The In-Between days are good ones for just "being." I've been writing thank you notes, reading new books and just enjoying the quiet of the season. So here are a few things that were lost in the shuffle!
This year I made six kinds of cookies, Anno's spiced nuts and blogger Diana's fudge. The cookie plate included Cousin Bonnie's Jingle Balls (you might call them "wedding cakes"), ginger cookies, Drumkikars, a recipe from one of my former bosses, my favorite shortbread, this time topped with maraschino cherry frosting, a toffee bar recipe from a fellow Friends of Theatre board member and Ina Garten's raspberry bars.
|Clockwise from top: Jingle Balls, Ginger cookies, Drumkikars, Raspberry bars, shortbread, fudge, toffee bars
After making all those cookies, I had to get them out of the house. So Rick made baguettes and we made "house calls" to the homes of several friends, singing a carol at the door and leaving goodies behind. We kept distance and masked but actually felt pretty normal, all things considered!
|Making an Elfing visit to Mark and Jan with baguettes and cookies!
I also left cookies for neighbors and made some of Marie's oatmeal-maple muffins for my next door neighbors who both had Covid.
I said goodbye to my heart monitor on Christmas Eve -- talk about a great Christmas present, getting rid of that itchy thing! We'll get a treatment plan in January, after an echocardiogram and stress test. Meanwhile, I feel fine. Well, apart from every muscle in my back and shoulders aching from when my feet went out from me like a Keystone Cop on a banana peel as I stepped on the ice outside my door.
(However I'm still getting the ears irrigated and am missing my full hearing. Boy, you don't know what you've got till it's gone!)
I participated in a theater trivia contest that is now online. I didn't embarrass myself but I didn't make it to the semi-finals. Like "Jeopardy," where you bet and then answer a question, I bet more than I should have!
I loved these cute snowmen candy bars and I had to do some for Rick's stocking and table favors!
All you need is white paper, a cheap dollar store wool glove, tape, markers and scrap fabric for a scarf. I loved them -- and Rick thought they were pretty cool, too!
And, I finished what might be my favorite feltie and not for sale! I had a lovely model!
I have never done paperwhites before but there's always a first time. There will be a second and third!
In addition to holiday movies, I've been watching the wildlife outside my window. These two caught my eye, having a chat outside the bedroom window!
This fellow looks rather cheeky! I may have to move the nuts I put on one side of the house over to the other where they seem to like to play.
So that's life in the last couple weeks of December. I leave you with my happy model! (She's a little flirt!)
And I am SO happy to finally have turned the page and opened a new calendar to welcome 2021!