Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thank you for a lovely Christmas!

 These to were allowed to open these on Christmas Eve - and immediately ran upstairs to put them on!
 From a friend - not pictured is the wonderful homemade toffee she makes every year (because it is all gone!)
 From another friend
 The beautiful bracelet my grand daughter bought for me at the Santa Shopping at school~
 yes he is wierd....but we love him anyway.....the Walking Dead pillowcase I made for him
 And the Princess pillowcase I made for her (you can see that they immediately put those on their pillows!)

 He recieved a Star Wars pillowcase....
 And Batman of course....
and soccer one to go with the Liverpool soccer team pajamas

 The Nabozny + Emelson gang.....our 5 grandkids and their 4 cousins on Christmas Day
 and here are the adults
 Present from oldest DD
 My surprise Disney bracelet.....the two Frozen charms are from middle child DD#2

 I meant to get a photo of this when it turned to 100,000 and totally missed it - our 2001 Toyota Tundra
 a beautiful table runner made by another friend
my first box of stash reductions being mailed off next week - to a program in Northern that works with Native Americans - they make gift boxes to give to the pregnant moms - this is a blanket - 5 pairs of bootees, and 5 semi-matching baby caps

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Wow - Baby Its Windy Outside!

I went out to get Magical Chicken Soup for hubby for dinner.....only to find the restaurant closed. :-(
So ..... I guess there will be no last minute cures! Funny to hear him without a voice!

The temperature gauge in my car said 50 - 48 degrees......but it felt soooooo much colder. Because of the wicked winds we are having! The dogs are not happy with all the winds - and Imust say they are making me a bit nervous too.

Hubby has his post-op appt today. You know, where we (and the insurance) pay a large amt of money to do something I could do but husband wouldnt let me - take out his 4 stitches! But the surgeon showed up the photos he took of his knee - very interesting. And he was very pleased with husband's progress. Said he could start going to short walks - and after next week go back to the gym to do some stationary bike riding and elliptical. Said call him in 4 - 5 weeks if any problems - otherwise - good luck!

I have been reading some blog post and discovered the idea of picking a word to live by for the year. I stopped doing resolutions long time ago - but this was an idea that resonated with me. One person said to have the word engraved on a necklace so that you have it with you all year long. Dont know about that - maybe a charm for a bracelet or a keychain? (here is one site that talks about this idea:

I thought of several words......all of which would be very good things for me to concentrate on: gratitude....kindness.....PATIENCE.....tolerance.....but what I want to pay attention to in 2015 and concentrate on is HEALTH.....

Physical health yes, but not just physical health....mental and emotional and spiritual health also. Reading about the minimalist movement - a movement I greatly admire but know that I jsut would never be able to achieve it - and how organization and simplification can bring spiritual health. I do try to think several times about things - and decide whether or not I WANT an item or NEED an item.  It has kept my shoe buying in check.....maybe not my yarn buying altho I can honestly say I cannot remember the last time I physically was in a yarn store!......and even book buying (well, I dont go to book stores as frequently as I use to but....)

I am slowly weeding things a book and it is out of the house. Try and use yarn that I have before I buy new yarn (altho there are times I just need the yarn for a specific project). Finish up UFOs in between other projects.....weed thru the clothing I never ever wear (which I need to do again).

I am waiting for the two cami's I ordered from my friend - who I am meeting with on Sunday to discuss fundraising for my 8th? Annual Breast Cancer Walk. I am excited about that. The clothing line looks similar to the types of clothing I like.....and the prices arent too outrageous. Take a look at and you will see what I mean. This is a local company which is very supportive of breast cancer. I jsut hope I can get enough orders to make it worth her while!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Had to have it because of the Hawaiian Islands.....
 Probably not original light - but I liked it.....made it to the Antique Show in downtown Pleasanton
 Got me a pretty bracelet
 The back fence is done!
I dont like sewing. But did buy myself a new machine this year. I regret never learning more from my mom - she was such a wonderful seamstress and I never took advantage of her knowledge. Anyway, I found this material and was ready to donate it and then thought - I could make some bags! So I did!
 A tam for Amy for Christmas
 Decided to try my hand at some jewelry and easy but I need more practice!

Miniature golf for the September brthdays!
A trip to Calistoga and area.....this was dinner after a wonderful lunch on the Napa Wine Train.....snacks in the courtyard of the motel we were staying at
On the Napa Wine Train....relaxing....and WONDERFUL food!
train ride up in Jamestown....
yep, Wente's as usual......can you believe 41 years?????!!!!!
Universal Studios and granddaughter got picked to participate in the Animal Show!

lunch at Big Thunder BBQ

Knott's Berry Farm
Snoopy came to tuck us in each night!

my Mickey Shawl!
 She may be tiny, but she is mighty!

 Beautiful table runner from Sharon!

 My husband surprised me with this Disney bracelet.....the 2 Frozen charms are from my middle child!
 And these are from the oldest......
 Christmas dinner with children, grand children, in laws and cousins.....
 Ah a photo of Lexie with the Santa cap on!
 A parade of the pillowcases I made for the grands....

 The bike she picked out! Santa knew somehow she wanted this more than the BMX she asked for!

 Beautiful present from Bernie
 My granddaughter did some wonderful shopping for her brother/parents/grandparents at the Santa Secret Workshop at school.....she picked out this beautiful bracelet for me!
 Beautiful present from my Secret Santa at work - thank you Eloisa!
 Here is the finished watermelon sock (with hubby's crutches in background)

 We got lucky at an estate sale in Carmel.....hubby got more than $800 worth of his Dept 56 village for less than $200
 Thanksgiving 2014

All the pillowcases, including the 2 cardinal ones for friends