sipping…

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this morning I had some leftover popcorn from yesterday’s movie…

reminded me of what a wonderful day I had with the boys yesterday…

and today I spent time with my oldest grandson… we shopped, made spaghetti and meatballs for our supper, and watched some tv shows before he headed off with the car…

also had a surprise visit from a dear friend… lovely catch-up from a busy week…

had hoped to pick up fresh flowers but the options weren’t great so I didn’t being any home… but there are still a few blooms floating around the house…

sipping tea and realizing how blessed I am…

movies…

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what a fun day… my son-in-law called fairy early, dropped off the younger boys and headed to the gym…

my grandsons helped me make Thai Curry Shrimp Soup and we put some games on the tablet… once my son-in-law returned we had lunch at Applebee’s, wandered around the mall where I picked up some new tea and got an excellent deal on a pair of leggings… and went to the movies at Landmark

when we got home my son-in-law fixed my thermostat so that it won’t keep going down to 18 degrees Celsius in an effort to save energy… but freeze me, lol… he also fixed the toilet paper holder so the roll doesn’t fall right off…

they left and I put on the tv and warmed up some of the soup…

pretty excellent day…

blown…

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went out in the very cold weather this morning and was nearly blown into a fence… put on my warmest jacket but didn’t realize that the hood wasn’t attached… yikes…

spent the remainder of the day remembering my beloved and how we enjoyed this particular holiday… found this photo from our last Valentine’s Day…

besides the rose, he gave me a beautiful purple jacket which I put on this morning;-)…

cookies…

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a few days ago I dug out my sugar cookie recipe…

I’d had a conversation with a friend about how great my sugar cookies tasted… I’ve made thousands of them over the years, mainly when the girls were in school… I would produce cookies for their classrooms for each and every holiday that occurred…

she suggested I might like to make some for Valentine‘s Day;-)… and also volunteered to lend me a heart-shaped cookie cutter…

I thought I had one so didn’t take her up on the offer…

on Sunday I decided to make them and discovered that I did not have the appropriate cutter…

I went online, found a few different sized heart templates and made a cardboard heart-shaped template…

then I made the recipe and laughed throughout the whole process because it didn’t seem familiar at all…

it took a while as I used a knife to outline each one, but they came out pretty good…

I’d given away all the food colouring and sprinkles a while ago, thinking I wouldn’t need them…

the cookies look rather plain… but taste delicious…

then I had some fun packaging them up for a few gifts…

and enjoyed some with my kids and BS buddies;-)…

sitting…

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today I had a lovely time sitting in the sunshine in the living room…

I started a new book by one of my favourite writers and soaked up the warmth… of course, it was -40 outside, lol… so it really was a treat…

have had numerous conversations recently about our lack of sun… cold weather is much easier to accept when the sky is blue and a big yellow ball is in it… we are not getting the amount of sunshine that we used to…

I spent time taking photos of the light and shadows around the house as the sun shone in various areas…

fun…

corningware…

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been thinking of my beloved a lot lately… Valentine’s Day is coming up and we always celebrated…

as I was washing dishes I was reminded of his strong hands and how he always dealt with the seriously dirty pots…

he could clean them up in no time, unlike me who used the same items to clean them but they never came out as good as when he did it, lol…

today I was scrubbing one of the Corningware pots that we’ve had since we were first married… it looked terrible so I dug out the Mr. Clean eraser

I didn’t take any photos before I started, just part way through, and at the end…

with a bit of elbow grease I was able to improve the look a lot… not as good as he would have done, lol…

not sure what is in them, but they are rather amazing and the pot looks excellent…

those big girl pants

pain-free…

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today, I walked to the Park, had lunch with friends, and walked home without any pain in my knee…

it is the furthest I’ve walked in months…

the weather was cool, a bit breezy, and snow fell gently as I walked… I left in lots of time for my lunch date so I didn’t have to rush… I’m finding that as long as I don’t try to walk too quickly I am good…

and what a treat to have lunch and a visit with two wonderful women…

good to get out and move… was very happy and pleased that the sidewalks were clear and not icy/slippery…

looking forward to more pain-free walks…

vase…

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been enjoying the beautiful vase that my colleagues presented to me to commemorate my retirement…

it is now living on the top of the credenza in the living room… when the light is on, it shines through the design beautifully…

when I had flowers in it, I put them into a plastic bag so they wouldn’t mess up the inside, lol…

the flowers from the Board would have gone nicely in it;-)…

bonbons…

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a few days ago I received my second Advent All Year parcel from my daughter… (here’s the story of the first one)…

in it were a beautiful handmade card; my favourite Raspberry Chocolate bar (including one for my grandson, who also loves it); and a box of bonbons she chose from a recent visit to Soma chocolatemaker… the box had the coolest extra packing paper as she mentioned she would be mailing it…

one thing I’ve learned from her is that great bonbons need to be eaten quickly before they expire… particularly when they are made with only fresh ingredients…

so, every morning I’ve been choosing one and eating it before I have my breakfast…

such a delicious way to start the day when my taste buds aren’t muddied with other flavours…

I am blessed;-)…

angle…

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mentioned to someone the other day that I had gone downstairs to the living room to sit in the sun, but it wasn’t shining on the couch…

today I went down earlier expecting to see sun on my spot..

no such luck… apparently the sun doesn’t hit the living room at that angle at this time of the year, lol…

it shines on the other side of the room…

so while the sun was shining, I sat in the chair by the window and then in one of the black chairs…

the sun felt wonderful;-)…

a bit later I got this picture as it was going down…

so blessed to be able to see the movement of the sun at this time of year…