What a busy couple of weeks -- a big blur, except for the weekends. Thanksgiving morning, Jessica, Emma, and I went over to visit my mother -- you can see what a joy it was for her. Emma lights her up like nobody else can.
Thanksgiving was also Ben's 12th birthday so we all went to Hilary's for dinner. Here is Ben, lighting his candles.
My birthday happened while I was away, so I got my birthday gift from my kids that day, also. Therein lies a tale...
A month or two ago I bought an iPad1 on ebay and have enjoyed using it on my kitchen island for recipes and to check my mail. Period. My children, having decided that they were going to surprise me with a new iPad for my birthday, were very disappointed that I had thrown a monkey wrench into their plans. BUT after realizing that i should not have bought the ipad1, I let them know that they could go ahead and give me a new one because I really wanted the camera and would be delighted with their gift. The old one can stay in the kitchen (and Emma can play games and watch videos) and the new one can travel with me.
So on Black Friday, down to the Apple store! I got the newest one with retina display and have been spending the past week playing, downloading apps so I can actually do work on the thing, and trying to find my way around this not-quite computer. The camera is fabulous but I can't figure out how to upload photos from it if I blog on my iPad. ARGH. Do I need to install iPhoto? And I need a case or a smart cover (which??) and Jessica says I need a wireless keyboard. blah blah blah.
That's where I have been -- except for the weekend. Had a visit from my Gillman kids and had a great time playing Pictionary with them -- always a favorite with Kayla and Alexander. And the grownups love it, too:-).
I spent yesterday in the studio, printing scarves. This morning I was scheduled to give a lecture at a guild an hour and a half away -- but instead, SNOW and we rescheduled for February. I have been listening to the plows outside and have not even been out to the mailbox.
There is something decadent about a Snow Day. I changed into my work clothes after I got the cancellation call and decided I would dye scarves and sew. Uh huh. The next thing I knew, I spent an hour scrubbing the gunk and rust off of the toaster oven. What was I thinking??
Fortunately, with uncanny foresight I had brought home my undyed scarves. The snow day gave me a chance to dye another dozen scarves. I need to print like crazy over the next few days because on Saturday I am vending at a holiday craft market. I lost 2 weeks in the studio to no power and i just hope I will have enough scarves for a whole day's market. The ones in the front still have to be printed. It is so labor-intensive; I must be crazy.
While these were in the washing machine, I made the mistake of looking UP. The shelves above the washer and dryer were so gross and overloaded that I spent another hour cleaning, rearranging, sorting, and throwing out items that were so old I couldn't tell what they had once been. More snow day activity.
While I was at it, I discovered a stash of magazines from thirty years ago. Do you want them? There are even more of these in with my cookbooks and I suspect they are loaded with wonderful and
delicious recipes. It was my favorite cooking magazine in those days. See the dates? See the cover prices? omg-- collectors' items. Am I ever going to cook like that again? Sigh...
So that was it for the past couple of weeks. I never did get to the sewing today, but maybe tomorrow night. For now, bed.