Sunday, January 01, 2012
Here's a picture of the wonderfulness that I received from this year's SSCS swap -- I'm a charter member of this group and each year it is wonderful. I was assigned to make goodies for someone on a different continent; I made her a tote bag and a hand-crafted ornament, but I've not heard back from her whether she liked them. My name was given to dear Annette in Oz, and she sent me the darling stocking that held the blue FQ, the wee zip-tote, and the Australian birds calendar. The main gift that she made for me was just amazing -- she made a block tote out of lovely CW fabric appliqued in a William Morris-like motif! I was so delighted with Annette's thoughtfulness.
I couldn't wait to try out my new camera and this wonderful subject, Nate, was readily available! We spent two nights staying at a motel that is very close to Tom and Anastasia's home. It is a bare bones kind of place, but for $49 per night, we had a clean, well-heated room, excellent mattresses, comfy pillows, a fine shower, a free breakfast that we did not indulge in, and permission to have the dog stay! One morning Joe helped Tom do install a new fixture in the powder room and the second morning they did some work under the kitchen sink. Anastasia took me up to Quilting Adventures, where I'm a faithful but infrequent customer, and I bought some FQs and a couple of yards of "finish the bolt sale" Kona Snow.
We did presents again, and of course there was more eating and merriment. Andrew's guest quarters were filled by Sherry's family, so Joe and I used our Holiday Inn points to stay at a nearby hotel. It was more grand that most Holiday Inns and for some reason, we were upgraded to a suite! That was kind of fun. We received a complimentary breakfast one day but took most of our meals with the family.
We thought about going to see the National Christmas Tree and the MLK Memorial, but parking was an issue and some of our personnel were feeling a bit under the weather, so we elected to go home and some of us went over to run around in the park instead.
Another night we went out to view some rather ostentatious Christmas decorations. I forgot to take my camera, but Joe had his, and I'll share pics in another post.
So here we are at the start of a new year, having had a wonderful week with our children. I'm fortunate to have another day before I need to return to work.
I wish my readers much happiness and only good, good things in 2012!
Posted by Nancy, Near Philadelphia on Sunday, January 01, 2012