Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A different kind of Christmas..

Over the years we have had many different kinds of Christmas’s..

Some were very noisy and others have been quiet..and then there were those busy ones filled with family and friends..

Things have changed in the past few years..some friends have moved away, while others have parted ways..and some we just don’t see anymore..

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This year is one of those different kinds of Christmas’s..a wee bit sad..but we will persevere through it..

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Carlie had made other plans over the holidays so we had an early gift opening on Monday night..

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..just a ‘few gifts’..

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..Oliver waiting to pounce on the wrapping paper..

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..all the ‘early gifts’ unwrapped ..and so ends ‘phase one’ of our Christmas 2013.

Christmas Eve,  Carlie left in the afternoon, so Doug and I headed out for  some Chinese Food..and then a quick tour of the some Christmas lights..

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..Christmas morning we had a late start..no ‘little kids’ here to wake us up early..

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the four legged ‘kids’ were busy just ‘lazing around’..

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Can we open the presents NOW???

Oliver and his new ‘toys’..

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..a  new ‘Frisbee’ for Tucker and some new ‘bowls!’

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..this was my ‘haul’…

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..and Doug’s pile of gifts..

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..our annual Christmas breakfast..

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Oliver in his festive Christmas  ‘ribbon’..

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Doug got his new ‘coffee station’ all set up..

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before long it was time to get organized for dinner..

the stuffing..

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..and the no longer  ‘frozen’ lump in the fridge..the Turkey is ready for the oven..

Breast side up?

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or Breast down?

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Table is set..just for two..

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..the house is slowing filling the smells of a turkey cooking..

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We had a ‘happy hour’ drink courtesy of a gift from Ron and Karen..

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..and three hours or so after being put in the oven, the turkey is ready!

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…the side dishes prepared and we were sitting down to eat just before 6:00

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..a glass of wine or two..

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….dinner was delicious and the plates were ‘cleaned up’ in no time!..

Feet up on the coffee table, finally..

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..and ‘PO in a Bow’ making his presence known on the back of the couch..

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..love you ‘Momma’..

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..so as our Christmas 2013 draws to a close..it may have a been a ‘different’ kind of Christmas this year..but it was still filled with love, food and good company and for that I am most thankful!

Here is  hoping that all my ‘peeps in blogville’ had a lovely Christmas surrounded by family and friends.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a ‘good night’!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

T’was the night before Christmas..

 

On this the eve of Christmas 2013..

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I wish all my blog readers and very happy and healthy holiday season..

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‘Christmas spells out love, hope and joy.
Pass it on to everyone in your life. Have a great Christmas.’

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

the final month!!!

..and so begins the month of December..

Day 334: seems to be a Sunday afternoon tradition..'coffee at Starbucks'..nice way to end the weekend

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Day 335: 'Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.
...
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true....

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Day 336: 'baby it's cold outside?'..how cold you ask?..cold enough for our little fridge that is on the sun deck to turn into a 'freezer'

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Day 337: 'say ah?'...nice 'chompers' PO..good for 'mousing?'

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Day 338: told you it was cold outside?..only -6.8

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Day 339: a Friday morning 'mirror' image?

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Day 340: the Simillkameen River in Princeton..it was a 'balmy –22'

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Day 341: Heading west through Manning Park..what a difference a day makes..yesterday it was -26 at the Allison Pass Summit and today a mere -9..whoohoo..beach weather?

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Day 342: 'just a skiff' of snow..for now?IMG_3044

Day 343: 'Soft kitty,
Warm kitty,
Little ball of fur.
Happy kitty,...
Sleepy kitty,
Purr, purr, purr...'
Our kitty is seven years old plus one day today..Happy birthday PO!

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Day 344: dark winter nights are meant for knitting..my 'A and W' blanket project..

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Day 345: one can never have too many knitting projects in progress...get bored with one..move onto the next one..

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Day 346: I have been suffering from a bad case of 'denial'..finally gave in and succumbed to going downstairs and getting the 'Christmas decorations'..

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Day 347: Let's start with the front door..

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Day 348: My 'favourite'..nice to see him free from the storage container..

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Day 349: winter sunset at glen park

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Day 350: our very little Christmas tree

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Day 351: Wednesday night by candlelight..

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Day 352: this ornament has been hanging front and center on our Christmas tree for 32 Christmas's..when I purchased it in 1981 I never thought about the long term..but now as the years have gone by it gets more and more special each and every time I place it on our tree..

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Day 353: a 'west coast blast' from 'old man winter'! Happy Friday morning!IMG_3067

Day 354: A Saturday afternoon spent baking the 'Christmas treats'!

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..so there you have the first 21 days of December..only 11 more photos to go!!

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