First in case I missed saying it to you personally, Happy New Year. Also I hope you are at least aware of Twelfth Night and maybe observed it. You know the 12 days of Christmas song? Well that's the one. 12 days after Christmas or Epiphany as it is called in the church begins the carnival season. Which then ends on February 12 with Fasching in Germany, Carnivale in Rio, Mardi Gras in so many wild and crazy places. So the Cuckoos took our (dried out) live wreath with all the wonderfulness of the gathered pinon, cedar, juniper, ponderosa and white pine branches and put it into our fire pit and had a Twelfth Night celebration with drinking, dancing and merriment. The fire was so huge, so quickly. Gave us a chance to discuss the wildfires we have here and think about the folks in Australian that are having such horrible wildfires right now. Our thoughts are certainly with them. Fire is an awesome mighty force of nature.And then after our revelry in the cold we can inside and Ry read us all about Twelfth Night celebration in olden times. Of course our drink was sparkling cider, molasses cookies and then GK and Ry fixed us dinner (ramein). The reason I mention this part is because Twelfth night also was turn about time for lord and servant. Since the grands rule the house they waited on us for once. Great fun.
Yesterday was the last day of winter vacay for the grands and Shelley's day off so we went junkin' ya'll. I'm here to tell you that we struck pay dirt. I love it when others are purging and I get there cast offs or as my friend Katy Cameron at The Littlest Thistle says "at least I was never going to be enthusiastic about" treasures. I am sewing again and I found so many 100% wool sweaters and coats at cheap, cheap, cheap prices to felt and make into.....donkeys. I am going to be a seller of donkeys and hats, mitten, scarfs, purses etc. And yesterday I hit the mother lode. GK helped me rip, bag and wash the red ones right away.....valentines ya know. And I found a wonderful, perfect Bernard, Patrick, GracieBelle and George colored long winter coat. It washed up and looks like I had the herd in my washing machine. I can hardly wait to make little donkeys and valentine hearts. I have a new mania.....wooooooooool.
SM had to work late last night and so the four of us spent the evening sans TV, just enjoying being with each other and talking. The girls were working on scarfs from the Red Heart Sashay yarn. It really isn't crocheting or knitting but looked like fun. I worked on some hand sewing details and Ry reinvented dinosaur battles.
Calm, peace, warmth, laughter, love shared and memories building going on here.
these are the photos of the kids gifts to Shelley for Christmas
RyLeigh sewed the hat and GK made the denim cuff.