Sock Drawer

This is a photo of my daughter Laura’s sock drawer. She texted it to me. She knew it would make me happy.

Why?

Because I knit them for her. You’ve seen the Good and Plenty and Wonder Woman featured on the blog and the yarn her husband James bought on a business trip in Seattle. The colors of flowers at Pike Market. I see some Alaskan yarn too.

When she told me she loved wearing the hand knit socks, I felt motivated to knit more.

Planted in 1963, Our Family Christmas Tree

A friend drove over from Morristown to Morris Plains (New Jersey) today. It’s where I spent a decade of my growing up.

Photographed this evergreen for me. Sent me the photo. Between 40 and 50 feet tall now. Wow!

I was wondering if it was still there after all these years.

We had a live tree with the roots encased in a burlap sack just that single year. I remember how we watered it and of course it was really heavy to get out of the living room.

Usually we’d get a cut tree, close to Christmas Eve. You know the ones- sometimes hard to get level in the metal stand or the base of the trunk is too thick so you get a metal bucket and some rocks, the fresh trees that drop needles before Epiphany, or you grab the trunk and are dripping with sappy gum. These real trees evoke Christmas of yesteryear with the pine fragrance. Not a candle or soap or air freshener. True woodsy clean fresh pine along with a tangerine peel says Christmas to me.

This Christmas tree was planted behind St.Paul’s Church in Morris Plains where our dad was the rector. We lived in the Rectory across the street.

The photographer prefers anonymity to a photo credit but I’m grateful for the effort and can’t wait until my brother and sister see this magnificent tree. Thank you.

Happy memories.

The Hendricks Family Christmas (1963) Tree today. 2-10-19

Groundhog Day at The Oaks Theater

Happy Groundhog Day.

My granddaughter Maura has predicted six more weeks of winter prior to Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog.

We’ll know at sunrise if she’s right.

The movie starts at 7:30 PM at The Oaks Theater in Oakmont PA

Laura and Charlie called earlier to wish me a Happy Groundhog Eve.

You might remember my post of Woodstock Illinois where the movie was filmed or the post where Mary Laura and I ventured to Punxsutawney to see Phil at sunrise.

You can see my Groundhog Compendium here
https://rutheh.com/2017/02/01/groundhog-day-compendium/

Little Library in the Snow

My SIL James took this photo from the driver’s side, using my phone, on January 20 as we returned to Columbus. I’d seen the little library on our way into the street and I knew when we turned around, it wouldn’t be on my side. It’s the biggest Little Library I’ve seen.

I didn’t even know who Mercy Watson was Until Last Week

Mercy Watson books have been checked out of the Columbus Public Library and are now at  home with my grandson Charlie, 3 1/2.

I’d never heard of the existence of Mercy Watson prior to last week’s Ohio visit.  Charlie has always liked his soft pig toy and  has a small pig on the kitchen counter where he eats lunch.

Mercy Watson is a pig.   No, edit that statement

Mercy Watson is a porcine wonder.” says Mr and Mrs. Watson

The author is Kate Di Camillo and illustrated by artist Chris Van Dusen 

Seems that ‘buttered toast’ is a favorite of Mercy Watson.

Laura  created a Mercy Watson breakfast for Charlie.

He was adjusting the mouth/cashew.

That is hand squeezed oj accompanying the toast. Mmmmm. 

 

 

 

I should have taken one more shot of the empty breakfast tray. 

a screenshot for the Mercy Watson site

Fifty Years Ago Today

Sharon and Chuck celebrate their fiftieth anniversary today, January 24th, but the surprise party was last Saturday. Right in the middle of a winter storm.

Only a few people couldn’t make it due to the weather.

Kim and James planned the event and their mom and dad were definitely surprised.

When the caterers Tessa and Maria arrived with all the delicious food, despite the treacherous roads, we knew the party was a GO! Everyone had a wonderful time at Chuck and Sharon’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.

Once a schoolhouse, there was a slate blackboard where party guests wrote greeting with chalk.

Grandson Simon tied balloons onto the mailbox

Karon and Sharon


Charlie showing 5 and zero.

Tessa and Maria braved the elements to deliver the dinner.


Cake baked by EB Cakes

Cupcake Amongst the Roses

The pink blush roses in the canning jars, sat on the kitchen counter this morning. We spent the night due to the blowing snow and unplowed roads. We were having coffee and muffins, scrambled eggs at the farmhouse in Crestline.

There were cupcakes, baked by EB Cakes leftover from Saturday night’s anniversary party.