Sunday, December 12, 2004

Seventeen Years Ago Tonight...

Husband and I said I Do seventeen years ago tonight. We were just kids, only 22 years old and almost fresh out of college. Marriage takes work if you want to make it last. It's not some fairy tale like TV or Hollywood would have us believe. The last seventeen years have been hard and easy, good and bad, but it has all been worth it. I can't imagine my life without this man beside me. There is no one else on earth I'd rather share the joys and even the pains of life with than my husband. I hope that when daughter chooses a husband, she finds a man that is as wonderful and loving as her father.

We enjoyed our weekend in Asheville. It was darned cold, though, and it rained, sleeted, and snowed all day Saturday. Biltmore House was gorgeous as ever. We enjoyed the tour very much. I think we all liked the wine tasting at the Biltmore winery much better, though!! Husband and I came home with three bottles for ourselves, a bottle of grape juice (daughter's favorite) and a bottle of wine for a Christmas gift.

We visited Earth Guild where we bought a new reed for the loom and a kniddy knoddy for me. I think these things are going to be wrapped up as Christmas gifts. We went to Yarn Paradise in Biltmore Village. They are still on the second floor of their building while the bottom floor is undergoing renovations. The Biltmore Village area suffered a lot of damage this fall due to flooding related to all those hurricanes that bashed Florida. We drove over to Black Mountain, too, and visited Wild and Wooly, formerly The Naked Sheep. The store changed locations last year and changed names, too. I must say that I was sorely disappointed with the new location and yarn selection. The new store seems terribly crowded to me, and I think they've cut their stock in half at least. I did manage to find some sale bin yarn. I got 12 skeins of Koigu KPPM for $4.50 each. I found two variegated colorways and two solids.

We visited one of the galleries in Black Mountain and saw lots of woven items, knitted hats, and felted hats and a purse. I was amazed at the prices--quite expensive! I guess I looked at those items as a knitter and person knowledgable about the cost of materials. Based on what looks to be a three times cost of materials markup, I'm gifting someone with a $100 purse for Christmas! Mom found a gorgeous yet very simple woven chenile scarf that she liked. It was made in jewel tones and black and was very striking! The price tag on it was around $50. We stopped off in Columbia this afternoon and purchased materials to make one for her (as a surprise Christmas gift) at A.C. Moore. I hope husband can get it whipped out in time!

Speaking of A. C. Moore, I was very impressed with their selection and quality of yarn. They have some of the major brands. I even found 100% feltable wool and some to die for mohair! *sigh* Thankfully, I resisted the urge to buy more yarn. I really need to knit through some of the stash first. I did pick up another knitting bag or possibly it will be a spinning bag. How could I go wrong in getting a great looking tapestry bag for only $4?? Daughter got herself a little tapestry tote bag purse for about $2.50.

The Christmas countdown has officially begun. Daughter has only 4 1/2 days of school this week. I only have 8 more work days, but possibly will spend one of those days working from the beach. Having a portable job does have its perks! I'm really not into Christmas at all this year. It just feels like a big chore to get through. I decorated at the beach but haven't even put a stocking up in the house. I have more Christmas gifts left to buy than are already bought--and I couldn't care less! Forget Christmas cards. I wrote the obligatory cards to the employees, but that's it. *sigh* I'm just looking forward to time off work. I could do without the rest. (And don't go feeling sorry for me just because I'm more bah humbug than deck the halls. I don't feel a bit sorry for not being in the Christmas spirit!)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Donna! Glad to hear you had a great weekend in Asheville! I've never made it to Biltmore at Christmas (and have only live about 30 minutes away my whole life), but I'd like to one day.

I bought the same tapestry bag to use for my knitting also! At $4 it was a no-brainer and has worked very well toting my stuff around. AC Moore is the craft store in Greenville (aside of Michaels, which I refuse to go to)and I usually can find some yarn to work with.

Have a great holiday!

Kim in NC

8:51 AM  
Blogger Rambling Rose Cottage said...

Donna, your anniversary weekend sounds lovely. Congratulations on 17 years of marriage.

One of these days, my husband and I need to visit the Biltmore Estate. If for no other reason than to just taste the mulled apple cider and wander aimlessly through the estate.

Have a wonderful day.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Amie said...

Happy happy happy anniversary!

Another reason to like AC Moore is that they hired me to teach knitting. So we like them (and they've got great prices on cha-cha, which I only bought for a gift...)

1:58 PM  
Blogger Elayne said...

Happy Anniversary to you both...and wishing you many more.

Christmas Spirit? Bah Humbug! I'm also just going through the motions but expect to perk up at the very last minute. The worst part is that I just cannot make myself write the cards this year. We've had a wonderful year and have loads to be thankful for and write about but....well...I just don't want to "do them".

I'll keep checking to see when the Christmas cheer hits you. Hope it's soon...I need inspiration.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Belated wedding anniversary good wishes. I was out noodling around - checking other sites on the spinning wheel group. Our wedding anniversary is 12-12 too! But only 6 years married for us - 11 total.


2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Anniversary to you!

My husband and I went to Asheville last year with another couple. We had a wonderful time and, of course, I made took everyone to Yarn Pardise to go yarn shopping with me.

Vera's Crafty Blog

6:25 AM  

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