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I learned something about the nighttime setting on my camera – hold still.  The setting must have a really long exposure time, but I didn’t really pay attention to the results until it was too late.  All my picture were super blurry.  On the upside I got a nifty shot above of the local Christmas tree in all its glory.  The effect reminds me of those swirly star pictures of the sky.  

I was at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the local park to get this shot.  Tons of people were there.  Okay, not Times Square on New Years Eve ‘tons’.   ‘Tons’ as in more than I see at the Island Market on a Sunday afternoon.   

Santa Clause and the missus even managed to show up.  They visited with the kids while the band played Christmas music. 

I got some yummy mexican wedding cakes and piping hot apple cider with real cloves.  The latter was greatly appreciated since it was C-O-L-D and I wore flip flops.  (In my defense I did have a crocheted hat and scarf.)

This little boy was in my line of sight while I waited, freezing cold, in line for my provisions.  He was so enthralled with the music tent.  He stood very still with these wide eyes.  I was actually impressed with how long he could stand still. 

 

I guess I could chock it up to the holiday season and his inevitable meeting with Mr and Mrs. Claus.  Kids seem to become oddly well behaved for short spurts when they are reminded their Christmas present turnout is in the balance.

*That’s cool* a random fact

Thirty-six apples will produce one gallon of cider and a single apple needs the energy from fifty leaves to grow.

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Here in the San Juan Islands we got a few humble inches of the white winter stuff today.  The snow covered almost every surface, just not very well.  It’s good for packing though.  If there’s more snow tomorrow I want to make a snowman.  There should be enough to make a little one. 

I’ve been on a short hiatus from the actual act of crocheting and with my hooks on vacation and all, I took them outside to enjoy the view. 

I am busy with crochet related business though, organizing the testing session for my new free granny blanket pattern.  You can read the thread on Crochetville and see what the testers have swatched. 

If you’re just itching for a granny square blanket and can’t wait for the free pattern to turn up, give these a gander:  

Microspun version on the Lion Brand website has a similar color scheme. 

For giant granny square worked in the round with a shell border try the Large Granny Square Blankie by Lisa Wolf at Bev’s Country Cottage

In other news the snow completely covered the Christmas – ahem – holiday lights that are coiled around the deck.  Little by little they melted quarter sized circles all along the deck.  Scientifically speaking, it was interesting to see how much snow a little bulb could melt but I didn’t give it much attention.  

Then at dusk I saw that the light illuminated the snow surrounding the bulb and it looked like a bunch of tiny glowing votives.  They seem very cozy in their little snow caves. 

 

*That’s cool* a random fact

Thomas Edison tried over 1,500 different materials for the filament in his first lightbulb including fishing line, coconut fibers and hair taken from a friend’s beard. 

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