Thanks to those who endured my post-Christmas whinge and even more thanks to those who left comments.
Now to share the goodness of the season.
First of all, the little town where my parents live is in drought-stricken north-west NSW. We had rain on Boxing Day and even more yesterday. To the people who live here, and especially the local graziers, it was a welcome sight, sound and smell. And I'm sure the "firies" (rural fire fighters - mostly volunteers) camped on the local showground were also pleased to see the short-lived deluge!
Dad is here again on a day visit. There is an argument raging at the hopsital between the one local doctor on duty and the more experienced nurses on whether he should be allowed home permanently. We'll see how it pans out, possibly as soon as tomorrow.
On the gift front, from my parents I received a Knit Picks Options (now Knit Pro in Australia) needle case. Unfortunately it will have to be returned to Morris and Sons when I eventually get back to Sydney as one of the zipper tags snapped in half when I tried to open it to the first time.
I received three books, only one is knitting related. From DD and SIL, there was this which I'm looking forward to reading:
From Sister and Family there was this which I have read cover to cover and am now itching to get home and get started on a new craft:
and finally this for encouraging exercise without boredom: