I had a wonderful Christmas and hope everyone out there did too. Of course there was pandemonium, especially when it came to opening the gifts, but everyone enjoys it.
I think I mentioned receiving a couple of boxes from my son and dil in NY; one box contained flannel pajamas which I've been wearing for a week because it's so cold in my house. The other was a beautiful heather colored 2-piece outfit that I saved to wear Christmas Day. (Click to enlarge)
When I talked to my son on the phone he asked how I liked the pajamas, and I told him I'd been wearing them for the past week. He said, "But how do you like the other pajamas?" The other pajamas, I'm wearing them all day today! I didn't realize they were pj's, but they were the warmest and most comfiest things I've had on in a long time. Last night I even climbed in bed with them on (I felt fully dressed, somehow), but got too warm so I put on the other pjs.
From my Secret Santa, my dil Sarah, I got a beautiful huge art set that contains all different mediums, even oil paints and oil pastels. She also included a number of canvasses of two different sizes, so I'm all set. I am itching to start watching Rob Ross again and try working with oils, but need to wait for better weather so I can paint outdoors or at least open all the windows. Ross uses odorless paint thinner to clean the brushes, but maybe something less toxic has come along, and if you know of such a thing please let me know.
Barney, you've mentioned using oil pastels, so I will probably have some questions for you when I start to use them.
It's hard to believe that one year ago I received tickets for the trip to Alaska with Sarah and Joe, and Sarah's Aunt Pam took us to the painting class that jogged something in me to take up a truly fun and satisfying hobby. I'm enjoying it more every day and hope it continues to be so rewarding.
I was up early and got two loads of laundry washed, taken across the street and dried, and folded and put away by about 10 am! I'm glad that's done although I still have sheets and towels to do one of these days.
It's kind of nice to have a blank slate today and just relax. As usual though, I'm hungry and don't know if I'm up to making a full meal at 1pm or trying to find something to snack on.
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the holiday week, ending up on New Year's. If you'd have asked me about 2017 twenty or thirty years ago I would have said I probably wouldn't last that long, but here I am!
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