Saturday, December 09, 2017

Green Christmas

As promised, I whipped up a wee baby hat since yesterday, because I didn't have enough other projects happening right now. It is extremely cute and way faster to make than the adult-sized ones I've been working on for 2 weeks, that's for sure.

See? Sometimes I finish something.

I've been halfheartedly Christmas shopping here and there. All year I think of cute/useful/fun gift ideas I could get the kids for Christmas, and then December arrives and I can't remember any of them. So David has 2 T-shirts with jokes on them, Rachel has a fancy water bottle, and Susie has a pretty loose-leaf binder. THAT'S IT. I know I probably should have picked things up all along, but I guess I was too busy buying yarn instead.

Even my own wishlist is fairly empty - the only thing on it is wool dryer balls, and Larry will be too scared to purchase those because they are laundry-related. Hoist by my own petard, I am.

But there's more to Christmas than presents, right? There's also decorating the house and making it look festive. Maybe I could start by getting rid of the Thanksgiving flowers:

Just noticed these sitting in our den today

Or I could leave them there and have a sort of Addams Family theme for our holidays. That's always a possibility.

There's also the Christmas baking to be done, but I'm waiting on that until week after next. David will be home then, and we can generally prevail on him to make us pecan sandies and other delectable holiday goodies. I mostly specialize in cranberry bread, myself.

In the meantime, we're actually expecting snow here tomorrow, but I'll believe that when I see it. It's gotten so that we don't even bother to hope for snow anymore until January -- not anything that sticks, anyway. "Wake me up if you see snowflakes," Susie ordered me, before she went to bed. "I don't want to miss it."

My poor child, growing up with no real know, as a child, I used to feel such pity when I saw those newspaper photos of kids from the South, out trying to make snowmen in a rare inch or so of snow. Now? We're living it. 2 inches? Time to sled! 3 inches? Snow forts!

Forget those displaced polar bears and rising sea levels - THIS will be the true calamity of global warming: a lost generation of children who don't know what real snow is. My grandchildren will watch "Frosty" and say, "Tell us about snowmen, Grandma - did they really talk?"

On the other hand, I don't really miss the shoveling, so I guess even climate change has its silver linings.

Wow, I went from knitted baby hats to climate change in one blog post - you folks certainly get your money's worth, I'll say that. Time to wrap this up before I cover even more scintillating and timely topics - also, it's past midnight and I have to get up early for yoga.

Oh, who am I kidding? I'm going to stay up and knit some more hats. My yarn is calling me.


  1. That is a gorgeous baby hat and you clearly do not remember the big blizzards of 2009/2010.
    Now I'll just head back over to and continue searching for gifts to check off my own rather dismal Excel spreadsheet (big families need one).

  2. It's a sweet little hat! I don't know about you, but we got snow - in fact it is STILL snowing. It's pretty but I'm already over it.

  3. I have 3 kids born near Christmas so my shopping never feels complete. I've been very focused on finding decent khakis or jeans for the tall thin men in my life. 32 x 34, 33 x e4, & 34 x 34. 3 oldest boys are over 6 feet. I have created a stockpile in my room but I fear the rest of the gang's gifts are lacking. I try to keep track of what I get but the busier I get the worse I am at tracking.

  4. Oh and I forgot to mention the baby hat is darling!!!

  5. The little hat is so cute! It doesn't snow here. Except every so often we have a freak snow for about 2 minutes. A few years ago it snowed for about an hour. Crazy times here.

  6. 1) I love that hat. 2) The same thing happens to me with gift ideas. Or I have to give away all the good gift ideas to my elderly relatives. 3) I had a flower arrangement closely related to yours on my dining room table, until my husband took mercy on the world and threw them away. 4) Pecan sandies and cranberry bread. Yum. 5) It is snowing here right now. I think snow might be overrated, but perhaps that's only because I have to go out in it in an hour.

  7. I have two giant pumpkins, decorated with moss and succulents, sitting next to my poinsettias.