We open with my spouse finishing the quilt for my niece's Bat Mitzvah. forestcats has taken digital images, and I expect that later today, she'll have posted some, so you'll be able to see her handiwork, or maybe masterpiece would be the right word. Anyway, we got it together, and headed to Northridge to join in the festivities.
We don't normally go to Reform synagogues for our services, so to us, this seemed a bit truncated. However, she did a fine job reciting Torah and leading other parts of the service, so we were very proud of her.
Afterwards, there was something of a light lunch, and Israeli dancing, which some woman was nasty enough to complain about. I don't know why she'd do that; it's supposed to be a celebration. It reminded me in some ways of my own Bar Mitzvah's events, though not exactly.
We went back to my sister's home, a few blocks away, to see my niece's delight on her new quilt. Then, my nephew ran to his room to get the quilt forestcats made for him on his Bar Mitzvah, and the two of them curled up in their quilts on the couch together. It was touching and delightful to see them enjoying forestcats' hard work.
Then, it was over to my mother's place. We chatted, had dinner, and she helped me wrap our gifts for the Axelsen's Yankee Swap. Then, Mom, my sister Laurel and I spent some time familiarizing Mom with how to use a digital camera that forestcats and I purchased for her to take to Israel on her trip. She'd tried to use Dad's camera, but couldn't figure out how to recharge it; while we were over yesterday, we figured it out finally, but Dad's is pretty out of date, and much heavier than the new one. It's probably going to be passed to one of the grandkids. In any case, Mom was pleased with her new item. Note: at dinner, we enjoyed the pickles that forestcats and I made together, as well as the strawberry jam that she'd made. Mom also had some of my beloved's apple butter, but it didn't get opened.
After that, it was off to the Axelsen's where we beat axelicious home, and we participated in the Yankee Swap. It was good fun, once again. Our gifts were a selection of Jim Beam meat sauces, which anneke got, and a pistol crossbow, which was the most traded item of the night, just as forestcats had predicted. We ended up with sake and some coasters that themodeinliz had made with photos of several pets, including their own. Nice.
We stayed too late, with forestcats overtired, and cranky, and unwilling to leave. We finally did, but I was worn out driving back. We got home safely around 0230 this morning to the delight of the pets.