Merry Christmas-

I had hoped to write on Christmas day but the fun never stopped.  This year I made slipper boots for everyone.  I made 76 pair of boots and got them all mailed out or under the tree for Christmas.  It was well worth it as they were a big hit and made me feel good.  12376474_10208300304853711_9109897288762157860_n

These are some of the boots.  You see they come in all sizes and all colors. I will have to make more now for next year.  The other thing I made this year was the reading blankets for the little kids.  10606207_1013290665378652_7867415583554907553_n

This is Colby with his on.  His is a shark and with his feet into the cacoon it looks like he is being eaten by a shark, but it is too hot this year to stay in the blanket very long.  It was 86 degrees out there on Christmas Day.1969168_1013290742045311_622266391806928961_n

This is Colby’s mother with his shark on.  You can see how it looks more like a shark when you have longer legs.  9844_1013290615378657_701570568666273880_n

This is James in his.   They will like them better when the winter really comes here.1936472_1013290605378658_8386323432555963889_n

Here is Gina with her’s on.  Regina has a mermaid tail instead of a shark.  She is all girl.  We had a wonderful day.  Gina got make up this year and thank goodness it was play makeup and washes off easily as she had great fun making up herself and then her mother and Jen.12376041_1013290788711973_4912380211399569807_n


She ended up all blue looking like something out of Avata.  I just sat around and visited, enjoying all the company and catching up on everyones life.10339553_1013290712045314_8563856871529489638_n

Today is Norman’s birthday so Patty came over for dinner to celebrate with us.  We have spent much of this week just remembering Christmas past and with 65 of them to remember we had lots to talk about.  We celebrated many in New Hampshire, a couple in Vermont with Kathy and her family, then one in Watertown, NY.  That is the one we got caught in the white out.  I have never seen snow like that before or since and never hope to again.  Then Florida was the setting even when we lived in Georgia and Tennessee we came to Florida for Christmas so we could be around family.  This year we had 14 at the Christmas Eve Party.

Now I am collecting pictures from everyone’s face book page so I can design a Christmas card for next year.  I am also working on boots for next year and I want to try chair seats for gifts for next year.  I hope everyone had as nice a Christmas as I did and that this same feeling of love and peace stays with everyone all of 2016.  God Bless you all.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to Merry Christmas-

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Hello, Carol, I meant to get this done long ago but I see that you and Norman had a wonderful Christmas anyway. I had a bad cold and didn’t get things done. Those slipper boots are beautiful and the reading blankets must have kept you busy for months. Grammie Carver used to make my children slippers and she made mittens for my brothers and me before that. We are supposed to have about a foot of snow tonight and tomorrowso you can be glad you are missing it.

    I wish you and Norman a happy and wonderful 2016!!

    • Happy New Year. Rosemary! I hope your cold is better. I am so glad we are not in the ice and snow any more. We don’t go out much so don’t seem to get into all the bugs, it has been several years since we have had a cold and I don’t miss them at all! The slipper boots were a big hit everywhere- In Oklahoma where my son and his family spent Christmas, he said they all put on their boots and had fun sliding across the kitchen floor. Us old folks want treads on our boots so we don’t slide.
      I got the pattern for the reading blankets from my grandson’s wife who wanted one for her nephew. I made that for her and liked it so much I went right out and got the yarn to make the five for my youngest great grand children. I had only three weeks before Christmas and so got right to work and got them all done in 2 1/2 weeks. You see the yarn is a supper bulky yarn and the hook you use is a size S so one row makes an inch. I do spend a lot of time knitting and crocheting. Now I am starting on next years projects. I will have to make 2 pair of slipper boots for everyone plus sweaters for the smallest kids. I would love to have enough time and money to make crazy Christmas sweaters for my grandson and his wife as they always go to an ugly Christmas Sweater party each year and it would be fun for them to have matching sweaters. I also am making seat cushions for my dinning room chairs as the canning on them are getting pretty ragged and if they come out as good as I think they will I would like to make some for my daughter Patty, son Joe and grandson Tom. Tom’s wife is the one that gets me yarn every now and again so I can use that yarn for their things. Shirley gave me the yarn for this years items but I have used up all her yarn except the fingering yarn which I use for baby sweaters and Barbie doll clothes. You can’t buy the fingering yarn any more and all yarn is so expensive I can’t afford to keep busy knitting without help from others or yard sales.
      Have a great New Year and get rested up while the snow has you house bound- there will be lots to do once the spring comes. We will miss the spring planting but will keep busy with new projects. Give my love to all Carol

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