Now that I've caught up on my sleep, I'm a whirlwind of productivity. I'm even impressing myself over here. First, the photos to appease the masses:
The kids in front of the Christmas tree.
And one more of the tree:
I put on the lights, and let them decorate away. My only rule was heavy (translation: pricy) ornaments go up high. (Stu's only rule is no flocking. We don't like flocking over here. Also not a real fan of tinsel, but I didn't get any this year. I digress.)
Also under the children's responsibility. They arranged them boy/girl/boy/girl, starting with Dad. (They ARE just like me - thanks for the compliment!)
The kitchen shelves.
These are above the sink - they had some flowers and other stuff on them, which I took off, threw half of it away, cleaned the rest, cleaned the shelves, (get up off the floor, Mom - I do sometimes clean) and put up Christmas fun. The red tealight holders are new this year. (Red and gold are my Christmas colors, by the way. I decided a few years ago that I will only buy new Christmas items if they are (a) on sale, and (b) red or gold. I need rules. It helps me.)
And now, since she doesn't read the blog, here's the secret Christmas knitting:
It's a hat for Sally. Well, it's the band for a hat for Sally. I'm almost done with the band (just 14 more rows) and then I can start on the body, which will go very fast. The band is a braided cable, which means that I knit it pretty slow, because I'm still new to the cabling, and I have to stop and keep track of which row that I'm on (that's the chart in the background - I like charts better than those plastic row counters) since when I made this hat for me I lost track, crossed some of the cables wrong, and had to rip it out and start over. Anyways, the body is just plain knitting, around and around. Goes very fast. I think I'll make it.
The Christmas cards go out tomorrow. Sally helped me with the stamping yesterday. They are all ready today, but she has a few notes she wants to write, so I told her I'd wait to mail them on Friday. One more day won't hurt. (update: She also sealed most of them tonight. Such a good helper!)
Thanks for all the good wishes in the comments and the emails and most of all for the prayers for my eye and my health. Merry Christmas!