December 27th – It’s Over

For better or worse, the Christmas of 2021 has come and gone. It was definitely nice that Dan had the day off this year. In fact we had a few days together. It was very special to have some quiet time to relax in front of the fireplace (which is conveniently placed under the television) and enjoy each other’s company.

Santa Dan was good to me as always. He was out and about for two days finding me the perfect winter boots – with is no simple task and a new elephant to join our herd.

Short enough to be easy to put on but tall enough to cover my ankles, solid enough to be safe on icy walks but light enough to drive in, warm & cozy but stylish to boot!
Latest member of the herdπŸ’ž

Granddaughter Genie and Alex came by on Christmas morning to drop off a Christmas bouquet and pick up their gifts from us. They stayed for a lovely visit.

Flowers from Genie & Alex

We had a good phone chat with son Dan and photos from Amanda of the kids opening their gifts. Gabby and Lucas were obviously happy with theirs. It was a bit harder to tell with Cason from his ‘butt shot’. πŸ˜‚ I had a call from son Mark later in the day and my siblings and I exchanged seasonal greetings by email. Dan and I had a nice long video chat with his sister Joan.

Dan and I enjoyed a nice ham supper for Christmas Eve and a beautiful turkey supper for Christmas Day. We have officially perfected the art of making turkey stuffing. It was our best ever! In between ham and turkey and Boxing Day quesadillas, we snacked on an abundance of treats including the gourmet chocolates I picked up a few days ago. 🀒 I saved Dan from the Rose Petal one.

Annual jigsaw puzzle

That it for today. I hope you all had a nice Christmas with the perfect mix of food and family and peace and goodwill.

Take care and have a great rest of the holidays. πŸŽ„

December – A Time To Celebrate🌲

December has arrived! For my blog challenge this month, I have decided to highlight at least one thing that I find worthy of celebration each and every day. I will be honest here – December has never been my favourite month of the year. It has never been in my top eleven months of the year. But, attitude is everything, so I am going to do this. Who knows, this may be the year that December moves up a notch in the monthly ratings. 🌟

So today… I am celebrating my new haircut! That’s right, this morning I paid a visit to one of the best hairdressers that I have ever had – Morsal. She is quick, friendly, and has an abundance of skill and talent even with those of us who are blessed with freakishly fine cat hair. We had a lovely visit as always. (Did I mention that Morsal is also hilariously entertaining?).

I haven’t appreciated a hairdresser this much since Terry L. retired. Terry was a light that lit up every room. She always teased that I was her most religious client – I always (only) showed up at Christmas and Easter. πŸ™„ But, if you met Terry, you were her friend for life, regardless. It didn’t matter if you were at her shop, out and about town, or in her hometown (where my parents lived), if you met Terry it was a special moment in your day. Sadly, Terry passed away from cancer shortly after she retired. I went to her funeral with my daughter and the church was filled with those she loved and those who loved her back.

Needless to say, Morsal has big shoes to fill but she does an admirable job of it. Starting off the month with a fresh haircut and a nice visit is definitely worth celebrating today!

That is it for today, folks. Take care and have a great day! πŸ’ž

November 26th – Kindness

As we kick off the holiday season, this seems to be a good time to share a few “words of wisdom” about kindness. For many, the holiday season is a time to celebrate and rejoice! For many, the idea of ‘what it should be’ and ‘what it actually is’ makes the holiday season particularly difficult. However, the one thing we can all share in this season is the spirit of kindness.

For those of us who are celebrating and rejoicing, we can share our joy by making a conscious effort to show kindness to others during this festive season. (Sometimes we get so caught up in our own excitement, that it can be a challenge to always think of others) For those of us who are struggling, we can show our kindness by being truly happy for those who have much to celebrate and by being as kind as possible to all. (Sometimes when we are going through a difficult time, it can be difficult to be as considerate of others as we should be). Either way, let us all get into the spirit of kindness this season with these kindly ‘words of wisdom’.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – The 14th Dalai Lama

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara De Angelis

“Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” – Anne Herbert

“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” – Harold S. Kushner

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

“You can always give something, even if it is just kindness.” – Anne Frank

“Kindness is more than a virtue, it is a source of strength.” – Vivek Murthy

“You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” – Jennifer Dukes Lee

That’s it for today, folks. Take care, be kind, and have a great day!