Some people run and some ride and some swim great distances. My marathon is about baking and it's one I usually only due this time of year. Ashley came up Friday and we baked & baked & baked - into the night and more on Sat.. Hop over to her blog for the full report with pictures and some recipes. I'm not being lazy; I don't have the pictures here (on borrowed computer). It is doubtful I could add to what she's shared so well.
Some of the bounty has been & will be shared as gifts; some was shared yesterday during our "trunk" sale at Robin's (Thanks, Dear, for being such a good hostess. It was a good sale). Some will travel with Karl & I to Colorado and some stays at Ashley's as she & Frank celebrate Christmas in Ft. Worth. It's the most holiday thing she and I had done to date and it was great fun while more than a bit exhausting.
As we worked I felt a bit nostalgic remembering doing this with my mother and then Ashley and wondering where we will be when we repeat the tradition next year. I am not willing to think of giving it up yet and look forward to bringing Karlie & Celeste into the fun.
Karl & I are in Austin tonight helping Celeste and Karlie get ready to fly to Colorado tomorrow. We will take them to the airport and then drive with the car full of gifts and extra winter wear as their time in the mountains will be fairly long. I'll use the hours in the car to enjoy early Santa gifts - new art & quilt books & sketchbook. I hope to have some new ideas & plans for 2011 creations.
We'll arrive by Thurs. taking time for a relaxed drive thru New Mexico. We count on it being much cooler than the expected 80 degrees here. I'm excited at the prospect of a white Christmas and enjoying Karlie experience the holiday & the snow.
I don't know if I'll be able to post while gone so I'll say Merry Christmas and hope you get to celebrate with those you love. I pray for a New Year filled with hope & peace & creative solutions.