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    december daily 2011.

    …I’m a little embarrassed to admit this. (don’t worry, it’s nothing terrible – I’m only “a little” embarrassed 🙂 I’ve been slow about posting here because this is post 1001. and I had grand intentions of celebrating post #1000. I guess when I made that fifty for 50 list, I didn’t consider the real impact of trying to post daily during november, or how much I post in december, sharing december daily, and holiday fun. so here’s my first change to that list... instead of celebrating my 1000th post, I’m going to celebrate my blog’s 5th anniversary. next february. when I’m sure things will be much quieter! whew, it feels so…

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    looking back.

    …at 2010. it was very hard to select just twelve photos to tell the story of this year. so many changes in my life – all good. yes, I can even say that now about the hard things, like katie moving across the country, because it’s been a wonderful change for her (and it’s ok if I tear up writing this). the look back is shimelle’s prompt for the 30th, so I also have one for 2007 and 2009 (2008 was a letter to myself and I didn’t share it online). I’m sure I couldn’t imagine how different my life would be in 2010 when I did that first page in…

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    a nice dinner.

    …the shop was busy yesterday – knitters visiting from many places (I waited on ones from germany, new hampshire and north carolina) with families and friends kind enough to show us off – knitters needing help with projects (mostly ripping! but I’m pretty good at that since I’ve had years and years of practice!) – and I’m sure a few knitters who were thinking about this weekend’s upcoming football marathon and planning ahead to have something to do. it made for a steady stream of customers, plenty of running around, and no time for a break. sara came to visit in the afternoon – she brought holly (the regular tuesday knitters had been asking to see her) and…

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    more holly pics.

    …I had to smile at a comment left in flickr on monday’s december journal page about how much holly is showing up in this year’s journal. because I’d just uploaded tuesday’s page. yep, more holly photos! I know they’re much cuter and probably appeal more broadly than the in-process shots of my holiday knitting. which I am really (really!!!!) hoping to finish today. and I’ll admit I spent a few minutes yesterday happily thinking about what I might cast on next.

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    is it tuesday already?

    …oh my, time flies when you’re having fun! following sunday’s relaxed pace, we hit buckhead for lunch and shopping yesterday. I was perfectly happy to knit and hold holly while katie and sara drove*. anis didn’t disappoint – seriously, they are great with dogs! – and the food was delicious. after lunch, we went to phipps plaza and actually found all the gifts we were shopping for (plus two more – santa is going to be so pleased with me!) *to accommodate everyone’s evening plans, we had a very complicated car arrangement which involved two cars and ended up with my coat (and my keys) parked at phipps instead of with me. so glad my…

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    merry times.

    …indeed. our annual family gift exchange is one of my favorite holiday traditions. karen hosted this year and it was especially nice this year to have the whole family there – we missed katie last year (which is maybe why I didn’t even blog about it!), and of course holly came too. I had fun this morning going through the nearly 100 photos from katie’s and my cameras. and was pleased I ended up with a enough good ones to create a collage for day 18. we didn’t take our usual group photo this year, but we did get one of the cousins so my mom can put a new photo on her refrigerator.…

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    all here.

    …both girls arrived safely – sara on thursday afternoon and katie yesterday evening. we’ve shopped and sara baked and now today is our annual family gift exchange. looking forward to merry times! (and I’m caught up on my december album – click here to see)

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    10 things to do.

    this week’s prompt is very timely! shimelle’s “to do list” prompt comes a little later, but with just eleven days to go, I needed this one today. it helps to get it all down on paper. and I love how that #1 item doesn’t look nearly so intimidating in words! as I typed up the list and grabbed the photo of my tree, I was thankful that decorating wasn’t still a to do. Go here if you would like to sign up for the Ten on Tuesday mailing list.

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    photoshop textures.

    …I can’t remember how I found kim klassen’s website, but I’ve been following along for several weeks now and I’m just in love with what she can do to a photo. last weekend she posted these beautiful textures and I’ve been waiting for the right photo to use them. yesterday seemed to offer a good opportunity. it was cold, and we had snow flurries on and off all afternoon and into the evening. I loved the way our tree looked from the deck, so warm and inviting. and I’m really excited about the image I created. I ended up using silent night 2 – and I used it twice. once as…