The days have been flying by and I feel that I can't keep up. The decorating and all the other holiday bustle is keeping me hoppin'. The busier I am, the crankier I get. It's ok if I choose not to knit or quilt or scrapbook or whatever I don't feel like doing, but when all the things I have to do get in the way of what I want to do... Well, let's just say mama is not happy.
Tuesday night I went to an ornament exchange party at my sister's house. I had fun, and I received two very beautiful hand beaded ornaments.
Some friends and family and laughter. My sister's house is beautifully decorated for the holidays. I think I counted at least five Christmas trees. She has a four year old and works full-time. I just don't know how she does it with out going completely nuts.
I have gotten a bit more done on the first Ocean Toes sock. I am up to the turn of the heel which I think I can handle alright, but the next bit may be a bit sticky for me. The directions are written for double points or two circulars, but I am working the magic loop on one circular and even putting that aside I am not certain I understand the directions. I'm going to look at it again when I am not worn out. I know better than to attempt something new when I'm tired.
I have spent the last two days working on getting some Christmas cards in the mail. For six or seven years I rubber stamped all our Christmas cards every year, but last year I broke tradition and had portrait cards made at a photography studio. This year, to economize, and because I ran out of time, I just took a snapshot of the girls and then spent all day yesterday wrestling with Photoshop Elements 7 trying to come up with something decent to put in store bought cards.
All I can say about the end result is that it will just have to do. I mangaged to get them signed, addressed, and mailed out today. It is done and I am going to try to put the entire painful experience behind me until next year when I hope it will work out better.
Trying to learn photo editing software on December 17th, to get cards mailed out in time for Christmas was just never a good plan in the first place. It is however very typical of me to find myself in just that sort of situation. Big plans, procrastinate, stress out, and then settle. It's always so good in my mind. It always starts out like the smell of good coffee brewing in the morning and then ends up like, well, I just don't even want to go there.
The big storm is supposed to be starting soon. They are calling for between 8 and 13 inches of snow tonight, so tomorrow just may be a snow day. I am cuddled up under my new best friend, the down throw, the past few weeks of extreme cold in our drafty old house have me huddled under it whenever I am not running around like the proverbial headless chicken.
I am very afraid of losing power. I find the news footage of winter storms taking out the power terrifying. We do not have fireplace or woodstove and I can't imagine what people do when the power goes out and it's only 2 degrees outside. Aside from that possibility, bring the snow day on. I have presents to wrap anyway.