Sunday, January 3, 2021

The Best and the Worst of Winter Break

 We got snow! And not just a dusting. There was enough snow for the city to groom the golf course. I love cross country skiing, so this was a huge treat! Skiing with friends was extra special this winter.

From left: Tsela, Judith, Lisa, Me, Debbie, Mimi

I skied for three days in a row, one of which was my friend Tsela's birthday.

I don't have much time to exercise when school is in session, so I am pretty out of shape. By the third day, I had to shorten my route. I was tired; my arms and legs were aching -- best feeling ever!

And I designed and sewed a needle book. I had bought a little one for $5 in summer 2019, but I wanted something bigger and with pockets. It was a surprising success.

I even embroidered each page to show what kind of needles it holds.

That was the best stuff. That and talking to both my kids this week.

The worst? Break ends tomorrow and it's back to virtual school. I think I would be enjoying it more if I wasn't worried about the district forcing us to come back before we are vaccinated. Cross your fingers that my district supports teachers' right to live!


  1. What a wonderful time you had skiing. Hopefully you will receive the vaccine soon.

  2. Looks like a fun group of friends! I’m glad you were able to enjoy the snow while on break. Praying that the vaccine becomes available to the staff soon.

  3. Love the photo of you and your ski friends. I'm glad you had such a good time.

    I think our kids here go back to regular classes tomorrow. :-( I'm glad I don't have school age kids.

  4. Snow! We are sorely lacking in it this year but we've got plenty of rain. I used to have a pair of cross country skis when I was young and we actually had winter. It's a great workout. Araignee

  5. Fingers, toes and eyes crossed for you! Nuts that you should go back prior to being vaccinated. Love your little needle book - so nice and the fabric is perfect. I envy you your cross country skiing. We haven't had sufficient snow for that in years! Of course, I'd probably pass out now if I tried to do that - such good exercise! Love the pictures of you and your friends.

  6. The skiing looks like fun--we used to enjoy that! Great job on the needle case! You will use that a lot.

  7. praying you get vaccinated before going back!! Looks like a fun day!

  8. That needle book is a great idea. Burton likes to run off with my pincushion and I'm forever searching for my quilting needles!

  9. Skiing looks like so much fun. So sorry it is back to school already although one little boy I know really needed to get back on schedule. Good luck.

  10. Oh, I'm hoping you don't have to go back to in-person teaching before it's time. XO Your skiing adventures look wonderful, and the needlebook is absolutely charming! Happy New Year!

  11. Cross country skiing sounds like EXTREMELY hard work !!
    Your needlecase is lovely, especially the embroidered wording.
    Have a lovely weekend,

  12. Me again! I'm glad you downloaded the sheep. I use this:

    You can print out the design onto this paper, and then stick it onto the fabric, and then stitch. Then you dunk it in water and the pattern dissolve, leaving only your stitching! Kind of magic!!