December 9th, 2003

bundled up, walkabout, snow

Cookies and Ornaments; Sweets and Lights


It's time for another cookie baking party. This is an open-invitation party - feel free to pass the invitation along to anyone that you think might be interested in joining us. Kids are welcome. I'm a big believer in kids and Christmas baking. Since my parents will be here, there will be some additional help with little ones who need supervision.

As in the past, I will provide the oven, baking sheets, racks, a mixer and a relatively standard set of baking tools. I'll have a ready stock of standard ingredients (flour, sugar, etc.).

a recipe (yes, it's okay to bring ready-to-bake cookies)
- copies to send home with others, if you like
- blank recipe cards to copy recipes, if you like
any special ingredients (dates, chocolate chips, etc.)
a container to bring home an assortment of the cookies we bake at the party

The party will be on Saturday 20 December, starting at 3:00 pm. We will attempt to shoo people out the door starting at 10pm, depending on the progress of the baking. Even while school's out, I need some sleep every night. :)

If you are interesting in tree-trimming instead, Flar and the boys will be decorating our tree during the party. Please come help trim the tree.

Please let me know if you plan to be here.
bundled up, walkabout, snow

Sewing machine - help?

I managed to avoid the need through Halloween. I thought I had Christmas covered. But then I figured out one gift that I'd really like to make, but it requires sewing, and my sewing machine is currently on the fritz.

Is there anyone who could loan me a machine?
bundled up, walkabout, snow


I bought another multi-pack of Spam today. It's Tigger's favorite breakfast meat, now.

Congress sent an anti-spam bill to Bush to sign into law.

The side-bar to this, in the print version of the paper, was a list of Tips on "How to cut the junk." The last tip:

The government wants your spam. Forward unwanted or deceptive emails to, where federal regulators are targeting the most egregious marketers.

And they wonder why we have no confidence in this bill to do any good.

I'm looking forward to reading accounts of how long it took to bring the smtp servers to a crashing halt.