Sunday, December 26, 2010

So Much To Cover!

Goodness!  It feels like it's been an age since last we saw one another, doesn't it?  In truth, it's been mere days, but so much has happened what with the holiday and all.  I don't even know where to begin or what topic to stick with.  I guess I can just do something with categories.  That should work.

On The Matter Of The Greenery...

I never did get that Christmas tree up.  My intentions were good.  I set deadlines for myself.  "I will just get through this week and then I'll do it."  In the end, it always felt like too much work and pressure.  Frankly, I don't like my trees to come with a side of obligation.  It was almost in defiance that I kept putting it off.

And you know what?  Christmas still came.  You'd think all those years of watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas would have taught me a thing or two about that, wouldn't you?

And Speaking Of Christmas...

If someone asks you to knit something for them, purchases the pattern and also the yarn, it is poor form to finish the object then wrap it up and give it as a Christmas gift.  I'm fairly certain that there are any number of etiquette books that will back me up on this one.  It's just not done.

That doesn't mean I'm above it, though.

I did, in fact, wrap the scarf that Mommy Sheep bought and paid for and I did give it to her for Christmas.  However, I am not a complete barbarian.  I know that, if you are going to give someone something they already own, you'd better go the extra mile.  Or, in this case, use up every single scrap of yarn left over from the original project and add a little something extra to that box of social awkwardness.

Accessories galore!!!


Heck, I even took the last yard or so and whipped up a quick little pin.  I was determined.  And for those of you worried about the yarn slipping off the water bottle cozy (which was really intended as a coffee mug cozy) fear not!  I found some of that rubber grippy stuff that you put on shelves or under computer monitors and stitched that to the inside.  The thing is on there so tight it will take a team of obstetricians to extract the bottle.  Mommy Sheep's beverage is safe as is her upholstery.


And From The Weather Desk...

I haven't checked in a while, but I hear tell a storm is coming.  All things seems to indicate that it will be along the lines of epic.  Maybe even apocalyptic.  Since it often happens that it's not as bad as they say and since I don't have anywhere to go tomorrow, I haven't really been keeping track.  I have, however, put aside a flashlight and a few meals that can be made without benefit of the stove.  Hysterical Mind is always squawking away in the back of my brain and she gets terribly disappointed if there isn't something in the way of panic going on.  I don't mind.

If it weren't for her, I'd probably never remember to charge my stupid cell phone.


The First Noel (For Us Anyway...)

The Very Complicated Kitty seemed pleased with his first Sheepish Christmas.  And I think that the Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty was happy to celebrate it with a brother who doesn't just tolerate him or merely like him, but absolutely looooves him.

They ignored Mommy's gift of a new scratchy box in favor of the million toys lavished upon them by their Auntie, Uncle and doting grandparents.  There has been much in the way of capering, gamboling and collapsing in utter exhaustion now that there are new things to bat about.

Of course, it's hard to tell with cats.  Who knows if they understand that it's Christmas?  Maybe they just think I forgot about the rules and gave them extra snacks due to my aging mind.  But I think they get it.  In fact, I like to think they even discussed it.

BrotherBrotherBrother!!!!!  Tell me again about CHRISTMAS!!!



...and then, if you are really good, Santa comes and gives you THIS many presents!!!


OK.  So maybe it didn't go exactly like that.  But it's how I see it in my mind and I rather like that image.  Besides, if they didn't know it was Christmas, how do you explain their letting me sleep until 6:00 yesterday?  If that isn't a gift for Mommy, then I don't know what is!!!


In Closing...

I'm sure there is more and that it will come to me as the week rolls along.  I'm on vacation so there is plenty of time to regale you with random details from my holiday.  (whether you like it or not!)  I hope that those of you who celebrated Christmas had a wonderful day and that those who didn't enjoyed a peaceful Saturday without having to deal with those of us who have been getting more and more frenzied over the past few weeks.

Tidings Of Comfort And Joy From Sheepie And Da Boyz!

SA

12 comments:

trek said...

It is a rather impressive storm. Started before eleven this morning and is still motoring right along. Not sure how much snow is out there, though: I've been ensconced inside here. Number Guy played with the snowblower and Neatnik got all snowy and wet.

Maybe I can bake tomorrow, seeing as how none of us was going to be going anywhere anyhow...

Donna Lee said...

It's still snowing here and they say it will snow about an inch or two an hour until about 11 and then just snow all night. Pretty impressive for us. I, of course, sat on the couch and watched it from inside. It is accompanied by fiercesome winds.

I think you acquited yourself admirably with all the knitted accessories.

Anonymous said...

My verification word is ohinsl and I think that is a good holiday snowy frustration word! Love it.

I am in sunny northern California and we went to the beach today. Sorry...

I wish you a happy holiday and a wonderful (or at least tolerable) 2011,

Lu

kmkat said...

Is it a good thing that this particular Snowpocalyse is occurring during a school vacation? I'm not really sure. A snow day is a good thing, of course, but what if there were too many snow days and you had to go to school into July? That, my friends, is a Fate Worse Than Death.

So anyway, happy holidays to you and Da Boyz. They appear to be enjoying themselves immensely. (And as I read your post I remembered you will be on vacation this week and perhaps maybe just might post more often, hint, hint...)

Beth said...

Merry Christmas to you, SA! I'm glad you and the kitties had a nice one. We got snow here in Atlanta - the first white Christmas since 1882. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

Karen said...

The gifts for Mommy Sheep are lovely. I'm sure she was overjoyed with them.

Elaine said...

You did a beautiful job on all Sheepish Mom's gifts! I'm sure she was impressed with your frugality of using every last little scrid of yarn. And I'm loving this snowy day! it's perfect for making turkey soup and eggnog bread pudding. Enjoy the rest of your well-deserved vacation! And I love Da Boyz!

Knitting Linguist said...

Merry Christmas to all of you, too!! I hope that you got some presents along with the boys, too - enjoy your time off :)

Julia G said...

Pretty knitting - love the colors!

This December was so nuts I probably would've been content with our cute little pre-lit tabletop tree, which the kids have decorated with little mini ornaments, but for the outcry from the aforementioned kids, who did a great job assembling and decorating the big tree themselves.

Are you sure that's what those kitties are saying? The laid-back ears suggest their language might be a tad saltier....

mehitabel said...

The storm has managed to keep my daughter in SoCal instead of NJ, where she was going to meet up with her boyfriend for a merry round of visiting family in 3 states and doing New Year's Eve in Times Square. That may still happen--we'll see. Meantime, stay warm and cuddle those kitties. They are sooo cute--make me want an orange boy of my own! (Don't tell Hi-Hi or Simon I said that!)

Kath said...

There's just nothing like the sight of an AGK on his back with limbs splayed out. That did it for me!

=Tamar said...

Well, that takes care of the claim that knitters never make matching sets!
I approve of Hysterical Mind, by the way. It isn't hoarding, it's Prudent Stocking Up so I can Stay Off The Highways.