courier…

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been thinking of how blessed my life is…

this morning I packed up a parcel for my kids in Ottawa who are not coming home for Christmas this year…

called a courier (integrated freight and parcel solutions provider – fancy title, lol) and arranged for it to be picked up…

without much thought, was able to be sure it will be delivered in the next few days… it cost a bit more, but meant I wouldn’t need to worry about when it would arrive…

tonight we talked about how we take so many things for granted… a secure place to live… clean flowing water at the turn of a tap… warm comfortable beds to sleep in… pantries full of food… health care… safe vehicles to travel in… and friends who care for us…

icing…

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tonight after supper we decorated some gingerbread cookies that we’d picked up a few weeks ago at IKEA…

everyone took part… lots of focus and luckily the icing I picked up today worked perfectly…

then we ate them and they were delicious;-)…

we are going to put together the gingerbread house and decorate it on Christmas Eve as we need royal icing to glue it……

joyeux…

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had a quiet, but productive day…

watched some tv, did laundry and wrapped all but one Christmas present… will do the final one tomorrow…

very happy with the wrapping paper… one side is covered in snowflakes and the other with the words Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noel…

it is nice and thick, which always makes wrapping easier…

missing my beloved as I work through the preparations for Christmas…

week…

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been a week since the conversation with the doctor about my A1C and how I need to work to get it down a bit…

happily we both agreed that I can do this with more control of my diet and without meds…

I think it was just the day before that visit that I ordered a bunch of chocolate from Soma Chocolatemaker and it arrived this week, lol…

one of the things I ordered was this blackcurrant flavour that I fell in love with after one of the Easter treats from my daughter… trying to figure out how I can have some without messing up the stricter eating plan…

one thing I did do was start cutting my wonderful Advent bonbons into quarters and just having one of them each morning… it has made me focus on the bite and I’ve really enjoyed the flavour of each one…

today I took the extra pieces and shared them with my colleagues;-)… made everyone happy

canes…

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a while back my youngest grandson and I were shopping and we spotted cherry flavoured candy canes… my favourite…

they’ve been stuffed up in the cupboard since then…

today after work, I pulled them out and put them on the tree…

there are sixteen of them and they fill the tree up quite nicely…

the plan is that when people are over they will take a candy cane when they leave;-)…

for many years I would make things to put on the tree for this purpose, but have simplified things, lol…

capital…

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had a great lunch out yesterday…

met a friend at Capital Broadway Grill and Bar

hadn’t heard of it although it is only a few blocks from the office…

we started with a lovely tomato and coconut soup which was one of the day’s specials… yum… I had steamed PEI mussels and fries with white wine, bacon, tomato, roasted garlic… it was very nice…

my friend had the seared rare nicoise (gf) organic greens tossed with French beans, tomatoes,olives, boiled eggs, Dijon dressing…

always wonderful to spend time with special people…

the older I get, the more I enjoy and savour the special moments in life…

melancholy…

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this can be a melancholy time of year… often we think of those who are gone and won’t be with us to celebrate… I made sure to put my beloved’s stocking out where I could see it and remember the many wonderful celebrations we had…

it also seems to be a time when people are ill or feeling alone…

I was thinking of that when I took pictures of the poinsettias…

when you glance at them from one angle it appears there is only one, all alone… but when you look at them from another point of view you see there are many of them…

when I’m sad, I often get caught up in thinking I am all alone… good to think of the many who are there to support me…

the trick is to remember and be brave enough to tell them I need them… and then to accept the help, lol…

developing…

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was wandering around watering the plants and had a lovely surprise

usually I water on Saturday but was a bit behind so got to it this morning… was pleased that the paper whites have a couple of buds developing

was at the mandevilla which has an orchid beside it – usually I keep the orchids for a year or two once they are finished blooming and then end up replacing them…

to my delight, I discovered four buds

what a wonderful treat