My Heart is Broken

My dearest cousin, Alane, has passed away suddenly, without warning, passing peacefully in her sleep. She was only 63 years old. She was my closest relative, my best friend, more of a sister than a cousin. Growing up, we spent more time together than apart from the time we could walk all the way through …

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Cards, Stashbusters and a BOM

Recently, my blogger friend Jeanie at Marmalade Gypsy and I were chatting on email and she made a comment in frustration that I thought was a brilliant idea. Christmas was so busy and was going by so fast. We both were lamenting that there was no time for cards when she said "I swear, next …

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Quiet Time for Christmas Eve

Earlier this week, we had a lovely dinner with friends, then drove over to the Lake Julian Festival of Lights, a drive through light show with part of the proceeds benefiting Special Olympics. This one is much smaller than the big Tryon show, or the ones that take up a stadium parking lot, but has …

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All Those Last Minute Details

Wow, it is just a few days to Christmas, where has this year gone? December comes in with such anticipation, and then I run out of time. Thankfully, the decorating is much simpler now, with carloads going to the thrift store and not having every horizontal surface in the house covered in Christmas. I finished …

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Cooking Up a Christmas Feast

Time to think about Christmas dinner and get the shopping done for the ingredients. For many years now, we have done a Standing Rib Roast in the English tradition. Having just had turkey for Thanksgiving (with all the turkey leftovers), it is wonderful to do a special beef dish for Christmas.  Yes, a bit expensive, …

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Christmas with the MINI Club

This year, we were once again able to spend a weekend with our MINI club at a resort to party, have fun drives and do fun things. The directors chose to bring us back to the Lake Lure Inn where we've been before. I posted a lot of pictures and history about the inn two …

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In the Sewing Room This Week

In the sewing room, I am making some progress on the quilt projects in progress. My friend Kathleen returned the quilt that she quilted and I needed to add the binding to finish it. With all the colors in the quilt top, I decided on a yellow tone on tone for the binding. Putting it …

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Winter Comfort Food and Dressing Up

When the weather gets a bit cooler, it is time for some hearty meals that are tasty and filling. I do like to cook healthier meals for us most of the time, relying on fresh produce and seasonal fare. Fall squashes are lovely this time of year, and I do like most of them. Recently …

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Christmas Cheer

With holiday gatherings back in full swing, even if they are smaller and scaled down, it still means a busy time. We are having a bit of fun, seeing some friends, and enjoying some Christmas cheer. This past week, we were once again able to do Winter Lights at the Arboretum with friends. It was …

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