Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 Week 1: Goodbye 2009!

A few leftover Christmas notes: a close-up of the butter-bell, and a few more handcrafted items.

Leah designs and paints her own Christmas cards each year.


Chef-son, the Carver, made all the guys a clay key chain. I wanted a photo of all of them, but that didn't happen. So here is the one for his dad, the duck hunter.

The latest ornament on the tree, made by potter/carver/friend Gina.

We enjoy our tree till January 6th, Día de Reyes.
However, I am slowly saying goodbye to Christmas, storing away the memories, and pondering resolutions, if any, for the new year.

Monday, Elijah was with us while the others visited grandpa Sholes and showed off the new baby. Only three are allowed per visit, plus little ones up to two years of age if they are on someone's lap. (Read about David  

It took both of us to entertain the boy!
He helped Grandpa Mike with the snow-plowing and they also went around checking for deer tracks. And they built a ship together, one of Elijah's Christmas gifts.

Elijah beat me at dominoes twice! I can't even remember all the other fun things we did.
But I do treasure in my heart something he said,
"You know what God told me, Grandma?"
"What was that?"
"To fight the people that do bad."
"You mean, like the Elijah in the Bible who had to kill the evil prophets?

A few days earlier, he had mentioned how he liked to fight and destroy. Our first reaction was a negative one, then we remembered men in the Bible called to stand up for God and righteousness, even as the prophet Elijah.

Tuesday and Wednesday I was very focused on the reading and writing assignment due, the last one.
Now I am wondering, should I sign up for the next course beginning January 21?
I have no doubt about continuing to focus on writing life stories, only a question about formal training vs. personal discipline in learning and practicing the craft. Deadlines and feedback are very valuable. Don't know if I can attain the same goals on my own.

Thursdays I feel relieved to have the pressure over. And on this last day of the year, we had an exciting event to look forward to: the robotics team that Mike mentors had their second annual ball drop.


Would you believe, this ball is more sophisticated than the one used in New York in 2007?!
Fun facts:
The ball:
60 aluminum triangles with 15 lights each, 900 total LEDs
42" in diameter
2 miles of wiring inside!
2 computers to run it
The scrolling display below has 420 LEDs.
This year's message: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO MUNCIE FROM TEAM 1720 2009-2010

I was inside selling popcorn till the last moment.

A friend took this photo, the caption "Popcorn Queen"

Happy New Year!


Kim said...

Mmmmm, I luuuurve popcorn :-) If it wasn't after 1 a.m. I'd go make some now. lol

Had to laugh at the fact it took both of you to keep the grandboy entertained :-)

That is the cutest ornament Gina made! I have to say, seeing all the hand crafted items you all exchanged this year has motivated me to be more "crafty" this year. One thing I'd like to do is find an ornament that's not too time consuming or difficult and start making them now so that I have lots and lots to give away to everyone next year.

Edie said...

As always I love all the creative projects!

I'm jealous that you have a helper to entertain just one child. :D

Popcorn sounds pretty good right now. That ball was pretty impressive!

Cathy said...

Great pictures and great projects! Love the popcorn queen picture and your grandson is a cutie!

sara said...

you mentioned a butter-bell in another post and I wondered what that was.....I want one!!! I hate the butter dish and the lid gets all coated with butter! Does your husband sell those?

the handmade gifts are awesome!!

that ball is so cool!!

great week, Rita!

Lisa said...

That IS more fancy than NYC. I like it. I also like your new header. Sweet! Glad you are joining the project once again!

skoots1mom said...

what all the handmade gifts :)

Esthermay said...

I like the butter-bell :-) reminds me of one my grandma had from a tiny little pottery shop in Logansport, IN.

Elijah: precious boy!

. . . very impressed with that New Year’s Ball! FAR more impressed with this one than that big glaring thing in NY! Seriously

I like the penguin too--

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Nice post! I love the images.

SmallTownRunner said...

Stephan and I were discussing how much we enjoyed the fact that there were so many handmade gifts this year. I love that we're a family that enjoys making gifts -- and we're good at it, too! I need to go buy my yarn for next Christmas's projects...

Elizabeth said...

I love your new background/theme on your blog...
Great handmade items... love them all...
What a great start to a new year!

The Bug said...

I'm a penguin fanatic - so you'd better not invite me to your home at Christmas - that lovely ornament might just "disappear" LOL.

I live in central Ohio - not too far from Dayton - so not THAT far from you I don't think.

I used the newest version of Microsoft Word to edit my pictures - it was kind of complicated to get them back into picture files after that. I need better editing software!

beckyjomama said...

I LOVE the creativity - hand made stuff is the best - expecially to pass down for Christmas! My father in love would HEART that key chain!!!

And now I am seriously craving some popcorn! LOL!

H-Mama said...

Elijah is precious. What a great week... and New Year's Ball! Very creative. ;)