There's only about 8 1/2 hours of 2008 left here in the Pacific Northwest. In looking back, I can truly say that the year has been a very good one for us. Like everyone else, we've seen our investments take a tumble, but at least we have investments! In looking at my retirement account, it may have an impact on whether or not I can completely retire next year, but time will tell. Hubby, the sons, daughter-in-law, granddaughters, sisters, brothers and parents are all in reasonably good health. Life is good.
I spent today enjoying the fruits of my labor and some really nice Christmas gifts. Ben and Abby gave me an Amazon.com gift certificate and I bought Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day. I made my first loaf:
Yum! I think this is the best bread I've ever had – especially spread with my own homemade apple butter. I made white bread for hubby – he prefers it over whole wheat. I usually don't like white bread that much, but this was very good. I'm really looking forward to trying the whole wheat recipes with my own home ground wheat.
This afternoon, I fired up my iPod shuffle (thanks Dr. Olson) and loaded in some new tunes (thanks Allen for the iTunes gift certicate) and did some lace blocking while listening to The Priests. Talk about the voice of angels!! Lace and beautiful music – how good can it get?
Garden Shawl before:
I guess blocking a blue shawl on a blue carpet doesn't make for the best of pictures, does it?
Specs: Garden Shawl by Fiddlesticks Knitting
Yarn: Baruffa Cashwool
Needles: I forget – 2/3?? Something like that.
I will always think of this as Hester's shawl. I was working on it when she died and in the weeks after I immersed myself in it as a way of dealing with my grief. When Maggie arrived I was way too busy to focus on lace and put it away for a while. I'm glad to have it finished by the end of the year.
Our plans tonight are the same as most of our New Year's Eves. We plan to eat leftovers and attempt to stay up until 10:00 p.m. We are real party animals! Happy New Year!!