Christmas was great, and mostly none the worse for being celebrated on Saturday. The tamales I ordered from New Mexico finally got here on Saturday--but were room temperature, so weren't safe to eat. I have a bone to pick with both the US Post Office AND the New Mexico catalog. They were shipped from NM on Mon. the 21, Priority Rush mail, but didn't arrive for 5 days?? What's that all about?
So we only had green chile stew, because I don't really care about cooking anyway and didn't want to spend the whole day in the kitchen. And everyone was fine with that. Not sure what we'll do for New Year's, as we don't have a tradition for that meal, but it's all okay.
I gave J-Man a Kindle, the new edition that will audibly read to him. Having only one hand, sometimes it's hard to do something as simple as scratch your nose when you're trying to read a book. He's also a bit dyslexic, and the adjustable font size and limited number of lines on a "page" make it easier to keep his place. Since we gave DD the first edition last Christmas, she's been able to help him figure it out, while learning about the new features.
J-Man gave DD money on a Visa card to start a dining room set fund. She has 2 chairs bought for her at a yard sale, and a drop leaf sofa table also bought at a yard sale, and that's it. When she moved into her tiny one-bedroom apartment with no dining room and minimal kitchen, she got rid of lots of her furniture, as well as her artificial Christmas tree. Now she has lots of space, but not much else, and is slowly buying the pieces she wants. This is the year of Gifts for the Home, as the catalogs put it.
I bought her 4 place settings of open stock Oneida flatware, and she's still trying to decide if she likes this pattern or wants to exchange it for another. I also put 4 cloth napkins in her stocking, each rolled up and tied with a small ribbon. She pulled them out with a puzzled look on her face and asked why I was giving her fat quarters! Only a quilter's daughter would make that mistake, right?
She bought me Jinny Beyer's book, Quiltmaking by Hand, which has been on my wish list for a couple of years, and J-Man got me a new watch (I love funky watches) and this. I saw it on Rare Bird Finds and fell in love with it. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, so I will get to try it out!
J-Man says he ordered the Supreme Slider for me, but it hasn't come in yet, and knowing his aptitude (or lack thereof) with the computer, we can't be sure he really did order it. Guess I'll have to check the bank statement, as his email box is a mess.
Anyway, it's been a great few days, as I was off for 4 nights, but now have to go back to work for a couple of nights. It's been nuts at work--in fact, they called me Sat. night to ask me to work extra--so I'm not looking forward to it at all. DD doesn't leave until Saturday morning, which means we'll get to watch the ball drop together. And I've gotten her hooked on Ghost Whisperer (evil grin), so we'll spend a few hours watching back episodes. I did get to spend some time sewing yesterday, starting the borders on the string quilt I'm making her. It felt good to crank up the Bernina again! It won't be finished before she leaves this time, but maybe within a couple of weeks.
All in all, it was a wonderful holiday season here in the NC mountains. Hope you were able to make some beautiful memories with your loved ones!
P.S. There is STILL snow on the ground!