Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ready for the new year

Clearing out clutter, making things orderly, means I can breathe in my sewing corner now. Big deep breaths that energize me.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Need something serged? We have the technology.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


A delicious holiday project, finished tonight: creating a grimoire, as a prop for The Vampire Diaries.

Monday, December 28, 2009

December 28

I'm tired of muddy footprints on the tile. Perhaps this will help; we'll see. I had fun making it, anyway.

And now I've learned the Magic Loop method for when your circular needle is too long. It's quite possible that I'm becoming a knitter.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

December 27

Possibly the best Christmas gift was one I don't know how to use. But I'll learn.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Mookie's birthday

I wouldn't like to have my birthday so close to Christmas, but I'm glad Mookie does. It makes it so convenient to celebrate with her. Happy birthday, sister-friend.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day

Friends, family, food ... and baby Chelsea. Blessings indeed.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Star anise

Inhale. These perfect little stars smell like Christmas.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


She finally mastered multiplying and simplifying fractions. I think the new pink lap desk helped.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I don't know where half of the cloth napkins have gone, but with 21 coming for lunch on Friday, it's time to make more.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A night of firsts

Ian's band performed at The Roxy.

Before their set, we hung out at Book Soup, which would have been more delicious if we'd taken our glasses.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Getting there

A morning of last-minute sewing, and an afternoon spent gift wrapping. I'm getting there.

Friday, December 18, 2009


His shoes matched my bag. Wild.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


It was a very expensive iced tea.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Shawna's new house has a Meyer lemon tree in the backyard. If I hadn't already fallen in love with the place, this would have decided it for me.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


An accident in the canyon had traffic at a standstill. I waited, thinking of another crash nearly thirty years ago that changed our lives forever.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Colour and texture

Don't want to stop. Who needs sleep?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

December 13

I didn't plan on it being a big cooking day, but I ended up making four dinners and two desserts.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chicken scratch

Even though I don't eat it, I like to make chicken soup from scratch.

Friday, December 11, 2009


We were going to go to a movie, but it was cozier to stay home.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


My very favourite part of Christmas is the tree lit up in a darkened room, with a warm fire flickering. We have a cold rainy weekend coming; so I plan on spending some time with this tree, getting all glowy and Christmas spirity. Ornament by Penny.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

shiny happy

The beach looked so shiny and happy after yesterday's storm, I just had to stop on my morning commute and enjoy it for a little while. I didn't care that I'd be late for work. Or that I got wet up to my ankles. While wearing shoes and socks. Oops.

Monday, December 07, 2009

The mothership

Leaving work on a chilly wet night, grateful for a job, grateful for a warm home to return to, grateful that it doesn't snow in L.A.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Rock Pockets

When is a picnic blanket not a quilt? When it has rocks in its pockets.


In the morning she hated me. In the evening she sang me love songs.

Saturday, December 05, 2009


$170 in postage later, the Christmas gifts are mailed to Australia. Except for Jesse's. As usual, I have no idea what to give him.

Friday, December 04, 2009


I learned to knit the two-circular-needles method. And I fixed the toilet.