Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Another day, Another Blocks complete...

I finished the eighth block in the “12 blocks of Christmas” KAL. I’m sorry for the poor lighting and the glare. It’s been raining nonstop here for two days so I had to have the overhead lights on just to get the colors to show up.  This particular black is called “windmills”.

Here is the second completed strip with the last four blocks.

Wow. The light is so bad it makes the navy blue square look black doesn’t it? I’m sorry about that, at least you can see it better in the top photo.

After taking a box to the post office this morning for Mandy and her family, I went to Hobby lobby to try to find a red ink pen.  All I wanted was a red or green ink pen and they didn’t have anything. My only option would be to spend $44.99 for a package of 10 different color pens. That certainly wasn’t happenin, so I went next-door to Michael‘s. They didn’t have anything at all!  So I got back in the car and drove to Staples. Oh my! There was a plethora of options. I found some ball point pen’s I fell in love with. They are Pentel Energel liquid gel ink retractable pens. They write so nice that I think I will get some more in other colors. I got five pens for $3.99. I thought that was a great deal. I’ve spent the last few hours filling out addresses for Christmas cards. I had five boxes of 18 cards each and I have already ran out. I guess I’ll be shopping tomorrow to find more cards. I knew I sent around 100 cards each year but I think it’s closer to 130!

I wanted to share this sweet little nativity scene that was given to me several years ago by my dear friend Teresa.  She is on my side bar as “Teresa Kasner”. If you have never read her blog, you really should check her out. She posts the most amazing photos of the Columbia Gorge and the area surrounding Portland, Oregon and the Oregon coast.  She has several collections and it’s always fun to see her additions to those collections.  She lives on a little farm with her husband Dayle.  Isn’t this just the sweetest little nativity? Teresa made them for myself and a couple of other blog friends when we met for lunch one day. It always gets a place of honor in our home. I love nativity scenes and I have several throughout the house. They keep me focused on the real reason why we celebrate Christmas.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Tuesday. I’m so thankful it’s raining outside and not snowing. I would take a Seattle winter over a normal Spokane winter any day if I had a choice. :-)

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  First Peter 1:8-9



  1. Your blocks are looking beautiful. I love the colors all mixed up. So joyful.

    The little nativity is adorable too. Teresa did a great job.

  2. Betsy, I love those blocks you're making. The designs are really nice. It was fun to see the little jar with the nativity in it that I made for you and Gracie. Thanks for all the nice things you said about my blog!! ((hugs)) I noticed you called us your "blood" friends. But I am sure you meant "blog". :-) I'm glad it's not snowing for you as I know you're not a fan of it. We have plain old rain here. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. The blocks are wonderful and it was a delight to see the strip. I loved the nativity scene, it was inspirational. I may have a go at doing some for next year if I can find the figures at a reasonable price. Rain and winds here today with cancellations and delays on the ferries.

  4. Your blocks look great! What a darling nativity scene by Teresa - she is so talented. There is snow happening near us, but thankfully none right here. But it is only 30 and terribly windy

  5. 100 cards!!! I can't even imagine. As I get older, sadly my list is being pared down to almost nothing.

  6. I love the little Nativity! That is so pretty. :) Glad you found your pens. I know what you mean, it seems it is so hard to find the simplest things these days. I hate the way our world has become so difficult and I miss the simple days of FEW options. That simplified things so much. Have a wonderful day, and I hope your medical test results will be better than you even hope for!

  7. Gel pens are my favorites, too. I got my cards in the mail last week. Nice job on the KAL blocks.

  8. You are really doing great with each block and their joining. WOW.
    I LOVE the snow globe Teresa sent you. WOW. The Nativity inside is great.

  9. I am enjoying seeing all the patterns of your squares take shape...each uniquely beautiful. I have packed my little nativity jar Teresa made and wonder if it will get unpacked before Christmas. The current date for the closing of my condo is December 14. xx

  10. What a nice nativity! Your last square is oh so pretty!