-baked ideas floating around in my head.
Oh yes, and here's how the quilt looks from the back.
When I laid the quilt down to take its picture, Smitty was johnny-on-the-spot to inspect it.
He's been a little forlorn without Gracie around to pester. Quilt inspecting was a quiet affair yesterday. He misses having her to discuss his findings.
As I was telling another friend this morning, he's still a pretty rambunctious kitten type, even though he's almost four years old. On the other hand, he has moments when he sits quietly, as if deep in thought. He's seemed much more pensive the past few days, and he stations himself at various points in the house where he can survey the most real estate at a time. He seems to be watching and waiting for her to come back from wherever she is. It's a little pathetic, and we've been giving him a lot of love and cuddles. In that vein, he found a way to get comfortable on my lap while I was sewing on this binding...a little awkward, but we made it work.
So that's about it from the Three Cats Ranch for this Christmas season. There's just one more thing I want to know: Do these pajamas I'm wearing make my rear end look fat? And, more importantly, does this new camera make my pictures look fat?