December 31st 2009


We've been out of town for over a week now, and it's so nice to be home. I was a little disappointed that I had to spend my first ever green Christmas this year, but it's nice that it's been mild out.

We were up in Muskoka for a few days and there was a ton of snow! They had gotten a few feet a couple of weeks before Christmas, so there was still a nice blanket over everything by the time we got up there.

Chris' sister got me a book that I'm really excited to get in to. It's by Tove Jansson, (who I've mentioned before), only it's not a book for children. It's called The True Deceiver, and has one of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen. I started reading it and I love it so far. Her books are often set in wintertime and have a sort of haunting, still, cold feeling to them.

Chris also made me on of the most amazing presents I've ever gotten. He tried carving wood for the first time and made this,

Scout Finch's ham costume from one of my favorite books / movies, To Kill A Mockingbird. It's so beautiful. It's made of basswood and balances perfectly on those tiny wooden legs. I absolutely love it.

Because I was sick for the whole holiday, it gave me time to finish up another pair of roving mittens, (this time made for Celine). They turned out really well. They're traditional red and white ones, with the softest roving in the world inside. They make me want to make a new pair for myself!

I don't plan on making New Year's resolutions this year, but I'd like to make some goals for myself. In the forefront, get going on a few projects and read more. (And that means actual books, not audiobooks). There are lots of classics that I've still never read. I guess these are sort of "resolutions", but if I call them that, they won't get done...

Well, I'll have to leave the rest of my catching up for another post. I've got to make some lunch and get figuring out New Year's Eve plans!



  1. Glad you made it home safely from My Muskoka !
    P.S. It's snowing, again... :-)

  2. oh my god!! chris's carving is amazing!!!! haha! HAM costume! I have to read that book!
    I can't wait to see the mittens with the softest roving ever! Calling you on saturday! xo! thank you!

  3. I'm so sorry to hear you got sick! That carving is AMAZING! Happy new year to you, dear Melinda! All the best xoxo

  4. happy new year melinda! chris' carving of scout is incredible. lucky girl!