Wednesday, November 30, 2011

XMas mood

Let's go into XMas mood.
I rather like this time of the year, with the lights shining in the streets,  the joy of anticipating the visit of my daughters, trying to find the perfect gift for the ones I love... Regarding December, I did not grow up, I'm still a child deep inside :-)
December begins with parcels in my mail box. I love unwrapping parcels, whatever their contents. It is so much fun to tear the paper away, to try to find out what could be inside, etc... And I've been very lucky recently:
Aren't those stock lovely?
And this tea towel. My sister has embroidered it for me. She is the best sister I could dream of!
Remember the child part in me? I love the manga spirit of this dress.
and the shoes... 

I feel very blessed to have a family who knows how to make me smile.
To end with more cuteness, pay Tales and Tails a visit. Carrie has written a good post about the Joy of the Holiday. Besides, the advent there is going to be ... adventurous.
Or go and see Remington's count down.

Take all great care!

Thank you

Thank you all, from all over the world, for your kind messages.
They have meant a lot to me, and to my daughters.
Everyday, I hear and read bad news, I know people are suffering. It feels inappropriate to grieve for "just a pet". We are all responsible adults, caring for the ones we love, doing our best, and still, we grieve when one of our pets must go. Because they gave us all their unconditional love, they have eased our sorrows, they have shared our joys too. They have entertained us with their antics. They have always been there when we needed them, never asking much in return. Just happy to be part of our life. I know most of you have been through the same tough decision and that you understand how I felt this weekend. You have all been of a great comfort, and you made those hours much easier.
Thank you again.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


My lovely Choupette is no more.
She has been part of our life for 16 years. 16 years of inconditionnal love, even though she did not hesitate to express her mind. Until a couple of years ago, she would wait for us from the top of the roof. When she was no longer able to climb there, she was waiting in the entrance. Somehow, she always knew we were there before we hit the door. She was my shadow, following me anywhere from my very first step in the morning, cuddling with me whenever possible. 

This is one of her last pictures, taken yesterday.
Her heart had started to fail one week ago. Despite the meds she was put on,  it was clear the end was nearing, and nearing quick.
I took the difficult decision to let her cross the bridge this morning, while she had still her dignity. The vet and her assistant were very kind, and made it as good as possible. Their kindness helped me a lot. I stayed with her until her last breath, stroking her head like she liked me to do, telling her how much I loved her. I already miss her, a lot.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Just saying hello

Thank you for the comments on the baby sweater. This is for my grand-nephew, whom I'm going to visit in a couple of weeks. Can't wait.

Not much happening here, just autumn arriving. Xmas lights being installed, but the temperatures are still so mild I'm not yet in the mood :-)

Here are some sculptures I saw around the Spanish village. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Baby Sweater

I've just finished this one. Doesn't it look like sky and earth?

It was fun to do, because the variegated yarn makes an unique design as I knit.
It is also very smooth, ideal for baby skin.
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Guess what?

I made two more scarves!

In fact I made three, the third one with the fat needles as Susan calls them, but I did not take the picture.
Indeed, I was booked for a two-days training near Paris at the beginning of the week. I took advantage of it to spend the weekend with my family up there. I just had the time to finish the second fat scarf before taking off.

I had a lovely shopping session with my eldest daughter. The weather was mild and dry, and the Xmas shopping had not yet started. Her significant other had the good idea to treat us to a nice restaurant in the evening. He thought we would be too exhausted to do any cooking (he would have cooked with us, mind you).
On the next day, we went to see my sister and brother in law. Thanks to Skype, we "had lunch" with our respective daughters from abroad, one in Vienna, one in Barcelona. :-) How nice is that?

I hope you had as nice a weekend as I did (and also a week, by the way).
Take care!