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First Snow 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Frosty

Saturday: Everything is covered with a dusting of frost this morning, like powdered sugar.

Tree went up yesterday, with lights (though they are not sitting evenly on the branches). I turned them on this morning in the early darkness, and they actually didn't look as bad as I thought they would. They shall stay that way.

I don't know what it is that causes me to have so much trouble getting into some sort of Christmas Spirit. I keep blaming it on baggage from years past.

Monday:  Well, I must tell you about my Sunday afternoon. My granddaughter is in a choir, as I have mentioned on other occasions. There was a special Christmas concert yesterday, with Lindsay's choir and two other youth choirs from our area. The music was absolutely beautiful. What great gifts the two directors have, to take a multitude of children from very young to older teens, and create music which at times actually makes you tingle. My friend P joined me and she really enjoyed it too. It is a huge commitment for both the directors and the young people.

This morning P and I visited a very talented J who has talents galore. She has no less than 6 decorated trees in her home. Themed trees, like the gingerbread tree and the nutcracker tree. Oh my, they are so beautiful. You definitely know it is Christmas with her beautiful, mostly home made decorations about. Everything is so beautiful. She has a big, old home, the type that suits all the decorations. Of course, she loves to decorate, and it shows in the presentation of the various rooms.

I think I may have a theme for my forlorn little tree - "Teddy Bears and Snow people, silver balls and some odds and ends". No, that's much too long..... Ah well.......That's the best I can do. Some folk just have that special knack, and J"s got it!

 Tuesday: Early morning found me watching the tree lights in the dark and adding a few final ornaments, holding the home made ones from my granddaughters' early years, and placing a few teddy bears for Sadie, who for the first time in many, many days decided that she wanted to play with one. She pounced on it and shook it, and then had a coughing spell, then pounced again. Bless her little struggling heart, she is now having a good snooze, which is how she spends most of her days now.

We are, as I always seem to say, 'hanging in', one day at a time.

Christmas is getting very near.........



Monday, December 8, 2014

Professor Should

I had a long discussion with Professor Should today. We meet periodically, usually when I am stressed. She shows up unannounced and we begin our session.

The Professor doesn't listen, she usually natters on about all the things I should do.......the result of this session:

Professor Should says;

You should be getting all those decorations out of the attic, and start making this place Christmasy.

Don't you think you should decorate the outside more?

If you were a good mom and grandma you should be making all kinds of Christmas goodies.

You should get that tree up soon!

You still have shopping to do. You should get that done in the next few days!

Haven't you got those cards done yet? You should finish them tomorrow!

Should, should, should!

There were also some 'should nots':

Should not take an afternoon nap. It wastes time.

Should not say 'no' to things people ask you to do.

Should not spend time on the computer - waste of time

Should not go to bed so early.....

After our session, which lasted most of the day, I finally left, slamming the door thinking.....

     You, professor, should go should yourself'.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Oh What Fun it is to slide...


......through the days leading up to Christmas. That's what I am trying to do....slide into Christmas. 
But, of course, when you slide down a hill,
you have to get back up to the top
meaning you have to walk.
And there in lies the problem.





The above information was on face book, It pretty well sums up my life.
I was going to carry on and make a few jokes about what fibro 
does to me through most days,
but as I think about it, I am in no mood to laugh,
and I am too tired tonight to finish writing this.

The slide down the hill is no fun....

Enough said.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

It's Snowing.....again

I suppose it's to be expected. The weather has been very changeable, with snow, then rain, and back to snow. I am just glad that I don't live in Buffalo, where they have been hit with a great pile of snow.

Last weekend I took some pictures of the snow, and it has taken me this long to settle down to write.







This should have been the first picture, taken just
as the snow was beginning, and then the above 3
came in order.

Sadie is still hanging in. She sleeps quite a bit now, and has become very talented in spitting out one of her pills. Her tongue does all manner of twists and turns, as she works to get rid of this little white half sphere of medicine. We have not been sleeping well at night, because she finds it necessary to relieve herself in the wee small hours. If she makes it until 5:30 am, I stay up, since there is not a hope I will be able to go back to sleep. Yesterday and the day before she slept till 8, but had been up at least twice through the nights.

I am doing a little felting still, but have pretty well finished all I wanted to accomplish. I really need to begin thinking about Christmas shopping, though I don't buy a lot. Christmas music for the choir has all been planned, and that is a good thing, as there are a few Christmas events coming up that I will be helping out with, and along with other 'to do' things, I did not need to be concerned every week about what the choir would sing.

My cards have not come from the printers, but I am hoping to get them early next week, then the addressing and writing can begin.

There are certainly lots of things that need doing, so I am hoping my energy doesn't give out on me. I am finding that small afternoon naps have been a necessity lately.

Yesterday, I felt I had sufficient get up and go to run a few errands.....well, it started out that way. I decided that I would take the Captain's empties to the recyclers so I loaded 4 cases of 24 bottles into the car, and headed for the recycle place. Upon opening the trunk of the van, a rushing waterfall of green bottles came roaring out of the car and onto the ground, smashing and crashing, before I could get the door closed. Oh my! I thought I would cry...but I didn't, though I did stand there for a few minutes....looking at the mess on the ground, and wondering why I just hadn't stayed home. Anyhow, I asked the folks inside for a broom and dustpan, and proceeded to sweep and pick up the broken glass. What a mess! I thought I could be part of an old Carol Burnett comedy sketch. The story of my life. As it turned out, one of the boxes had fallen on its side and 18 of the 24 had fallen out, only 6 of which survived the plunge. I meekly returned the broom and dust pan inside, having put the broken glass in a coffee can that just happened to be in the back of the car. The gal inside gave me a hand bringing in the other boxes. When I came out, I just sat in the car, feeling like a truck had run over me. Did I feel able to carry on to the Library, store and favourite coffee shop? I turned the key, and backed out, heading directly home. I had had enough, and it was time for one of those afternoon naps!





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I've been felting..

I've been busy for the last little while felting Christmas items.
I know, some people don't want to think about it yet,
but when you want to make things, 
you have to think a little bit ahead.
It is preferable to watching the rain fall and hearing the wind blow.
I just go into my little world, and shut out the rest.
Sometimes, it is the only way to get through the day.



The little snowman behind the lamb is about an inch 
and a half high.


Sometimes I get carried away with my sillyness. 
The little bear on the right 'just rolled down a snow covered hill
(in my mind of course)



I also finished the paintings for the Children's Wish silent auction. I haven't heard how they made out, but I hope they made a substantial amount. They do such marvellous things.


You can see that I am not a very good photographer, or I would have realized that my camera was reflected in the picture below. It is a painting of a shoreline close to us on the Bay of Fundy, Victoria Beach, though there really isn't a 'beach', but more rocky shore.


DUH!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Septober...

Some great big Month Monster took September and October and SCRUNCHED THEM TOGETHER, creating a new month of SEPTOBER!!!!!!!

This must be true, because there is no way the last six weeks have gone by this fast, except if some day stealer, hour shrinker, or month monster was messing around. No matter what your calender tells you, it lies......6 weeks have been mushed into 31/2 to 4.

I have been doing a little needle felting, after showing some ladies the basics (what little I know).
Halloween was on the agenda it seems. I am now working on some things for the Children's Wish Auction coming up in November.



the three heads are finger puppets


The last few weeks have found me going from one thing to another, but I have been very lax in writing anything on the blog, and reading the blogs I follow. I will probably never get caught up in the reading of past blogs. Sometimes it is just better that I step back from some things. Some days just carry too much sorrow, and other days seem to only carry a cloudy vagueness where stabbing a needle into wool is the only thing worth doing.

I also have been doing a bit of baking for the orchard crew. The spilled oatmeal didn't hold me back.

Painting is on the agenda now, also for the Children's Wish.

I just keep plodding along.......me and Sadie.....one day at a time.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tiptoe Through the Rolled Oats...

Ah, yes, a cooking adventure gone wrong.....

Fibro hits again...

I thought I would do a few things this morning. I would make some squares for Dawn and the apple pickers......Oh yeah. Good idea, Bonnie. You are up to it today.

Plans set.....make two different sweets, and then make some fish chowder for the Captain.

        I haven't gotten to the chowder yet......I can't wait to see what happens. What will land on the floor?

I am aware that fibromyalgia sometimes causes me to lose my grip. I happens at the most unexpected times, like when you are trying to measure out 3 cups of rolled oats. It was supposed to go into the pot, not on the floor. Of course, I am thrilled to death. You can hear it in my voice as I yell,

                 "OH THAT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Poor Sadie. She just looked at the mess, then at me, then followed me around as I swept up so I could finish a very simple, 'no work' square. It's a good thing this was the second one, because I quit.
Why isn't anything simple in my life? Why am I so simple. I get so mad at myself I could scream. Maybe it wasn't the fibro, Maybe I am just awkward, a duffus. 

It's break time.....before I begin the chowder. I have vacuumed up the kitchen, the rug where I tracked the oats, to get the camera, and emptied my shoes. It was such a simple recipe.....easy, but the cleanup took more time than the making.

Was it just yesterday, I sat in my favourite coffee shop, enjoying the peace, my coffee, and a chat with Sarah? Yes. Lovely. I needed that. I wish I had it now. I almost had a melt down at choir on Thursday, because I let things pile up on me, instead of just letting go. My thoughts put pressure on me, and drive me a little around the bend. If it was a big deal, perhaps I could understand my emotions, but it was no big deal, I just can't get my thoughts organized. 

I have to go....I have said enough......I have let off steam.....now I shall continue with this day.

Be brave my soul
This too shall pass
On to new adventures
Can't wait
I am inspired........NOT!