Saturday, 22 December 2012
bits and pieces
I've been busy with lots of things and haven't done much, either blogging or knitting.
I went up the coast yesterday for a haircut. DIL still insists she will do my hair and I really like the way she does it. So I'm playing each visit carefully to see how things go. It was OK yesterday, she seemed almost as usual. We both kept the conversation fairly general and all seemed well. I'll take each visit as it comes. The next will still be in school holidays so I guess that she will be OK.
My son has moved into his own place now and a load seems to have lifted from his shoulders. It's a smallish townhouse but it has a large garage which he will use as a study. He has mattresses for his children but will buy bunks for them. Currently they are on the floor when they visit. I went round there after the haircut and the children went too as their mother is booked for Christmas haircuts all weekend. They seem to be coping at the moment and enjoy being with their dad.
The place is a bit dated but adequate. It's about two minutes to walk to the nearest large shopping centre and it takes him about five minutes to get to the station. Took me longer, but then, his legs are much longer than mine!
Along with the book above, my sister gave me this little glass tree which is very delicate. The baubles are also glass and came with the tree. It stands with my Nativity set and my Christmas angel mum gave me "for your Christmases to come" not long before her death. A mix of traditions of different origins but I can live with that. I put my decorations up late and take them down early too. Tomorrow is the last Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the year in the church calendar. My mother followed the no decorations till after tomorrow, as her mother had done. I've been a little bit early. I find following the calendar like this is an ordered way of working through the year and it suits me. Nothing slavish, just some structure to life. I'll take them down at Epiphany, otherwise known as Twelfth Night, January 6th.
I have started the Hawthorne shawl which was gifted to me in a Ravelry group. I haven't done much, the rows are long and I want to be fairly sure I will not be interrupted during the row. The shawl starts from the bottom edge and decreases in the lace for shaping and there are then short rows to further shape the body of the shawl.
I will be at #1 son's on Boxing Day and so will DIL's brother and family from Darwin. I think I will be quietly at home on Christmas Day for lunch and I'm perfectly OK with that too. I was last year. Prawns and some spicy sauce, I think. We've had our main family gathering and it's been pleasant basically avoiding the shops.
I hope to update again but will offer my Christmas greetings to all just in case I don't.