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My Holiday Season

Sunday, January 8, 2012 It's time to blog, but where do I begin. My holiday season was interesting, to say the least. From the joys of preparing for the arrival of the whole family and the grandchildren's visit to the downside of having their little germ-infested entities in my space!
They look innocent, don't they? My spirits were buoyed by my honor of being named Awesome Crochet Blog: Free Form Crochet as I lay as a very bland sickie thinking of all I could be doing if I didn't have the stomach flu!! Held together with duct tape and string, I was able to enjoy New Year's Eve with hubby Alan and dear friend Gerry. We went to a Second City performance, "Christmas in the Heights" and laughed ourselves silly! I ate lightly afterwards; it was a strange New year's feast but so be it. Practicality first! Just as I was getting back my appetite, a delightful gift of Fannie Mae Pixies arrived and I was back in the business of eating! We enjoyed our free time and had fun going to several movies. The time wasn't without its pressures with 3 article deadlines looming. Be watching in the Spring for my article on "drape" in Inside Crochet magazine. My article for Talking Crochet e-newsletter was due Dec. 9 and the January issue, currently available, went live on Jan.3. All the while, I was working on my issue of the CGOA chapter newsletter too. January is shaping up to be a good teaching month. I'll be teaching 3 sessions at a bead store: beginning crochet
Bead-Crochet
and Wire Wonders: Crocheting with Wire Later in the month, I'll be birthing some new kid crocheters into the world with two sessions of beginning crochet at a middle school. Thanks to my presence out there on the web, these opportunities came my way! Through it all, my crocheting continued....I enjoyed making gifts for friends and family and stitched between the trays of cookies going in and out of the oven.
I made leg warmers for younger daughter, Bethany and have been consistently progressing through an afghan project requested by older daughter, Nicole. It's a joy to be able to make gifts that people appreciate! I've said that I hope that I don't freeze to death before we can get to Mexico in mid-February because we haven't had to endure a Chicago January in years. We've been spared and have thoroughly enjoyed the temperature consistently in the forties and fifties. Each day with a decent temperature gets us just that much closer to our winter get-away! On top of that, I'm leaving at the end of this week for a girl's get-away with my daughters to Florida!! Yay, very excited and we haven't had a chance to do this in a few years. We'll be accompanied by little prince, Jack, and we are leaving Chloe with her daddy!

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