Sunday, December 27, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and an early Happy New Year!

We had a lovely quiet Chanukah, as we have to enjoy visits from kids as they can get away from work.  Everyone growing up and scattering plays havoc with family holidays!  It's also strange to have sunny weather at Christmastime.  It's a little cooler than normal this year but we still look at sunshine and palm trees most of the time.  I had a vision of what it is supposed to be like, courtesy of a decorated yard nearby that included (fake) snow.

We had our designated shelf for sparkly lights, candles, and the menorah.  I keep it there until Jan. 1 or so because I love the lights.  I also put some blue and white lights on our bushes outside and we've been enjoying them, too.  It doesn't take much to make me happy!  Latkes on the bbq help, too.

We had a surprise visit from the Princess, Prince Charming, and our granddog, Olive. They had a few days off work and decided to spend them with us and we were delighted.  We went on a nice hike,

visited zoo lights at The Living Desert (and rode the carousel!),

played some games, and relaxed.  Someone got a new sweater, too.

Next weekend we get to see Mr. and Ms. Hollywood when they come over to go to a movie with us at the Palm Springs Film Festival.  We won't get to spend much time with them this time because next Saturday we're going on an adventure and driving to Phoenix to attend the Seahawks/Cardinals game.    We're excited because we don't get to see all of the games on TV while we're here in CA and I haven't seen the Seahawks play in person since the 70s.

We missed seeing our Seattle kids, but they're busy growing our new grandbaby.  Things are going great so far...if you look closely you can see the little socks I made for him.  Yes, they're having a boy and he's reported to be big already, so larger socks might be in my knitting plans.

No more finished knitting to report on, but I started a sofa throw in desert colors to have here.  Straight rows of garter stitch will make us a nice, squishy blanket.  I've been messing up things right and left so wanted a truly non-thinking project!

Wishing happy, healthy days for all.

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