Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Blogmas: Christmas Eve and Christmas

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well and hope you enjoyed your Christmas and holidays. Today was the last of the Christmas celebrations for me for this year. It has been busy and now I can have some time to reflect,blog, knit, and read. On Christmas Eve I drove to my parent's place and we went to church, then drove around to look at lights in a neighborhood close by. Then we had dinner, I had a vegetable lasagna which was delicious. After dinner we open crackers and we ate treats and opened pajamas. I got a waffle pajama set from Joe Fresh and some pajama bottoms with cats on them from Old Navy below. I love the cats, they are so cute playing with the lights and stockings.

Love these Pj bottoms!

My dad and I wearing our crowns from the crackers

Christmas day was fun, we each opened our stockings and gifts. We do a lot of rounds of opening gifts. It was probably a few hours of gift opening to go through five of us each opening tons of gifts. My sister's Fiance joined us again this year which was nice to have him with us.


I gave our cats a couple rubber balls with bells on the inside and they did not really play with them too much. They picked up the balls in their mouths and batted them a bit, but then moved on to the next gift.

Moo and Roo investigating my gift bag

Which they loved! My parents bought them a new enclosed pet bed from IKEA. They enjoyed sitting inside the enclosure and getting cozy. Moo (the black and white one) first jumped right on top of it from the coffee table. Then we propped it back up and he went inside. He was the first one to explore it and then got out and then Roo (the ginger cat) got his turn to sit inside.

New gifts for the cats, the ball I got for them and the cat bed

Moo in the cat bed

Roo's turn in the cat bed
On Christmas evening, I went for dinner at my boyfriend's dad and step mom's home and celebrated there with their family and her children. It was very nice to spend time with them. I received a project bag from Fringe Supply Co. from them for Christmas. I love this bag and I am so excited to use it! It will make bringing projects with me travelling a lot easier and I will enjoy knitting with this bag.

Waxed canvas field bag - Fringe Supply Co.

I finished knitting a hat as a gift for my boyfriend on boxing day. I was really trying to finish it to give it to him on Christmas day but did not finish in time. I used the pattern "Man Hat" by Haven Ashley that I found on Ravelry. I enjoyed the repetition of the two rows K1,P1 and knit the second row. Knitting that pattern for 7" then decreasing makes it a simple and quick hat to knit up.


Finished "man hat"
"Man hat" finished

I received a lot of wonderful reading material from my family and boyfriend for Christmas and thought it would be fun to share what they got for me. I got the book Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and a book of poetry called The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. Both of these books won best books in their categories of fiction and poetry for the year 2017 on Goodreads. I also got books on vegetarian living and cooking which I am excited to read. I got Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know by Katherine McGuire from my sister which looks so fun to read. My boyfriend got me a cookbook called Vegetarian Any Day: Over 100 Simple, Healthy, Satisfying Meatless Recipes by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming which offer more great recipes to try out in the new year. I had asked for the Q&A a day notebook from Indigo and so excited I got it from my family. I am looking forward to answering questions every day and seeing how my answers change from year to year over a period of five years. I love reading the magazine Psychology Today, there are always interesting articles in there on self-help, relationships, and the mind. I am looking forward to flipping through it.

All the gifted books/magazines/notebooks that will keep me busy
I have still been reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed and I am really enjoying reading about her journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. I have also started reading the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur. I am really enjoying it so far. The poems have been about break ups and the heartbreak of ending relationships. They are so well written and beautiful.

This Christmas was so busy and went by really fast. I am looking forward to the next few days being somewhat relaxing and hopefully having more time to look over my gifts, read my books, knit, and do some much needed tidying. I will also be catching up on reading what you all did for Christmas and the holidays.

Joining along with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesdays.

What gifts did you receive this Christmas, I would love to know!

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Have a great day!

18 comments:

  1. Oh, those catbeds ! Too bed our Ikea doesn't seem to stock it..
    Those books look very interesting ! Hope you'll enjoy the reading

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    1. Aw that's too bad, hope you can find them somewhere else. My parent's cats adored them and still go and sit in them now. Thank you and hope that you are enjoying yourself too!

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  2. Looks and sounds like a good Christmas for everyone. I love the pjs with the cats and lights!

    Our cats have enclosed beds and they are very popular in the winter!

    That's a nice-looking hat for your boyfriend, the yarn seems especially right for it.

    Enjoy the rest of your Christmastime!

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    1. I had a great time. It was busy but so nice to see the whole family at Christmas. Thanks! I love these Pj's they are so cute. I'm sure the beds keep them extra warm in the winter, that is cute they like them too. Thanks, I am glad it fits nicely and he's been wearing it a lot which makes me happy. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Years!

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  3. I'm tired just reading about all those celebrations, but it all sounds fun.
    I bet our cats would love that cat bed, but then I wouldn't be able to see them all the time -- and I do love the sight of two sleeping kitties!
    I loved Wild, though not everyone did. Now I want to read the poetry book you got.

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    1. Haha yeah it was pretty busy and I was tired by the end of all the Christmas celebrations and really happy to just lay on the couch with a book. That's true they are hidden a bit in the enclosed cat bed. I heard not everyone liked it, but I am really enjoying it even though it is slowly. I will be working on reading it more in the next week. The sun and her flowers is so good and I don't normally read poetry books, but have always loved it. I really recommend it!

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  4. Old Navy has some of the cutest things!!! Love the kitty pants.

    Moo and Roo looking in the gift bag truly make me "laugh out loud". They are too adorable!!!

    Holy COW! A Fringe Supply bag from your in-laws???? THEY are keepers. That's a fantastic gift and I love it in that color!!!

    We have don't do Christmas presents in our family, but it was nice to have Christmas dinner with part of Steve's family. We haven't done that in over 30 years.

    Giroux DID get a Boxing Day gift. I'll show it on the blog on Jan. 1. It's just PERFECT for him.

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    1. Haha yeah the Pj bottoms are so cute, I am glad my mom spotted them. Haha yeah it was so cute how they were peeking in together, had to get a shot of that. Yeah I was so happy with the bag! I am really excited to use it and was shocked when they got it for me. It is beautiful and the perfect size for travelling with projects. Love the color too. Not sure if I will get pins as it seems like what everyone does or just keep it bare. That's nice you had Christmas dinner with Steve's family, it must have been enjoyable :) That's cute I will have to check your post!

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  5. You had a lovely time !
    Wish you all the best for 2018 !!!!!
    See you ;)
    Anna

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    1. Yes we did have a great time :) Thank you Anna, all the best in 2018 for you as well!

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  6. Your gatherings sound wonderful, filled with a lot of love and wonderful presents I'd say. love all the gifts and the hat you made your boyfriend. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you Meredith, they were great and it is always nice to have my family all together at Christmas. I enjoyed the gifts and seeing them open theirs. I am happy my boyfriend liked his hat as well :) hugs

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  7. I need to get something like that for my kitten. lovely hat for your bff (boyfriend forever) also love the books and can't wait to see what you think of them.

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    1. Haha yes I think Holly would love it! Thank you, I am glad he liked it and is wearing it now all the time. I can't wait to read them, and I will let you know :)

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  8. That sounds like a nice family gathering :) The PJS are so cute! Great job with the hat! I'm looking forward to borrowing those books hehe. I love Rupi Kaur poems. Take Care!

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    1. Thanks we had a good time! I love the Pj's I have been wearing them a lot since Christmas. Thanks I am happy Liam likes it and is wearing it now. Take care too!

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  9. Sounds like your Christmas was wonderful! Being ith lving family makes it very special. The hat looks fabulous! The books you good looks great! Fun pajamas! Hope the new year will be a joyous year for you and family!

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    1. It was wonderful, we had a great time celebrating. Thank you, I am glad that it fit him nicely and he has been wearing it now and it keeps him warm. I hope that you have a Happy New Year too!

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