Well, it really was a good Christmas this year, at least for me. I had a lot of fun catching up with family and feasting upon some truly excellent food including my Grandmother’s legendary Baked Crab. My Uncle Ray brought us all wood caddies with six bottles of his home brewed beer as presents. Plus more for us to drink that night.I consider myself to have a fairly discriminating pallette and they were all quite well crafted with a great balance of flavors. I made sure to tell him as much.
What else? I got a really killer present from my Mom. Here’s what I got:
It’s a really thorough sewing set in a sturdy wood box. And wait until you see the front :
Cool, ja? DAMN STRAIGHT.
Shannon and I went to my Grandmother’s house and then my Aunt Lisa’s house for Christmas Eve festivities. Without boring you about everything I got I’ll stick to highlights. Let’s just say I’m very happy with how this Christmas went. My Grandmother gave me a really cool Irish cookbook, which I’m excited about exploring. Also got some amazon cards and got ten albums I’ve been burning for.
After that we came home and exchanged most of our gifts except two and our stockings (and our dog and two Cat’s stockings). Illustrated here:
Shannon sheepishly handed me my first present and I soon figured out why. He also got me a (the gayest possible )sewing kit. Check it out :
Pretty much the gayest thing on earth, methinks. But whatever Man, I’ve made peace with my feminine side or whatever you wish to call it. Either way, double the sewing supplies. Also, I helped a bartender I work with move and she gave me her sewing machine. I have a mannequin too. I am all hooked up to do mad crazy battle jacket works.
Speaking of, I finished patching up the body of the jacket (still need to put a few more patches on the arms ) and started spiking the dead space. Here’s where that’s at:
I’m going to tighten up the spiking, this is just the beginning. But yeah, that’s what I did at home on Christmas day, that and lots of non Christmas music.
On an unrelated tangent, here’s one of Shannon’s stocking stuffers: an ornament with his little girl Marci on it:
I also did a Rib roast that my Mom was nice enough to gift us with. It is absolutely superb.
Plus, I got to use my kitchen sawzall illustrated here:
All in all, it’s been a wonderful Christmas and I’m grateful that I got to share it with those I love. I wasn’t able to do a whole lot of shopping this year but I tried to be as thoughtful as I could achieve. Both my Mom and Grandmother’s cards had long notes in cursive (took a second to work the bugs out as it had been nearly a decade) expressing gratitude and love. My first attempt at doing one of those awesome cards that touch the soul.
I sincerely hope you have enjoyed this wee portal into my Christmas adventure. Now to enjoy a little shopping and tomorrow it’s work work work!
Happy Holidays –