Friday, December 30, 2011 sweet

May this video bring you an ahhhhhhhhh to your day!
Today is a quiet day for me...knitting with a friend this morning ..
then tidying up my place for a visit tomorrow from Janet (Kelowna)!!
First we go for lunch then come back here to visit while Larry goes to the Art Galleries etc.
ALWAYS have a good time with them.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

two good days with my granddaughter

Am enjoying my granddaughter's visit  so very much.  She is such a sweet young woman.
We baked cookies...made a pizza from scratch...vacuumed...dusted...made the bed...went swimming...
finished knitting and felting my second pair of clog slippers...what a full wonderful day we had.

Today my daughters and  my granddaughter went with me to Jack Tang funeral.  He was 'one of a kind' type person.  A special person in our lives.  He and his wife Bessie owned Tang's Pagoda on Government St....we sat at the front of their store to watch MANY May Day Parades....
Saw many old friends at the funeral...brought back good memories.

This is 1982 ...Janis watching me sitting on the clown's lap...  love those parades....

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27 Cinderella Ballet

Charlotte is having a two day holiday with Grammer!! Tonight we went to the Royal Theatre to see the Cinderella Ballet.  It was a nice evening with my granddaughter.
Tomorrow we plan to swim, make a pizza from scratch, do some needlework,  maybe sew, maybe go to Michaels Craft Store, definitely swim again, use the exercise room in our building...all this is on her 'to do' list.  She's just gone to bed so I don't expect to see her before 9am...

It was a great day.  Looking forward to tomorrow.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day

Being a non-shopper is a day of rest and quiet time.... couldn't imagine torturing myself to go into a Mall to try and find something!!  But I know alot of people that wait for Boxing Day sales.

Looking forward to my granddaughter's sleepover tomorrow and us going to the Cinderella Ballet tomorrow night...such a nice Christmas present for me.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

December 25th ...home safe and sound

It was a busy Christmas Eve/morning  with my immediate family...lots of good food and many super gifts.. have two videos to watch...chocolates!!...cozy slipper socks...bean bag to heat in for Charlotte and I to go to ballet this week (sleepover at Grammers!)...just got have more to was a good Christmas.
13 people for a sitdown turkey supper....amazing feast with family and friends....


Saturday, December 24, 2011


Yesterday Anita and I went for breakfast to JJMorgans and "Santa" came in to have some I asked him if I could have my picture taken with him...even though he was NOT working at the time.
He was very happy to oblige. 

Anita found another we took another picture.  It was such a nice visit with Anita.
Wishing EVERYONE a very very MERRY CHRISTMAS...I leave for Duncan at noon today and won't be back until late Sunday night....soooooo am going to do Sunday's blog next....

Friday, December 23, 2011

2 more sleeps

Tomorrow the little ones will be squirming out of their skin anticipating the arrival of the big fat man in his red suit!!!  I can remember that feeling so well.  As children we went to church on the 24th in the evening..sang the real Christmas Carols...and while we were at church, Santa would have visited our homes ...we opened presents when we got home from was magical!  But things were different 'way back then'...we got ONE present from Santa and small gifts from our siblings that were hand made.  It was wonderful.

The strata meeting last night went well...definitely unexpected...the person that thought he was going to win...did NOT win....the owners showed up in full force and he withdrew his proposal and went along with what we wanted.  He should know better than to screw around with old Grammas at Christmas time!!!!!  Now we can rest until the next meeting January 12.  NEVER buy anything that has the word STRATA on it. 

Need more sleep...Will blog once more before heading upisland for Christmas....

Thursday, December 22, 2011

3 more sleeps

...It's going to be a great Christmas.

Everyone...please do not drink and drive...stay safe! 
The amount of people that are still driving while talking on their cellphones is unbelievable...
don't they get it?

Was in Colwood/Langford most of yesterday...such nice friendly people...
with a bit of the 'small town' felt good.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

4 more sleeps......

Isn't this the cutest picture!!!....can't remember where I found it but it makes me smile....
Busy finishing up a few knitting orders... doing some felting...going  to Colwood for lunch today..then to Langford to deliver an order...return an item etc. then come home and crash.

Look very closely to notice Feebee (their cat) under Charlotte's right cheek...thought of this picture when I picked the one above!!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

5 more sleeps

                               Santa is very busy checking all his mail... keeping addresses in order....
                                               His busiest night of the year is soooo close....


Remember the mouse I thought I had in my place.... hmmmmm
   ...there never was one...just a minute...I will check the 4 traps I set up....  NOPE...NONE!!!
I even used crunchy peanut butter for bait...

It was a perfect 'cruise' to Salt Spring yesterday....

Monday, December 19, 2011

6 more sleeps


                                Once upon a time when Santa was a baby......

Hickory Dickory Dock I think a mouse ran across my line of vision at 2pm while I was doing a bit of last minute knitting to get an order done for today!!.. NOT positive about this but did set up two traps...5am check on traps...NOTHING!! whew.  Probably just one of my many black floaters on my eyeball!! (black flecks) ...I like that idea better than having a mouse!!   The woman in the condo on the floor below me had a mouse awhile back... peanut butter and cheese caught that little guy in 4 hours.... MUST get some peanut butter today...and yellow cheese...  something tells me that Monterey Jack cheese just will not cut it with a mouse!  Should have put on some of my Blue Cheese!!! that would scare the mouse away if nothing else.
Hmmmm....would a mouse come down a fireplace chimney?  I was told they can sneak in thru the crack under doorways... Good Grief....
Well, back to bed for more sleep...yes.... I have the bottom of this door plugged with towels...can't entertain the idea of a mouse running across my bedspread while I'm sleeping!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

7 more sleeps

SEVEN more sleeps...unbelievable!!  Santa will be here ONE WEEK from midnight tonight....does life get any better than spending Xmas eve with your grandchildren?  I think not!  Jackson (4) will be wiggling out of his skin with excitement and anticipation....wonder who wakes up first Christmas morning....probably the two older grandkids!!!
Amazed at all the neat Santa pictures I am finding...this Santa is a keeper!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

8 more sleeps

This is an adorable picture to me!!  they are so little and innocent.  It's the same Santa/same day that Jackson screamed at him!! 
Yesterday  was a very quiet day for me...slept alot...did some knitting...made homemade soup...
Today is 50% off coupon for Michael's!!!   Need some felting yarn so that's a good deal!
Can't believe that Christmas is so near. 
Nothing to write about for Friday...maybe today will be more exciting.  Wonder how Marilyn's party went!!!

Thursday at Fulford wrinkles if you sit in this position!!!  it works!!  BUT none of us have wrinkles so what the heck!!!...  I should get some feedback on that comment.

Friday, December 16, 2011

9 more sleeps

Jackson(2007) giving Santa the once over and THEN HE SCREAMED!!!  ....he was not having anything to do with this beautiful Santa in Tillicum Mall.  This Santa was one of the nicest ones I have ever seen...

Had a great afternoon yesterday...went to Salt Spring with Bev.  We're getting to be seasoned travellers to that Island!  Marilyn and Michael are busy preparing for the decorated boat parade this evening...wish you well on this endeavor.  Take lots of pictures!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

10 more sleeps

Well, I got my turn to sit on Santa's knee...what fun that was.  In the small town like we lived in, everyone knows everyone...which made this a special treat! (1979)...

Had a wonderful supper/evening over at Dorothy's last evening with 4 other friends... DELICIOUS chicken/mango supper and many many laughs...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

11 more sleeps

Before we retired to Victoria, we lived in Watrous, Saskatchewan.  I think it was the Kinettes (NOT certain about the group) that needed a Santa Claus for their Christmas Party....this is way back in 1979 ...
....somehow I was their Santa one guessed it was me...women were sitting on my lap and snuggling in and I'd whisper to them "I'm a woman" and they'd laugh and jump off!!!
It was a fun evening for sure..
.. this is a great Santa Claus picture for my Dec. blogging....

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 more sleeps

Santa is looking to see who is naughty or nice..

Had a great afternoon with the Fulford Knitting Group...a good turnout ...very nice women...

It was so cold around the ferry terminal/Sidney area... won't be surprised to hear they got snow last night. You know I won't be driving anywhere in the snow should that happen! 

Wonder how old this picture of Santa is? 

Monday, December 12, 2011

13 more sleeps

ah ha....I see a Santa in this picture!   
Was busy all day knitting a new will be 'blogged' as soon as it is done.

Another full day today....hope we get the same nice weather that we had yesterday...

Not much to write about when one sits and knits all is sooo good!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

14 more sleeps

In two weeks the jolly fat man will have arrived and the kids will be ripping open their presents...such excitement.....lucky to have little ones around to 'make' Christmas fun.

My visit to the dentist yesterday went well..the freezing lasted 5 hours!!   Strong meds to get the infection removed (NO alcohol for 10 days..that includes vanilla, listerine etc...the druggist verbally pointed this out to me!)....hmmm...does icecream have vanilla in it...naw!!!...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

15 more sleeps

This video shows you how to wrap odd shaped gifts...and there is a Santa on the wrapping paper too!!
click on the dark blue line that shows up after you click on this first light blue  http:// line...
Never saw a feline sit still for so long...

Bon appetite Bev & Lynn.

Friday, December 9, 2011

16 more sleeps

School Pictures Have Arrived...PreSchool, Gr. 4 and Gr. 6.  It's always an exciting time at their home
Still 'on a high' over Charlotte's Band Concert from last was done so well.  And she made us proud with her entire performance confident and poised... so grown up!! AND Charlotte's report card with an A in Math!! 
Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

17 more sleeps

whew...just made the deadline!!!!

Thursday NIGHT!

JUST home from Duncan...was there for Charlotte’s Grade 6 Band  Concert...amazing how my granddaughter is growing up...such a nice young lady. She played her trombone with such 'I know what I'm doing!!"...can't find the right word...I'm tired...a very full day.

Their school pictures are out now... will scan some and blog them soon.

Christopher had a very high fever Wed. morning so he couldn’t make it to his Christmas Concert...that is why I hitched a ride with my son-in-law who works in Victoria...

Karyn drove me home spoiled, aren’t I!! Love it.

The kids are getting excited about Christmas now...the countdown is in full swing in their home...not sure when their tree will go up as the drywalling and flooring etc. is being done now..
but life is easy happens when it happens!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

19 more sleeps...

I am positive you all remember how exciting it was the weeks before Christmas...especially after the Christmas tree was decorated and some of the presents were put under the tree with strict orders NOT to touch them!! oh sure.
Have no idea who this child is..but she is so 'into' Santa Claus... and he is definitely listening to every word she is saying.
Tonight is supper at Oaklands...always a nice way to start the Christmas feasts with close friends/family.

My last three projects completed

Monday, December 5, 2011

20 more sleeps...

Yesterday was tree decorating at Aunty Karyn's!! and then we baked ginger cookies and a ginger cake.
When that was done Janis,grandkids and I went to Costco.  Sooooo MANY MANY people there.
We had a good time going throughout the entire store and filling THREE grocery carts.
It was a perfect Sunday. 
9am Dr's appt. for me.
Wish you all a great Monday.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

21 more sleeps...

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Friday, December 2, 2011

23 more sleeps

Will try and have each of  my December blogs include a picture of Santa Claus. The Saturday Evening Post was definitely THE magazine that had the best drawings of Santa. Norman Rockwell captured everything we dreamed of about Santa.
 How I wish I had pictures of Christmases from my childhood...such innocence...such excitement... We always had our Sunday School church programme on Dec. 24th in the evening at the church...we always got a new dress and had to learn a special verse to recite that evening. We'd receive a small paper bag of goodies..usually candies and a Christmas orange.  When we got home from church, Santa would have been to our house and what excitement to see what he brought for us. ONE gift! and how we treasured it. Then Christmas morning we all went to church again....

Yesterday was such a relaxing day. Bev and I went over to Saltspring to see Marilyn.

Met her friend Carol ..who does AMAZING bead work.. purchased this tiny beaded Canadian flag..attached it to the zipper on my purse..Thanks Carol. 

Today is THE day to make the final decision as to what flooring I will put in my kitchen. Not an easy call to make.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

shhhhhhhhhhh 24 more sleeps!

The grandkids are into the 'count down' mode now!!
Advent calendars are up, Christmas cookies are being baked...
     Christmas at my youngest daughter Janis' is THE BEST!! Colin/Janis & the 3 grandkids are there. 
      My oldest daughter Karyn does the "driving us up to Duncan" is good!!