Thursday, December 24, 2009

Quiet time

Snowing out, sounds of plows on the roads.  The walk home from the bus was straight out of a Christmas card.  Made this egg nog. Waiting for the laundry.  Christmas in a new city.  Thinking of old friends and acquaintances; I wonder where they are now and what they're doing, and if they remember me at all.  Ave Maria on the radio.  I want to call people, but don't know if I will have the words.  Another year almost over.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday baking

We spent the weekend baking. I made some banana bread, and Nate helped make ANZAC bikkies and sugar cookies. He'll probably deny it, but I think Nate had a great time decorating the sugar cookies.  Patty made up little packages which Nate, Snoopy and I took round to the neighbours.

The first 36 mince-meat tarts are all gone, maybe I'll get around to baking some more tomorrow morning.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tree trimming

Walking away from Christmas

Patty went out with her brother yesterday evening to go get our Christmas tree.  They'd just left when it started to snow, quite heavily.  A little later we had an 8 foot Christmas tree in our living room, and a very excited Nate, who could not wait to decorate it.

We very quickly realized though, that there is quite a big difference between the number of lights you need for a 6 foot tree, compared to an 8 foot tree.  Since we have only ever been able to fit a 6 foot tree in our old place in Vancouver, we only had enough lights for a 6 foot tree.  After several failed attempts at trying to stretch the lights to cover the tree, it was pretty clear that we needed to get more lights if we wanted to trim the tree that evening.

By this time, Nate was getting quite frantic about being unable to start the tree decorating.  It was still snowing and blowing like crazy outside and neither one of us really relished the thought of having to venture out for lights in that weather. We tried to convince Nate to wait till the next day to trim the tree, but he was having none of it.  Increasingly distraught  at the prospect of having to wait another day, he bowed his head and wandered away, announcing "I'm walking away from Christmas!"

I found him sitting on the floor of Patty's office, in the dark.  A few minutes later, I was getting snow blasted in the face as I walked to Walmart to get some lights.

Nate got to trim his tree before going to bed.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Old friends

Our friends Lori and Paul paid us a visit this last weekend.  They moved from Vancouver to Charlottetown a little over 2 years ago, and for the longest time we could not go past The Lee Building without Nate telling me that was where his friend Sosi lived.  

It was great to see them together again this weekend!  Better yet, they're both old enough now to more or less work things out amongst themselves.  They would disappear up into Nate's room, or down to the basement rec room, and it was almost like there weren't even there!  Just two old friends, hanging out and enjoying being with each other.

He's pretty handy for a kid

No, he didn't put it all together by himself, but he helped a great deal.  He didn't get frustrated, or lose interest, and stuck with it from start to finish.  I think we both enjoyed ourselves putting the cart together.  

The espresso machine has been moved off the kitchen table, and the grinder has been reunited with it.  No more running about from one end of the kitchen to the other to make coffee!  Thanks Nate!