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I am Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

… and so are you, if you are reading this blog. This year the honor goes to anyone using or creating content on the World Wide Web. Congratulations to us. I wasn’t thrilled with the photo they used!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming:

My Health: Thank you sooooo much to everyone for your well wishes. It is so hear warming to hear from everyone. I am feeling much better. After a day of staying in bed, I felt much better yesterday and took Maggie for a short walk. In the afternoon, I finished cutting fabric for the other window in the kitchen. I still have to do the hems and stitch them together. I will be very careful of the pins.

Today, I spiffied up the house a bit and took Maggie for an hour walk around the neighborhood. We had some very wild weather on Thursday night, but fortunately, we did not have downed trees or a power outage, like Terry and Reva (who lives up the hill from me).

This afternoon, I went out to get ingredients to make cookies for the church coffee hour tomorrow. On the way, I stopped at Stars, a local antique mall. I found some great stuff for my girls for Christmas. I can’t show you pictures because that will spoil their Christmas. I will show you what I found for Mia’s doll house, which her Mom is giving her tomorrow for her birthday. I found this vintage kitchen set:


Mia will be seven. We are going out to lunch for sushi (her favorite food) and then to The Nutcracker Ballet. Then back to Steph’s house for pizza and opening of gifts. We have these wrapped in non-holiday colors, ready to go.


I made Golden Rugalach for coffee hour tomorrow. It has a cream cheese pastry filled with a paste of hazelnuts, apricot preserves and golden raisins. The recipe is here.

Here is the dough:


Baking in the oven:




I have been watching a lot of documentaries this week. I highly recommend The Gleaners and I and Sketches of Frank Gehry. Both were very beautiful to watch and creatively inspiring. Tonight, we are watching An Inconvenient Truth which is scaring me to death. We were supposed to go to a Christmas Party given by our neighbors who publish the magazine, Atomic Ranch, but I decided to stay home and stay rested.

9 Responses to “I am Time Magazine’s Person of the Year”

  1. Judy says:

    Glad you are better and that you are taking care of yourself!
    Happy Birthday to Mia….loved the yellow/blue wrapping paper (very Swedish!)
    Will be interested to hear your opinion of Al Gore’s flick. Yeah, it scared me…and with our December temps in the 70’s, I am even more nervous about Global Warming!!

  2. terry grant says:

    Me again. Didn’t you love the Frank Gehry movie? I could watch that scene where he and his assistant are folding and cutting paper to design a building again and again. Genious at work and he makes it look like child’s play.

  3. Jane Ann says:

    Kudos for wrapping Mia’s gifts in non-Christmas wrap! My December birthday always gets caught in the Christmas melee and I rarely think of it without the association of frazzled, overtired, out of sorts, etc. One sister insists upon giving me two Christmas gifts every year, because it’s too much trouble to send a gift or card (believe me, a card is preferable) on the actual date of my birthday…. The same sister who gets her nose out of joint if her own gifts are late. Grrr. (My kids’ running holiday joke is quoting Eddie Murphey as Gumby: “Merry Christmas, damnit!”)

  4. Reva says:

    Gerrie, I LOL’ed at “I wasn’t thrilled with the photo they used!” There’s a mirror on the cover of TIME, right?

    Rugalach is a great cookie choice for Chanukah. I love that this recipe has (Oregon, I presume) hazelnuts in it. Must try.

    We went to an “Inconvenient Truth” viewing party last night; I hadn’t seen it before, either. I decided, while watching it, that I’m going to send my incredibly bright 12-y.o. nephew the DVD for Christmas — along with a note saying why. Not a totally “up” gift, but what could be more important?

  5. Sharon R says:

    G — glad you’re better! And tell that sweet darling granddaughter happy birthday from all your friends! The kitchen in the house I grew up in had all butter yellow appliances — it was a GE color in the mid’50s. Still always makes me happy when I’m around that certain shade of yellow….

  6. Amy says:

    Wow – what a story (below) Glad you made such a speedy recovery. Hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration and a great holiday. (Love the new curtain fabric by the way)

  7. teri says:

    Happy Birthday to Mia!!!

    Glad you are feeling better. I was contemplating coming out and bopping you in the head for being so stupid- but, on second thought, considering I went 19 months between mammograms I guess that makes us both pretty moronic….misery loves company but let’s not do this again!

    Ok, now I gotta try that recipe…haven’t baked a single cookie this year. Even with all the decorations I have up and the balsam candles buring I STILL am having difficulty getting in the spirit…and anyone who thinks global warming is hooey- it’s Dec. 17th and it’s 51 degrees out….in MICHIGAN. There is less than 5″ of snow on the ground at the vacation property in the UP (Lake SUperior). It’ fer real folks!


  8. terry grant says:

    “An Inconvenient Truth” is frightening–but it is not just meant to scare. It ends with positive things that we can all do, the government can do, and the real hope that all is not lost if we have the will to change what is happening. It is a powerful movie. I just hope enough people see it and take it to heart to make the difference.

  9. bobbi says:

    Stars is great!

    and anyone who isn’t scared to death is a moron…unfortunately that seems to include most of our politicians and movers and shakers…