Thursday, January 20, 2011

Home at Last!

I went to California for Christmas and just got home two days ago. What a trip! First, we got to drive in a huge rainstorm so my husband and I took separate vehicles so gifts wouldn't get wet. I hate having to follow someone especially over 300+ miles. At least we didn't run into rain on that first leg of the trip but only from Fallbrook to Simi Valley. I finally gave up following and telephoned (yes, I know it's not legal but I kept it short) my husband to say I'd just get there when I got there!

Then preparations in hurry-up-mode for a couple of days. I made caramel corn (not usually a Christmas treat but my husband wanted it) and my daughter made some chex mix (again, not a usual Christmas treat but her daughter got confused about when we have that treat). I made brown sugar fudge and sponge candy (a crispy, foamy brittle broken in pieces and dipped in chocolate - google it as it's easy and sooo yummy). I made date balls, stuffed dates and divinity too. I didn't find time to make fattigman, a Norwegian cookie my grandmother used to make, nor did I make Biscochitas, an aniseed sugar cookie my sister started making 50 years ago for our family. Ah well, we had enough as my daughter had already made snowballs (sandies or Mexican wedding cake cookies), pfefferneuse, chocolate fudge with and without walnuts, and mints. A turkey was cooked for my daughter's brother-in-law's birthday on the 23rd, cheese, sausages and crackers were cut up and put out for Christmas Eve and my husband's spaghetti sauce made for Christmas dinner (it's red, isn't it?). We didn't make the gingerbread houses till New Year's Eve! I tried to get the girls to make journal pages and they did but after filling the first quadrant they pretty much quit on me. I finished mine just before heading home.

Next I went down to my sister in Fallbrook again where I got together with my son and some other sisters. We went out to Anthony's Seafood Grotto by Grossmont Center (a shopping mall) and that's where I picked up some food poisoning. I was sick for several days with effects lasting a good week. Won't be eating there again but we had noticed their quality had gone downhill before we got sick! Still I found time to start an acrylic painting for my bathroom but haven't finished it yet. It's my first real acrylic painting and probably looks it but I still like it so far.

I was getting ready to come home to get ready for another watercolor class with Laure Ferlita when my daughter called and asked if I could come back up and babysit the dogs so they could go to San Diego for a nephew's birthday party. So back up I went for a few more days. Then I finally headed home. I decided to go east on Hwy. 58 rather than the 210 Interstate to hwy 15 and ran into a 2 hour stoppage due to an accident and roadwork. After that though, I had smooth sailing.

The journal pages posted here were done on my trip. Not too much to show but Christmas is a busy time even without drawing and painting. I've started my new class centered on Valentine's Day with Laure Ferlita. Hope to share what I do in this class soon.

By the way, have you ever wanted to go on a trip to Ireland? I'll be leaving January 31st with Laure on another Imaginary Trip. Want to join me? If not Ireland perhaps you'd like New Orleans another new trip she's worked to provide us with which leaves February 22nd. Just click here and here to find out more!


Carol said...

I'm glad you didn't call the Christmas visit a vacation! Sounds like you did a lot of work. O, I know, you were having fun. But for me, anything that goes on in the kitchen is work. I didn't used to think so ~lol~ Life changes.

Love your art especially the one about dogs. We love our dogs. They always love us and seem to know when we need a doggy hug. I remember when I first met you on your blog, your dog had been bit by a rattler.

xx, Carol

Janet Ghio said...

Your pages are wonderful, particularly the one of the little dog!! And all those goodies too eat--made my mouth water!

Claire M said...

Wow you're a busy person! I enjoyed seeing your journal pages and hearing about your busy holiday season.

P.S. I'm going to Ireland with you and hope to go to New Orleans as well.

Sheep Rustler said...

It all sounds very eventful, but mostly fun. Love the drawings, especially the shaggy dog!

freebird said...

Carol, Sarah, the dog who got bit by the rattler is now scared of the snake smell and runs away from it. We are so happy about that and hope the other dogs take a cue from it.

Janet, the goodies are what makes a holiday for me. I could give up presents but not the goodies! Glad you enjoyed the pics.

Claire, I always enjoy class with you in it. Glad you'll be joining me!

Sheep Rustler, I'll be doing more drawings of this shaggy doggy and hope I will improve on getting her likeness. My husband actually thought I did pretty well since he recognized her! I'll be by to check your blog for updates about your new house soon!