OT: Christmas Miracle

This may seem silly, but my Mom had a minor Christmas miracle this morning.

First off, my mom broke her hand about a week ago.  She’s ok, but took a bad fall.  Yesterday, we had Christmas at her house to open presents.  Her eleven-year-old dog, Patrick (who I consider my dog as well) was extremely excited and active.  He’s nuts, but he’s a great dog.  Sniffing presents, playing with toys, running around like a crazy animal.  Patrick LOVES Christmas.

This morning, I got a frantic call from my mother.  Patrick would not come down the stairs to go outside to do his doggy business.  This was about 10am.  Luckily, she got a hold of the vet to get Prednisone for his arthritis and my grandmother was going to take her there.  I was at the grocery store picking up stuff for Christmas Day (INSANE).  I said a quick prayer to get that dog downstairs and outside. 

While in line, my mom called back, not five minutes later in tears, but they were happy tears.  Patrick came down!  He went outside!  Amen!

I think he overdid it yesterday.  Poor buddy.  I am grateful for our Christmas miracle, as mundane as it may sound. 

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Christmas is in the Bag

Even though the holidays aren’t quite over, I’m still glad my knitting frenzy has died down and I can once again knit at a leisurely pace.  I honestly don’t know what to do with myself or what to knit since Christmas has come and gone. 
Ah, yeah, I do.  I’m going to start another sweater!  I’ll be starting it soon, just after I’m done knitting myself a new hat and scarf. 
I even have a few ideas as to creating patterns, but more on that another time.
Here are a few knit gift bags that I whipped up for holidays using stash yarn, just to show some of my prolific knitting over the past month.  I used the Knitting GM’s Dice Pouchpattern found on Ravelry.  These bags are nice, quick little knits that use up odds and ends.  Good for stash depletion! 

Give a Four-Year-Old a Camera…..

 Office Clock
 Moi
 Snowman
 Christmas Ornament
I’m such a cheeseball.
Halloween Magnet
A friend of our office brought her four-year-old daughter in today.  Being a big kid myself, I occupied her while the child’s mother was in meetings.  It was fun!  And I’m tired.  I don’t know how mothers do it everyday.  
Otherwise, one of the things we did was take photos.  I gave the little girl my camera, why, I don’t know, and this is what she got.  Not bad for a little one!

The Great Christmas Cookie Frenzy of 2011

Sunday was the Great Christmas Cookie Frenzy of 2011 with my friend Michele.  We baked a LOT of cookies.  And we still have more to do tonight.  So many cookies…..so very much need to go on a diet.
 
I did a lot of decorating, as Michele is very good at mixing and knows the recipes pretty well.  I did make the oatmeal raisin cookies.  They look pretty pathetic, but it’s all in how they taste, I suppose.
Enjoy the snapshots of results.  Oh, and the pugs belong to Michele.  The little fawn one is Chelsea and the black one is Boo Boo. 

Beading Night Sans Beads and Quick Bits

Deb and I were both tired last night.  So, rather than bead, we just hung out in my living room and gabbed for a while.  Sometime you just need to do that with your gal pals. 
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“Now I’ve seen everything,” my coworker exclaimed as he watched me switch out pair of circular needles for a set of DPN’s.  I’m glad I have DPN’s to be a regular part of my knitting repertoire, but I guess to those who aren’t familiar with them, it must seem pretty crazy to be knitting with what looks like to be more than one needle.
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I know it’s early, but I gave my coworkers their Christmas gifts awhile.  I wanted them to get use out of the handmade items I crafted for each of them.  I’m not going to do this every year, keep in mind.  I love seeing faces of people when they get something made just for them.  It’s good to be the giver.