Monday, December 06, 2010
How the Grinch Was Won Over by Who-ville
I have to say that dinner went swimmingly tonight. I usually am out of my head and off my feet trying to get the house cleaned and three courses on the table. I'm exhausted and unable to enjoy dinner. But this week, I decided to start early. I did the bulk of the housecleaning on Friday. On Saturday I made dessert (pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting) and the appetizer (Southwest corn dip) and did a tiny bit more cleaning. On Sunday I brought the dog to the park and vegged until people arrived. This was why I was so agreeable when Jersey chided me for being Scrooge. The Grinch? Whoever. We're going to Florida for Christmas, why put up a tree? But everyone was willing to put in the effort. So now we have some decorations pointing toward winter holidays.
You may think that I've taken a lot of time away from my gift-making schedule. And you'd be right. Unfortunately, the sewing machine clattered to a halt again on Thursday. I broke four needles in a row--a whole pack! I guess I'm a slow learner. The needle seems to be contacting the shuttle. Despite this setback, I am buoyed by your wonderful comments about what I've made so far and I am confident that I will finish some of the sewn gifts on Wednesday at quilting class. I am hopeful the machine will be ready soon or that maybe I can get a loaner. We'll see this afternoon.