Saturday Leofwyna and I spent Christmas eve at the Ambassador with the Mobleys; we played a full set of dominos.

Sunday, Christmas afternoon we opened our presents and put together a jigsaw puzzle while watching a couple old movies.

Monday we drove up to Omaha for lunch at Pla Too and hit a few Thrift Worlds where I found a really nice pair of brown leather mules.  We returned to Lincoln in time for a movie, Rogue One.

Tuesday afternoon lunch at Ticos then another movie, Magical Creatures.  I was able to get to FoodNet where I picked up two hands of bananas, a cantelope, crackers, macadamia nut cookies, a couple sweet potatoes, and multigrain bread,

Wednesday I went to stand in the end of month lines at the DMV to get my driver's license renewed.  I was pleasantly surprised to pass the eye test.  I wrote my thank you note to Laurel for a Christmas check and replaced Leofwyna's December check. Then there was A&S in the evening followed by supper at Famous Daves with the gang.  Haldara taught nailbinding to some of us while Volkmar wove, Isadora worked on his new cloak and I stitched linen coifs.

At the sewing table this week I've put together half a dozen Kronberg quilt tops from the blends they've provided.  I'd be glad to be done with 'em as I don't enjoy working with the blends this way but there's still lots of that stuff to get through.
Wednesday I did my laundry and finished sorting 2" strips.  Thursday we went to the Doerr's for Thanksgiving.  Morgana and Od were also there.  It was a very pleasant, low key day.  Back home at the sewing table I pieced up a few 9-patches.

It was a lovely thing that Leofwyna had obtained a plug-in site for the camper.  It was a hot-hot-hot week in Danville, Indiana and we were able to rest well.  There were some great amenities in the form of a/c'd shower trailers and a/c'd flushy trailers between our site and the Great Machine making things very convenient for us.  We were pleased to attend the founders' get together the first Saturday and had the good fortune of an informal meeting in the hall with several others and visiting with Diana Listmaker herself for nearly 20 minutes.  Leofwyna had three really good drumming evenings which put her in great spirits throughout.  I spent most of my days at the Great Machine helping as I was able, mostly allowing Master Gerald the opportunity on his 'off-days' to know he could get away awhile.  The reception for the Great Machine by folks was consistantly a fission of excitment and awe which was a wonderful boost for his lordship. Wednesday night's bloom compression was especially impressive.  (Back at home we found numerous photos and videos of the Great Machine available in Facebook.)

When 50th was done Leofwyna and I headed north to camp in the woods near the south edge of Lake Michigan.  Leofwyna got to put another stamp in her passport for the Indiana Dunes National Park.  We daytripped to Chicago, Shipshiwanna, and up into Michigan more than once.  Of course we visited many thrift stores everywhere we went and we looked diligently for Habitate ReStores where we did find some of the tiles we need for the laundry room floor.  We developed a special fondness for New Buffalo, Michigan, where we found wonderful ice cream at Oinks and attended the fireworks on the beach on the Fourth of July.  Although we sprayed ourselves with mosquito spray repeatedly through the days we came home with extensive bug bites all up and down our legs, very itchy for days.  One suggestion after the fact was chiggers but that doesn't seem right to me.

NOTE:  Most likely the 'chiggers' were oak mites.  The itching eased off after a week or so and the spots finally disappeared a few weeks later.

Friday was New Years Day and I spent it with the appenti at Rich's.  One goal was to pull Sash's boxes and stuff out of the garage and divid it between us to carry away.  My car is full to the roof and I still need to go through it and put what I'm keeping away.  I brought along meatballs and brownies and put a corn bake in the oven there so we could all have supper together.  We spent some free time watching Star Wars tv shows; they're much better than I'd known so I want to make the effort to catch the rest of them.    Saturday was 12th Night and Morgana and Shelly rode up with us.  I had bentwood boxes for the girl apprenti and promised Killiam a fighter's coif which needs to be finished.  Sunday Shelly and Morgana joined us in hitting all the Goodwills before Shelly headed home.  Monday I went to depost my checks, find my pillows, and order my birthday book.  At the sewing table I finished the blended lozenge top.  My most recent 301 foot pedal has stopped running which is very dissappointing.  Now I need to find two different replacement foot pedals.
Wednesday I pieced the blends up for a top... it's not quite done but it won't take long once I get back to it.  Wednesday evening was a farble.  Belinda brought truffle muffins which were quite good.  The group went to supper at Cowboy Chicken which was interesting.  Thursday afternoon I reclaimed the car ($570) which kinda hurt.  It was the ignition and plugs were the problem.  I met up with Leofwyna, Shelly and Morgana at the Doerrs where we played a 'very interesting' Q-and-A card game.  At midnight Volkmar lead us in a round of "what's one thing this year you most appreciated" and "what's one thing you hope to accomplish in the New Year".  I most appreciated the wonderful west coast trip Leofwyna took me on last spring and among many other things I hope to get my glass hoophouse up this spring. 
Friday for Christmas we stayed home and enjoyed our time with each other.  We had agreed to keep our gifts-giving inexpensive but we had fun opening the many little presents we'd gathered over the year.  I'd found her several excellent scrapbooking books in excellent condition at the thrift stores, a boggle book she plans an taking on her trip in February, and a scarf that goes perfectly with her winter coat.  She got me the traditional package of marzapain, a new traveling soap dish (mine got left behind somewhere this year), a "cigarette lighter" flashlight (like hers), and a candy bar with movie tickets to go to Star Wars Christmas night.  We spent the afternoon workng on a jigsaw puzzle until time to leave for the movie.  Saturday we spent the day with friends where we played a full set of Mexican dominoes which takes several hours to work through double twelves.  For my birthday she'd given me a gift card to Barnes and Noble for a garden book I'd voiced an interest in.  Now I've got to try to remember the name of the book so I can go get it.  Laurel sent us both a check for Christmas and I'd gotten a birthday card Thursday with a check for my birthday.  I'd planned on getting new pillows but the checks are big enough I need to find something special for the rest of it.  Sunday we made the rounds for the 99-cent sales where both of us had some excellent luck.  I came home with three big bags full of good stuff.
Friday Leofwyna was so euphoric about getting Cassie back that she immediately made plans for a supper party Sunday and went around inviting all the neighbors.  So she spent all day Saturday and Sunday putting it all together and I got pulled into some of the preparations. Turns out with the short notice and all only Rylan and his folks and Mike/Michelle came but that made for a really nice little get together. 

Leofwyna spent the weekend getting the front room all decked out for Christmas.  It's all red and gold and looking real festive.  With cold weather well settled in I'm mostly at the sewing table putting together Mountains Majesty and Lozenges... There'll be a couple quilt tops completed this month if this continues.  We've finally finished up the Thanksgiving leftovers so tonight I put together a potato gratin with ham.  I'm trying an experiment with last year's canned peaches to see if they can be dried to use in cookies or cake.

Wednesday I got out to the humane society, no joy, and went round and round the Adco Park neighborhood, no joy.  Back at home Shelly came and we went to supper before Leofwyna and Shelly did their prep for Thanksgiving dinner.  When they were done I cleaned up the kitchen.  Thursday when Shelly and I got up Leofowyna was oversleeping... OMG she says and throws the turkey in the oven.  Aside from that it was a good day with good friends, good food and miserable weather.  We were glad to hear from them at the end of day that they'd made it home safe.
Friday we slept longer than planned so we decided to return to Fort Collins (it's only ten miles away) and go to the quilt shop we found closed yesterday and check into the other thrift stores in town.  At the quilt shop I got about a dozen pieces of original prints I'd never seen anywhere else.  I had good luck at the 4-5 thrift stores, too.  We received an e-mail from Australia; they're enjoying their trip once they got past the jetlag.  Saturday we'd planned on staying in and doing laundry.  It was a beautiful day to hang my jeans outside to dry in the sun and breeze.  Saturday evening Leofwyna had plans for trick or treaters complete with black cape, wig and crown.  She had 29 visitors.  Sunday we went out to visit the prairie dogs then Leofwyna did brunekatefla and salmon patties for supper.  Monday we're off to Denver for two days and had a great lot of luck with beautiful weather and at the thrift stores.  I found a 301A Singer sewing machine for only $25 with a 25% discount!  Leofwyna had made a reservation at Comfort Suites and we had a great room with comfy beds and a huge street light outside our window and NO DRAPES!  Back in Loveland Tuesday night and we unloaded bags and bags of our treasures and started sorting them.  I ran out of steam and headed to bed early.  Wednesday we slept late and stayed in and purely loafed.  The weather has finally turned grey and dreary.  Thursday we stayed in and did a jigsaw but in the evening we went to a movie, The Martian.  What a great movie that is.  I want to go see it on a big screen again before it moves out!  Friday we went to Longmont for lunch at a place Leofwyna knows; it was closed so we went to Panda Express instead.  Then we went to five or so thrift stores.  At one of them I found several soft knit garments in my size and bought half a dozen pieces at about $5 each including a turquoise cardigan, black pants, two white short pants, and a black jumpsuit.  It's been a great week here in Colorado!

Saturday

Dec. 28th, 2014 03:42 am
We had been invited to an after-Christmas dinner at Mobley's.  Morgana was there again too.  We were served up a lovely ham dinner and there was a gift drawing where I got a really nice blank journal.  We visited through the rest of the afternoon, then switched to a domino game called Mexican Train which was great fun.  This has motivated Leofwyna to get all finished in the house so we can host them next year.  There was some discussion during the afternoon about the upcoming need for a new barony pair and the possibility of us stepping up.
Christmas day we spent a quiet time together.  I made a very successful turkey soup for supper.  We spent the evening with television and I trued up the quilt blocks.  At the end of the evening she was gone again dog-sitting.  Friday Leofwyna came over to begin my birthday  We had some of the good turkey soup and I opened my presents which included some Nadelstern fabric, a garden book and a flannel sheet set, a nice haul.  We spent the afternoon going to each Goodwill for the 99-cent sales and I had some very good luck there, too.  Adding several cotton cutters, a lovely white top, a couple wide mouth pints and a half-sized pressure cooker for the camper.  I also found a heavy shallow pan for Ingaborg's request; I hope it will be suitable for her purpose.  After seeing to Sammy we went to Tico's for supper and then to see Big Hero 6.  Disney has given us a charming, fresh morality story!!!

Wednesday

Dec. 25th, 2014 07:11 am
I went to Walmart to get chocks for Leofwyna for Christmas and found levelers too.  It was a splurge but I'll be benefiting from the camper and I wanted to show my appreciation and support for the camping schemes.  When Leofwyna got in this evening we opened gifts and were both much pleased with the results.  Today's purchases were particularly successful.  For supper I finished breaking down the turkey so I could boil up the bones for tomorrow's soup.  I'd figured out a way to re-whip the mashed potatoes so they were almost as good as fresh.  [Dumping them into pre-heated milk and butter to heat and hitting them with the handmixer worked really well.]  They went with the leftover gravy, turkey bits and green beans so I could package up the bigger meat pieces for a couple future meals or sandwiches.  It was a small bird so it won't last long enough to freeze anything.

Gifts I received were a check from Laurel [I plan to replace my cutting mats], and from Leofwyna a quilting book, a pasta making cookbook, semolina flour, a bucket seat, GOOD led lightbulbs [to replace the weak ones in the bathroom], a cute nightshirt, quite a pile of fat quarters, a box of marzipane, a gift certificate at a new shop at Union College and more.  This year since she isn't working my birthday presents won't be opened until my birthday.




Christmas Eve I went to Walmart to get chocks for Leofwyna for Christmas and found levelers too.  It was a splurge but I'll be benefiting from the camper and I wanted to show my appreciation and support for the camping schemes.  When Leofwyna got in this evening we opened gifts and were both much pleased with the results.  Today's purchases were particularly successful.  For supper I finished breaking down the turkey so I could boil up the bones for tomorrow's soup.  I'd figured out a way to re-whip the mashed potatoes so they were almost as good as fresh.  [Dumping them into pre-heated milk and butter to heat and hitting them with the handmixer worked really well.]  They went with the leftover gravy, turkey bits and green beans so I could package up the bigger meat pieces for a couple future meals or sandwiches.  It was a small bird so it won't last long enough to freeze anything.

Gifts I received were a check from Laurel [I plan to replace my cutting mats], and from Leofwyna a quilting book, a pasta making cookbook, semolina flour, a bucket seat, GOOD led lightbulbs [ to replace the weak ones in the bathroom], a cute nightshirt, quite a lot of fat quarters, marzipane, a gift certificate at a new shop at Union College and more.  This year since she isn't working my birthday presents won't be opened until my birthday.
Monday I got myself organized and roasted Leofwyna's turkey and made mashed potatoes, giblet gravy and steamed haricort verts (tiny green beans) to go with it.  Since we hadn't done a turkey at Thanksgiving we'd missed out on the leftovers, but now we have them to look forward to.  I must be sure to put half the turkey in the freezer though since there's only the two of us to work on it.  Late in the evening we got a call from the Doerrs, did we want to come over and help decorate their Christmas tree.  This delighted Leofwyna hugely and of course we went.  It was just the four of us and they don't use nearly as many ornaments as we do (only two boxes to store it compared to our dozen) so it was quickly accomplished so we also spent some time looking through their sca photo album.
Sunday and Leofwyna got hme in time to take us to Valentino's for supper.  She also brought a fresh turkey from Sam's so I guess that's what I'm making for supper tomorrow.  I 'came out' about the green-and-cream quilt so I can spend more time working on it when she's around.  She's gone again tonight... dog-sitting with Sammy for friends who are gone out of town for Christmas.
Friday with Leofwyna still gone I worked on the green-and-cream.  On a quick store run I got the makings for a batch of fudge for gifting the neighbors and 12th Night.  Thinking Leofwyna might be home in time for supper I put together potato salad to go with the fried chicken from the freezer.  Leofwyna was a no-show so I continued working on the green-and-cream all evening.
Sunday was our baronial Yule Court.  Leofwyna autocrated so I took her grocery list, filled it on my way and put the dried fruit and pork roast (cubed) in the crock pot for feast.  Through the afternoon while chatting I altered the sleaves on my new embroidered undertunic at the shoulder (they were 4" too long).  After feast Gwyneth and Leofwyna perfomed the Christmas monkey story and song.  Then while the kids were still gathered up Leofwyna and I did What do you give a Wookie for Christmas.  The kids finished up the sing-along with Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.  When all was cleaned up Leofwyna only stopped at home long enough to change before heading back to Omaha for Shelly.
Saturday was our opportunity for a Thanksgiving feast with friends and they had every possible side with a lovely turkey.  We had trouble getting there in time as we'd forgotten which building their new apartment was in but it turned out okay as they were still putting together a couple final sides.  At the end of the day Leofwyna headed over to sit with Sammy for a couple days while the Fasts are out of town.
Thursday was Lincoln's fireworks show so after Leofwyna' singing practice we took our subs and sodas to Sun Valley Road and found an empty parking lot to view it from the comfort of the van.  Friday we took in a movie, Earth to Echo (very cute) before 'cruising' a big loop around the south side of town to take in all the neighborhood fireworks.  Ended up on a dead end street looking north over highway 2 near Pine Lake where we could see a panorama of neighborhoods.

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