I am cobbling this together at the last minute. My world has not stopped spinning since before Thanksgiving and I keep on thinking it will slow down!
My Thanksgiving was wonderful! Both sons and my Daughter-in-Law were here and it was a cozy family holiday. Our Grandson has reached a new development stage and it was so fun! He is almost 2 and a very chatty little guy.
At one point he threw some food on the floor and of course, he was warned not to do it again. I casually said “Zero Tolerance Policy” and he parroted back something pretty close to Zero Tolerance Policy. I cracked up.
He is coloring now too and I just love this little vignette created by Logan and his Mom.
We start our Thanksgiving meal with a selection of cheeses. Whole Foods has by far the best collection and it is expensive! Several if not most were $35/lb, but I just got bits of each. This year’s selection was the best and worth the cost! Every variety was excellent. Creamy Swiss was the first to go (see the flag down?). It actually wasn’t a Swiss but some other fancy name that took too much room on the tag😊
We carried on the Lyon family tradition of Beef Raclette (a table top grill) and roasted veggies with a bevy of sauces.
Our table looks different than most Thanksgiving tables. We decided years ago that neither boy liked anything about the traditional Thanksgiving except the stuffing and pies, so we have moved on.
Our yard has been pretty spectacular this year and it was still pretty nice for Thanksgiving. Here are a few scenes:
We took a morning to visit the to Yolo Bypass Bypass Wildlife Area:
“Located in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area’s approximately 16,600 acres is a haven for fish, waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds, neotropical migratory birds, raptors, invertebrates, snakes, turtles, toads, and bats.”
If you drive Route 80 from Sacramento to San Francisco, you’ll pass over it. I have lived in California for 23 years, have probably passed over it 100 times have not visited. It has a quiet beauty and we saw a huge variety of birds and some intriguing wetland grasses.
My Grandson has become a birder, who knew?
Handsome Hubby and son got out the binoculars. There were some almost poetic moments when huge flocks of birds would lift at once and circle about. There was such beauty in their elegant movement and their sounds.
My Daughter-In-Law is a skilled knitter and I had a project in mind. I want to learn to knit and I needed a simple cowl to keep my neck warm on my early morning walks. The commercial ones are too warm or too tight.
So here we go, Jenny is learning to knit! I am moving ahead at a snail’s pace, but enjoying the ride. I chose a yarn with no itchy and a lovely soft feel. I know nothing about yarn, but I do know a great yarn shop!
I try to donate 2 charity quilts a year. I know, that is a pretty low bar, but I do travel and teach frequently and it can be hard to find the time. I think I did one earlier in the year but I’m not sure.
The top was constructed by another guild member and I layered, quilted and bound it. A finish!
I got these flower-type thingys out that I made from silk years ago. My silk stash is much more impressive than my cotton stash. I love them, but I still don’t know what to do with them. I just threw them up on the wall, hoping they would talk to me. The green is a gorgeous hand dyed raw silk that looks infinitely better than it appears in the photo. I am pondering…..
We are redoing our kitchen and although construction will not begin until April, there are many decisions to be made now. I have spent a great deal of time looking at slabs and pulls and finishes…. This is my slab choice, Silestone. I am anxious to jettison the current granite. I know, #firstworldproblem.
I am hoping to take a quilt coat class next week at Meissner in Folsom (California). The class may not make due to low enrollment. I suppose most are too busy this time of year, but this is my best time – I have no gigs until January! I SO want to take this class and Sue Rasberry is excellent. Locals, don’t you want one too?
And finally, I love the way the sun fills my house in the winter. I caught this vignette yesterday – the pulls in my bathroom were shining like jewels. Sometimes, it’s the little things.
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