Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Amazingly Kim's 8 year old son is reciting this from memory! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's, Christmas Bells.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow in December!

Snow doesn't occur here even every year and rare in December and even more rare the 15 inches we got Friday night and all morning Saturday. I think people being stranded at home this time of year is a good thing! A few pictures from my front and back porch. My VW Beetle is almost unseen! Our street has steep hills at both ends so this morning with the temps in the 20's last night we are unable to get out. It also hasn't been plowed which is good because the moron that plows puts all the snow against our cars. We have no homes across the street only a stone wall running the length of the street. Wouldn't it make sense to plow the snow against that instead of blocking all the cars? The guy just doesn't think. A flip of a lever would switch the plow the opposite direction. I hope they don't come.

Monday, December 14, 2009

From my hometown!
Norfolk, VA

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The trouble with setting knitting aside and coming back to it months later is that if you're like me you might forget how you something. I have just ripped out the toe because it doesn't match. I must have changed the directions and of course neglected to write it down. The picture looks finished but you might see the tip of the DPN near the toe of the right foot. After this post today it is my frustrating goal to make my toes match!!!
This is a Drops Design from Garnstudio pattern 110-42 socks with star pattern and knit in their KARISMA merino superwash. I love their site with tons of patterns and many free.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A pair of 'Fetchings' for my other daughter-in-law. I knit them a bit longer on the wrist than written in the pattern. Paton's Wool. Pattern is at Knitty.com and from Summer 2006.
The reversible chevron scarf is finished. My son chose the colors for his wife. I think she will be pleased!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Husband's New Business

Approaching retirement age why not finally do something you really enjoy? He's a big outdoor cook that started through leadership in Boy Scouts which he still does. Now he's got his own little outdoor restaurant serving Nathan's Hot Dogs and sometimes BBQ which is smoked all night in an outdoor grill. He sets up at different Roanoke, VA locations with permission from private business owners. They are now calling him to come to their places! We are waiting for Roanoke City to change ordinances/zoning to accommodate all area outdoor vendors in January.