Saturday, January 10, 2015

I'm Still Here!

If anyone has been wondering where I've been in all this time, I want you to know that I'm still here, still baking, weaving, knitting and still  hanging out with the furry entourage.

Work dominates my life, in ways pleasant and unpleasant.

For Christmas gifts for families and friends, I made tamales, chicken and beef.  I've heard they're delicious, but I haven't even tried my batch yet!

I've been involved with some city government work that is fascinating and time consuming.  I've finished an 11-week course in building strong neighborhoods, but my own neighborhood group is floundering.  My great speaker series that I thought would be so invigorating didn't draw crowds, except for the one featuring Jack Neely, our local historian.  Read about him here:  He came to explain to us why our neighborhood exists, how it came to be settled in the teens and twenties of the 20th century.  The rest were not so well received, and now, we can't get enough neighbors to attend to have a real election.  I'm still President, and still struggling with getting more people involved.
Camelias blooming 

I am working on a neat project through the North Broadway Task Force, trying to get six artist-designed bus stops installed along North Broadway Street, from Central to I-640.  Yesterday, we met with a representative from Knox Area Transit to pick out potential bus stop sites.  I think this project will probably take a couple of years, but it will be cool!
And I've been knitting like a crazy woman, every time I sit down.  At Christmas, I promised myself not to make every gift for everyone, the way I usually do.  The tamales took a day, and cookies took another.  Everything was mailed quickly to ensure freshness, and then I was able to enjoy the holidays.
In January!
Since then, I've almost finished the black chenille sweater, and did finish the yellow-green sweater, but have not been able to face its redoing of the sleeves.  I've finished LouAnn's socks--check out her entry at Loomy Tunes this past Thursday--and have wanted to start a pair of socks for myself, just haven't yet.
Well, Ramen broth is brewing for dinner, and it smells delicious.  Bella needs walking, and I might need to watch the last episode of Downton Abbey one more time.  Have a lovely week, and stay warm!


LA said...
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LA said...

I just read a great article in an old Southern Living about Camellias during the holiday season! Yours look great! I'm loving the should really knit yourself another pair....and, try the tamales....they're great, too!

Sharon said...

Home made tamales were hot this year I guess. Two of my friends made an evening of them, one even shared enough for our dinner. And then when we got to SoCal at New Years, my SIL had more from two of her friends. I'm blaming my holiday weight gain on tamales!! :)