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One of my MCQ quilting friends, Sarah, invited a few of the ladies to luncheon. She had received a generous gift of dinner for 4 on the Minnesota Zephyr. We met at Sharon’s in Minneapolis, and arrived just in the nick of time to catch the train. I was running a little late, and our poor friend Deb, was so under the weather she didn’t know what day it was, ( feel better vibes to Deb ~ ~ ~) so we made a quick call and told Kathy to get out of her pjs, we were on our way. Ten minutes and she was ready to go.

What fun! We were seated in an elegant dining car with lovely vintage china, real table linens, candles, a strolling quartet serenaded us, and the food, oh the food! A 5 course dinner! Shrimp cocktail, wild rice soup, baby green salad with feta cheese and pine nuts, prime rib (literally a half a side of beef) and a slice of cheesecake large to enough to have required it’s own package of cream cheese.

We had a blast, and laughed about many things, but, I don’t think we ever got too out of line. We’ve been nearly kicked out of a Baker’s Square before. Can we help it that we find ourselves funny?

It was kind of a gray day, but that made the passing scenery seem serene ( probably I should think of something not so alliterative, but I’m tired.)

This was the last running of the train for the season? maybe ever? We never heard a definite story. I’m very fortunate to have been able to enjoy it with some terrific friends!


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The Big Day


I always stress myself more than is really necessary during the holiday season. It all falls together in the end. And if I just remember to not tell people about the multitude of things I wanted to do but didn’t get done, they think I actually got it all done.

We had a nice day at my parents. My brothers and their wives each have 2 little girls. Christmas really needs a three year old around to keep things lively. I was having a bummer of a back day, and wasn’t certain I’d be able to participate in the ball rolling that was going on on the floor. I managed to get my creaky back down there and find a comfortable position. No sooner had I accomplished this than my 3 year old niece got up, sat in her little rocking chair and sighed, “I have to sit down for a while, my back hurts.” Sympathy pain, you gotta love it.

She was the inspiration for the gifts I made the girls this year. She has needed to carry things with her lately, but doesn’t always have pockets. Without pockets, one is required to make many trips transporting your treasures every time you move from room to room. So, I made little purses for the girls. She was very happy filling hers with all the holiday loot that would fit, and became angry when she wasn’t allowed to carry home her leftover dinner in it.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday as much as I enjoyed mine.   Usually I simply enjoy the fact that it’s finally over, so I feel the need to emphasize, that it really was a great day!

here are photos of the purses:


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I worked retail for many, many years.  Most of the time I really enjoyed it. I’m good with the B. S.  and have a talent for merchandising.  Shoes to  kitchenware to fabric.

The holidays, however were a completely different  tune.  I became burnt and more than a little humbug about them.  To be honest, my retail  friends and I would greet each other during the holidays with, “And a Bah FUCKING Humbug to you too!”  It was bad.

Thank goodness for twinkling holiday lights.  The blue ones especially calm my inner humbug.  If I don’t hear too much holiday music  I get pretty close to having actual holiday cheer.

Things have gotten much better in the last few years.  Every other year my family gets gifts from me.  Wait, wait, on the, “other,” years I do a charity gift on our behalf.   Last year we bought a llama for a family in a developing country.  I made everyone llama ornaments for their trees.  This year I get to go shopping and creating again.  The odd thing is I’m actually in the mood.  The Holiday Spirit.

Neil has the Holiday Spirit as well.  Over at Citizen of the Month he’s hosting an online Arts and Crafts Festival.   You should go.

I’m seriously considering putting up my tinsel tree this year.  Maybe on Saturday.  It’s supposed to SNOW, and that always says Holiday Spirit.

Check back Monday for details on my Public Radio debut……….

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