Slow Stitching in the Christmas Season

I hope that you are enjoying the Christmas season thus far. I’ve been watching Christmas-themed flash mob short movies on You Tube recently ; everything from the carefully staged and magnificent United States Air Force band during the past few years to Gospel singers flash mobbing in Macy’s and the entire store singing along with them.

Each and every one of them had me teary-eyed.  There were others that showed up as well….dancers showing up doing a Lindy Hop at one location and Irish dancers at another. I realized that I was getting teary eyed about everything because the political climate has been so awful this last year, there is so much going on around the world in the way of war and suffering, there are so many disasters….the horrific fires in California going on now…. and yet these videos showed what I think that God intended for us to be like.

Earlier in December I was able to get a quick but decent shot of the Super Moon from my front porch. Wasn’t she a beauty!

There’s a new sweet shop in town. They have the cutest name! “Glazed and Confused”.    My youngest son’s been there on two occasions and raved about them and brought home some donuts.  The middle son and DIL took the kids there the other day and she posted a picture on Facebook.  They too were raving about it and said that it was not expensive, either. Eight people at a cost of 25.00 for desserts and drinks.

As to my Slow Stitching, this week I quilted inside the four motifs of this Botanical block, and am on the final one in regards to outlining them. From there, I’ll move to a cross hatch.

I have two more applique motifs to add on to this Elizabeth’s Pride block, which I’d been working on over the last two days and hope to finish up on Sunday along with other Slow Stitchers over at Kathy’s Quilts.

I don’t know if I’ll post again prior to Christmas ( though I’ll still visit around )   If not, wishing you all a Merry Christmas or Happy Hannukah.

Meanwhile, I recently saw some close friends of my son on FB. Wife is urging Husband to give her a puppy for Christmas.  They have a two year old son. I chimed in advising them to wait until the spring unless they want to go out every 20 minutes in the bitter cold during winter to potty train, like I did helping my son and DIL when they got this baby two Christmases ago.

I think that I convinced them to wait after thinking about the COLD hard truth :)  I am in PA. Currently highs in the 30s and lows in the teens and that is just the beginning :)

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This & That ; End of November

Whether you partied,  found time to relax and have a nap, or played a bit,  I hope that your Thanksgiving holiday ( for those in the USA) has been going well.

My son took the funny one of their cat, and Brent was captured by my DIL at a friends’ house. 

A bit of this & that around here… it is hard to believe that it is the end of November already! I think that some of this is due to the seasons not being so predictable anymore in the way of the weather.

Our Thanksgiving was held on Friday, so that Brent and Kate could be there. It works nicely that way for other reasons as well. My oldest son who came home from St. Louis could have dinner with his dads’ family one day and with us the next. The same for many people. The gathering seems to grow each year, with a rather large core group for dinner, and then many friends coming later on, early evening. So we progress from the regular dinner to friends coming later with wine or beer and snacks such as spinich dips, cheese balls and so on.

At one point, during the transition time, I was at the sink doing some dishes, having worked on putting some food away for leftovers, and one of my sons’ friends dragged me away and into the dining room where about 40 people were singing “Happy Birthday” and bringing out a cake for Kate and I.  Her birthday is the 22nd and mine is the 29th.

Every year, one of us lines up the family kids on the porch and gets a photo. My DILs’ twin sister had the best one this year. Last year little Gracie, held by her ‘pap-pap’ was the baby. Now there’s a new one, in Kates’ arms. The DIL has a big family and it continues to grow :)

When the young friends show up, with all of THEIR children in tow, it gets to be a bit of a madhouse, but a happy one at that.

Saturday morning was one where I’d have loved to sleep in, but my oldest wanted to leave early for his trip back to St. Louis.

He came down here for a hearty breakfast around 7:30. We did enjoy the most glorious sunrise, though. Deep vivid reds and oranges permeated the skies. No photos ( or I’d have burned the breakfast :) but later on I took a few shots of the encroaching sunset.

There’s been quite a bit of ‘babysitting’ / days off / early dismissals / son takes wife on a date…so not much sewing going on. I did complete a bit of applique on a block but it is not done, and no photo.  I made a bit more progress in regards to quilting on the Botanical, and hope to finish this block soon.

Finally, on Saturday, after some Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch, I made some zucchini boats for dinner.  I just wanted something different, and I’d not had these since summer. Yes they are cheaper to make in the summer with free zucchini :)

I am sure that most of you have made these before but if not :

  • Cut the zucchini in halves, lengthwise.   Hollow out the middle with a spoon. Dice up what you have hollowed out.
  • Then, this is your preference :  Use ground beef, turkey, Italian sausage ( I used the sausage) and cook that up in a skillet with the diced zucchini, peppers ( I used sweet peppers ) and onion. From there you can add whatever you want, in regards to seasoning. Or go vegetarian and meatless…
  • If this was summer, I’d add chopped up fresh tomatoes from the garden. In this season, after I’d cooked all of this up, I added some tomato sauce.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375, and put your plain boats that you have hollowed out into a baking dish with a bit of water in the bottom. Bake for 20 minutes or so. Remove from the oven, take the boats out, and drain the water.
  • Add some sauce to bottom of that dish, put the boats back, fill them with your mixture that you cooked in the skillet, and bake for 20 more minutes. At the end, add some mozzarella, and put the dish back into the oven for a few minutes until it is melted. I served these with a side of rice.

I do have the beginnings of a turkey-carcass based soup but wanted a break from turkey and this hit the spot :)

IF YOU ARE GEARING UP FOR CHRISTMAS  You might also enjoy: Gingerbread & a Christmas Puppy

I’ll get some quilting in on Sunday and join up with other Slow Stitchers at Kathys Quilts