It was a great trip. I was home, saw my brother, his fiancee, and a ton of friends that I dearly miss. A trip to Napa, plenty of good meals, a visit with the Wade/Davis family, and Brad and Jim's annual Wine and Cheese Party were all highlights of the 10 days I spent in the Bay Area.
Christmas has also come and gone since I blogged last. Mom and Dad came out for 2 weeks and we were very happy to have them here. I really love nothing more than doing all the things I love to do at Christmas, like decorate and cook, while my mom and dad putter around me. Mom and I did some quilting the week after Christmas. She made a throw quilt for my brother and I did some piecing on my double wedding ring scrap quilt. Then, we set my mom's new sewing machine up on my quilting frame and she quilted the quilt top she made for my brother! I'm so proud of her. It looks good. I can't wait to see it bound and washed.
The last couple weeks have been completely non-productive. First I felt sorry for myself and mourned Koshka's death, then I got the flu. Any, boy did I ever get the flu! So, I spent a whole week in bed with my little wiener dog and the occasional meal that Bran would bring me hoping it would help make me feel better. Bran got me a Kindle Touch for Christmas (it was one of those perfect presents that I didn't know I wanted that he's so good at) which got a lot of use a couple of those bed ridden days.
I'm now getting back on with real life, and just in time too. Rehearsals start for both the Tulane Symphony and the New Orleans Civic Symphony this coming week, I've got work projects to complete, plants that need re-potted, and OMG the Christmas tree to get the down.