Christmas Memories

December 24, 2013 § 9 Comments

christmas-1964(originally posted in 2008)

According to the date on this photo, this was my second Christmas. I was about 15 months old. Most of our family photos are on slides so I don’t have many hard copy photos. I wish I had some pictures of the tall drifts of snow and our puffy snow suits. I have two younger brothers. We were the proverbial kids that had to go potty just as the last mitten and the last hat was put on.

I grew up on a farm in Iowa. I remember cold winters, curling up under wool blankets, and the wood stove in the kitchen where my dad would burn corn cobs. I also remember hearing the Barking Dogs Jingle Bells on the radio every Christmas. Probably the worst song ever. But as a kid I thought it was hilarious.

The best memory ever, though, is the Christmas Eve candle light service at church. Real candles were lit. I know… a fire hazard today and prohibited in many churches. At the end of the service all the lights in the church would be turned off and the only light came from the advent candle in the front. The ushers would light their candles from the advent candle and then start at the front of the church, lighting the candle of the first person in each row while working their way to the back. Then, that first person would light the candle of the person next to them. I would watch in amazement and wonder as the church went from almost completely dark to completely lit as the last person’s candle was lit. I don’t think there is any other Christmas memory as distinct as that one.

Merry Christmas to you & yours!



1 – Merry Christmas

December 24, 2010 § 4 Comments

Oh Christmas Tree

While this is a photo from a couple of year sago, it looks like this every year.  Wishing you all the very best Christmas!

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks

2 – Anatomy of a skier

December 23, 2010 § 3 Comments


We had a great time skiing!  But all of the gear and extra stuff that we put in our pockets sometimes makes me laugh.  And it inspired me to diagram the anatomy of a skier.

Helmet – we got new helmets this year to protect our noggins from the crazy snowboarders.  We have heard so many stories from people that have been hit by snowboarders. One women we talked to last year had to have eye surgery after a bad crash. Luckily she came out fine!

RFID lift card in my sleeve pocket – new to our local ski area a couple of years ago.  We can load it over the Internet and then head straight to the chair lift without having to stand in line to purchase a lift ticket.

Water bottle in my left pocket – actually a reused Odwalla juice bottle. I fill it with juice at home and then refill it with water throughout the day.

Energy bar & glove liners in my right pocket – we are into Luna Bars at the moment, and glove liners in case my fingers get too cold.  Think layers!

Kleenix, lip balm, ID, credit card & cell phone – all of the essentials – in my upper chest pocket.

And then the usual gear – base insulating top and bottom layer, fleece shirt/pants (or exercise pants) followed by water proof pants, ski jacket, gloves, goggles…

Whew! Did I forget anything?  I think we are now ready to go skiing.

3 – Confession

December 22, 2010 § 5 Comments


rose hips

I am wishing for snow… but we just keep getting rain. So we are going to play hooky, dig out our skis and hit the slopes.

Also, with only 3 more days to go, I can’t believe I’ve completely run out of things to say…  and I’m not going to finish my list. (I did weave in all the ends of a sweater I have been working on since August. Does that count?)  So here are a few pics from 2 years ago when we did have some snow.


This is where you will find me later…

4 – Did someone say cookies?

December 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

near the mall at night

Oops!  Another day gone by with little to show for it. We did frost the cookies tonight. But they have the charming quirkiness of a child.  Never the less, they taste good. They just look interesting. I think we need to start making cookies more than once a year for more practice!

Speaking of cookies, it’s too bad that Gary and I have already bought all of our Christmas gifts for each other, because I really want to justify the need to join Cookie A’s new sock club!

This photo is from a couple of weeks ago.  I met Gary at his office after work and we went out for dinner and then a stroll around the mall. His office is just a few blocks away from the mall.  I love it when the Christmas lights go up around town.

5 – Another one finished!

December 20, 2010 § 11 Comments


Another quilt finished!  This one is for my hubby. I finished the quilt top more than two years ago but didn’t get around to quilting it until last week.  I tried to quilt it last December too, but the rental quilting machine wasn’t working properly. And I ended up putting it aside and never got back to it.  It is my interpretation of Brandon Mably’s Rustic Snowballs Quilt from the book Kaffe Fassett’s Kaleidoscope of Quilts. I wanted to work in coffee themed fabrics because my husband is a coffee geek.

the quilting

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. I feel like I finally made a break-through when quilting on the rental mid-arm at one of my local quilt shops. Up to this point I have just quilted basic all-over designs like loops or meandering or something. On this quilt, I specifically tried to make the quilting following the blocks. While it’s nothing fancy, I finally felt like I had more control over where I wanted to go. It was sort of like a light bulb finally turned on.  There were a couple of places where I forgot what I was doing, but you really have to look for them to find them.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have more consistent access to practice?

Alright, this is the final crunch to finish a few more things before the end of the year. I’m not holding my breath to get much done this last week before Christmas. But there is still 1 more quilt, a table topper and my forest of Yo Yo trees that I would like to finish.  Even if they are all Christmas projects, I DO NOT want to have them hanging over my head again next Christmas!  Know what I mean?

6 – Oldest Decorations

December 19, 2010 § 7 Comments

Mr. Snowman

Mr. Mouse

These are my two oldest Christmas decorations.  They were given to me by my piano teacher when I was a kid.  (Mom, do you remember these?)  Back in the 70’s painting ceramics was really popular.  Both of these have dates and initials on the back.  I don’t remember how long I took piano lessons. But music has never been one of my talents.  I’m not sure that I could even play any more.  I always jokingly say that I can play the radio/stereo really well!

What are your oldest Christmas decorations?

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