Yesterday

I had the day off yesterday, and I was busy! To start off I made soufflés. The recipe is from Joy of Cooking – I added bacon and lots of cheese.

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My knitting friend came over and we drank tea and watched The Crown (on Netflix) as we knit. The Crown is about Queen Elizabeth’s rise to the throne. It is full of angst and drama and (of course) lovely British accents.

Yesterday was a day for sock knitting. I started these worsted weight Rye socks on Monday, and I was determined to finish the first one. The Lord of the Rings was my movie of choice to knit to.

As the day went on I wanted to get one more thing done: baking bagels. I pulled out my trusty Joy of Cooking again and mixed up the dough. Bagels are not as hard to make as you might imagine. Tadah! Homemade bagels are the best!

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All in all it was a profitable, but enjoyable day.

 

Sisters

You know that song and dance routine from White Christmas where Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen play two inseparable sisters? I may be a little farther away from my sisters, but we still think alike.

My littlest sister is a fiber artist, and I am pleased to say I taught her to knit. When she was here for my wedding she gave me a pair of adorable cat washcloths.

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In contrast, my middle sister is a visual artist, specializing in drawing and sculpture. The Lord of the Rings was my earliest fandom (something I have passed on to her), and I incorporated some elements from the movie into our wedding (our ringbearer was dressed as a hobbit). Accordingly, my sister drew my husband and I a movie-esque poster as a wedding present.

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I come from a talented family.

Sisters –  Irving Berlin

Sisters
Sisters
Sisters
There were never such devoted sisters

Never had to have a chaperone “No, sir”
I’m there to keep my eye on her

Caring
Sharing
Every little thing that we are wearing

When a certain gentleman arrived from Rome
She wore the dress and I stayed home

All kinds of weather
We stick together
The same in the rain or sun
Two diff’rent faces
But in tight places
We think and we act as one

Those who’ve
Seen us
Know that not a thing could come between us

Many men have tried to split us up but no one can
Lord help the mister
Who comes between me and my sister
And Lord help the sister
Who comes between me and my man

What We Did

While I was with my family over Christmas I took my two younger sisters out to a pottery painting place. I figured we could make fun memories and beautiful things to remind us of each other and the time we had together.

My sister the artist painted this. I am in awe of her skill. She has been diligently practicing and getting better and better. By the way, this was painted free-hand from a picture.

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My sister the knitter, like me, does not enjoy coffee. So she painted a tea mug instead (the inside is brown, so I think it looks very hot-chocolatey).

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And I, inspired by this story, painted this.

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The outside is a snowy red
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Look! A teapot with a kitty in it!

Happy Kitty.

The Haul

Ok, so now that I’ve talked about how Christmas is not about stuff, here are some of the things I received from friends and family. It was a good Christmas.

My mom gave me a gift card so I could buy exactly what yarn I wanted.

Also, this, which she picked out for me. My mother knows me well. Thank you, mom.

I am definitely going to wear this shirt to my teaching job

My littlest sister, whom I taught how to knit, came full circle by knitting me a hat. The best part – she needed help to finish it, so I was given an unfinished project. My knitterly heart was ecstatic!

My sister the artist made me an Evenstar pendent based on the Lord of the Rings.

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A good friend gave me this. I am so excited to add it to my tree.

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This is from my lovely boss at the music studio: Thank you for a wonderful year of teaching!

And the Piece de Resistance: Look what my wonderful boyfriend gave me! He picked it out himself and I love it so much! ❤ ❤

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Opal is my birthstone

Well, I’m back

So Sam says when he returns home to his wife and children at the end of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. While I may not be at home with my family right now, college has become a different kind of home to me. I don’t eat home-cooked meals here, watch movies with my mom, or giggle with my sisters, I do enjoy being here with my friends and having once again something to do. I’ve heard before that friends are the family that you choose for yourself. We may not have a choice in who our family members are, but we can choose our friends. I love my family very much but I love my friends too. And sometimes it becomes hard to choose between them when schedule conflicts arise. But you know, I couldn’t really do without either families I have because they are both a part of me.