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I hope everyone has been having a great holiday season.


We leave Beaverton today to go back to Bend, exhausted but happy. We had a very pleasant visit with the grandkids and extended family, including a party at the home of the other grandparents, with presents for each person from a "Secret Santa."


We got a great photo of Soren (in yellow) and Johan (in blue), along with their cousins Leo (in red, the biggest boy) and Elsie (the baby and only girl, Leo's sister, in pink).


Elsie made the rounds. She was very popular. Every member of the extended family wanted some time with her, including yours, truly.



Meanwhile, back in Beaverton, Krandall the Elf appeared in a different place each day, but disappeared Christmas Eve night, not to be seen again. He tried to stay up high.


There is a danger if he is hanging around within reach of boys.


Cousin Leo seemed to enjoy my reading of the Christmas episode of The Doll's Storybook, "And to Dolls a Goodnight."


Grandpa did some reading to the younger boys.



The same boys did some serious napping on Christmas Day, because we were out way past their bedtime on Christmas Eve.


There was no point in fighting off sleep. 


They were busy when awake, though.


We had a nice dinner on Christmas Day and a few more presents to open. We went to McMenamen's for lunch on my birthday. We had a nice hike the next day. On Saturday we watched football. Our Ohio State fans were disappointed, but it was a great game.



I managed to get in some knitting, working on my Maine Memories pattern. The pattern is starting to show up with the third color.



We went to Knotty Lamb in Forest Grove on Sunday, where I picked up some yarn for the Mystery knitting project (one of my birthday presents) for the Rose City Yarn Crawl in March, with the first "clue" coming out January 20th.



The Yarn Crawl is like a quilt shop hop, but for yarn shops. There is a mystery KAL and a mystery CAL (crochet along). You can participate in the "alongs" without attending the yarn crawl. I did that several years ago, before we moved to Oregon. This will be a triangular shawl in two colors, probably with some lacework. It calls for two different solid or tonal fingering-weight yarns, 100g each skein. I picked Magpie in "Alloy," left, and "Hell's Bells."


From The Knotty Lamb, we went on to the David Hill winery for a wine-tasting and a round of Splendor, as you can see from this photo taken by a young man named Daniel.



We will be home for New Year's Eve. I hope everyone has a happy one and a great 2020!


What's on my needles: My "Maine Memories" using the pattern Midcoast by Jennifer 


What's on my sewing machine: Dormant.

What's in my hoop: Still the Whole Cloth Quilt. Another week with no progress. I didn't take it along.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: Happy New YearThis week's story finds the dolls spending New Year's Eve discussing what they have done during the past year.



What's on my iPad/iPhone: The Tower by Gregg Hurwitz, for the trip home.


What's in my wine glass: Montevina Skyland Ridge Zinfandel and David Hill Winemaker's Cuvée Pinot Noir 2016, a lot more expensive, but a better wine.

What's my tip of the week: An app that produces the sound of heavy rain, wind or surf can cover up snoring, a TV or other sounds if you need to sleep at night. You may need to turn it up.



Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 31, 2019 at 9:55am

We had a great time, Janet! We're back home again, enjoying the quiet (mostly, expect for the dogs) house.

Comment by Janet/MO on December 30, 2019 at 1:41pm

Fun blog as usual.  Looks like a lot of fun was had by all.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 30, 2019 at 12:42pm

I agree! And Elsie definitely attracted a lot of attention. Elsie and Leo’s mother is our DIL’s twin sister, so they are genetically half brother and sister to these two grandsons. Leo has started calling me Grandma. They only have one living grandmother.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on December 30, 2019 at 12:18pm

Very truly spoken, Irene!  I, too, have noticed that phenomenon!

Comment by Irene Gallway on December 30, 2019 at 8:56am

What a nice Christmas you all had. You have some very cute grandkids. I bet the baby was the highlight of the group. She is adorable. It's hard to believe 2019 is at an end. I don't know about others but as I get older the faster the time goes. Happy New Year

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