Holiday Joy Tinged With ConcernOn Christmas when I called ds#1 and his family to wish them a Merry Christmas they shared with us that ds has been diagnosed with glaucoma. They are confident they caught it early and that it can be controlled, but of course there is still much concern for him. He, however, doesn't seem terribly concerned. Unfortunately he could not get in to see the specialist until the end of January. Please keep him in your prayers.
Dd#1 will take tests again in mid-January to make sure she is still cancer free. She is feeling well and is in great spirits. Gs#1 will be married on a cruise in January and she is looking forward to the cruise and getting away, as well as the wedding. Unfortunately we won't be able to join them.
We were able to talk to all but one of our 7 kids (she has an eye infection and was sleeping) and all 7 of our grandkids! That alone made Christmas a very special day as they're scattered throughout California, Arizona, Texas and Colorado.
We host the family celebrations for my hubby's family on Christmas Eve and this year we were blessed to be able to share it with 20 members of the family from age 1 to 86, covering 4 generations! We had a wonderful dinner cooked by my two step-daughters who asked to be able to do this as their gift to the whole family. The menu was varied, and delicious. As with most holidays there was far too much food, and nearly everyone took home leftovers and still we had more than enough for a few days of no cooking bliss. Christmas day started early with the opening of gifts and ended as a lazy day, of no cooking or cleaning. Just a quiet day with an afternoon nap while the girls visited family in a nearby city.
Santa must have had a healthy size knap sack when he came to our house this year. Hubby and I didn't do a lot of buying, but we were gifted many wonderufl things by family and even neighbors, but especially by hubby's two daughters who LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!
I received nearly all of the books on knitting that I'd asked Santa for, as well as a couple I hadn't asked for. My ds#1, dil, dgd gifted me with the book Knit 2 Together by Tracey Ullman and also a subscription to Interweave Knits. I also received Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby, Knitting Beyond the Edge by Nicky Epstein, Bags - a Knitter's Dozen from XRX Publishing, Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmerman, The Yarn Stash Workbook by Laura Militzer Bryant and Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch.
From dd#2 I received a gift certificate from Amazon.com which also bought knitting books. From my knitterly neighbor I received a gift card for Jo-Anne's.
From the two who Love Christmas and who were able to be home for Christmas I received so much . . . an iPod, and a laptop computer (both were theirs but they were upgrading and I'm the lucky recipient of their current electronics (as well as everything I need to get started with them including a gift certificate to iTunes) - I don't look at them as used, just warmed up! Also, I received about 40 balls of various novelty yarns that will be perfect for the scarf project. Knitting books, and more knitting books and magazines from hubby too (listed above). I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting, but I got so much it was quite overwhelming. Oddly enough, it was getting the books Knitting Beyond the Edge and Victorian Lace Today that brought tears to my eyes. The iPod and computer just brought exclamations of "You did not" and "No Way"!
My dear fil also gifted us with cash, so a portion of mine was spent to order the Options needles from knitpicks, along with some of the extras and some small size circulars. I didn't order any yarn as I have sooo much now and I thought it would be too tempting to start something new instead of finishing dd#2's sweater that has been a wip for much too long.
On my needles are a multi-directional scarf in Katia Mexico # 5851, and a design as I knit sampler scarf in a basic acrylic in a gorgeous purple (for our mail lady - late Christmas gift) .
As soon as I purchase the prize(s) I will be announcing the start of a contest to name the "scarf project" that you can read about in earlier posts. I'm hoping to purchase the prize or prizes tomorrow and then post the start of the contest. So put your thinking caps on and check out your ideas on the internet to make sure the name isn't already being used . . . (try to pick something really original so we won't be confused with any other charity projects) and then stay tuned for the announcement about the prize and dates of the contest.