|Christmas delight bobeches|
I worked the following week, all three days of it. CD ended up having to work half a day on New Year's Eve but then we went to have supper at Casa san Carlo in Raleigh, with RG. Then JJ sent me a message; his brother died.
JJ decided to go through with the New Year's/late Christmas plans. It took his mind off it and gathered people who knew his brother. His brother was only 39.
To remember what I got this year (my list of things given are in a spreadsheet); a decorative basket with a pierced tin ornament, 3 different spice blends, hand lotion, and a pottery dish from my brother and his family; Dad and my stepmom gave me assorted teas, 2 ornaments, a beaded coin purse, a beaded purselet, and a journal; a candy sled from my stepmom; CD gave me an assortment of books (50 Plants that changed the course of History, Necropolis London, Historic Costumes and How to Make Them, Historic Costume in Pictures, and Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns), all nonfiction; RG gave me a Hobbit movie soundtrack cd (Battle of 5 Armies); AH gave me an adorable Steampunk hat (that goes on with clips); JJ and LJ gave me a space capsule tea infuser and a T-Rex mug; KL and CL gave me a very nice pair of embroidery scissors and a neat thing to keep/hold them; and A and J gave me a book about Manga CrossStitch patterns.
Monday, I asked my supervisor for Tuesday off. Tuesday, I went to the visitation and funeral, and then to the parents' house after. The funeral was a graveside service and oh, it was cold. The temperature was in the mid-30's, and windy. I had a blanket, shared with AH. But that didn't protect the back of my legs. The preacher did a good job, and sounded like he knew CJ. At the house, afterward, as usual, there was lots of food. Since I hadn't had much lunch, I dug into it.
|funeral dress (and sweater)|
I had directions from two different people and got really confused. I ended up touring the back roads and two different counties for about an hour. Finally, I called CD for help. Turned out, I had turned aside about 5 miles too soon, before I hit a main highway.
Last night, I had my monthly date with CC. We both vented and celebrated. One of her sheep died, and her 20-year-old fish died. RG's dog died before Christmas and well, JJ's brother. CC gave me 3 balls of thread, hand-dyed by her. I can't wait to use them.
|the picture is really washed out, the tin is burgundy|
I started Jane's TIAS today, using the same thread. I only have 1 wing of the dragon left to do.
|TIAS, day 1|