My family has Christmas on Christmas Eve, so I had to do food shopping today. We always have the same simple menu along with whatever potluck items the people attending bring. We have a big pot of potato soup, and I usually make deviled eggs and zombies. Other people bring chips and dips, salads and vegetables, cookies and candy, and hopefully, guacamole. My daughter, A, has gradually taken over the baking chores since she really enjoys doing that. She makes lots of different cookies and some kinds of candy, like divinity and caramels (my favorite). She called recently to tell me that she had lots of leftover whipping cream, so we decided to make a chocolate cream pie and slather it in cream. This year I only made one gift, a bag for the back of a wheelchair, which made the time before the holiday more relaxing since I didn’t have to rush to finish anything. I am still working on the gray and gold top, and have finished the neckline binding. There was a lot of handwork in this project, but now I am ready to put in the sleeves and finish it off.
I don’t have any big sewing plans for next year since I like to sew what I want to when I want to, and my interests change all the time. I do enjoy sewing things for my daughters, and I want to do more machine embroidery and try new-to-me techniques. But right now I have to boil some eggs.