calling…

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early this morning I went out for a hot tub… for the last few days the temperature in the tub has read 104 so I’ve had a few excursions out there…

I don’t usually have the phone when I am in the hot tub, but a bird was calling and I wanted to record the sound so my birdwatching friends could listen and identify it… it was a beautiful morning and besides the bird there were a few squirrels flitting about…

a bit later I ran out to get some grocery shopping done… perfect timing because the store had very few people in it… took quite a few trips to get everything into the house…

got all the stuff put away and prepared for my company to arrive…

my dear friend, who I haven’t seen in ages, came to help decorate for Christmas… we had such fun…

while I was hanging some ornaments in the dining room window caught this little guy on the rail of the front steps…

once we were done my friend headed home and I put all of the unused things back into the bins and carried them downstairs…

certainly was a full day… and the house looks wonderful…

let the celebrating begin…

omelette…

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this morning I made a delicious cheesy omelette for breakfast…

shredded mushrooms and onion and fried them up…

then I beat up the eggs with my immersion blender… I use it nearly every single day…

it really whips them up…

then I poured that over the mushrooms and covered it with a lot of grated cheese… and some cilantro

that went under the broiler for a few minutes and out came a delicious omelette… few final sprinkles of the cilantro and then it was time to devour it…

and I did… the cheesy gooeyness was just what I was craving…

poinsettias…

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had some fun with flowers over the last couple of days…

on Wednesday, when I was at Safeway, I spotted these cute little poinsettias… they were the perfect addition to the table settings for our Holiday Celebration… the florist packaged them up for me and once I got them home and slightly unwrapped, they sat on the dining room table for a day…

this morning I wrapped them back up and took them over to Boston Pizza… had to wait outside the door for a while before someone let me in… apparently they don’t have many people at their doorstep at 7:45 am…

and finally tonight they brightened up the tables and acted as prizes for the event…

certainly remind me of the beauty of the holidays;-)…

insights…

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been looking at my stats recently…

as of today I have 280 followers… 270 on WordPress and 10 via email…

sort of fun to review the insights and see how many people are checking it out…

it is also interesting to see where the viewers come from…

kind of amazing to think of people across the world checking out what you’ve written, lol…

I started writing in December of 2012… been a real journey… sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday and other times a decade ago…

and so we move forward… those big girl pants

key…

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the other day I wrote about being a leftie…

the rental car I’m driving has the most interesting key

there is a button on the top left of it to open and close the metal part of the key, like a switchblade…

it is made for a right handed person…

when I try to open it, using my left hand, it opens and closes into my fingers, so doesn’t actually work…

such a little thing, but what a pain

yesterday we were practicing putting slings on one another during our First Aid Training and I was feeling a bit under the weather… which meant I couldn’t transpose all of the actions quickly… lefties must mirror everything that we see and if you aren’t paying close attention it can be difficult…

eventually I got the sling on correctly…

little things can have an amazing impact… whatever they are, lol…

pattern…

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today marks six birthdays without my beloved…

it always felt that he lost out because often his birthday and Christmas would be lumped together… particularly for the many years that we really lived hand-to-mouth…

for all of our family birthdays, the birthday person got to choose what we would have for dinner… for the last number of years we have had burgers, French fries, milkshakes and apple pie in his memory… he especially liked the burgers just down the street…

the first few years we Skyped with the out of town kids… one year we had a phone and an iPad so we could get both of them in the room with us…

last year everyone was busy so I had a quiet day remembering so many fun times we had over the years…

our plan was for the city kids to come over tonight but the momma is sick so they stayed home… wasn’t planning to connect with the out-of-towners but was able to FaceTime with my daughter while she had her supper…

I was going to stop and pick up groceries and then a burger, but it was miserable outside so in the end I drove straight home and then ordered a thali platter…

time with my BS buddies and now to bed… life has settled into a pattern and I wear the big girl pants more and more easily…

not sure if that is a good thing or not…

turn…

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this morning I turned my Chihuly calendar to the last page…

so happy to have next year’s all ready to go… and I know exactly where it is…

can’t hang it yet as my mother-in-law always said that it was bad luck to put up a new calendar before the actual start of the year, lol…

funny how some things stick with you…

Brandon, Day 3…

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up early and the youngest and I went for an early breakfast… he is usually the first up in their family so was excited for us to go down to eat together…

spent an hour in the pool area… the boys really enjoyed their final trips down the slide

packed up our bags, checked out and headed to the first game…

it ended up being the last game for the team… they finished the tournament in 5th place… our guy had some great serves and volleys… so proud of the entire team… they have come a long way over the four years that I’ve been watching them play…

we watched one of the girls’ semi finals and then began our trip home…

another beautiful drive on a sunshiny day…

Brandon, Day 2…

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so far… we’ve been to the pool and done some office work…

we have been to a lot of volleyball… three games in fact… two for our boys and one of the girls’ games…

had some fun with my tripod and the new tiny holder for my iPhone

eaten a lot of food… not quite as well rounded meals as usual…

and driven back and forth, and around the town quite a bit… I believe we passed Brandon University at least four times, lol…

but I did get two Christmas presents:-)…

although we ate out for each meal, we had supper in our room as we were worn out…

everyone is tired, but it was a good day…