Every New Years Eve we get together at my sister-in-law's in Redlands to celebrate. We take a picture of our family and I started to say friends, but we are all related in some extended way. The group changes from year to year. We've lost some family through divorce and death, including my brother in law. This year the age range is from 14 months to 88 years old.
No one is missing from the picture because SIL Paul spends an inordinate amount of time setting up the automatic timer on all the cameras and then races into place. There were lots of false starts but it only takes one photo for the record. This tradition is almost 40 years old. The following day we went to Gardenia for a Japanese New Years Day celebration that is 73 years old this year.
We drove through snow to get here and the weather was spectac-
ular. Redlands is where the orange industry developed 100 years ago - because of this weather. After a month of shoveling snow, my morning walks were surreal - pansies, roses, geraniums, impatiens, snap dragons, begonia, boganvilla -all in bloom. I don't own a swimsuit so couldn't go in the hot tub. I need to get one before next year.
I snagged these lemons from the tree in the backyard. I like a little lemon juice in my water - so fun to have some of the real deal. We visited, saw two movies - It's Complicated and Up in the Air - visited some more and then had another visit -caught up with so many friends. It's some kinda drive. They'll all say that next summer when they come up here for The Gathering.
My SIL Rochelle is a quilter and sent me home with six and a half pounds of fabric that she didn't see herself using. She said people give her fabric that they don't want, thinking she'll be able to quilt it. She says, if it's ugly, it's ugly. I don't know how these will work up in a rag rug, but I know they will. She also showed me her cutting equipment. I see it'll be on sale at Hancock's next week so will wait until the 14th to buy it before I start cutting strips again. The scissors are not fun.
It has warmed up tonight and is raining, melting our snow which means mud in the house tomorrow. It also means that people will have an icy commute to work in the morning. Not me - I'm retired. Did I mention that??
Are YOU ready?
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