And Five Things Friday seems a good start, don't you think?
1. This scarf from Madewell has been making me very warm and happy. I saw it pictured on A Cup of Jo a few weeks ago, backdrop in a photo whose main focus was Oxblood red nails.
I could scarcely see those for the perfection of this cheery yet subtle plaid -- can't you tell just by looking how soft that wool is? I've been sticking to cashmere for my winter scarves, making the occasional exception for my own handknits of alpaca laceweight (can I hear a double yummy?), but I was right: This is the softest, loftiest weave of endearing colour you could want to wrap snugly around your neck on a frosty December day. Sadly, it sold out mere moments after I placed my order, so the moral of this story is to act quickly when you fall in love.
2. Another recent coup de foudre, but one I deliberated over a bit more, is this darling little chap. You may have noticed by now that I'm a fan of whimsy, although I sprinkle it judiciously.
Sorry for the poor picture, but my other camera's battery died just after I'd taken a few and before I could upload -- I might try to switch it up later. I saw this dear little roadrunner in the Estate Sale window display of a local jeweler quite a few weeks ago, but resisted him. He stuck in my head, though, so the following week I popped in to place a deposit, and then two weeks ago, he came home with me. I'll pin his gold self with his ruby eye to a sweater front -- I'm even thinking I might get a jump pin to put round the bar and wear him on my pearls occasionally, as Duchesse has cleverly suggested.
3. I'm not generally a big fan of snow, especially when I have to go out in it as I did last night, to invigilate my students' exam when I'd rather have been wallowing at home, nursing my sore mouth.
But there's no point denying that it looks very pretty, even when it's just a light skiff. . . .it will probably stay this way for a day or two as the temperature is too cold for much melting to happen . . . and there might be flurries, at least, over the next little while. Definitely helpful for getting into the spirit of the season. . . .
4. And I'll try my best to get into that spirit, just as soon as I polish off these treats. . . .In fact, I've begun tapering off the pain meds -- and have even invited a bunch of women friends over for a Friday cinq-à-sept here. So the Tylenol 3s are banished for the sake of a glass of wine or two. Really wish I could chuck the antibiotics as well -- I did a week's course of Penicillin in preparation for the supposed root canal, had two days respite, then back on a stronger bug-killer for another week thanks to the extraction. Still, imagine how risky it used to be to pull out an infected tooth and spread that bacterial toxic soup through the body. I'll try to remember that, even though these are playing havoc with my digestive system.
5. And to prove that I'm embracing the season, here's a Christmas present I've just started knitting, a hat for a son-almost-in-law who spends much of his leisure time outdoors and who embraces cold-weather adventures. Such a pleasure to be asked for a hand-knit Christmas gift. . . .
So there we are, five things on Friday, and there was a hint of Festive here and there, wasn't there? Now I'm off to the dentist to get my stitches out and then I'm picking up a few supplies to bake a treat or two for my friends -- I haven't got the house looking Christmassy yet, but if I can find ten minutes, I'm going to search out the string of coloured lights, pop them in my biggest vase, and plug them in for some instant Seasonal Sparkle, a trick I learned from a favourite neighbour many years ago.
How's your weekend shaping up, this first one in December?