i remember that phrase from some ditty in the past...but cannot remember now. sometimes the past runs too far back into the ..... well, the past! :))

we traveled to portland oregon to spend christmas w my son & my two grand treasures. had a nice visit. we wrestled, drew pictures w dry erase boards that they found in gramma hams bag of goodies - "you always bring the nicest things gramma ham!" i put together the little house i gave them for christmas and while playing inside the oldest heaved a deep heavy sigh and said "well, this is so nice, but i really do need to get outside and do some work." oh? what work? it's raining outside!" "no gramma ham! not THAT outside! our house outside! i need to go out and work on the painting of our new house you gave us! :))" such busy, imaginative little people my grand treasures be! the night after christmas we all took the Max out to the zoo to enjoy the annual show "Zoo Lights". it was veautiful, amazing and great fun! also freezing cold! lollol

but now home again and time to start back on other projects like getting house cleaned and ready for our annual late christmas/new years dinner and visit w mil. then...THEN :)) ... back to work on the WWWW RR!! yaaay!
of course that will be after i waddle around in my new fabric finds from our every december ramble thru Fabric Depot on our way out of portland! :)) which entailed a call to doggy kennel owner friend to inform her that (giggle giggle) we won't be back in time to collect the doggies!! hahahahaha! told her where we had just spent a couple of hours and that she only got one guess at what i bought, besides Dutch Licorice! :))

and so, today, so completely exhausted from our holiday ordeal ...oops! er... trip, i have read w my eyes closed. all day long. well, except to go and rescue ZENA!! Warrior Princess & Whiggy Wiggles from their ordeal of having to stay at vets' kennel (so they could continue their medications while i was away). among the lightly minded subjects i have found on a new to me news site was this great story. i have been blessed in my life to have seen my dogs' pet skunks kittens rolling around my yard once upon a time. i hope there is a day for some of you to be blessed w a similar experience. they are the most incredibly sweet little black and white puffs of fluff! and they were as sweet as their momma, who would come up on deck at night while i cleaned garlic, looking to see if maybe, just maybe! i had forgotten to pick up the house kitties food. anyway...this is such a cute black & white kitty photo story! enjoy...


...oh...and Geordi's pet skunks' name was "Calico Kitty" :))

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Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on January 3, 2014 at 9:04pm
carla - thank you. our christmas is small too. hubs only child, my son only child. dil fam small. i greww up w tens of billions of people ...kids runnin' & hollerin' ..menfolk and their ciggies, pipes and stogies in one room all the adult women in the kitchen cookin' & then cleanin'. not sure if i would want that level of chaos as an adult. i kinda like having ll the time i can w the girls. dil resists my efforts to help w anything, so the girls amd gramma ham have a blast!

cheri - we never go north to go south lol...if we take any day trips up 12 again i plan to pm you and let you know we be headin' your way. but to head up over the pass when we are headed for portland...we go south. satus is usually clear and dry. unlike white or snoqualamie. and a whole lot LESS traffic down the gorge.
Comment by Cheri Foster on January 3, 2014 at 6:19pm

Wow, which way do you go?  If you took Highway 12 to I 5 then you drove right past my house.   I remember that nursery rhyme.

Comment by carla j walton on December 30, 2013 at 10:06am

glad you are home again rogue.  grand treasures...what an ideal name. and gramma ham.........girl you are right up my alley! nice to read your story.  our Christmas was real nice but quiet. just my parents and son and girlfriend, but most times that's enough........:) back to routine is nice. :)

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on December 28, 2013 at 11:08pm
:)) ...thank you! i was such a fan of Mother Goose rhymes as a child. i even bought a book for my darlin's. but they don't sit still for very long...we read ..a LOT! but not nursery rhymes. oh well. but still, thank you. i cannot believe i couldn't remember that rhyme! :))
Comment by Vickie Smith on December 28, 2013 at 9:30pm

Oh, I forgot, the home again is from a Mother Goose Rhyme.  

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.


Comment by Vickie Smith on December 28, 2013 at 9:24pm

Aahhh Rogue, sounds like you had a wonderful visit.  Wonderful memories for you and the grands.

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