It was 1990. I graduated from the Reserve Police Academy that summer as an Officer; money was tight as I worked for minimum wage to make a living for my one-year-old son and me; and I was going through a divorce.
It was December 24th and I was finishing up a sweater I was knitting as a gift for my son when I got a late phone call from one of the office gals at the PD. She said someone left some boxes of presents in my name and asked me to come get them. I looked at the clock and saw it was after 10 pm but told her I would right away.
I got my son and bundled him up and we drove the 13 miles to town. When I walked into the PD, no one was there but the 2 big boxes full of presents for my son. I packed them into my '87 Toyota pickup and we drove back home.
After tucking my son back in bed, I hauled the boxes into the house and placed them under the tree and finished up his sweater. I cried and cried with the thought that someone cared enough about us to do this. I still had no idea who did this.
Morning came and my son (about to turn 2) jumped around with excitement at the colorfully wrapped gifts under the tree. I soon found out they came from the Radio Shack store that was owned by Keith Mercer and his wife. Keith was a police officer there. I did not think of Keith this way as he was very serious about his work.
This was the most memorable Christmas ever and I reflect back on it every year.
I am ever so grateful to him and the PD for giving me so much.....not only the gifts for my son but the gifts I learned as a Reserve Police Officer.
Merry Christmas to all.....
I just came in after locking the three girls out of their huge run so I could dig up some carrots. They wanted in badly because I had the tool that digs up worms. Oh, yeah!
I caved and let them in and dug up some worms and such. Princess Pea ran to the roost and I thought, Ah, an egg will soon be here, and went back to digging for #1 and Tattie. Lo and behold, Princess Pea was back. Hmmm, I know she didn't have enough time to do her job. She must have thought, I have a few minutes before I have to.
Never mind, I thought, and went back to digging. Oh! There goes Princess Pea running to the roost, again! This time she didn't come back.....not even for worms. I'm still laughing at how she thought she could squeeze in one more worm before squeezing out one more egg. LOLOL
First, prepare a piroshki dough you make the night before. Don't have a good recipe? Email me and I'll send one to you....Check my profile for that.
Then chop up your leftover turkey and place in one bowl, stuffing and mashed potatoes in another bowl, vegetable of your choice and some grated cheese.
The assembly line is ready!
Filled pastries are ready for their egg wash.
I used parchment paper for easy clean up.
Last time I used the piroshki dough recipe, I used cooked sausage and scrambled eggs for the filling. It's a great way to start the day by taking one out of the freezer and placing in the microwave for only 30-45 seconds. Yum!
It felt like my birthday finding this in my mailbox! Thank you, Diane, for sending me some Perfect Quilter Thread to try out. You are so kind and generous!
As you can see, I'm tatting the Spinning Wheel and it's going to be gorgeous!
Kim sparked a knitting frenzy in me to knit these baby booties up. These are knit with Dale Baby Ull in Inox US sz 0 double points. I've got two pair finished. I am going to do as Kim did and knit an I-Cord for the lacing's. Mine will be cranked out on my Antique Circular Sock Machine.
You can find the pattern for the Jane's Baby Booties on Kim's website as well as some great notes and photos as she knit them.
Ahh, the Occasional Doily in the process of being tatted with sz 10 thread. I was afraid of using such a big shuttle but find I rather like it. Did you know it holds about 210 yards of sz 10 thread? Wow.
Shelled peas from the garden.
This is the one thing that is growing nicely. The carrots, beets cukes, zucchini and onions are not doing what they are supposed to be doing.
Diane, Lace-Lovin' Librarian is a tatting friend that I've never met....yet, we encourage each other with tatting and even knitting through email and blogging.
She and I both love the Spinning Wheel Glass Mat. I told her I had the idea to use a green color for the chains and floral colors for the rings. Well, Diane obviously has a nice stash of thread and came up with a gorgeous combination. She's even knitting some tatting for her grand daughter. :)
I had some blue and white in sz 40 thread. This little beauty is 4 inches wide unblocked. You can really see the direction of travel!
Thank you, Diane. This was fun.
PS: Notice that the camera made the ruler look curved!
I am my mother's daughter. She taught me how to knit, ride a horse, love and enjoy the unique characteristics of all living things, shoot a .22 rifle, drive a car, cook, be kind to people (if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all), sing, and country dance.
Back to knitting...I dream, think, read and talk knitting.
I knit every day.
"There are few things as rewarding as having someone comment on your blog. You have to think about it, knit it, write it, take the pictures, upload it...so when someone says something nice, it's an automatic pat on the back!" Fleegle