Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ending 2015

Outside it's still snowy.  More on that later...

Inside the house, our Christmas tree and decorations have come down and are safely tucked away until next year.

But not before I made one last little purple stocking to go on the tree next year.

The amaryllis I bought 3-4 weeks before Christmas was starting to open a couple of days ago...

Even more the next day...

Then BAM! This morning it looked like this!
Looks like there will be at least three blooms like this on it.
How beautiful is that in the dead of winter?
I'm so glad I started buying a bulb around Thanksgiving each year for indoors. It's so fun and fascinating to watch it grow and then burst open with all this vibrant color right around Christmas. This is my first amaryllis. I love it. I'll go for a different color, or maybe two, next year.

On Christmas night, we were totally caught by surprise at a fireworks display across the river behind our house. It went on for about 15 minutes and was fun to watch. Fireworks on Christmas! Who knew?

We bundled up and went for a walk in our snow boots yesterday afternoon.

The Columbia was icy and still and gorgeous, as always.

We were hungry after our exploring and walking so we walked to the bar & grill and had a big fat hamburger and fries for lunch. It was so hot and good after being outdoors in the fresh air. 

As the sun was setting around 3:30, we walked on home...

I snapped this shot looking west from our driveway.
What a nice day.

If you have Netflix and want to watch something good, check out the documentary, Making a Murderer. There are 10 episodes. After the first one, I wondered how they were going to make 10 episodes out of it, but you'll know during the second one. You won't be able to stop watching! We stayed up until 1:30 this morning watching the last one. It made our jaws drop in lots of places and sparked many lively conversations. I can't say more because I don't want to spoil anything for you.

Over the last few weeks, we've also been watching the English series, Doc Martin, on Netflix. There are 46 episodes, and we only have five left to watch. It's good, clean fun.

I have a turkey breast in the oven right now. We're going to have it with potatoes, Stovetop dressing, French-style green beans, cranberry jelly, and rolls. Then there will be plenty of leftover turkey for sandwiches tomorrow and the next day. Mmm!

I'm going to be watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin on CNN on New Year's Eve to ring in the New Year. Party Animal! (Although it will be very early since we're on Pacific Time. Have I mentioned how much I hate being on Pacific Time? I'll never get used to it, and I don't like it one bit!)

Hope you have a safe and happy New Year's Eve and Day.
Don't forget to eat your black-eyed peas for good luck in 2016 on Friday!

Pammy Sue

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve 2015

Come on down our driveway...

Ken is clearing some paths...

It's like a postcard, isn't it?

Back inside...

A big pan of homemade cinnamon rolls.
We shared with our neighbors. Mmm!

And another big pan of baked spaghetti for our Christmas dinner.
Plenty for leftovers.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Pammy Sue

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Mittens & a Mug

My latest make, Snowfall Crochet Mittens

It was the first pair of mittens I've ever made. It took me at least four hours to make the first one. I was getting the hang of using two separate colors of yarn and running the white along the back so it took me longer. The second one I made in about two hours. It was fun. There were a few mistakes in the written pattern, and it was written strangely to me. I had to go with my instinct and experience in a couple of places. Probably not a good pattern if you're a beginner. I also started with a Ch 16 instead of Ch 25. That's a big difference, but the wrists were way too long starting with Ch 25. The wrists didn't look that long in the picture either so I don't know what the deal is there.  Anyway, the free pattern is HERE.

I got a package in the mail today from Etsy, but there was no note or clue about who sent it to me. If it was you, thank you very much! What a sweet surprise. I love it.

I've got nothing else. I figured you might be sick of my snow pictures so I didn't post any, but we are getting more and more every day the past few days. Wowee! I'm loving it. It's so pretty.

I hope you are stress-free and enjoying this Christmas week. Thanks for stopping by.

Pammy Sue

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Winter Walk

Turkey tracks

It's definitely going to be a White Christmas here!
We had so much fun trudging through and playing in the snow today.
It's coming down heavily again out there.