Coolest Yule Gift Ever

Wow — it’s great to have talented relatives! Look what Robert made for me (the picture doesn’t do it justice):

Talk about your one of a kind item! He made these charms from 18k gold. A bobbin, a spindle and a ring — the three tokens carried by young Hallgerd in my novel Pelzmantel represent her link with the past and the responsibilities that lie in her future. Handed down from mother to daughter, the three items reflect the timeless reminders these women have had to keep in mind to rule fairly and well.

The bobbin for guidance through wisdom and sense,
The spindle for drawing out all excellence,
The ring for binding the oath to this land
To love and protect and be at its command
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I just can’t get over it — what a great surprise. Thanks again, li’l brother!

And he spoiled us with food, too. A birthday cake, prime rib, crab legs, baked mashed potatoes and asparagus (well, there had to be something healthy). Yum! All under the watchful gaze of Joey Heatherton.

We had a great Xmas eve dinner over at Anna’s (thanks, Anna — hope you’re feeling better!) and a lot of talk and good times. So stuffed from all the food, I may not need to eat for days. And the weather wasn’t bad either (fair bit of rain last night, but no snow), so we walked around in the greenery, fed the ducks and even enjoyed the koi pond (yes, with yule crown).

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