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the count continues

December 18, 2021

time marches on – not so much marches as swims as our weather is very wet and windy

across the Strait of Juan de Fuca – looking at the Olympic Mountains in Washington State

days 15 – 18 were a collection of little surprises – those blue arrows? – bookmarks

the soap was what made the box smell nice

my mother graduated from RJH in 1928 – yes, she is in the book but they got her middle initial and the spelling of her last name wrong

Elsie MacDonald Kenney (Smith)

I trained at a different hospital but the personal histories and stories resonate and I’m enjoying crazy tales from the early days

it is fortunate for us all that the science of medicine has advanced

all the fibre is spun

the pink and blue are silk and silk blends, next is a wonderful silk/camel blend and on the right is 500 gms. of Merino/silk and angora rabbit

now I’m completely out of spinning fibre – that won’t do in this stormy weather

the gingerbread village is finished – with icing and sprinkles everywhere

another storm blows through – there is snow on the mountains – ho ho ho!

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  1. December 20, 2021 9:59 am

    I wish gingerbread houses were a thing here. I’m not up for making the foundation pieces myself, and it would be a hazard to my health in any case, but they are so very pretty and fun to make!


    • December 20, 2021 10:29 am

      Kate – think the icing would melt in your heat – it doesn’t seem like Christmas without them although I was brought up decorating dozens of gingerbread men and cookies not houses.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    December 19, 2021 4:05 am

    That gingerbread village is so pretty! No wonder Rosie wants to tuck in, I wonder if there will be new supplies of fibre in the remaining parcels? I hope some arrives soon from somewhere.


    • December 19, 2021 11:30 am

      Sue – certain there are no fibre parcels, d-i-l is not a spinner, I will have to go in search of my own – which I really don’t need as the cupboards are full.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 20, 2021 2:42 am

        Ah but maybe you need to spin! – Call it ‘for my mental health’ or ‘a meditation exercise’ if you need to!


      • December 20, 2021 10:24 am

        Sue – thanks for the justification! If we lived close by I’d give you the yarn to knit with, then the “guilt” of excess wouldn’t weigh so heavily. 🙂

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 22, 2021 3:07 am

        And I would be thrilled to knit something with such beautiful yarn!


      • December 22, 2021 3:16 pm

        Sue – are you still knitting squares for an afghan? Most of my spinning is fairly fine 2 ply but I can send you something for a square. Any colour preference?

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 23, 2021 2:37 am

        Oh bless you! I really wasn’t hinting! But I would be thrilled to receive any colour of yarn in any weight.


      • December 23, 2021 12:23 pm

        Sue – great! I’ll need your mailing address, email me at Will wait until the Christmas mail rush is over. Meanwhile enjoy the holiday, hope you are spending it with family.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 24, 2021 3:08 am

        Jean that is SO generous! I will email my address after the ho;idays – otherwise it will get to the bottom of the inbox and be a devil to find – that is if you are anything like me! My son and daughter are hoping to come on the 27th unless new restrictions come in and stop them. I have had a bad cold and am self – isolating so am not going out until then – more on my blog if I get tim and energy to write it. I hope you too have a wonderful time with family and friends.


      • December 24, 2021 10:57 am

        Sue – sorry to hear you are not feeling well, with all that is going on we tend to forget that the “common cold” is still out there. We too, are back to major lock downs. Even with 88.9% of the provincial population vaccinated we have unbelievable high numbers and still deaths every day – shocking. I will have dinner tonight with 2 sons, daughter-in-laws and 3 grands – all vaccinated and then Irish stew with a good friend tomorrow. After that it is back to sitting by the fire!

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 27, 2021 5:53 am

        Whilst walking Roo and delivering Christmas cards to neighbours I chatted (suitably distanced and outside) to someone who told me that a cold is doing the rounds and that her son ws tested for Covid as a precaution but it really was just a cold. The message here is that this version is less dangerous but very infectious so numbers needing hospital treatment are likely to be high. That is the big worry – that hospitals will not be able to cope especially as so many of their staff are off sick. Your Christmas sounds lovely My son and daughter are on their way here for a visit as I type so I am getting the best of both worlds – a lovely relaxed Christmas of self-indulgence and now seeing both my children!


      • December 27, 2021 2:56 pm

        Sue – all things considered it must be a relief, for anyone, to know that what you have is a cold. I hope yours is going and you are feeling better. I can’t ever imagine working as hospital staff for the past 2 years! My next door neighbour is an R.N working in senior management and she keeps my up to date with what is happening (over the fence). Enjoy your visitors, have a lovely catch-up.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 30, 2021 3:56 am

        Thank you, I am fine now. I am so glad I am retired and able o stay home safe! Nursing must be a nightmare! It has been lovely to see my children and hear their news. Take care yourself – Spring will come soon.


      • December 30, 2021 3:16 pm

        Sue – this year just doesn’t want to go out quietly, cold lows never before recorded and snow like only once every 10 years. I’m not driving so the cupboard is getting low. I no longer can and preserve like you do. At least I have a roof over my head and heat. Anna’s hummimgbirds Winter here (the smart ones go South) I’m trying to keep the feeders thawed out but think we will lose some. Think I’ll hibernate until Spring. Take care :).

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 31, 2021 9:15 am

        The bears can teach you how to hibernate!


      • December 31, 2021 12:31 pm

        Sue first, someone has to teach these bears how to hibernate – they are party animals. Just want to hang out and play.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        January 2, 2022 2:33 am

        I blame it on the parents 😉


      • January 2, 2022 10:11 am

        Sue – well that gave me a good laugh, no doubt you are right.

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  3. December 19, 2021 12:54 am

    You are having so much fun and you have reminded me that I bought myself a gingerbread house to make.


  4. December 18, 2021 1:50 pm

    I love the napkin tied around Rosie’s neck – she isn’t going to waste a crumb!


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