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Looking Back | December.

Looking back at December through the lens of my daily photos,

I can’t help but smile! Family (who are friends), a few cocktails, a delicious spread of cookies, reading, knitting (and one FO – that lovely bit of pinned out lace on the 23rd is the 2016 Mystery Shawl), plenty of twinkle lights … and the beginning of this year’s amaryllis watch.

My mom gifted each of us super fancy bulbs from Jackson & Perkins. I set mine out on December 1st and have been documenting their progress every Friday since then.

I’m positive I can really see those stalks growing! This week, I threaded the two taller ones through copper stakes (so pretty and practical … but maybe not quite as charming as the knitting needles I had to use last year đŸ˜‰) and I’m sure the 3rd one will need a stake in the next day or two.

week six

Last year, my two bulbs bloomed about a month apart – one at Christmas and the other later in January. Too soon to tell, but I think this year’s bulbs are all on track for January. Stay tuned … I plan to make this a Friday feature for a few more weeks!

Waterlogued – Streamlined (looking back at last year, I was reminded how much fun these photos were, too)

And whew, I think this is the last looking back post I have to share. The first weekend of 2018 seems like a good time to start looking ahead!

Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend … stay warm!


  • Bonny

    I am so looking forward to seeing those blossoms! Staying warm is getting more difficult here. I had to go out this morning when the temp was -4, and tonight and this weekend is supposed to be even colder. More wool!

  • Vera

    Nice review – I really love those pics of your Mom. Once they get going Amaryllis seem to take off like rockets! Looking forward to seeing your weekly posts on yours. Stay warm!!!

  • Lydia

    Lots of good stuff in December. Watching the amaryllis has been a lot of fun. I need to remember to take a photo before I leave and when I return.

  • Penny

    I always love to see your monthly look backs! And so many beautiful stitches in your Mystery Shawl! I'm looking forward to following along on your Amaryllis watch. : )

  • margene

    Your month is has more faces than ever AND they are all smiling! You took full advantage of the joy that December can bring. It was a grand end to the year. I am totally enchanted with my amaryllis'. So elegant, so beautiful, so welcome! I'll enjoy watching yours, too.

  • HonorĂ©

    So much fun to see all the smiling faces in your December – especially your mom & Sara – and of course, the young fellas! And one of my fave pics: the tree seen thru the wine glass! Looking forward to seeing the amaryllis bloom…here's to 2018 (as I raise my wine glass in a toast!)