Friday, December 31, 2010

And a Happy New Year!!!

Well my friends ... we are here yet again ... it's the last day of the old year ... and we are ready to ring in the new!

Wipe the slate clean ... forget the past ... and look forward with optimism to the future ... and to new things!

Christmas was peaceful and enjoyable here. Santa brought me far too many decadent treats ,,, like Turtles (mmmm ... I love Turtles) and Ferrero Roche ... and chocolates ... but I swear I will eventually eat every one of them ... and not give a second thought to calories! After all ... it's the question of "mind over matter" ... if you don't mind ... then they don't matter!

My Mom was definitely surprised at her early birthday celebration! We had a great time!

Of course the twins simply stole the show! They just turned 4 months ... and simply loved all of the attention. Amy included a cute photo of them with her card ... which I must scan in and share ,,, hopefully tomorrow.

For now ... I'll raise a cup of good cheer to all of my cyber friends ... and wish you all the best for the New Year to come!


Love & Big Hugs to All ... Marie

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to All !

It's all bought ... made ... and wrapped ... & now under the tree!

With a sigh and relief that it's finally here ... I want to wish each & every one of you a very Merry Christmas!

Yes ... I'm up now at close to 4 am ... because I had a big nap earlier ... after a get - together buffet with my sis Cathy & her family. Food glorious food! What more could one ask for?!!

That to me is the best part ... enjoying it all with family ... after all the stress of getting to this point!

I am glad to report that I did indeed finish my knitted project for my DD ... there were sparks flyin' off them needles I tell ya ... to get it done!

Well ... must perform my last duty of Christmas morn ... to get the stockings hung!

Merry Christmas to All ... & to all a Good Night!

All The Best ... Love & Hugs ... Marie

Friday, December 17, 2010

One More Week Till Christmas & TGIF !

I'm sooo glad it's Friday ... and that I don't have to work this weekend!

Business has been brisk ... and sales have been better than we expected ... it's nice to have to call in more help than to send people home!

But all this busy is hard on a body ... and I'm looking forward to getting time this weekend to get ready for the big day!

Sweater update ... I'm moving right along ... the back section is done ... just need to finish the front top sections and 1.25 sleeves ... so it might even be finished in time to be opened and wearable Christmas morning (she said with fingers crossed!)

Beyond Christmas ... there is one more important event that I'm focusing on.

My Mom turns 85 this year ... and my sis has been planning a surprise birthday party for her!

Mom's actual BD is Dec. 30th ... but my sis Nadine is planning the surprise for Boxing Day. Mom thinks it will be a Christmas Open House ... but won't she be surprised when everyone shows up for a BD party!

Nadine & her DH do graphic work for web sites ... and I want to share the invite she created for this ... as it is so beautifully done ... capturing so many memories over her lifetime!

Well ... am off to get more knitting done!

Will check in again soon!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Snowstorm Is Over ... I Think

125 ... yup that seems to be where the storm of ideas ended ... so I'm on to other things now ... like working on a knitted bolero that I hope to finish for my DD for Christmas!

I started one sleeve & took it to work ... spending part of my dinner hours knitting it ... so have 2/3 of it done ... and last weekend got going on the body which is now over 1/3 done.

It'll be close ... or not finished ... maybe I'll have to cut myself some slack ... and just give her one sleeve ... which would actually be kinda funny ... then get it finished and give her the whole thing when it's done!

With all the seasonal stress ... my immune system has been weakened and I wound up with a nasty cold bug that settled mostly in my chest ... hacking & coughing ... but it seems to be clearing up now ... since I've bombarded it with big doses of Vitamin C daily.

Ohhh ... we finally got our first snowfall of the year! A whole 5" ... just enough to make everything white ... and driving miserable.

You cannot imagine how even that much snow generates buying of weather-related stuff ... washer fluid ... wiper blades ... snow brushes ... batteries... salt/ice melter ... shovels ... snow blowers ... tires! Had to call in back-up staff to keep up with the demand ... not complaining though ... as it's good for business!

So ... with two weeks to go till Christmas Eve ... I finally got some gifts and a bunch of stocking stuffers bought this week. Next weekend we'll get our tree & decorate.

How are your Christmas plans coming along?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Prize Forfeited ... and the New Winner Is ...

Well ... we have an unusual situation here!

Linda H has decided to share her good fortune! See ... Lucky Linda won my BD Draw this year ... and she also won it last year ,,, so at her request ... she suggested that I draw another winner from the Lucky Tin.

Unfortunately that was not possible ... because I had (ever so efficiently) dumped all the slips with the names into my recycling bin and set them out for collection.

So ... she sugested that (if possible) that I pass her gift on to the person who made the fifth comment in the draw ... so that person will receive her prize!

And the new winner is ...


Come on down!

Life does throw ya curveballs sometimes ... and it's not always a bad thing!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

# 300 ... And The Winners Are ! ...

Melanie just arrived home from school ... she was participaing in the Holiday Concert with the choir (which I didn't get to see because I had to work) ... she assisted me with the drawing of the names from the Lucky Tin.

I put 71 entries into the tin. As I was shaking it up ... the lid flew off and we had to pause the draw for a couple of minutes while we recovered all the names that jumped out of it ... but finally and without further drama the winners are :




Linda H

Thanks everyone for playing ... and congrats to the winners!
Please e-mail your snail-addresses to me so I can get your prize on the way!
(Linda I have yours.)

It's been a blast!

Hugs ... Marie

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