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Chad (who is the brother of a friend of ours, and whose blog I recently began following) created 12 of 12 three years ago.  I love the tradition of taking and posting twelve photos of the twelfth day of the month, so I give you my first participatory post…

img_75998:03 am ~ The Queen contemplates the day of work ahead of her.  On the plate: continue working on the castle, preparing it for sale.

img_76018:48 am ~ The King has finished cleaning the inside of the oven.  Look what a little elbow grease can do!  (The stove top took a great deal longer…and a great deal more elbow grease.  Thank you, m’dear!)

img_760311:51 am ~ Most of the Princes’ games have been packed away, not to be seen again until their arrival in the Kingdom of Seattle.

img_760812:27 pm ~ The back of the Princes’ bedroom door, portraying notes that are left outside the door of the Pirate Cantina Restaurant when it is open for business.

img_76231:13 pm ~ The offspring of Robert the Plant, generously separated into their own pots by The Queen Mother, await distribution throughout the castle.

img_76251:13 pm ~ Contentment, anyway.  The Queen believes a Jamocha shake should be included for true happiness to be achieved.

img_76325:26 pm ~ The Queen, sporting her Christmas Tree Socks, chats with Queen Cindy while observing the Amazing Karate Talents of several Princes and Princesses.

img_76477:50 pm ~ The King and Queen enjoy Warm Beverages while the King attempts WiFi Connectivity.

img_76487:51 pm ~ The Princes enjoy Animated Conversation with their Warm Beverages.

img_76537:52 pm ~ The Queen captures Wintry Artwork on film.

img_76568:09 pm ~ The Royal Family enjoys Classic Holiday Television.

img_76618:17 pm ~ The Queen searches for an Interesting Photograph to round out her first 12 of 12.

Well, I guess last week’s Week of Few Words ended up being Week of Few Posts.  Sadly, I didn’t finish as many of my list items as I had planned, even with less time spent blogging.

One new item was added to my list and subsequently crossed off: Mittens for Kalen.  He lost his gloves some time ago, and while he usually has extraordinarily warm hands, his fingers have gotten quite cold during outside play.  I finally searched out free mitten patterns (there aren’t many in crochet), and settled on these.  The first one turned out so cute.  Unfortunately, I misread the pattern and made the cuff much too small.  Not to worry, some toddler somewhere can use it, so it now has a partner and will go on the Mitten Tree at church.

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I started on another pair for Kalen Sunday night, and they fit perfectly.  (pattern modification: 2 extra rows in the cuff)  He is so proud of his new mittens and happily wore them to school today.

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We’ve been working steadily, if a bit slowly, on getting the house ready for market.  I even washed windows yesterday and today.  This is rare event in my life; in fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever washed outside windows before.  Vacuuming, paint touch-up, storage & organization, scrubbing, boxing up…it seems like a never-ending list.  However, bit by bit, it’s getting done, and we now have a deadline of Friday for Mom to come help us with the actual staging.

Thank goodness!  A looming deadline is just the kick in the pants I need…

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