Mmmm Biscotti!

December 30, 2006

As I write this morning’s post I am munching on some of my Mom B’s homemade cranberry biscotti and it is wonderful. It was part of our Christmas present last night. I had Christmas dinner with my parents and my step-sister and her family at her lovely home. We had a very nice time and it worked out beautifully being a half way point for both my Dad and Mom B. and us. We are definately going to have to do this again. My step sis cooked a great Christmas dinner, her cranberry relish was great, Mom’s homemade bread was great, as usual. We had a very nice visit. The hubby and I got to see my bro-in-laws Trophy Room as well. It was really quite impressive, he is quite a hunter. There was a bear, several deer, a HUGE elk, and a gazelle. Gazelle have the strangest fur, it feels like dry crunchy grass. It was funny, I was patting the elk when I blurted out, “OH! Hey! I think I ate some of you a while back, you were delicious!” Dale laughed. And he was delicious too.

Now I really didn’t get to see much of the ride too their house as I was furiously knitting away at my dad’s sock…yep, that last Christmas present I had been dragging my feet on. I kept thinking, I got time, we won’t being going up to NY until at least the middle of January and then *poof* there was the invitation for dinner sitting in my inbox Tuesday. Whoops! Anyway, I finished weaving in the ends just as we pulled in the driveway. And Dad and Mom LOVED their socks. I think they are my favorite people to knit for mainly because they are both very talented craftspeople themselves so they know the time and love invested in each project.

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Now, as I was saying, my Dad and Mom are also crafty. My dad is a blacksmith, yes, I said a blacksmith. He does very lovely work. Me makes everything from garden tools to very very sharp hunting knives. This is a knife he gifted me with earlier this year. He makes everything from the tine to the brass fittings on the hand carved handle and the leather sheath. Lovely right?

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This is our Christmas gift made by Mom B. this year, gorgeous! She is a very talented quilter and seamstress. Look at her stitches! Now, I have “enough” patience to knit, but quilting? My goodness, that takes much more control and patience than I have. She does custom work as well and is usually very busy with all her quilting jobs. She also made us a beautiful quilt as a wedding present this past summer. There are pictures of it in the archives.

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Oh and check out this great shirt my Dad is wearing (I love the plaid). It’s his Christmas shirt. Every year Mom B. makes him a special shirt for Christmas. He always looks so handsome. We really did have a very nice visit, and it has just occured to me that I didn’t take enough pictures while we were there, I don’t have any of my step sis and her family or the house. I am still getting used to having a tiny camera at the ready. LOL

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Well, all the Christmas knitting was finished on time (barely) this year. Everyone loved their gifts, which is great. And now it’s on to the Ribbi Cardi, this will be my first sweater attempt in over 3 years and its knitting up fairly quickly so it looks good. I have made 2 sweaters in my lifetime, both of them disastrous (another post, another time) so I am always hesitant when it comes to sweaters, but I have measured, and swatched, and swatched again and I have a very good feeling about this Ribbi Cardi.


Christmas @ Cracker Barrel

December 27, 2006

First of all, a heartfelt thanks to all the folks at Cracker Barrel last night, for putting up with our loud “Ooooohs” and “Aaaaahs” and squeals of delight. OK, most of those last ones came from me. We decided to meet my Mom and Dad C. at Cracker Barrel to exchange Christmas presents, and well the Monkey too. It was great, a home cooked Christmas dinner that none of us had to cook or clean up! And as Mom pointed out, “All the Christmas stuff will be on sale.”

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Let me just start by saying, I don’t think anyone knows me like my Gigi knows me. She is AWESOME! Look at this! She understands my obsession with knitting and shoes. Also, Gigi KNOWS things, like weird useful things, like how to remove a sliver with super glue and 40 different uses for WD-40, well apparently, I have been chosen as her padowan learner. Thank you Jedi Master Gigi! Love you Gigi! Thank you!

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This is our cool, spiffy, couple gift from my parents for the hubby and I. We were very surprised, it was such a very sweet and thoughtful gift. We are already putting it to great use, especially around here at Fuzzy Britches. We will try not to have to use the “picnic table” insurance policy. Thanks Mom and Dad C.

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The Monkey got me a Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas, Thanks Monkey! And look at what I picked out…oooh, can’t wait. I still have to finish one more sock, well, half a sock, I’m at the heel turn right now, by Friday and I will have finished ALL the gifts I set out to knit this Christmas. I have been ogling this book for a while now. Thank you Monkey!

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Yes, it was a great time had by all. Mom loved her fuzzy socks I made for her. Oh Wait? I never got a picture of those finisehed….MOM! Could you send me a picture please? Thanks! I made a pair for the Monkey too.


Tough-Luck-Tuesday

December 26, 2006

For all of us who weren’t fortunate enough to have today off…*sigh* next year!

I am here, in a terribly quiet office. Again, this will be a very slow week for us…unless we get an ice storm. They are good for our business.

I just thought I would share some pics of Christmas day. Now my daughter was up at 6:00 am, but knows better than to wake me up that early…even on Christmas day. She has suffered the wrath of “Ugly Mom” before and does not wish to do so again. Now…my hubby? Hmmm, he’ll know better next year…as it was, he had me out of bed at 7:30. He kept saying, “Honey, lets get up……..honey, lets get up…..honey?”

Well I didn’t look too bad for that early

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Oh, look at what Dad got for Christmas…a Fuzzy Britches!

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“Oh my, unwrapping presents is really hard work!”

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And of course, our beautiful tree all decked out in tinsel!

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Hope your Christmas was Merry, your cup runneth over and your family blessed.

 

 

 

 


Holly Jolly!

December 22, 2006

Well, since I have been working here at my new job I have inherited about a dozen new sons/big brothers. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned my line of work in great detail before but I work for an amazing Tree Care and Full Service Landscape company in South Central PA. We take care of the both ends of the spectrum from designing your landscape, to professional installation, to maintenance and health, to storm damage and long term preservation. These guys are the best! I got to see an $80,000 landscape job designed and installed this past summer that included a 3 tiered “natural” waterfall and pool. Amazing! Anyway, I digress…

I love my big brothers and have to spoil them rotten so I was up until 1:00 am last night making Smores Bark and 10,001 buckeyes, for my “Tree Men” and “Landscrapers”. They loved them! There is nothing better to boost the ego than having a guy, coffee in one hand, food in the other, mouth full, tell you, “OH MAN! Tracey, these are delicious! Thanks, these are great!”…every five minutes. I hope I can still squeeze my head out the door at the end of the day.

AND, it’s SOOOO quiet in the office today (knock on wood) I am going to get to knit again. Have I said I love my job? I love my job.



Dear Santa…

December 21, 2006

I know that this letter comes a little late, as it’s only 4 days until your big day, but since I’ve been such a good girl this year…well I figure you can squeeze this one in.

I have been knitting up a storm since mid-October. I have been knitting Christmas gifts for everyone and I would really like to knit for me again. Well, you see Sir, I have one sock left out of a pair, and then ALL of my Christmas knitting will be done. It’s that ‘ol Second Sock Syndrome. Could you please send me some Reindeer Dust so I can sprinkle it on my needles? I want them to fly!

Yours truly,

Tracey

P.S. I never stopped believing.



Henry Hudson

December 19, 2006

Did you know that not much is known about Henry Hudson’s early years until he is mentioned in writing in 1607? Did you know that Henry Hudson made 4 voyages during his lifetime looking for a Northern trade route to China? Did you know that Henry Hudson was arrested for sailing under another nations flag, considered treason in his time? Did you know that on his last voyage Hudson’s crew mutinied and put him, his son, and some sick crew members in a small boat and let them drift away in the Hudson Strait never to be heard from again?!

Did you know that at approximately 7:38 p.m., Monday night my daughter informed me that she had “forgotten” about a report that was due on Wednesday December 20th about an explorer of her choice? Did you know that we immediately left the delightful Christmas Tea my friend was hosting (the food was AMAZING) to come home and begin this neglected project? Did you know that this afternoon I apologized to my mom for doing this to her when I was a child? Did you know that this is inevitable and it WILL happen to you, should you have children of your own?

Go call your mother’s…ALL OF YOU…and apologize profusely for the many evenings you kept her up, kept her from doing the things she would have rather done (knitting) because you in your childish ignorance “forgot” about said homework, report, 24 dozen cupcakes, diorama you had to take into school tomorrow. Do it!

I’m going to go pull my hair out now

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A lovely weekend

December 19, 2006

We had a great weekend. First this little package showed up on Friday. Thank you to my secret pal. I have no clue what to do with this yarn. I have only heard about this kind of “ladder” yarn, but it’s really got my brain all a tingle thinking of the many things I can do with it. I have an orange sherbert mohair that I think it would look great paired up with for a real “springy” scarf. Actually I was seriously considering knitting all three skeins together into a scarf because the colors are so similar. We will have to wait and see, I think this will have to sit on the back burner and simmer until just the right project pops up. Also, not pictured was a box of crafty items for the Monkey and a really funny and cute little wind up Santa Claus with a lollipop (which she ate immediately after opening the box) and some festive chocolate Reisen. I got to have a couple of those before they were confiscated by the monkey and hubby. Many thanks from the Monkey and I for our box of pretty surprises Secret Pal!

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I just can’t get the colors to come out right, think sherbert colors.

Saturday, we continued the tradition, my new hubby and I. (No Gigi, we did not bark Christmas carols this year, your new grandson-in-law just could not be persuaded. We did have a great time though and wished you could have been there.

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People were very sweet and I told Travis, no matter what smile and say Merry Christmas to EVERYONE! You wouldn’t believe how many grumpy bell ringers I have seen this season.

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