December Enlightenment

There’s been entirely too much time since the last post! Ah, me. September was a time of getting back to ‘normal’, after a kidney summer and the Scotland trip with this year’s 10 year old kidney. Unpacking, catching up, sorting through photographs. Then, not too long after I returned our Slovakian son Dan came for a visit. He was an AFSer in the mid 90s. A couple of days afte Dan flew home, the Arizonz kidneys arrived for a week of fun. Their cousins came up for a weekend, which we packed with as much fun as possible.



Making brownies and a visit to a dairy.
Family time is precious. The boy got to show off his stormtrooper costume we made for him


and on their last night here we enjoyed a meal together at my favorite gluten free restaurant, Burton’s Grill.


My knitting projects have gotten less than the usual attention since I’m having some RSI issues, but I am working on socks a bit.

I had the guts to throw out a sweater project that just wasn’t coming together. It was a brave act and I did feel badly for a day or two, but what a relief it is to not have to struggle to make it right.

I’m starting quilts for the kidneys when they’re here.

And I’m working the Pay-It-Forward projects. I can’t show photos of those as they are surprises!. My new project is ‘365’-a photo of my garden every day made into a rememberance book for when we no longer live here.


I’ve been posting more in Instagram (the link is to the right), and decorating.


Now that the holidays are upon us, I am busy writing for my free course “December EnLIGHTenment. It gives me such pleasure to gift this to students and friends. If you need some joy and magic this season, let me know and I’ll put you on the list.

Blessings to all.



Creating a new course called December EnLIGHTenment, which is free as a holiday gift to students and friends. I am teaching what I need to learn and that is feeling the joy and magic of the season every single day. It’s going to be a sweet and delightful 24 day journey!!

And of course there’s the quilting


The knitting, (hat #5)


The Vision book


All surrounded by my heart rocks from the sea


and the full moon over the ocean



There’s a lot going on here. Well, Christmas is approaching, but the vision book is growing too. 




Beginning with a glass of wine and a snack, I worked a bit on the vision book. Will this be the hub and I in a few years? 🙂



Gathering photos, pictures and such. Some to be used now, some later.



This weekend at the beach house has been designated for basting the quilt for Christmas. Starting-


And finished! Now for the hand quilting.



I have a new project: a December scrapbook. Every year I try hard to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas, but there are always so many things going on that I know I miss things. This year I am planning to make a scrapbook with a page for each day. I’ll take a photo and jot something down about the day-total experience! I’m prepping the book now so there’s no excuse when Dec 1 rolls around.


This is going to be good!

Going to bed early so I can see the eclipse at sunrise.



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