Recently, as I was ordering some prints online, Jonny instructed me to order two photo mugs with our picture on it. I thought he was joking, but he was totally serious, saying the mugs would be our Christmas presents to each other. It felt a little silly, but now I am so glad we ordered them. (from Costco)
Despite all the knitting I did for Job, I neglected to knit him a basic cardigan. I guess I ran out of time. Thankfully, I remembered that I have the Baby Surprise Jacket that I knit for Silas with handspun cashmere that my friend Elizabeth spun for him. Silas didn’t get to wear it very much because it ended up fitting him at the wrong time of year. I’m so glad to have it now for Job!
Over the past year or so, I’ve gotten kind of bad about reading aloud to my kids. I think I choose books that are too difficult for me to stick with, and I have started several that I just couldn’t make myself finish. With a wide range of ages being read to here, it’s hard to find books that appeal to everyone. Sometimes I will have one chapter book going with the younger kids, while Jonny reads another to the older ones. When I read 26 Fairmount Avenue to everyone a couple of weeks ago, I was thrilled to find all my kids listening, even my oldest, Seth. I loved the story as well, and we read through it in a day. We’re reading the third in the series now, books that Tomie DePaola has written about his childhood. They are endearing stories of family life with a nice bit of humor, a real treasure. I took a picture of the inside of one of them so that you can see the size print. I think they would make great first chapter books for young readers.
I’ve made a couple of changes over the past few days: I gave up my one caffeinated beverage per day (various reasons) and it’s actually been harder than I expected! I’ve been kind of sad and low, and Jonny says that’s withdrawal. Maybe so. To counteract that, I’ve started my daily walk routine again. Each day is a little better. Another few days and I should be able to handle watching other people drink their coffee without falling apart.
p.s. It’s going to be hard to keep the Christmas tree up until Epiphany.