Thursday, 26 December 2013

out the other side...

I have a lot to post - a lot to say, and so little time right now.

We made it through the ice storm - we were without power for more than 30 hours, but survived. There's some tree damage on the street, and some around our yard, but nothing major, so that's a good thing.

It's Boxing Day, the day after my favourite day of the year, and this year, it really was. Even though there was so much potential for Christmas to be a train wreck, it was great. Just the kind of day we want it to be.

We started at home, just the three of us - just what we like. A calm morning, giving each other gifts, and watching the joy in receiving. This was not a big present year for the Boy - we got him his iPhone earlier in December, and he was happiest with that. So Christmas was fun shirts (geeky science-y type shirts especially), needed basketball stuff, and other bits and pieces.
My husband's love of music has been re-awakened this year, mostly thanks to an audiophile cottage neighbour, so I gifted him with his own iPod, and the neighbour has promised iTunes lessons this weekend. Plus his own T-shirt which he's decided will be his new favourite cottage shirt. it says "I LIKE TO PARTY. AND BY PARTY, I MEAN TAKE NAPS". Perfect.
I was given the stainless steel stockpot I wanted (so much better for doing my tomatoes...), a fantastic new chopping board, and best of all, a Kobo! Plus some other stuff.

After our cholesterol laden breakfast (eggs, bacon, peameal, toast...) we were off to my brothers place. A fantastic 4 hours spent there, and the Beer Mitts for the kids were a HUGE success. So good! Not to mention the photo book for my Mom and everything else. But best of all, time spent with family. We don't see each other often, but when we do, it's great. The boy was spoiled - wireless Bluetooth headphones and a new basketball, plus all kinds of other stuff.

Then off to the in-laws for a family dinner - 16 of us. This is where it could have gone so wrong - my MIL insisted on hosting dinner, even though she barely has enough stamina to get through a normal day. She was great, and other than one meltdown over her forgetting to wrap some gifts, she was fine. The Dr. Who Hat? Winner!! He was beyond happy that 1. I even knew who Dr. Who was, 2. made him the hat, and 3. knew all kinds of other stuff he liked. I told him that being 51 didn't mean I was totally unaware of the world around me...
The cowls for all the SILs? Another winner, although one SIL did get mad at me for doing it. I got to tell her "actually, all you're supposed to say is thank you". Win.
A tiring day for sure, but well worth it.
Today was rest, recovery and getting ready for the cottage. We are heading up tomorrow. So that's why there's no pictures today - the camera is buried with all the other gear to go - I do promise I have lots to share. Ice storm pictures, plus some knitting for me. Pure decadence, and I love it!


  1. Sounds wonderful, Sandra. Have fun at the cottage.

  2. Glad you made it through that ice storm ok. We've seen pics on the news and on some blogs. Crazy! Glad the beer mitts were a hit! :-) I've never heard of peameal. I'll have to look that up. Otherwise, we had a similar breakfast but with potatoes and gluten free cinnamon rolls that my daughter made. Have fun at the cottage!

  3. That ice storm was something, eh?! We went about 17 hours without power, luckily it came on right before bed. Our main street lost a lot of mature trees. We might lose one bush that I hated anyway!
    That breakfast is actually really healthy, except for the toast! Cholesterol in food is good for you. Check out "The Cholesterol Myth" by Drs Bowden and Sinatra, or "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes, or "Wheat Belly" by Dr William Davis on your new kobo! Changed my life!
    Can't wait to see your pictures!