Today I went and saw the film adaptation of Les Miserables. I loved it. I think it lost some of its power in this format — the story truly is made for the stage not the screen, but it was wonderful, nonetheless. A timeless story. Heart-ripping and life-affirming.
Day 1 — I spent the very first moments of this New Year with those I love the most — my husband, my grandkids and though they weren’t here, my son and and his wife. Landon called just after the midnight bells — or, in our case, the televised bells in Niagara Falls — rang. To me, that is happiness at its apex.
So, here it is December 28th. Christmas came and went in a flurry of activity. It was one of the happiest Christmases I’ve enjoyed. Everyone was relaxed and into the spirit — Tim and I have days of down-time following ‘the big day’ and that has been a wonderful bonus.
I really don’t have too much to say about Christmas itself, other than what I’ve stated above — it seems the older I get the less important gifts have become — it’s more about spending time with people you love and taking the gift of those times away with you. Don’t get me wrong, gifts do still play a part, but I worry less about how much I’m buying and concentrate more on how happy what I’m giving will make the recipient. So, if it’s one or two meaningful things as compared to a truckload of stuff that will be forgotten the moment it’s opened, that’s the way I’ve gone.
One of my favorite memories of these holidays will be the night the kids came over for our Griswold Family Christmas night. We watched Nat’l Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (a tradition) put out snack and finger food and just sat around eating and laughing and watching the kids (who really didn’t sit still for much of the movie). Ethan decided that the Dickens’ Village display in the kitchen was far more interesting than the Griswold’s and their problems.
I found him rearranging everything and driving his flourescent green and purple HotWheels cars through the tiny plastic-cobblestone streets. It was delightful. He gave me a big smile when I asked him what he was doing and said: “This needs go here, Gramma” as he picked up some tiny people and shoved them into the entrance of the church. When he was finished there were lamp posts dangling off the edge of the shelf and groups of little porcelain people huddled together as if in fear of some unseen, monstrous danger, but everything was intact. He toddled off to the next thing to catch his attention — a candy cane — which I am still wiping traces of off various surfaces around my house.
All in all, this Christmas break has been just the break I needed.
Wishing all a season of joy and happiness for the coming New Year.
Just a very quick blog to state how very, very, very happy I am to be on Christmas break! Finally! Yay!
This is how I’m looking at it: two whole friggin’ weeks of Friday nights! Yahoo!
Am I happy? You bet your sweet patootie!
To everyone who works in a school — you know what I’m talkin’ about!
So, go do your happy dance! Dance! Dance! Dance!
I feel like a loon and that’s the way I wanna feel!
Here’s a collection of pictures from our winter so far. It’s been a true winter this year — it began early and it ain’t lettin’ up for nothin’! Hope you enjoy them.
Just a little bit about being grateful —
I am grateful for
I am grateful for
Fresh ground coffee
Irish cream to go with it
And time to enjoy it;
I am grateful for
I am grateful
My love of them and
My ability to use them;
I am grateful for
Today is the first official day of Fall. And a stunning day it is. This September has been glorious. Fine weather, beautiful skies, bountiful produce and gardens still flourishing.
Bon Accord put on an event this weekend called the Summer Skies Equinox. A 30 hour marathon of events and activities all associated with the night sky began on Friday evening and will culminate at just past midnight on the 22nd.
This morning, Heather and I got up and went for an early morning walk — 6:15-ish — not something we usually do on a weekend and ended it with a stop for a cup of tea. Well, I had coffee (thank God they thought of us coffee drinkers!). The ladies from Vintage Petals tea shop in Morinville set up a little tea station outside the Golden Jems building and a handful of us early risers stood about enjoying a steaming cup while we chatted and enjoyed the dawn.
The morning sky has been stunning these past few days. Clear, un-marred by clouds and a gorgeous array of colour from cerulean blue on the horizon to darkest indigo high overhead. Venus and Jupiter have been twin lights shining a bright greeting in the Eastern sky each morning, and we were lucky enough to see them in perfect alignment with the moon one morning.
Had I been up to it last night I’d have gone out to check the night sky through some amazingly powerful telescopes set up by local astronomers. Heather and her husband did and she says they got some fantastic views of the planets and even a couple of nebulas.
But, I was satisfied with my walk this morning, the clear, crisp morning air, the sky overhead, the town still mostly asleep and our footsteps crunching along the gravel road as we made our way towards the warmth of tea and community.