Hold your breath. Here it is. Christmas Eve. My favorite time of the Christmas Season. The perfect moment between all the preparations and all of the celebrations.
All is done yet all is yet to come . . .
"It was a moment of perfection he would probably not find again this year, and he sat without moving, almost without breathing. There was the upside of a garden, when one was digging and planting, heaving and hauling, and then the downside, when it was all weeding and grooming and watering and sweating. One had to be fleet to catch the moment in the middle, the mountaintop, when perfection was as brief as the visit of a butterfly to an outstretched palm.
In large microwavable bowl (or brown paper grocery bag cut to fit in microwave), mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and fish crackers; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir (shake) until evenly coated.
Microwave Directions: Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring/ shaking every 2 minutes. If using a paper bag, put the cut off top piece under the bag to absorb grease. Spread on newspaper to cool. Store in airtight container.
What a fun surprise I had on Friday to receive this little tree as a gift. It is from a new teacher in my school that I have worked with the past 10 weeks. She made it herself from pine boughs and mini ornaments. She is lovely young lady and so creative. I LOVE it. Thank you Sarah.
This is my child with mission in her heart and an amazing depth of spirit. Her mission work has taken her to Taylor University IN, Seattle WA, Vancouver BC, Terrace BC, New York City and now Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I am truly awed by this child. She is everything I strive to be. Ever since she was a little girl she has been the social director of our family and her friends. This remain the same in her adult life. She keeps things organized and makes sure that all her friends are entertained and well cared for. She understands the joy of ordinary moments. She is an amazing, intelligent, thoughtful woman. When she, my first-born, joined our family my life changed forever. Being a mom to her and her brothers has enriched me more than they can ever imagine. I am so honored to be her mother. I am so proud to be her mother. I am so grateful to be her mother. Now she is out there in the world - I pray for her to have a joyful life. I hope she knows how much she is loved.
I know that January is the traditional month to "get organized" but my retired husband and I spent this Saturday turning an old storeroom into a new closet. This of course is after he has spent many weeks relocating the stored stuff, painting and having carpet installed. And now . . . add clothes!
Below is a very easy crochet pattern for a simple winter hat. I keep a basket of these handy and am delighted when friends and family take one. They are particularly popular with my children and my nephews.
Hastings Crocheted Hat
4 ply yarn medium weight yarn
as many colors as desired
crochet hook size J or I (for smaller hat)
Center of crown : ch 4 and join into ring with a slip st.
Rnd 1 Ch 1, 6 sc in ring. Slip st to join to 1st sc. (Mark for beg of round.)
Rnd 2 Ch 1, 2 sc (go through the top 2 loops) in each sc around.
Join with slip stitch. (12st)
Rnd 3 Ch 1, (1 sc in next sc, 2 in next) repeat around. Join. (18st)
Rnd 4 Ch 1, (1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 in next) repeat around. Join. (24st)
Rnd 5 Ch 1, (1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 in next) repeat around. Join. (30st)
Rnd 6 Ch 1, (1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 in next) repeat around. Join. (36st)
Rnd 7 Ch 1, (1 sc in next 5 sc, 2 in next) repeat around. Join. (42sts)
Rnd 8 Ch 1, (1 sc in next 6 sc, 2 in next) repeat around. Join. (48sts)
Rnd 9 Ch 1, (1 sc in next 7 sc, 2 in next) repeat around. Join. (54sts)
Rnd 10 Ch 1, (1 sc in next 8 sc, 2 in next) repeat around. Join. (60sts)
Rnd 11 Ch 1, (1 sc in next 9 sc, 2 in next) repeat around. Join. (66sts)
If you don’t yet have 66 stitches, increase evenly spaced around hat until you have 66 stitches
Any time you want to add a new color: Join color new color with a slipstitch at the beginning of any row.
Continue until length of hat from top to rim measures 7 inches (usually about 29-30 rows) or your preference
Finish off (Weave in and tie off all loose ends)
Abbreviations beg = begin(ning) ch = chain rep = repeat(s) rnd(s) = round(s)sc = single crochetst(s) = stitch(es)
Adding a Brim
If you want to a add a Brim (can be worn down or folded up):
Inc Rnd in 28th row (1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) Repeat 10 times - 73 sts. Work even until brim measures your desired width. Fasten off.
Adding Ear Flaps
If you want to add Ear flaps:
Mark center front of hat with a scrap of yarn.
Count 11 stitches from center on left side of hat. With outside of hat facing you attach yarn with a slip stitch to this loop.
Row 1 Ch 1, sc in next 14 stitches. Ch 1, turn
Row 2 Sc in same stitch as ch 1 and in next 14 stitches. Ch 1, turn
Row 3 Skip first stitch, sc in each of next 13 stitches. (this decreases row by 1) Ch 1, turn
Row 4 Skip first stitch, sc in each of next 12 stitches. (this decreases row by 1) Ch 1, turn
Row 5 Skip first stitch, sc in each of next 11 stitches. (this decreases row by 1) Ch 1, turn
Repeat until you have 2 stitches left. Fasten off.
Add ear flap to other side by repeating the above rows on the right side. Make beginning and ending of ear flaps match on each side.
Join yarn to back of hat.
Sc around hat to the tip of the first ear flap.
Chain 36 stitches to make tie. Sc in second chain from hook and sc in each chain until you get back to the ear flap.
Sc in tip of ear flap and continue around until you get to the tip of second ear flap.
Chain 36 stitches to make second tie. Sc in second chain from hook and sc in each chain until you get back to the ear flap.
Continue around hat until the edging meets at the back of the hat. Finish off.
Weave in and tie off all loose ends .