Tuesday, January 29, 2019

back in the saddle . . .

I'm just going to go ahead and admit that I had a hard time typing the post title without laughing.  I know me!

December got busy and then January did too, and now look, only two more days and it's February!  Good gravy . . . please don't tell me 2019 is going to move even more quickly than 2018?!

We had a lovely Christmas time. Our office closed midday on the 20th of December and didn't reopen until January 7!  What a smashing break!  We hung out with family and ate out and did Christmas things. Our Christmas Eve tradition is to go to church with Joc and her family, and then go out for dinner, and then head back to her house to for desserts and to read the Christmas Story. 
My contribution towards dessert was a traditional Bûche de Noël . . . 
I hadn't made one in ages and it was so fun to do!  It's a very light cake so while it looks really decadent and indulgent, it's really not!  Win, win!  All our desserts that evening looked amazing!
Jocelyn made figgy pudding and fudge, the girls made the gingerbread house, and my mom made the cookie platter and the eggnog cake!
And since I'm doing Christmas, here's my Panter kids! ♥

For Christmas, Todd and I had decided to forego getting each other big Christmas, and instead to get ourselves an Opal Nugget countertop ice maker for the RV.  It makes the pellet--sometimes referred to as Sonic--ice.  We have absolutely loved having it and I'm pretty certain it was the first time I've ever had iced tea on Christmas day! LOL! Of course, introducing such a significant countertop appliance to the RV meant we had to do some rearranging . . . 
So that whole end of the RV kitchen/countertop space is now ... a drink station. Haha! The corner space was pretty useless for anything other than decor, anyway, so I'm enjoying having my tea things there. Eventually we'll be a table to go over the trash can and put the Opal on top of that, and give me back some counter space!

I didn't do resolutions this year.  Or even goals.  Instead, after a lot of thought and prayer, I decided to do "disciplines" -- and even made DISCIPLINE my word for 2019.  
My thought is that each month, I'll choose one discipline that I want to focus on, to improve me -- whether physically, mentally or spiritually -- and by the end of the year, I'll have twelve disciplines under my belt and be the better for it. To help me stay focused, I got this cute little bracelet . . . 
I'm sure it'll make all the difference. Stop spending money was obviously not January's discipline. Teehee! :)

New Year's Day I started with my Stitcher's ETC. group ... we annually have breakfast at Cracker Barrel together, and then go on to an LQS to shop the sales.
It was a great group of ladies that morning -- fifteen of us!  Pretty impressive considering the date! These ladies rock!  :)

We celebrated Ellie's SEVENTH birthday on the 10th of this month.  Where has the time gone?  
It seems like just yesterday she was this tiny little baby, I could hold snuggled up to my chest, with her sweet downy little head tucked up under my chin.  Sigh.

I've not done a lot of sewing this month.  Though Todd did break our Christmas gift agreement and bought me a pretty little Janome for traveling!
I did stitch up a seat cover for his recliner . . . and a heart mug rug or two for our guild's February swap . . . but other than that, I've been lax. I'm saving most of my handwork for retreat in February! 
Speaking of stitching related Christmas gifts, Joc and her crew got me a lovely book by Kathy Schmitz,  Stitches from the Yuletide.  I've had her Stitches from the Harvest, and absolutely loved it, so I knew I'd enjoy the whimsy of the Christmas-themed book.  
She also gifted me with a gift certificate to Attic Heirlooms, which I promptly used on some fun things . . . 
And the Panter crew sent me a set of tiny-tipped clips!  
Mary Corbet, of Needle 'N Thread, had talked about using them in her stitching projects and I thought that was a must-have gadget ... for the win!

I also scheduled my left shoulder surgery for the end of February. The right one is back to 98%  and the left one is nagging me to no end, so it's time.  We go on retreat February 20-24, and my surgery is scheduled for the 28th.  Whew!

I can't think of much else to share.  Slowly switching from snowmen to hearts; does that count?
I mean, I'm sure there is tons, but this is only one post (and it's already heavy laden with photos), so I'll behave.  Auld lang syne!


14 expressed . . .:

Pamela said...

You have been busy since your last post. Lovely family photos.

Needled Mom said...

I agree....January has zipped by light lightening. I fear the rest of the year will be the same. Glad that you will get a little sewing in before the next surgery. You must dread the thought, but it will be nice to have it behind you.

Janet O. said...

What a handsome family in that first photo.
I love the sound of your Christmas Eve traditions. Your desserts look so yummy!
Very cool to have your own drink station, with your own pellet ice maker! Wow!
Good choice of the word for the year, with the bracelet as a reminder. I like it. And yes, I can tell discipline in the financial area was not on January's agenda. :)
Sweet photos with Ellie, then and now.
What a fun travel machine!
Looks like your family gifted you well.
BTW, discovered a darling little tea room next door to the quilt shop over the mountain. Found some new favorite herbal teas, and discovered crio bru. I now have a French Press that hardly ever sits idle. :)

Sheryl said...

Hi Denise what a wonderful post ,i love all the xmas baking,it all looks so yummy. I am your newest follower and i hope you will visit and follow me too.
I love the colour of your new sewing machine its gorgeous and will be so handy for you. Hope you have a lovely day xx

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Well, you have certainly been busy!! Your photos are making me want to get out Christmas projects again. Stay warm!

Barbara said...

Just yesterday I was wondering...whatever happened to Denise? Good to see all those pictures of families. I can’t believe how much Ellie has grown. Makes me feel old.

Creations By Cindy said...

Denise you surely have been busy but looks like a lot of "good busy". Love that you had so much time off during the holidays. Love all the pictures dear lady. I enjoy the family pictures and you as always are just beautiful. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Denise, you surely have been busy! And honey, I can tell you, 2019 will be even faster than 2018! Each year gets faster and faster! I can't believe it's February 1st! I'm having ice envy! LOL I must ask your source for the ice maker. I've been wanting one of these for years!! Enjoy it my friend and your retreat! Praying for your shoulder surgery that you will have excellent results and a speedy recovery!

Sandy said...

You've been busy. Hope you enjoy your new ice machine. Cute Christmas pictures of the family with matching outfits and all. Your yule log looks awesome. LOVE the color of your new sewing machine. We didn't buy each other Christmas gifts either. We purchased a new tv a short while back as our shared Christmas Gift along with a new entertainment stand to go with it.
Sandy's Space

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Kate said...

Looks like a very joyous Christmas and happy New Year for your and your clan. Good luck with your discipline journey this year. Hope you've got some time for stitching before your surgery later this month.

Sandy said...

Me waving hello as I make my blog rounds again.
Sandy's Space