Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bring It On!

Decorations all down.


Treats all eaten.


Presents all opened.


Traditions observed.


Another quiet and relaxing Christmas is over.


Bring on the New Year!


Are you ready for it?




Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wishing You Christmas Joy

There's something so wrong
yet so right
about dressing your cat up for Christmas...


Wow...harsh...


niiiiice kitty...
pose for your photo...
good boy


Wishing all blog friends
~ human and furry ~
a Christmas full of
Joy!



Monday, December 16, 2013

Keeping December Low Key

I usually try to keep December as 'low key' as possible and not get caught up in all the shopping, parties, baking, cleaning, obligations, etc.

I only have a few people to buy for.  And presents are kept small and inexpensive.

I had my two co-workers/friends over for drinks and munchies Thursday evening - Wayne's Office Christmas party Friday - and a fun evening with another couple Saturday.  

And then it's always just me, hubby, son and kitty for Christmas.  Turkey, Cranberries, Buns, Veggie.  No stuffing, no gravy, no potatoes, no salads, no pies, no hours of cooking.

And as it's only us, there's only so clean my house has to be!  :) 

Last week I received a lovely flower arrangement adorned with a cute little owl from a co-worker / friend from another branch. I can not explain how touched I was by her thoughtfulness.  


Baking is done.  We each chose one favourite:  
  • Me - White Chocolate Craisen Peppermint Shortbread
  • Wayne - Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares
  • Kurtis - Skor Cream Cheese Dip


I did not beat myself up that I sent out store bought Christmas cards instead of hand-made ones this year.  There just wasn't time.  And these pretty little, simple cards were calling my name!


And in the spirit of keeping the month of December stress free and simple - I will be taking a little blog break.  I will be back next Monday, just in time for Christmas!

Wishing you a sweet and simple week that makes you smile!



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Photo Shoot Fail

Well here's a little hint for you...

Don't put hot chocolate in a mason jar and then set it in the snow to take photos.
  1. The snow melts
  2. The jar cracks
  3. The hot chocolate spills out and freezes onto your deck
(Not one of my brightest moments...)



Well...that's going to be a bit of a mess for you to clean up come spring Stanley...





"A person should laugh at themselves at least once a day."






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Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sweet Temptations

Oh the temptations of the season...




Christmas cookies are calling my name...

But I can't start yet!

12 noon Christmas Eve until noon Boxing Day
all food will equal 
ZERO points in Weight Watchers...  ;)

Looking forward to:
Ginger Snaps
and
Short Bread 
My 'MUST HAVE' Christmas cookies.

Luckily, it was Peanut Butter Cookies
that I baked this past weekend
(yuck...hate peanut butter cookies)
so they do not tempt me at all.



Do you have any 'must have' holiday season favorite foods?












Monday, December 9, 2013

Finding My Way

Geesh...
I was going the wrong direction there for awhile.

Lost my way.
Lost my focus.
Lost my soul.




"Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard."
~ Anne Sexton


I listened.
It was screaming.


It's good to be heading the right direction again.
Health.
Family.
Joy.




"Hello ME!
Glad you're on your way back!"








Saturday, December 7, 2013

What does it take?

When there is a high windchill warning out
of -47c (-52F), it takes

3 cups of tea
2 fuzzy blankets
and a big kitty
to keep your toeas warm....



and one of those fuzzy blankets
must be an electric one... :)

Staying under the covers today.

Happy Saturday!






Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cat's Log: Winter...Day 19



Cat's Log:

Earth Date December 4, 2013
Winter...Day 19

A storm hit across the Prairies Sunday evening starting with freezing rain and then turning into snow by Monday. It snowed all day.  Snow now lay on top of ice.  

In the wee hours of the morning Tuesday, I went outside to shovel myself out of the driveway.  It took 45 minutes of shoveling to get my vehicle out of the driveway.    


By Tuesday afternoon, Wire Kitty had all but disappeared under the snow.  I fear for his safety.

Today, leaving before daylight with a wind chill of -36c (-33F), I ventured out onto the highway with only my XL Tim Horton's Steeped Tea and an ipod full of Christmas music to keep me company.  A one woman expedition that only the truly stupid brave of heart would undertake.  

It's was hard to tell where the road ended and the sky began with only the odd wisps of dried grass to guide me to stay between the ditches on either side of the road.  I appeared to be the only idiot vehicle on the road.


A journey that should have only taken 1 hour & 20 minutes took 2 1/2 hours; I made it to my destination shaken and exhausted but safe.  The realization that in a few short hours, I would have to turn around and head back to my home base on those same roads sat in the back of my mind.

Upon returning home 3 hours later than my anticipated ETA, it soon became apparent that I did not dress warm enough for my journey.  Like the frozen backs of these cows, I suspect my toes will take to March to thaw. 


Predictions of more snow tonight.  Once again I will be venturing out on the road to travel tomorrow.  I will learn from today's experience and wear something warmer on my feet other than my beautiful new boots.  


While looking fashionable is important, having toes is always in style.
  


Signing off.



Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thoughts About December

Hello December...you are thoughts of:
  • Stress free holiday shopping (very few presents to buy)
  • Enjoying five days holidays
  • A trip to Calgary and Banff Hot Springs
  • Cozy evenings on the couch watching Christmas movies
  • A quiet Christmas with just my boys and I







Wishing you a December full of
health, peace and joy!




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