Christmas….Christmas….Spider….Hogmany

Whew! What a week!  Update on my nose reaction……I was talking to our MD on Thursday after the surgery day was over and he says no to allergic reaction and yes to a bite. A spider or a mite? Me…get bit by a spider….that’s so overdone. Now I don’t want anyone to fall out of their chairs or anything but I am going to post a picture of the after rash which involves my face and no makeup…..gasp!

That little patch is dry and other than that I have no symptoms. I feel like I lost a few days of prep time this week between the attack on my face and the no longer suffering from PMS…I was pretty tired. Speaking of my moodiness…..the optician at work decided it would be fun to play a practical joke on me…..remember that sorry excuse for a cake?  I found this in my car on Thursday after work…..

My car smelled horrible and she found an extra gross pair of glasses with green nose pads…loaded with face cheese. Yuck, yuck, yuck….so gross. Ha ha, I still say it was a gross, lousy cake.

Friday I should have been getting ready for my party but I was dragging my feet. Then I started looking for SB’s Christmas present. Panic ensued….I just saw it!!! It gave me the motivation that I needed to clean as I was searching. Funny thing? SB was doing the same thing! She bought me a little frame and could not find the 16 year old picture of us and she just saw it! Ironically….I just purged some collage frames and took that picture out of it. The picture is a 6×4 and the frame is a 4×6 so I have to take it to office max and have it made a little bigger.

SB came a little early on Saturday so we could exchange our presents before the Hogmany party. I haven’t seen her since before my birthday so I got lots and lots of goodies. The one that means the most is this one…..

Not only is it a dragonfly but it belonged to SB’s mom…tear jerker. I will treasure it… I don’t know how often I will wear the scarf/shawl that it was attached to? SB is always telling me that I wear too much black. She also knitted me theses pretty and sparkly blue gloves that I love.

I guess the picture is kind of dark but trust me they are a brighter blue. I think that blue may be a new thing with me…my new coat is a different pretty shade of blue and I have been wearing a labradorite ring as well as a blue pietersite ring. Maybe blue is my new thing? Funny….it was my mom’s favorite color.

SB also got me this Oultander bracelet that I have been eyeing for quite some time….

My little buddy was sick and missed our Hogmany/Christmas/Outlander party, I have her goodies set aside. I think everyone did a really good job of sticking with the theme. This is what I made and where the bastard spider was hiding before he attacked my face….

SB crocheted these cool little scarf/shawls like Claire would wear….

ML found these cool little Morse code bracelets….

I took these pictures by the light of the tree, in retrospect…..

ML also made Scottish tablet and a whiskey desert. SB brought a homemade caramel apple moonshine and a cheese plate. I made bannocks again as well as a new cheese type puff thing from the Outlander cookbook and Chestnut tarts from her website. I cheated a little on the chestnut tarts but they were so good.  I used these instead of dough….

When I was searching for chestnuts in a can I came across this…..it had every ingredient from the recipe.

I warmed them in the oven and topped with whip cream…it was so easy. For the table I found a fresh Fraser (as in Jamie) Fir wreath….

It was nice to get together and I love a theme but I thought the party could have been livelier. I will have to work on that for next year.

Today I have been in the kitchen for most of the day. I made eight dozen dark chocolate brownies with fresh cranberries and dark chocolate chips for the cookie exchange on Wednesday. I think I am going to keep them in the backseat of my car until then. It should be cool enough and they will be safe from the animals in the house.

We decided this year to do half a dozen instead of a whole dozen. There are fourteen people in the exchange and three neighbors on my list…that was most of my day. I also made Diana Gabaldon’s ancestral fudge recipe, no bakes,peanut butter kiss cookies, and rice krispy treats. I wanted to make sugar cookies so the containers for the neighbors would be complete but I ran out of time. I guess I am making a mess again tomorrow.

While I was baking I have been listening to A Breath of Snow and Ashes. This is the book that I never finished and stopped on the Outlander series. I have noticed some important historical facts while listening to it that may help me in my genealogical search next January. Then I got to that part….Claire kidnapped and then raped and Marsali who was almost full term…attacked. I am fairly certain that this is where I stopped reading way back in 2005…it was too much and I couldn’t take it anymore. I am doing my best to get through it this time. I am on disc 13 out of 48….I have miles to go. People always refer to the Native Americans as savages….the real savages were the white men. I have always said that and I hope that I don’t find any when I uncover that part of my family tree.  I always talk to books when I read them and when I am listening to them and when Jamie turned to Fergus and Ian and said “kill them all”, I said “as it should be.” That was such a horrible time to be alive….I guess my ancestors managed because check it out….here I am.

I am most of the way done for the season. I have all of the presents for the doctors in the car as well as my brownies for the exchange. I have the front office presents wrapped and in a bag for Tuesday. I only have sugar cookies left to bake and then I am off to surprise the neighbors.

It sounds like I am ahead but that’s not true. I still have to finish the family history project….my nephews….and my kids aren’t all the way done. I have a week….Zia

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About dragonflyzia

I am just a woman finally accepting that I was never meant to be in the box. I don't fit into any stereotypes, please don't try and label me, that doesn't work either. I am embracing my uniqueness in ways that are new and challenging to me, so that I may continue to grow and never stop learning.
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3 Responses to Christmas….Christmas….Spider….Hogmany

  1. Corky Morrissey says:

    whewwwwwww

  2. Hope the bite heals quickly. Have a great week.

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