Sunday, December 30, 2012

Lambs, Puzzle, Dressing and Veggie Tree

What a day!

The neighbours new born lambs
So sweet!

The "kids" head back to Alberta
So sad - we had such a nice time!

The puzzle got finished and all the pieces
were accounted for - whew, this was a hard one
and thank goodness we did it with team work!
Meanwhile our eyes and backs
are trying to get back to normal......

It's a gorgeous Peter Etril Snyder Print
puzzle called
"Sunny Morning".
We will frame this one for sure!
Thanks Becky, Patrick and Katie for your 
enthusiastic help and 'sticktoitness' on this one!

Peter Etril Snyder is a famous local artist, well known for his Mennonite paintings!

A Double batch of dressing was made
for yet another Christmas Dinner to be held tomorrow (Sunday)!

A "Veggie Tree" completed!

My sister-in-law, Glennis, first made such a tree
many years ago and I just loved it.
She even added shrimp and her tree was much larger.
This is my attempt at it....
I tried to make a nice yellow pepper star for the top
but it just didn't look right .... thus a
grape tomato tree topper!
This veggie tree will be the centre piece on
a large veggie platter for tomorrow.
Hope it holds together!

Alas, the Christmas hustle and bustle
will soon be over.

Till then ..... I shall enjoy the last days of Christmas and of 2012.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Boxing Day Puzzle

A 1,000 piece puzzle
"Sunny Morning"
by local artist Peter Etril Snyder!

On Christmas Day,
it started off on the Dining Room Table
Was then transferred to the office table,
only to be moved back into the dining/living room 
on a folding table!

As Boxing day (day two) grew dark
the desk lamps, bridge lamps,
and any available lights came out
and were plugged into an extension cord!

This puzzle had us all puzzling!
The teeny tiny pieces, so much alike
and so hard to piece together.
Totally addictive 
and lots of fun!

The snacks and drinks were brought over
to the puzzle table, breaks were taken
occasionally to eat and to try to figure out
how to get the hockey games on the internet etc.
But for most of the day we puzzled and puzzled!

Even the visitors got into the act ...

It's starting to come together.
Will we ever get it finished .... that is the question.

This has been a fun Christmas Break activity.
What have you been up to on these days of Christmas?

Monday, December 24, 2012

Brown Paper Packages......

"Brown Paper Packages
Wrapped up with String,
these are a few of my
favourite things!"

The Rumtopf
has been stirred and is
ready to be served over
Tapioca and/or ice-cream!

It's Christmas Eve and
my heart is full,
and thinking of all my dear
friends and families
in blogdom and on facebook!

From our house to your house,
Have a joyous Christmas Eve...


Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Storm before the Calm!

My house looked like
a storm had hit!

The office desk was cluttered with
mail, bills, and various debris.

Before the calm!


Oh and then there was the fridge - eek!
There is no "before" picture
It would just be too embarrassing.

Now there is finally room 
for the Christmas goodies that will be
made over the next days and weeks!!!

Do you ever feel calmer
after cleaning the house?

Now I feel ready to welcome friends and family!

Oops one more necessity - clean the bathrooms - off I go!

Are you feeling calm?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Trimming the Tree

The Tree is finally trimmed!
Most of the tiny lights
are working (discovered that
a whole section isn't - sigh)
Not sure it's worth the time
and frustration to undress that 
part of the tree.

Perhaps, I'll just leave it to
help remind me of the 
darkness and sadness
that we are all feeling
following the unspeakable
horror and tragedies
of recent days in our own community
and in Newtown, Connecticut!

My tree's ornaments are humble and eclectic
and probably almost antique!
The first set was purchased at 
Home Hardware in 1973 for our first tree.  
They cost $1.89!!!!
and I still love them.

This handmade ornament
was made by Bao Lee, our church's Hmong refugee
family mother - how I treasure
this one and remember that brave
family who arrived to our cold country from Laos in 1979!

This ornament reminds me of the 
fabulous little country store that
my friend and I owned for 7 years in the
late 1980's to the mid 1990's!
It was called "Noah's Ark Studio"
and was one of the most interesting experiences
in my life!

This Angel ornament was given to us
by the farmer's new boss as he
launched into a new "second" career
as a financial advisor.
Another remarkable chapter in our lives!

I even used one of the
wedding burlap table runners
for the skirt - I like this look!

All the while I decorated and cleaned,
my favourite little German Smoker,
an ornament sent to us by friends who 
were teaching in Germany at the time,
scented the room with 
"Tannen-Duft" pine

There are many, many more that all
remind me of special events and people in
my life - too many to post!!

I feel so blessed and life has been
so very good to me,
reminding me to
slow down and make each
day worthwhile!

Till next time.... .have a week of joyful preparation for the celebration of our Saviour's birth!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Blooms

Look who decided to bloom after all!
I really thought my Christmas Cactus was not
going to make it this year.
I was so delighted to see it bloom
albeit only on one side, but no matter!

The biscotti is baked.
You can find the recipe that
I use here.

Now .....

Till next time ...... onward to doing my Saturday work and finishing the decorating!!!  What are you doing today?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


What are you doing on this

Triple Dozen Day??

It's been a wee tradition of ours
to do something special on these
unique number days!

It all started on 7.7.77 
on a trip to Virginia
that we decided to make
these days memorable.

We haven't managed it every year
but in recent years we've done things like:

04.04.04 - were visiting dear friends in Kentucky,
went to the horse races, bet on every 4th placed horse, 
and didn't win a thing - but it sure was a lot of fun
and memorable!

06.06.06 did a little waltz in St. Mark's square
in Venice!  That sure was memorable!

07.07.07 - planned a trip to Newfoundland,
one of the best trips we've ever had!

08.08.08 we met friends in Chicago,
enjoyed a memorable dinner together and
spent the whole weekend in this beautiful city!

09.09.09 - we were visiting our daughter
in Alberta and on that day were in the
breathtakingly beautiful Waterton Lakes Provincial Park.
That was most memorable!

10.10.10 - we stole away to Watkin's Glen in
upper New York State.  The finger lakes are
so gorgeous and especially on this 
our Thanksgiving Weekend!

11.11.11 - we just had to be in Ottawa
on this special Remembrance Day.
We won't forget that day!

12.12.12 - well, it seems all our plans for
a little get-away didn't pan out so.....
we played hookie for the afternoon,
had a wonderful Indian dinner,
went to our favourite furniture store
(plug = St. Jacobs Furniture House)
and ordered a new dining room table and chairs!!!
Yeah - I'm so excited about this one.
To be sure, I'll remember 12.12.12

This wonderful old table has served us well (almost 40 years).
Its finish is gone, some bolts drop out every time
we move it and the table leaves (boards) are
 warped beyond repair. 

This is the new table that we ordered today.
The chairs will be substituted with
6 "pleather" parson's chairs.

I'm excited about this new purchase.
Delivery will be early in the new year.

Perhaps we can arrange it to be delivered on

Till next time .....  striving to make every day a memorable one!!!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Feeling Like Christmas!

It's starting to feel like Christmas!
The lights are going up
and soon
the kitchen table will be laden with
treats and eats.
The Hoosier cabinet will be decorated
with fresh greens and many candles,
to be lit
 on Christmas Eve.

It's starting to feel like Christmas
when the outside lights are shining!
With or without snow......

It's starting to feel like Christmas
once the china cabinet is decorated
the banister garland is placed.
It's still not quite done but this is a good start.

It's really starting to feel like
when the German Christkindl Market in Kitchener
is on!
It's always a fun and interesting Market....
not to mention the delicious food like pulled pork,
marzipan, fudge, schnitzel, sausage and saurkraut, creative crafts,
and the organ grinder!

Till next time ............... counting the days and remembering that Jesus is the reason for the Season!!!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Jack the Decorator

The Christmas Decorating has begun....
and I didn't have to do a thing!!

Jack came during the night and started it for me....
I couldn't even begin to make things this pretty.

All I had to do was get out of bed
grab the camera
and start shooting.

Here then is my little attempt at getting
started inside.....
Have a long way to go but it too shall get done.

Happy December Saturday to you!

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