That song happens to be on the radio at the moment, and truthfully it feels very apropos, it has been very warm here in Kentucky, the grass is still green, the neighbors were actually mowing yesterday! And we were painting:

The girls were out riding and next thing you know, here comes Caryn riding at full tilt with a runaway horse in front of her. . . good gosh, you know my heart went up into my throat, the husband threw down the paint roller, and I ran into the fields to find her friend. Well all is well, Whit is ok, (probably major sore today, though) and was only thrown from the horse. My daughter saved the horse from running into the road and got her corralled back into the pen.

Inside the house the stockings were hung:

but not at the fireplace as we normally use the fireplace! They have their own place of honor at the front door – these were made the first years we moved to Kentucky, in counted cross stitch, before my love of knitting and spinning overtook my love of the framed needle works – (counted cross stitch, needle points, and counted needlepoint, etc.)

And can you believe this:

I have been trying for at least 10 years to get my Christmas cactus to bloom!! Yeah!! (Yeah, I have plant issues, if you are remembering my Jade Plant, which is still alive, btw!)

On the spinning front, I think I temporarily lost my mind! Well, sort of. I sold my Ashford Joy and the Woolee Winder that I bought to go with her. She was a fabulous wheel, but I never truly “loved” her. Does that make any sense? I have coveted the Jensen’s Tina II for years. . . then, wham bam, I found Betty Robert’s wheels –

OMG how, how, how can you not love them? Oh, man the dilemmas I have! So, I’m going to order one of those. . . oh but Angela says “June, you really need to check out the Tina II” and she describes her in just the way I have been thinking about her. . .Oh what to do??

Well, I ended up ordering the Tina II – the man on the phone says it’s a four month wait, Darn it all day! Ok, next day: I remember there is a website that states they keep one or two in stock! But, do they still have one? Gosh, it’s Christmas time after all! Well, they did! So, I sucked it up and bought it even though they made you pay shipping. What’s $55 compared to four months?!

Now, I am feeling incredibly selfish for doing this at this time of year, but I am justifying it in the way of the husband, and kiddos are all done, and I am not entirely sure my Joy would have sold so quickly if it wasn’t Christmas time. . .