Sunday, December 9, 2018

Throw Another Book on the Shelf

I think I'm going to go back to a book for today's Greed List entry.

Jefferson fascinates me.  I've never gotten my brain completely around him, so any interesting opportunity is welcome.  This book looks interesting.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Points of Light

I love Christmas lights.  Always have.  When I was growing up, they were relatively large bulbs, and they got hot as they burned.  More than one of my fingers has sizzled when putting a gift under the tree.

There was a family up the street from us who strung green lights along their roof every Christmas.  I thought it was the coolest.  One year, Daddy gave in to my asking and strung some along the front gutter.  Ours were multi-colored, so not as sweet as the Lewises', but we did it.

My next Greed List item is having someone come in and hang string lights all over the house as decoration.  Someone who is more clever and artistic than me.

#Chewy Influencer, December --- Well, That Was Easy

Tap is smitten.  Smitten, I say.

No, really.  He loves these treats.  The first time he had one, I was trying to coax him down off a chair.  Now, if he wants one, he jumps into that chair.  The easiest training yet.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

On the Seventh Day of Greed. . .

Any Wish List that I author will include these boots.  They are "Sora," by Old Gringo, and cost more than $500.  They are the boots I most covet than I'm fairly sure I'll never have.

*heavy sigh*

Thursday, December 6, 2018


I side with Twinnie on the adjustable straight needles.  They could easily be made from a pair of circulars you already have.  My suspicion is that they're for "those" knitters who sit around the table at yarn shops and "casually" pull ridiculous and ridiculously expensive things out of their bags when they're sure everyone is watching. (And there's enough quiet for all their bracelets to jangle.)

Bitter?  Oh, a tad.  There was a yarn shop less than five miles from my parents' house in Tennessee that was no fun to go into whatsoever.  Judgy in the extreme.  If you have a good yarn shop with good, accepting, helpful people, thank your stars.

If those bookshelves spoken of yesterday ever do appear, there should be new books to put in them, wouldn't you say?  Today's entry on my list:

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Flipping Pages

Have you heard of adjustable straight knitting needles?  I saw some in a magazine the other day, and am a little bit fascinated.  I have several pairs of jumper needles, which are just like these except for the moveable toggle.  They're fun to use, especially with a large number of stitches.  You know, too many for straight needles, not enough for circular.

Looking through magazines, looking through catalogs at this time of year sometimes gives me ideas for gifts I can give.  This year, Talbot's is offering a sweater that I think is cute,
so it will be today's entry in the 24 Days of Greed.

I've never had many Christmas/holiday sweaters.  There were a few in my closet when I was teaching preschool, and when Briton was little, but generally, they have never been much of a part of my wardrobe.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Always More

I was brought up with books, by a woman who loved books.  Therefore, my Christmas "if" for today is

Here are just a few images that enchant me.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Squash and Trees

Your Christmas gift "requests" are a delight to read.  I must say, you're dreaming bigger than me at this point, but I have some days left.

Today, something I've wanted for as long as I can remember;  a turquoise squash blossom necklace:

As for my Christmas tree "woes," it appears that someone has come up with and is selling half-trees for those who want to give in to both their pets' destructive tendencies and their own wish for a tree.
As for this house, Tap would consider that a challenge: "So, you think I won't be interested in this?  Don't forget that I have young legs and mad jumping skills."

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Why, A Penguin, Of Course

There'll be no Christmas tree here this year, due to Master Tap.  There is no way any tree or any lights or any ornaments survive his, shall we say, energy.

On the one hand, no tree is sad.  On the other, it certainly takes a significant amount of pressure off me.  I'm not sure what I'll do with gifts, as they wouldn't go untouched, un-jumped-upon, or un-gnawed-upon either.

On the subject of presents, my choice today is
The Compleat Bloom county.

I do love Mr. Opus.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Twenty-four Days of Wishes

December 1st is a trigger date for me.  Although I start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, the first day of December is when
I start working on Christmas/holiday cards,
I start wrapping presents,
I begin opening the advent calendar(s) that I have,
I start playing Christmas CDs in the car.

I did watch a Christmas movie the other night: "The Man Who Invented Christmas" on Amazon.  It's the story (not sure how accurate it all was) of Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol."  I enjoyed it, in no small part because Christopher Plummer was Scrooge.

Would you mind playing a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice game with me?  Pretend you can be given a new gift every day between now and Christmas Eve. Think only about yourself here --- nothing for your partner or child(ren) or the country or the world.  If it helps, think of it as "Twenty-Four Days of Greed.)

See how I inadvertently tied my game idea to Scrooge?

Anyway, I'll go first.
A yarn bouquet from Jimmy Beans Wool.

Friday, November 30, 2018

#Chewy Influencer, November ---- Eating by Colors

My other product to try this month was Temptations Cat Treats
Holiday Dinner "Edition."

When I give Riley treats, I usually give Maddie some pieces of her kibble, which seems so unfair.  I have been giving her these, though.  (Don't tell the vet, K?)

Maddie gobbles them.  Riley --- my hand on this --- eats the green ones first.  Like they were M&Ms.  The treats are "turkey and sweet potato," but I don't know if one color is one flavor and the other the other, or if all of them are the combination.  Whichever way, Riley prefers the green.  

Kids, huh?

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Throw Another Book on the Shelf

I think I'm going to go back to a book for today's Greed List entry. Jefferson fascinates me.  I've never gotten my bra...