The Day after Christmas


Every single year for 26 years of marriage I have made my husband Charlie Brown pillowcases at his request.

Christine here. It’s the day after Christmas, and all through the house…. Not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. It doesn’t matter that I’ve been up for hours now, walked and fed the dogs, fed the cats (indoor + 1 outdoor) and put in laundry and loaded the dishwasher from last night. Somehow, going out to see the Star Wars movie last night was so “exhausting” to everyone else that they’re all still in bed at 9 am.

I know I shouldn’t complain. I’m a morning person and the rest of them take after my husband and are adamantly NOT morning people. When my husband worked a 9 to 5 job, he got permission to work 9:30 to 5:30, because “traffic” into the city was so bad. Ha, traffic. He just couldn’t get his skinny butt out of bed in the morning.

Besides, I like the time by myself in the morning. Just me and the beagle snoring on the couch, and a lot of ripped up Christmas paper all over the floor.

I got a used, reconditioned Vitamix blender for myself for Christmas, because I am determined to diet yet again, and the particular diet book I’m following calls for all these salad dressings made with a high-powered blender so that you can put in flax seeds and make your own hummus and things like that. Sigh. It will always be a struggle for me. I even hired a personal trainer at the gym and we’re working out twice a week for 3 months, which is making me have terribly achy muscles all over. It is not fun to have to get in shape.

But, given how much I plan to be sitting and braiding in the coming year… I’d better do something proactive.

The next thing coming up is finishing a rug to enter in the PA Farm Show. I don’t think I’ll actually get to the show this year (I love the tractor square dances, which are hysterical, and I love to look at the goats and chickens) but Carolyn Newcomer is going to drop my rug off and I’m going to pick hers and mine up a week later.

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Ocean Waves Border: one of my classes I’m teaching at the braid in.

The next thing after that is the registration (which opens Jan 1) for the Valley Forge Guild’s Spring Braid in ( I’m teaching a million classes so I have a lot to work on. And there’s a newsletter to get out in January also. In February, Carolyn and I are teaching at the FiberFest in Swatara, and in March, I’m teaching two classes at the Pittsburgh Knit, Crochet, and Creative Fiber Weekend.


A class I’m teaching at the Pittsburgh Knit, Crochet, and Creative Fiber festival.

Then, there’s a lot of work with the upcoming exhibit in August at Sauder Village, which I’m really looking forward to. I hope everyone’s working on a chair pad to contribute to the Chair Pad Pageant!

A lot of good braiding things to look forward to in the coming year!



4 thoughts on “The Day after Christmas

  1. Wow, you make me tired listening to all that you are doing. We love that you are so ambitious, thank you for all you do. I love these that you are doing.

  2. Love the Charlie Brown pillowcases. We have dozens of Disney pillowcases, lol. The American Flag mat gives me an idea for my son’s birthday in April. Have a happy and healthy New Year.

  3. Looking forward to the Spring get together. Does anyone have the picture taken at the 2009 braid-in which was in Trappe, Pa. , May 1,2,3. There was a guest speaker was Laura Campbell on color theory. This was the first braiding event I ever attended and have all the group pictures of every event but this. Really would love to have it.

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