I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We really had a great one. Delicious food, nice fellowship, and thankful spirits. We have found that a thankful spirit and attitude is the key to peace and joy in life, so we don’t just focus on thankfulness on one holiday a year – we make a constant practice of it every day. We have a chalkboard up in our living room that is our “Counting Every Blessing” board. Whenever someone thinks of something to be thankful for they go and write it on the board. Once it is jam packed full we erase and start over. It has really helped us keep good perspectives on life, especially through the hard times.
As is our tradition, we made Christmas candies the weekend after Thanksgiving while we decorated the house for Christmas. Caramels, Old-Fashioned Hard Candy, Fudge (butterscotch and eggnog), and peppermint bark. We will continue to make more throughout December and give it to friends and family and take it to Christmas gatherings that we attend.
The lettuce and spinach in the basement garden under grow lights have sprouted. We planted another tray so we can have succession plantings. We are hoping for fresh salad through the winter from this basement garden since we have been very disappointed in the quality of greens we are finding for sale at the stores.
Advent starts today. It is a way that we acknowledge and celebrate the promise that God gave to send a savior, and the time of waiting before His arrival. Mtn Man made us a pretty log advent wreath many years ago that we love. Each night we light a certain amount of candles and do a Bible reading and short study on different aspects of the promises about the messiah. My favorite is Christmas Eve when we light all the candles – it is so pretty and meaningful! Here is a pic when it is all lit:
Knitting and Sewing
I am still busy knitting Christmas gifts, hoping to complete them all in time. But I made a goal for myself back in the spring to complete 15 squares on my scrappy afghan each month. So I took a short break from the Christmas knitting this week to complete the 15 squares for November. I am not hooking them on, just getting them knit up. I now have 150 of the 192 squares I need. If I keep up with my goal I should complete the squares in February, and then hopefully get it all hooked together and complete by March.
I figured out how to darn socks this week. I have been putting it off because I had no one to teach me, but it got to the point that it had to be done. Hand knit socks get holes just like other socks and it is much easier to darn them than knit a new one. I do find that by reinforcing the socks I knit we have minimal holes, but they still occasionally happen – especially when one steps on the transitions strip between carpet and wood flooring and the screw tops snag the sock.
So I decided to go for it. I knew the basic principal – weave a patch so there aren’t any lumps and bumps to be uncomfortable on the foot. I got out my darning egg – I inherited this one from my great-grandmother in her sewing basket.
I put the sock on there and then cleaned up the edges of the hole a bit. This was before I cleaned up the edges.
First I wove in vertically.
Then I wove across those horizontally.
I am not sure if that is the right way, or how long it will last…but it felt good on his foot and looks fine, so I am hopeful.
Every year I make the kids flannel pajamas and they give them to them on Christmas Eve. I purchased all the needed flannel this week and am starting to cut them out and sew them now. I am also sewing myself a special winter skirt that I will share more about later.
Fun and productive start to winter on the farm!