Cray Cray Christmas, Life Change


Our (usual) cray cray Christmas has come and gone and from the pics, we were all very very good the past year.  What was the best part?  The Iknead/Coleman/Vaughan family had not one, but two Christmases, The Iknead/Vaughans in the morning and the Iknead/Coleman/Vaughans in the evening.

We went to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service:

Where I learned that hearing a precious three year old grand singing “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” will move me to tears, then and now; reminding me of the joy of the real gifts of Christmas, past, present and future.  (Excuse me, I need a tissue).

  Bigdaddy, as always, set a beautiful table for us Christmas morning:

Again, the food was delish and the company, delightful!

We had a visit from Santa:

and were able to squeeze in a Christmas snuggle or two:

Babydaddy was gracious enough to play Santa for Round 2:

I finally can post a Christmas knitting FO:

Babydaddy’s Handknit Socks

Santa made another stop at Babydiva’s house:

and found that Babydiva had also been very good!

What’s the over the top, greatest thing ever, long time coming and more than well deserved gift for all of the family this Christmas season?  Are you sitting down?

(Cue the fanfare)

Mr. Iknead is retired as of December 19, 2013!  Retired as in the ceremonial turning off of the alarm clock, sitting around, reading the newspaper and drinking coffee in the morning and what shall I do today retired.

Congratulations, sweetie!  You’ve more than earned it!  I can’t wait to get started on this new life chapter with you!

More to follow………

When the solution is simple, God is answering.  Albert Einstein



It Happened, It really Happened!!


As of this morning, I’m officially retired.  It’s come about just a tiny bit before I had originally planned, about seven working days, but after a follow up doctor visit yesterday, he recommended I stay off work at least until 12/20, my original last day at work.  I went in to the office this morning to give my boss the note the doctor wrote regarding my leave and to begin cleaning my office of 15 years worth of accumulated stuff, lots of books, a couple of radios (neither of which work), notes to myself (trashed), stuff I thought was funny or important that went on my bulletin board (mostly trash now) and the odds and ends that just seem to accumulate over time.  It feels really strange to officially be retired, to not have return to work date.  Truthfully, even though plans were made and loose ends tied up, it really didn’t seem real; I guess I didn’t believe it would really happen.


This must be some sort of Iknead household record – Mr. Iknead and I got our tree up and decorated last Sunday afternoon.  I took a page out of Bigmommy’s book and put some kind of holiday decoration in every room.  Funny, it seems like so much more fun this year, maybe because I’m not on a crazy timetable (see above) to get things done.   Is this how it’s supposed to be??

Even Josie was dragged into the Christmas spirit –


Weatherdude just said some weather models are predicting a chance of snow next Tuesday.  This after I walked Josie day before yesterday in jeans and a tee shirt.  Arkansas weather is bipolar, to say the least.

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.  Muhammad Ali



WIP Wednesday 08/08/12


So here’s my newborn project, a toe up s0ck.  I haven’t decided on an actual pattern yet.  That’s one of the the things I love about toe ups, they can be started and worked on for a while before a decision has to be made about the pattern.  The yarn is another out of my stash, Knit One Crochet Too, Ty-Dy Socks, 80% superwash wool, 20% nylon, color #1518.  The color didn’t photograph well, in real life it’s greens and beiges.


I haven’t posted a picture of Josiepug in a while, here are a couple.

 Josie helping Daddy stretch before his walk

Lotsa Wrinkles


I finished The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold today.  It was …… interesting.  I think this is one that I’m going to have to reread to really appreciate.  I’m still working through The Romanovs, my treadmill book.  I have to say I got a little bored with the first bit, lots and lots of scientific stuff, explaining DNA, who said what to whom and why.  I’m a little more than halfway through and it has gotten more interesting.


Mr. Iknead and I finally set a date for my official retirement, 12/21/12 and I gave notice at work.  It feels unreal still, but every time I start really thinking about it, I get so excited I have a difficult time settling back down to work.  I thought the time would probably drag since I have so much anticipation but the last few weeks have really flown by.  We’ve been as busy as ever at work, making the days pass pretty easily.

If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.  Ray Bradbury