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New Years Day ain’t New Years Day without the black-eyed peas…

New Years Day ain’t New Years Day without the black-eyed peas…

I’ve often heard that whatever you do on New Years Day you will be doing for the rest of the year. If that’s the case I’m going to be worthless! Except for the fact that I did cook – and cooking is not what I want to be doing all year.

Of course we had the traditional New Years meal – black-eyed peas, cabbage, and cornbread. H didn’t have nice things to say about my corn bread because I didn’t add sugar to it. If I wanted cake, I would have made cake. One time a year I want some old fashion cornbread and today was the day. Sorry.

I interrogated my children this morning about whether or not they were having a traditional New Years meal. I was betting on the fact that they all were except for Andrew. I sent him this info about black eyed peas and cabbage for New Years when he said he wasn’t cooking that because he didn’t have any. That’s why you should plan ahead, Andrew. After he read it he said he may go get some to cook… He did but could only find frozen ones. I told him that would work. I won’t push the cabbage.

So back to what you do on New Years Day…

Just thinking about what is on the list of what I could be doing while H goes out hunting this afternoon overwhelms me. I have no lack of projects.

  • Work on that impossible wedding gown I am altering for someone. The faster I get it done, the faster I can stop worrying about it.
  • Make some pillows for my Etsy shop. I have a Mardi Gras design in my head. I also should change my holiday header and profile pic too.
  • Write on my WIP. I have been too lax in that project. The 3 I’ve already published are holding their own.
  • Sew on those curtains I promised Jessie and on the ones I promised Andrew and Xochi.
  • Play with my Cricut. I have so many project ideas I don’t know where to start!
  • Finish making my low content daily planner book for H to organize his private lessons. He sometimes forgets he rescheduled someone. He will actually have to open it up and write in it for it to be worthwhile. These are the low content books I’ve already published.

What New Years traditions do you follow? Andrew’s girlfriend is from Venezuela and they eat 12 grapes at midnight. He said Xochi already ate her 12 grapes and did not eat beans even though he explained to her they were technically peas.

Where do I start? What do I do? I think I hear the sofa calling my name…

~Elle

What Hat are You Wearing Today

What Hat are You Wearing Today

Hats come in many different styles and colors. I wear many. Not so much as in actually wearing the hat, but as in doing what it represents.

My inventory of hats include – and not in any certain order –

  1. Daughter
  2. Sister
  3. Wife
  4. Mother
  5. Grandmother
  6. Keeper of all things important
  7. Writer
  8. Seamstress
  9. Pillow maker
  10. Lover of Social Media
  11. Clutter remover
  12. Mediator
  13. Self-Publisher
  14. Promoter
  15. Peacemaker
  16. Multi-tasker
  17. Blogger

I’m sure there is some hat I forgot to mention. The point is, I spread myself thin – very thin. But I like to keep busy so all is well.

At the moment I’m trying to finish my WIP. I’m not sure of the title yet. But it’s fiction and funny (it makes me laugh) and profiles the life of a working wife (Evie) with a newly retired husband (Leo). Leo needs a project to keep him busy and Evie needs time to keep her work-from-home business from sinking. This proves to be a large task with Leo underfoot. Visit Elle Knowles Facebook page to keep up with the process.

The holidays are here and that gets me working on my Etsy shop. (Yeah, I have one) Everyone needs new pillow covers to add cheer for the holidays. I’ve got a promotional contest going on now. Drop by pillowpods Facebook page and like, share, and comment on the post to have a chance to win a free holiday pillow cover. Visit pillowpods on Etsy to see all the pillowcovers. New pillow covers for all occasions coming soon!

I’m in the middle of making my newest grandchild a christening outfit. I’ve got this much done and waiting on a pants length from his mother so I can cut out the pants. I had to make that jacket pattern because I couldn’t find one with a shawl collar, but it turned out better than I expected. Hope it fits. Sewing long distance is not easy.

Andrew will be home in a couple weeks, between semesters, for Christmas, so I’m trying to figure out where to stash all this ‘stuff‘ so he’ll have a place to lay his head. BTW – today is his 25th birthday! Happy Birthday Andrew!

I haven’t gotten my tree up yet, but I’ve thought about it a lot. I wonder sometimes if H realizes this needs to be done – soon.

So that’s what’s been going on in my life. Busy, busy but it keeps me happy! What’s going on for the holidays with you?

Let me go find another hat to wear!

~Elle

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