We had a wonderful Christmas yesterday and I hope you did as well. It's nice for it to be over for another year and take a rest. We went to my Mom's first at noon and then Duane's sister's at 4 so it was a big day. I made several of my gifts this year. My niece and her daughter made me a gazing ball out of a bowling ball. They got the idea from Pinterest to take a bowling ball and glue pennies all over it. It is supposed to keep slugs away and keep hydrangeas blooming blue due to the copper in the pennies. Those kinds of gifts mean so much because I know as I make something for someone else I have that person in mind and now every time I see that gazing ball in my yard I will think of Farrah and Hailie.
I made a tote bag and put an apron in it that I made for my sister-in-law Marilyn who enjoys cooking. I need to make an apron for myself. How many times have I started cooking with good clothes on and gotten a grease spot on a top that I really like? Several.
I made tote bags for my sister Jenny and my cousin Sharon who lives in Florida. I have been making her something at Christmas now that we have found each other again and started exchanging pictures and letters. The tote bag is easy to mail. She knitted me some house slippers that I really love. They are so warm and fit great. I am going to tell her to make me another pair for next Christmas as I will probably have these worn out.
I made my nephew a coverlet that fits over a card table and makes it into a playhouse. There is a mailbox, windows with curtains, and a door. It's really cute if I do say so myself. I put a Christmas card in the mailbox for him. He is 4 so he should get a lot of good out of it along with his little sister Sydney.
Today we are under a blizzard warning. I just a call to hang on before starting the ATM route because banks will probably be closing early and the roads are horrendous. I love being snowed in (as long as we don't lose power). I will be sewing most of the day. I am now working on a quilt I need to finish up from a class I took. Two other sisters-in law loved the apron I made for Marilyn so between finishing quilt projects I will be making them aprons. I will then have nieces, my sister, and others so I imagine I have gotten something started. One can be made in an afternoon, takes only 5 fat quarters so I figure I can finish a project, make an apron, finish a project, make an apron and on and on until I get one for those who want one.
I have a great family on both sides. My Mom who is 86 stayed here last night. She will probably be here again tonight due to the blizzard. She has a sister on life support in a hospital in Indianapolis. If Mom loses that sister it will be the fourth one and the second one within a year. I think the last sister's death helped bring on her last TIA so if we lose this sister I don't want her to be alone if she has another mini-stroke. There were 6 girls and there will only be Mom and one sister left. Life goes on.
Make sure your family knows you love them.