According to multiple sites accessed by Google tomorrow is the Solstice. Winter for me, summer for my friend Ann who lives in Australia. A lot of folks are say that it's today-who knows? Anyway, every year after the holidays I swear I'm going to have a party for the Solstice, because I think it would be different and fun and because the special events that make up the holidays are really thinning out by now-everyone wants to get it in early. I never manage to pull it off though, actually I never even try to pull it off! (I'm always afraid that no one will come and I have precious few people to invite, sigh. It's remarkably difficult to make friends these days.) Regardless, I'm always grateful I never got around to it as this week is always packed with baking to be done-I don't even begin until this week-packages to wrap, projects to finish, etc. I do have all the packages wrapped, all those that needed to be shipped have flown away and been delivered. The Christmas cards have likely made their way to their destination. The cookies are done but the breads can't be made before Wednesday at the EARLIEST. While baking cookies I tried to put all my Christmas cds onto iTunes and then onto my iPhone so I'd have a Christmas play list. I did FINALLY manage but it was a process rife with difficulties. About half way through I found myself wishing for a good old stereo with a multiple cd player that I could just set on shuffle. Sometimes technology is not my friend!
I am cross-stitching my little fingers to the bone trying to get Kolby's stocking finished before Friday, but I can see it won't happen. I'll have all the x's in but the backstitching and assembly won't be finished, sigh. I do plan to keep on with it and hope to at least be able to pack it away with the others for next year. (Then I will have three more to do but I have to go buy fabric before I can start Nora's.)
Along with all the holiday comings and goings I've been going to physical therapy for the shoulder three times a week and I'm all finished with that!! I'll still do the exercises at home for quite some time yet as I can't reach behind me yet, and have been told that that will be a while in coming. I'm just glad that the painful soreness has relented!
Today, I took my two big boy grandsons to the National Toy and Miniature Museum. All I can say is Oh, My God. That place is amazing! An entire floor dedicated to fine art miniatures in various sizes. I was just blown away. I'm still standing amazed at the blown and cut glass vases, glasses, bowls and such some done in the 1:48 (that's 1"to 48") scale and even the 1:12 (normal dollhouses) had some pieces so tiny you'd have to use tweezers to move them. One artist was quoted as saying it was "like trying to hold a gnat while you clipped its wings." Brayden was really into them, Kolby not so much. They did like the second floor, which was toys through the years. The pedal cars especially. I found it interesting that toys my children had were to be found in several cases. All Steve's Star Wars toys from the first time around and the big wheel they all had to ride on! Then there was my Betsy Wetsy and other dolls that I had. I'll be going back as we ran out of "Good" before we ran out of museum!
Enough rambling, sleep calls and I have to make the bed first!