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Christmas! The Season of Creatures of the Night

Blog winter0809 034_edited At least that's how Christmas generally feels to me. They take a perfectly lovely time where it's dark early and cold, a time when sitting in front of the fireplace and knitting and reading would be the sensible thing to do and insist on throwing all these parties and ceremonies and then the gifts that you must bestow on your loved ones - all your loved ones - and they'd better reflect both your love and the recipient's taste. Gah. (Note: this does not actually mean that I do all this, I just feel the pressure to do all this. It's possible I haven't sent out Christmas cards since........I'm not sure I've ever managed to send out Christmas cards. I know I did once in March. In the 80's).

The best part of Christmas? All the baked goods.

Wow. If Typepad "improves" any more, I'm not going to be able to blog at all.

Witness the SNOW on Mt Diablo! Half the mountain is behind the clouds, that's a really low snow level for us. 

And speaking of creatures of the night: (I'd been thinking of the unstirring mouse, myself), from Stumbling Over Chaos:

Which creature of the night are you?
Your Result: Cthulu Spawn

You are really an alien thing, aren't you? I can't describe you because you are beyond. We say "left field" and you say "Krn Grth Thchrang." You are the wild card of the bunch, the unknown quantity







Which creature of the night are you?
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Knitting update! Sleeve Island. I think I'm marooned on sleeve island. Hey. Progess. Who knew? Blog winter0809 032_editedBlog winter0809 044_edited Christmas knitting has turned into birthday knitting, or abandoned altogether (see, that's what happens when your birthday ISN'T around the holidays. You don't get it at all.)

I've finally found something to read, Vicious Circle by Mike Carey, chronicling the adventures of exorcist Fix Castor. But since it's a hardback, my walkaround book is Anne Neville: Queen to Richard III by Michael Hicks, a biography of Richard III's queen. I went through about 15 books without one catching my interest for awhile there. Book update to come, probably in the year end wrap up. Also: IT IS TOO EARLY TO DO A BEST OF 2008! It's not over yet!

I feel the pressure to fill in all this blank space. OTOH, it's cold, it's - sort of early, my bed still isn't made, I think I'm going to crawl back into it and knock out a few rows. Wonder who's on BookTV this weekend?

From Mindfull:

You Are an Argyle Sweater
You are contemplative, brainy, and serious.
You don't take much lightly - life is too important for that.

You are a very determined person. You don't let anything stand in your way.
You think out your actions and act deliberately. You don't waste time, money, or resources
Clearly I cheated on this one. Wasting time, money and resources is one of my favorite occupations.

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Hez sez "I am Queen of all I survey! Look on my works ye mighty and despair!" Maybe it was Ozymandias who said that. Hard to say.



I hope you went back to bed. There's no point in being up today. It's not like it's safe to leave the house or anything.

Love the knitting. Hate TypePad. Am in awe over the snow.





It thinks I'm an argyle sweater too. But it seems to skip the part where we're fun! silly quiz....
Meanwhile, I agree about the dark of night bit. I mean ... I love giving gifts, but I hate being required to give them.


Hmm, I'm an argyle sweater, too. Look out, tiny village under the tree! The Giant Furry Grey Monster lurketh!


Oh, don't stop altogether! (Unless you really need to, of course.) It's so beautiful! :o)

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Hez says,

This is my town. What of it?


Turns out I'm a sorcerer. Who knew? The sweater's looking great, and I sympathize with all of that pressured feeling. Each year I cut down more and more, and it makes me happier and happier...


So close! You'll be done with the beautiful Mary Tudor soon.

No matter how many times I change my answers, I'm still a cardigan!


Yay for MT progress! That sweater is going to be a knockout. Kevin says thank you for the Mt. Diablo picture. I emailed it to him and he stared at it for several minutes.

I'm a cardigan because I'm apparently traditional and conservative. Knitting-wise anyway. I love your little village under the tree. How do you keep Hez from carrying pieces all over the house?


I'm a sorcerer in a striped sweater. :D You are *so* right that the sensible thing to do in this time of darkness is to snuggle in front of a fire and read or knit.

Bookfool, aka Nancy

Oh, look! A little village for Hez to break. How sweet.


Gah, indeed...
Yes we just do gift cards now..I only wrap pressies for 2 friends and my mom..
Otherwise we don't even have a tree non in the spirit are we!

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Egad. The only good news is that all the expectations about this year will have been shattered very, very soon and we can snuggle into the bleak dreariness of January (and the fireplace and the knitting). Cheery, aren't I? Love the sweater!


An argyle sweater hmmm....

What is Hez requesting for XMAS, pray tell? The kids here have long lists...we shall see LOL.

Hugs and Happy Holidays, G

Miss T

That sleeve is amazing. And I like your village!


I stopped giving gifts altogether. A gift card and a day shopping together is what I give. It is so much more fun and especially because we time the trip for New Years Day and hit awesome sales. Haven't had a complaint yet - except from the MIL. Now, run up the Diablo with a cooler and bring back snowballs to through at the kids in the neighborhood!


Sleeve Island is looking might colourful and quite lovely.... and let Hez's reign be long and magnanimous...


You obviously need to have your citizens under the tree fleeing in terror.


Great snow picture! That is a low snow line... it must be cold there.


Your sweater is beautiful!


You may be marooned on sleeve island but at least it's pretty there :)

Literary Feline

I'm with you about this time of year. It is perfect for settling in at home and reading.

Any time someone asks me what I want for Christmas I've been saying I want homemade cookies or brownies. So far, only one person took me seriously. And oh, those brownies were so good! I actually shared with my husband, if you can believe it. I seriously considered keeping them all for myself. Haha!

My area has gotten a lot of rain recently and the mountains have seen quite a bit of snow. I love the sight of the snow on the mountain tops. :-) So pretty.

And yes, it is too early to do a best of 2008. That best of book may be just around the corner! For me anyway. :-)

As always, Hez looks right at home, watching over her little village. :-)

Fun quizes! I am evidently a Sorceror, which didn't actually surprise me considering the direction my responses seemed to go. Evidently I am Control is the name of your game. You are a studied tactician and scientist and you seek a kingdom where things make sense, damn the morals, even if you have to create it. You are cold, calm and calculating.. LOL

And as for my sweater type: I'm a cardigan: You are traditional, old-fashioned, and even a little conservative.
More than anything else, you are a creature of habit. You haven't changed much over the years.

You shy away from flashy ideas, people, fashion, and foods. You have simple tastes. You go for established quality and longevity every time. .

I hope you have a Merry Christmas, Carrie!


*L* Cthulu Spawn?? I love it!!


Heh, I had to look for Hez under the tree! She's got the stealth, chameleon thing down pat.

Snow? Snow? You want to see snow? Come on over!

Mary's looking great! You know, the good thing about FI sleeves, is that they get narrower as you get to the wrist.


Yeah, Christmas, bah humbug! It loses its appeal after puberty. One thing I do really like about Christmas is paid holiday time off work. This makes it all worthwhile.

Happy holidays (meh).


The sweater is gorgeous. The snow is threatening. I am Cthulu Spawn, too -- maybe we were separated at birth?


*snicker* I'm a turtleneck.

You are sophisticated, streetwise, and even a little cynical.
You are quite cultured, and you don't fall for gimmicks or trends easily.

You are naturally chic. You have a urban, cosmopolitan style.
And you know that the secret to looking good is not trying too hard!

I don't really think that's me.

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