Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

Now I am ready, all is done! Hurray! Off to bed for a good night sleep then up early, pack the car and head to Port Hope to my parents house...for a Christmas Celebration this will last about 3 days with family and friends. I will be tired but happy.

Yesterday enjoyed a lovely lunch at Woolfy's with my good friend Lori, a little bubbly, delicious food overlooking the snowy fields near St Mary's.

This afternoon I enjoyed some time with a very special young girl. We sat by her Christmas Tree while she had her snack, I gave her a Christmas gift, then we sat and enjoyed a few special Christmas music boxes that she loves. Just sharing with her and seeing her beautiful smile reminds what is most important in life.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

On Christmas

Why do I seem to have so much trouble with this time of year? It seems I have a love/hate relationship with it, although perhaps hate is a little strong. I always want things to be perfect in every way. I want everyone to happy and relaxed, myself included. The relaxed part is quite fleeting for me, just snippets here and there. Mostly my mind travels in crazy non productive circles.

I have made many changes over the years to simplify, very few social engagements, no work party's etc. Maybe a lunch or 2 with those most important to me. The rest is family time.

Since moving to Stratford in 2001 we head back to Port Hope each Christmas to my parents home. My mom having MS is confined to a wheel chair, travelling is getting harder for them. So off to Port Hope we go, have extended family and friends over Christmas Eve, usually eat too much, maybe a little more wine is consumed than usual and stay up too late. But it is so much fun. I just need to be organized to bring food, drink etc. Our son Aaron is with us and will be with us for the holidays. Our daughter Jenny, her husband Steve and 4 children, Melaina, Gabrielle, Isaac and Madeline will be coming to Port Hope Christmas Day and also bringing along Gloria, Steves mom who always spends holidays with us. Each Christmas night we visit dear friends north of Port hope, only for an hour two which ends up lasting till 2am! I love all of this once it happens and feel so lucky to have these special people in my life.

On that note I must continue my preparations knowing it will all come together.

Friday, December 11, 2009

on the patio winter has arrived

It is winter in Stratford...snowing and blowing for 3 days! Today I am at home catching up on some housekeeping and just had to venture out into the snow and wind to take this pic! Perhaps it is a good time to think about a Christmas Tree.

Monday, December 07, 2009


Tonight we had the most delicious Tom Yum Soup for dinner prepared by our son Aaron who is with us for the month of Dec. He is transferring from U Vic to the the University of Waterloo, getting organized, looking for accommodation in Waterloo etc. While in Waterloo yesterday we stopped at the Asian grocery store so that Aaron could pick up ingredients for this lovely soup. Fresh noodles, bok choy, tofu, bean sprouts, Tom Yum soup base, ABC soy sauce, hot sauce, the ABC was the absolute best dipping sauce for spring rolls!

Thanks Aaron for a great dinner...who knew...I have a son that cooks!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Everybody's Fine


I love love movies, all different types provided that they make make me feel...sad, happy, greatful, as long as there is emotion involved.

I especally like to go to Waterloo to the Princess or Princess Twin theatres, they show lots of interesting independant films, docs, foreign etc.

Today along with our son Aaron who has returned from Victoria BC we went to see

Everybody's Fine starring Robert De Niro

...what a great film...loved it. It is not a Christmas comedy as the trailer suggests but a very real movie about a cannot help but care about every single person in this film. Robert De Niro plays the recently widowed father of 4 grown children, who are living in various parts the US...they are busy and have no time to visit so he sets off to visit each one of them. Robert De Niro was outstanding in this role. Very moving...great acting, good story...but be warned bring your kleenex. I am sure there was not a dry eye in the theatre..including the males accompaning me.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Recently I had the joy of reading this marvelous book The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery I enjoyed this novel from the first word to the last. You cannot help but love the protagonists in this book, Rene a 54 year old concierge in a small affluent Paris apartment building and Paloma a 12 year old girl who plans to commit suicide on her 13th birthday. This is a very readable philosophical book. In fact the author Muriel Barbery is a French Philosophy professor and novelist who says that she learned more from literature than from her "long boring course of studies in philosophy".

Treat yourself or a book lover you know to this great read!