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Holidays? What holidays?

December 17, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, “Christmas came so quickly this year.” I may have even agreed or uttered these same sentiments at once time or another.

But the fact is, how can something come quickly when we have known for a year that it would be back, just as it has been every year of our lives.

No matter what your spiritual beliefs, there is no escaping the holiday season. It begins earlier each year, as determined by how soon department stores want to start keeping tabs on holiday spending. This year, it was barely Halloween before stores began hauling out the gardening supplies and bringing in the Christmas lights. While this give shoppers plenty of time, whether we use it or not, to begin our shopping, it puts a bit of a burden on gardeners. Gardeners, after all, never stop, even in winter.

It also poses a problem for those looking to buy gifts for the gardeners in their lives. Where are they to go to find hand held-weeders, pruners and garden tool belts? Try to find a package of stocking-stuffing tomato seeds at Wal-Mart in December. Even if they were packaged for 2008, they are likely to still be able to germinate.

The knitting is coming along. Over the weekend, I managed to rip out the entire blanket and begin again, for the sixth time. To say I am determined to get this thing would be an understatement. After a tip from my knitting co-worker, I managed to run a piece of white yarn through at the beginning of each color change with a darning needle so that if I did have to rip out again, at least I didn’t have to go back to the very beginning. I also was able to pick up another shade of the blue yarn because I didn’t like where the whole thing was going. I worked on it quite extensively Saturday and Sunday, forgoing all/most housework and doing only the most important laundry. I at least have to finish this before the February woodcarving class.

But back to the food… The week began with oats, banana-flavored, walnut, cinnamon and brown sugar laden oats. I don’t know why I don’t have these every morning. Lunch, of course, was soup and sandwich. There is really no other lunch on a snowy day.


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