Sunday, December 18, 2022



Happy 4th week of Advent!  It has been super busy, for us, this past week.  Let's get started on what went on.

I got very little knitting done this past week.  But what knitting did get done was focused on the Azel.

The arrow shows where I was last Sunday.  This does knit up fast, thanks to the bulky chunky yarn and size US 13 needles.  Unfortunately, I can only do about 4 rows before I need to rest my hands.  I have another 10 inches before I start the neck shaping.  Hopefully this coming week will be a bit calmer and I can actually put some time into it.

So, let's take a look at what happened this week to keep me from knitting.

Last Sunday - I got a call, shortly after I published my blog, to grab our wet vac and get over to the new house as my son broke a pipe!  I dropped the wet vac off and came back home.  No need for me to add more to their confusion.  Then, around noon they called again and asked if we could come over and help unpack the kitchen.  Our son has a second job he was leaving to do and he wanted us to help his wife so she would not hurt herself since she just had shoulder repair surgery and has a bad back from her US Navy career.  We helped her until about 8 pm and then went home to collapse.  Good news is...........we got the kitchen totally unpacked and 90% put away!

Monday - After lunch, we headed back over to help with the unpacking of the new house.  We got served a lovely dinner for all our help too.  When we left the house was 85% completely unpacked and put away.  Most of what was left was decorations that needed to be hung on the walls.

Tuesday - Our doorbell rang at 7:20 am!  It was the gentlemen to take apart our pool table and move it over to the new house.  They were very efficient and had everything out the door in about 45 minutes.  We had not used the pool table in years and the TX family are huge pool players and were thrilled to have it.  I had my RA Dr tele-med appointment today too.  She is changing my meds, as the ones I am taking are no longer keeping my RA from progressing.  I will be taking an injectable as soon as it is approved my insurance and can be shipped to me.  She has been trying to get me to do this for several years but, being the stubborn person I am, I kept telling her NO!  Well, it is time to do something before I can no longer walk or care for myself.  This is also the day hubby and I made our tamales for the season.

We made over 6 dozen green chili corn and 1.5 dozen sweet tamales.  It took us about 4.5 hours total.  Although 1.5 hours of that was cooking time.  They are so yummy!  It had been 3 years since we had done this.  Next year we are going to cut that amount in half.  Our family all wants some of them but I am being a good mom and gifting them the recipe and they can make their own!  LOL

Wednesday - Had to get blood work done for my new meds.  Then I made two batches of fudge to be gifted.  There was a lovely lunch date with one of my dear friends.  The lunch was sorely needed so we both could just sit and relax and let the world go on around us for a while.

Thursday - Hubby finished cleaning the house and I did laundry.  I also finished up making the fudge today.

It has been taste tested and pronounces yummy!  I made 4 pans like the one above.  Three are for gifting and the one above is for us to enjoy.

Friday - Hubby and I went grocery shopping to make sure we did not need to go again until after the new year.  We may need to go for fresh produce but that would be it.  The stores are crazy right now and the less we need to add to the mess the better.  I also finished up making the Rolo Preztel treats.  These are so easy to make but the most time consuming.  Unwrapping the little Rolo candies is tedious work.  Especially when you unwrap over 500 of them.

Most people put pecans on the top but since these are for gifting and most of my family do not like nuts, I used Reeses pieces.

Saturday - I finished up my candy making!  Today I made Scotch Treats.  It is combination of peanut butter and butterscotch chips mixed with Rice Krispies.  So yummy!

I made 4 of these pans and once again, 3 of them will be for gifting.  You see, we do ' white elephant' gift exchange each year for Christmas.  Our gifts are to be 'nice' gifts and not gag gifts.  They are also to be no more than $25.  So this year, I purchased some lovely Lock n Lock containers and will fill them with home made goodies long with the recipe for each goodie.  Hubby and I have 3 containers each to gift this year.  I will let you know how well it went over next week.  Also, on this day we went to the new house and played pool (so much more fun when it is not at your own home), ate pizza and had a great time with the family.  It was so nice to see both of our sons together having some laughs and good times.  The daughter in laws get along so well too.  My heart is full!

Today hubby and I will be making our annual Chex Mix party mix.  It is the last of my Christmas goodies to be made.  We were chuckling as normally this is the first thing I make each year.  Those tamales threw the whole schedule off!  We will also be getting our Christmas cards addressed and ready to mail out tomorrow.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh!

I will not post next Sunday as we will be spending time with family celebrating the birth of Jesus!  I will, however, have a special post with a BIG surprise on Monday or Tuesday.  So stay tuned.

Until Next Time..............................Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Goodness. I'm exhausted. What wonderful, yummy treats you gift. I thought of you this week when a knitting friend mentioned wanting to make tamales for Christmas. Apparently the husks are impossible to find in SW Florida. Even the hispanic groceries are Carribean, not Mexican. I hope the new RA medication gives you relief.

  2. Ob my word what a week!! You have been so busy, no wonder there was little time for knitting! I hope you have a great week and enjoy next week.

  3. I pray that the new meds work like a charm!! I know your son and family appreciate all that you did for them while they move into their new house!!!

  4. Wowza! What a busy week. I hope this week is a little more relaxing for you. My tummy is rumbling looking at those goodies. Have a lovely Christmas.


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