I'm still on break - yay! Returning to work tomorrow is not something I am looking forward to, particularly since it is grey, rainy and chilly (high 30's, low 40's) with more of the same forecast for tomorrow. Sounds like a perfect day to just stay in bed.
New Year's Eve I did (just barely) manage to stay up till midnight. After watching Mariah Carey, I'm wondering why I bothered.....
Yesterday, New Year's Day, we did manage to get out for a walk for about an hour. We walked around Mill Grove (a place very nearby where Audubon lived...they now have a museum and gift shop but everything was closed). A lot of traffic nearby, so it wasn't quite the peaceful, quiet walk we had hoped for, but it felt wonderful to get outside and move! We walked down to St. Gabe's (a boarding school run by the De la Salle Fathers). They have some farm animals - cows, goats, llamas, etc.
On our way back through a field and into woods, we saw this tree with a huge gall. These things always fascinate me.
Some creature could make a cozy home in there!
Then we came upon a chicken coop on the Mill Grove property. They were all busy pecking away to find something to eat.
Later in the day Colin & Mailing came over for dinner. I made red beans and rice - a traditional Cajun/New Orleans dish for New Years. I did (finally) manage to finish Colin's socks for Christmas...only a week late. The yarn is KnitPicks Hawthorne which I have used in the past and really like. However, this time the brown yarn was horrible! The green was softer and easier to work with; the brown was stiff and unyielding. I'm glad to be done with these.
The last pair I made for him were on #2 needles and he said they were a little loose, so I went down a size. I also made the leg portion longer (80 rows after ribbing) and the foot as well...but when they were finished I could barely get them on my feet. I soaked them and then put them on sock blockers and they did stretch out. But again, I'm glad to have them finished. I started another pair of "Christmas socks" - a gift for a friend. Fortunately we have not gotten together yet to exchange gifts - lol. Probably in a few weeks which gives me time to get these done. I managed to get the first sock about halfway done in one day, so I think I will be ok.
It's afternoon and still grey and damp. I think I will go upstairs to read and then nap. Later we are going over to Colin & Mailing's for dinner - Hot Pot - which should be fun.