Two candles

are alight in the Menorah.

All four of my kids are home. The Eldest picked up Maus from Oakland this afternoon. They came straight to the house. College Guy worked all day. Since he is the only one of the management staff at his particular CVS to whom none of the following apply (married, small children, Christian) he volunteered to work the whole day. I’ve no question that he is a good guy and would have been willing to help out regardless. But the extra hours and the holiday pay never hurt.

Table cloth and napkins

are special for the holidays. Hey, the fabric was on sale at JoAnn’s and I was having fun with my new serger.. We had latkes, both traditional and sweet potato. Our stove has a griddle surface, so we completely avoided the deep fry oil, but with a few left over for tomorrow’s breakfast. Finished up the soup.

Otherwise, I took it really easy today. Christian reported in that everything went smoothly in Augsburg. I got the impression that they were all very thankful that their hardest job was deciding what kind of pizza to order in. The courage of the three EOD guys still amazes me. I did enough standby for EOD for years, but never had a desire to really learn whether I should be cutting the yellow, red, blue or green wire first… That bomb, one of the original “Blockbusters” will be on its way out of the area to complete its demilitarization.

I’ve started the Klimt Cross-stitch. It is one the with (44×132 = 5808 stitches) and 80+ colors. Many of which have only one or two stitches in a section.

the first three rows complete

Since it is so narrow, I am going to consider progress by rows completed rather than by 10×10 squares done. A row (44 stitches) to count must be complete. Three rows down, 129 to go = 5676 stitches till completion. With all the floss I have around, two of the colors I need seem to have taken a walk. Of
course, they both have a presence in the first few rows.

Tomorrow I’m predicting continuing cool (not cold) and mostly sunny to the weekend. Hope that everyone had a wonderful day with family, friends and whatever they were celebrating.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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4 Responses to Two candles

  1. Pat says:

    I took pics of my daughter in law lighting the menorah last night. We didn’t have latkes but with all the leftover mashed potatoes I will probably make something like that today. It sounds like a lovely day.

  2. Alison says:

    Love that you get to have your whole family there.

  3. Isobel says:

    Which painting?

    • Holly says:

      Virgin (three virgins?). No real clue to tell you the truth which is why I am just retering to it as Virgin.

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