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The ‘I missed a week’ update and a Mid-Winter Christmas

Ooops its been 2 weeks since my last update.  Progress has been a bit slow as we have been tied up with a lot of personal things.  We have just restructure our finances and bought out my husbands business partner so there has been lots of bank visits and lawyers and accountants . . . plus my normal 12 hour day job AND I’m training for a half marathon of which I have a practise quarter marathon coming up in 6 weeks of which I have 3 goals

1:     Finish

2:    Run the whole thing, no walking unless death is immanent

3:    Finish before prize giving starts

As I couldn’t run across the road without requiring a heart defibrillation 18 months ago this is actually a big deal for me 🙂 We will see how I go 😉

Anyway back to the update 🙂 I have completed one of the knitted squares for my patchwork blanket.  This was a Mock Rib Garter Stitch Stripes Square.  I have no idea why they call it ‘Mock’ because the look like actual stripes to me

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It actually went really well and I only had to frog back a bit a couple of times on rows rather than whole restarts etc.

Not only but also I made some progress on my photo stitch.  She is coming along nicely and I was happy with the progress of what was only one days stitching, about 1400 stitches that day.  It was a rainy yucky cold Sunday so I went downstairs and hung out with the DVD player and occasionally a cat 🙂IMG_6136

In the middle of all the mayhem I decided we need to have a family dinner.  As its winter I seemed like a really good idea that we make it a mid-winter Christmas theme and, as there would be 4 ‘couples’ attending (my mum is joined at the hip with my aunty so they always come as a team) we would assign a course each and also we each had to bring 1 home-made gift each for the tree.

Our son and daughter-in-law got pre-dinner nibbles, my brother and his wife got the entree, my husband and I were main and mum and Aunty Adrianne were dessert.

The food was completely fabulous.  Pre-diner was a lovely cheese board.  Entrée was kumera mash with tiny sausages and a brown onion gravy.  Main was roast turkey and beef, roast vegetable salad, peas with bacon and onion, broccoli and cauliflower sprinkled with cheese and my world famous chicken gravy which is its own food group.  Dessert was Tiramisu, lime cheesecake, my Great Grandmothers plum duff of which everyone got a copy of the recipe and brandy custard.  Needless to say, nobody could walk after all that.  Ralph and I also made a mulled wine and eggnog.  I used the Jamie Oliver eggnog recipe and my word that is delicious!  Mum got rat-arsed on one of it and finished the evening with a slinky slide down the stairs.  She landed safely and giggled so all is good.  The high light of the kitchen time was while they were trying to figure out how to use my microwave.  It opens from the top which threw everyone.  When they did get it open my aunty commented on it being flash because it played music.  It doesn’t.  My bluetooth speaker was below it on the bench and had just changed track.  I came round the corner to my brother just about crying he was laughing so hard.

It was a mad dash to finish all gifts for the secret Santa.  Ralph made a fantastic giant Yahtzee with giant dice.  He painted the spots on at about noon on a winters day.  We had to put them under the heat pump about 2 hours later in a mad attempted to get the spots dry.  I was sewing the back on my epic failure of a cushion at 2.30pm.  We ran out of time to make a drift wood tree so I sent my husband to the garden to get me a leafy stick.  We propped it up in a pot and decorated in the Christmassy tradition.  All was fine until someone opened the sliding door.  Do you think we could get that sucker to stay upright after that? Nope.  Ended up having to tie a string to the tree and then the curtain rail.  It was not a good look

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Mum and Aunty mis-read the instructions.  Aunty bought presents for loads of people instead of just one and they both bought instead of made the presents.  Oh well, they still did good with great presents 🙂

My brother made a fantastic wooden wall hanging which my mum scored.  He had a similar problem with wood drying that day and had popped it in the oven on low for a bit.  It is now mildly bow shaped so he does not recommend doing this.

Aunty scored my fabulous mess of a pillow.  I should have stitched it over 2 instead of 1 as it ended up being way too small.  Also I miss calculated on the count at the bottom and by the time I realised that it was now off centre it was too late to frog it as I needed to get it finished and was out of time.  Also I forgot to get the edging braid.  Anyway, my sister in law liked it so she utilised the steal clause and stole it leaving Aunty with the giant Yahtzee.

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My brother got the stress ball that my son had made.  He got kudos for actually making something as none of us, including his girlfriend, thought he would.  We were all suitably impressed.  Then this happened . . .

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All orders for the stress ball production line were immediately cancelled and nobody except our housekeeper later in the week could figure out how the hell to get cornflour and water out of the carpet.  Our housekeeper is a legend.

Ralph scored a fantastic naughty and nice treat set from our daughter in law.  Naughty was fudge and nice were some delicious cranberry and cocoa bliss balls.

I scored my sister in laws wall hanging which I absolutely adore 🙂 It is now hanging pride of place in my lounge where the serenity prayer used to hang.  She is very happy its bits have stayed on as apparently this was not the case earlier in the week.

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It really was a fantastic night.  Way too much food, loads of laughs and probably too much alcohol although I don’t think anyone (except possibly granny) woke with a sore head.  We have decided that we will definitely being making this a regular winter event and the older ladies have promised to read instructions properly and make something next year 🙂

This weekend is a quiet one so fingers cross, should have a good update on the craft front next week 🙂

Be safe everyone xxx

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Cross Stitcher, knitter, home cook, HVAC specialist, avid movie and TV watcher, reader and mum. I work full time and I'm not very good at sitting still so I love to try all sorts of crafting things from scrap-booking to ceramic work, but mostly I stitch. Heaven & Earth designs would be my favourite. I have had some major health scares in the past few years that I would not of expected to experience for at least another 20 odd years (born in 1971 so am currently only 45). Due to this I have a bucket list and its full of things right from books I must read to adventures I must achieve before I croak. I am always at the gym making myself stronger and healthier to fight my challenges and achieve my goals. Before the challenges I thought there would always be enough time and was just drifting along. You know how it is. Work, chores, kids, sleep, get up tomorrow and start again. I didn't really have any clear goals. I knew I wanted to travel but that was pretty much it. I was gaining weight steadily and didn't do anything much outside of the house and work. Since the challenges I have managed to get almost front row for both the Eagles and Elton John (expensive but you can't take it with you right), have had a day tour Kayaking around a lake and hiked the Tongariro Crossing. None of these would I even have considered 3 years ago. This is only the beginning :D Life is a gift and its what you make of it. You want it then you best be prepared to go get it :D

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