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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I’m a cold-weather wuss

I’ve been scouring the online stores for winter clothes and the shipping boxes by the front door is piling high crazy fast. Another two boxes just came in and the now it seems that the game of Jenga is quite the theme of the month. The boxes have remained unopened, because thick, heavy winter clothes take up so much space that I do not have in my drawers or closets. We’re still in our shorts and flip flop weather here in Tampa (I know, groan).

This is all in preparation for a little family vacation to Oklahoma, where I can bet it’s not shorts and flip-flop 85-degrees warm. We’re headed off to celebrate the pre-holidays with my good friend, Elise and this little blogger you might have heard of and her family at the ranch.

Nuggets of free time have been spent on knitting scarves, hats and cowls for the family and also to give as presents. If I’m not cooking, typing, texting, or photographing, most likely my hands are deftly crafting something warm and fuzzy for the trip.

As you can probably tell, I’m a wuss when it comes to cold and next year, I will vote for spending December together here in Florida! The three of us haven’t been together in the same city for a while now, and I’ve missed them terribly. Ree promised Christmas caroling, cookies and spiked hot chocolate.



11 Responses to “I’m a cold-weather wuss”

  1. Jessica — 12/14/11 @ 9:57 pm

    I am still jealous that you are so good at knitting!

    Have a blast in Ok! I am sure the boys will! :-)

  2. Jen da purse Ho — 12/15/11 @ 4:00 am

    ooh such beautiful yarn. I see Koigu there? :)
    have fun in OK! i’m jealous you guys all get to spend it together and have a great time. :)

  3. Kelley Petkun — 12/15/11 @ 7:00 am

    Vacation knitting is the best! The planning for what to take and then settling in to enjoy a new venue as you knit a “conversation friendly” project! In front of a warm fireplace, perhaps?

  4. I wish I had the talent to knit. Those look beautiful!

  5. Bev Weidner — 12/15/11 @ 9:19 am

    You’re such a great knitter it KILLS me. those photos are next in line to kill me. GORG.

    Have fun on ze ranch-a-roo!

    I fully expect Instagram explosion. ;)

  6. Deanna — 12/16/11 @ 1:05 am

    I’ve been knitting scarves like mad lately, but its not for a functional purpose as scarves are never really needed in Southern California. Have fun in Oklahoma! Don’t worry about freezing, spiked hot chocolate fixes everything. If that fails, the hot toddy is an excellent fallback.

  7. SeattleDee — 12/19/11 @ 5:30 pm

    What a fun pre-holiday trip, and then you get to return to some warmer sunshine! So where are the photos and the details??? C’mon and share a few stories, please.

  8. Jen M O — 12/21/11 @ 3:46 pm

    I live in Maine and I wish I could be wearing shorts. Happy Holidays!

  9. JulieD — 12/22/11 @ 5:27 pm

    Love the colors of the yarn! Will you teach me how to knit the next time we get to hang out?

  10. Skinny Fat Kid — 12/28/11 @ 11:44 am

    I too hate cold weather! I’m the only one who wore my big puffer coat to work today…

  11. Kali — 12/28/11 @ 1:10 pm

    I hope you get your wish! Who wouldn’t want a Christmas vaca in Florida? I’m from Washington where it rains 99% of the time so Florida sounds amazing! By the way, I love your fabric choices! I look forward to my mother-in-laws knitted slippers every year for Christmas! Makes me jealous those of you so great at knitting! Enjoy the sunshine!

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