tree up? check....lights on? check....ornaments? check....and of course out comes my special Spode mug and little heart-shaped dish. these were gifts from a former roommate about 14 years ago...gosh, seems like only a year or so ago...she collected Spode Christmas dishes and Byers carolers....our apartment was really decked out that year. i think of that time every Christmas when i see these...all my ornaments and decorations come with their personal memories i love to recall every year. *** and sewing progress? not much, really....all the swap strips are cut and packaged AND mailed, so on to the shenandoah log cabin which is next to be tied and finished....then it is definitely the hawaiian's turn to baste and start quilting. inbetween doing some cross stitch and applique to keep busy. the sewing space will get a serious re-org come end of the year but until then it is rather disorganized. *** our holiday plans are just about final and we are planning food for guests....it is really about family, of course, bittersweet because of lost loved ones or those far away, but still plenty of joy at being together. now back to that tree!