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Within the confines of this blog, you will find bits and pieces of the life and times of myself, my family and friend dear and near., far and wide, few and far between. You will find bits and pieces of my world, tho small to some, but huge to me. You will find everything from 'soup to nuts',; recipes, hobbies,crafts, gardenings,loves of my life, GrandLoves-a-Plenty, and even my pets... Sooo, if you can handle family life, enjoy the tour of my 'Stuffings'.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Circle of Loves

It's bitter cold outside our windows,
Our nostrils freeze as we breathe.

The bright sunshine deceives us,
But giving no relief.

A wheel of mittens,
Or a row to go,
Our GrandLoves will play warmer
Through wind, ice and snow.

Finally, I finished the scarves and mittens for our 11 GrandLoves. The little ones each get mittens and toys, while the tweens and teens get scarves and gift cards this year.

I think they all realize that Grandma and Grandpa are soon to open an even tighter wallet of fixed income, so it's always a pleasure to see their grateful smiles with the slightest of material things. Praise the Lord, they know we love them and have saved the best for last. I'm so happy that each of them have come to know that the greatest gift is ' love.'

Our Christmas together is this weekend. For years now, those that have room for the 20 of us, have taken turns hosting our weekend. It will once again, be family photo time, (note to me)-(bring camera). Maybe we can have our daughter, the photographer, do photos again, hint, hint, Little One.
The host and hostess provide a main meal of their choice. The rest of us bring appetizers or a dish to pass, lots of Christmas cookies and gifts for the children who have drawn names amongst the cousins. They become bright-eyed as they open their packages. To a Grandpa and Grandma, it's the best part, seeing those sparkling faces and well behaved gigglers. Wow, how I love Christmas.

You will not hear from me for awhile. After our busy weekend in Baraboo, this Grandma is going to finally curl up under a cozy quilt and take a long winters nap in my chair with the heat of the wood fire, tucking me in even deeper.
Sleep, Sleep Deep, Sleep.

When I awake, there will finally be time to deck the halls. Those of you who have followed me for awhile, know that I do not put up my outside lights until there is snow on the ground or it's bitter cold outside. Well, we have both, so I will be most busy placing a few lights, wreaths, and most welcome, I will be lighting my star on the barn to ' light the way.'

I wish you all a safe journey, wherever your travels may take you.
I wish you the Joys of Christmas.
Christmas is every day. Enjoy it's calm.


madcobug said...

You did great on knitting those mittens. Have a great Christmas this weekend. Helen

TexWisGirl said...

enjoy your break! enjoy your family!!! happy holidays!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Gorgeous mittens! Lucky kids to get those! Enjoy all of your Christmas break.

Jill said...

Your mittens are gorgeous!

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family, safe travels and a nice long winter's nap. Will be here when you return! :)

imac said...

Nice to wrap up and keep warm this Christmas.

jack69 said...

AWWWW, I can never figure which button I hit to lose a comment, but I do,

I love the entry and the beautiful handi work. I cannot believe one person does this? You are something else.

And is it a self punishment to wait until it is so cold or you just don't feel right hanging lights outside until it is ccccccold.

Anyway. I have got to go my girl says time to walk. And it is cold here 69 outside.

Love from Florida
Sherry & Jack laterr

A Quiet Corner said...

Love those mittens!!! You deserve a real honest to goodness "Santa" nap!...:)JP

Muffy's Marks said...

Wow, a big job accomplished!! The grandloves will treasure them!

Darcie said...


Will bring the cam along. And oh, I finally found the match to my one slipper. Now I have two pair! Thanks Mom!

Love ya,

Cher' Shots said...

looking good ... have a wonderful weekend with the kids and grand loves
'love & hugs from afar'

Betsy from Tennessee said...

The little mittens are great for the grandloves... Those kids will love you even without all of the lavish, expensive gifts... It's LOVE that kids want and need.

Have a Merry Christmas.

Shug said...

So proud of you...I know this required a lot of time and hard work. Your grands are going to be happy and pleased..
Blessing to all of you and have a MERRY CHRISTmas!

Paula said...

Pretty pretty mittens. I like the dark blue and light blue together, Have fun!

Fred Alton said...

That's beautiful hand-work, Dar! And what a beautiful family tradition. I always love reading your blog.

JDS said...

Merry Christmas Dar, and enjoy your break from blogging. It's nice to hear that your family still grasps what this wonderful season is all about.