Dear Mother & Daddy,
"It just doesn't seem possible that Christmas is gone and a new year already started. Bob & Pat should be back in Williamsburg by now and it hardly seems they were here at all, much less spending a week in Atlanta. I took the Christmas tree down today but haven't got any of the decorations put away. I piled everything on the ping pong table but I heard kids playing ping pong today so no telling where the decorations are. I had planned to sort everything out better than I had last year.
It is very, very cold here and we've had a snow on the ground since before Christmas. Ann and some kids have been sledding twice and really had a good time. Kids pass here with ice skates so I guess they all like the cold weather.
Ann has been sewing and doesn't have any trouble with the machine. She made a pair of slacks and is working on a vest to go with them. I think she even surprised herself. I finally got the velvet pantsuit done but it almost did me in. It is terrible to sew on but looked cute and she wore it New Year's Eve. A lot of her high school friends were together for a party. They are sure scattered over the country at different schools.
B & I had supper and spent the evening with the same crowd we've been with for ten years or so. The group used to be a big one but there were only 14 this year. We had a potluck supper this time.
I'll bet the red quilt is pretty. It has been a long time since I touched my embroidery but I'll start again one of these days.
Ann wanted a long scarf so I'm knitting on that now. We hunted up some old yarn I'd had a long time and it is knitting up just fine.
I have a little cold but don't know where I picked it up. I hope it is gone by Monday for that is when I report for jury duty.
Hope you both are fine and stay that way."
Lots of love,
The red quilt, pictured above, was a simple cross-stitched quilt which has held up for 45 years as our Christmas tree skirt.
Happy New Year!