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Thursday, December 29, 2011

118th Post - More

Daughter, sister, granddaughter, great granddaughter,
 niece, cousin, aunt, 
wife, mother, mother in law, step mother,
 grandmother.

Teacher, Counsellor, Friend.

God-lover, God-believer, Follower of Christ.

Resilient!

So many roles! Each brings joy. Each brings sadness. There has been no predictable pattern, but I'm certain a mathematician, if they so desired could find a pattern, perhaps even a formula for my life.

As we make our final approach into 2012, I have a wonder about 'more'? Am I not more than my introductory list? What am I the most of? Am I mostly mother? Am I mostly wife? What about friend? Can I be relative and friend? Just friend? Just relative? 

Is there one way to categorize who we are? Is my responsibility mostly to my children? to God? to my parents? to my husband? to my grandchildren? Or I am firstly responsible to me?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

117th Post - Hop

If you're feeling nostalgic about 2011, head over to A Pause on the Path: Best of 2011 Blog Hop to join the fun of a 'best of' blog hop. It's an opportunity to linky up your most viewed and/or most commented upon posts - or both. 


Better is Possible's 2011 most viewed post happened to be #69. The one about my daughter's inking, more commonly referred to as a tattoo: 


 
   Finished work.
                                               

BIP's post with the most comments was #91.  That's the post number, not the number of comments **sigh. Significance is a nod to my fifty-fifth birthday. 

Who could forget my
groovy birthday boots?


It's always a bit curious to me as to what catches someones eye. My birthday and a tattoo, who'd have thunk!


Your turn. I'll be looking for you!
CLPCS

Saturday, December 24, 2011

116th Post - Christmas



May the joy of the season surround you.

Merry Christmas, with Love






115th Post - Accountable



Christmas Eve Day. 
Already!  

Thankfully I was able to complete the sewing projects I had begun at a leisurely pace earlier this week. Yesterday that pace picked up and turned into a veritable sewing frenzy. I took pictures but can't post them until after Christmas.  While I stitched away, my reverend wrapped, wrapped, and wrapped some more. Such a helpful man. 

I must confess I wasn't singing his praises when we headed to the stores for some last minute buying. Ever the passive shopper, I couldn't get much of a yeah or nay out of him. Humph!

Perhaps I should mention that we went into this Christmas season advising all of  our children that we would not be buying them gifts. We'd made donations to a variety of charities on their behalf and we would only  be buying gifts for our grand kids! 

I was now in a panic; self induced, mind you. How could I possibly not buy the puzzles, the calendars, the socks, the 'really cute clothing item that was on sale and I just had to buy it for.....'? 

Friday, December 23, 2011

114th Post - CBC

Christmas isn't Christmas until we've watched the 
heartwarming Charlie Brown Christmas. 
Enjoy this brief video and have yourself a 
Merry Christmas!


                        

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

113th post - 100!!



Lift the banners, 
      wave the flags, 
   light the fireworks...

I've reached ONE HUNDRED followers! What an honour for this grandma blogging 'just for fun'. To add the icing on the celebratory cake, turns out my one hundredth follower is my sister in law who lives half way across this great country of Canada. Welcome SIL!!!!

Little did I know what joy and delight this blogging adventure would bring. I've met many, many interesting, curious, questioning, answering, intelligent, funny bloggers. I've met some book reviewers, authors, craft enthusiasts, foodies and continue to be awed by generosity combined with creativity. What a bunch!

Thank you to all who have chosen to follow my blog. May I be faithful in posting things worthy of your time. In honour of my one hundredth follower, I will be making a donation to our local CKNW Orphans' Fund

And now off I go to work on that ToDo list that To Date has not turned into the big TaDa! 
CLPCS

Monday, December 19, 2011

112th Post - ToDo

ToDo not to be confused with TaDa! 
which may come at the completion of  AllDone. 

It's day one of Christmas vacation. A morning to sleep in and catch up on much needed rest. 
But no-ah! 
These old eyes popped open well before 4am and in an attempt not to disturb the snoring sleep - or perhaps to escape the snoring sleep of my reverend, I sprung out of bed and started my first day of holidaying EARLY! And why not, there is so much to do. That's what happens when no one in our place of abode has begun much of anything Christmas related. 
                         Oh my! 
                                  No tree, no decorations, no baking. 

But that all changes today. Oh yeah, you saw it here, in writing! 
TO DO:

  1. Get dressed
  2. Get coffee before attempting #1
  3. Dust
  4. Vacuum Finally! 
  5. Send the reverend, when he awakens from his sleep induced snorefest, down to our storage locker to bring up a few Christmas decorations  (hmpf - apparently he had to go to work! Sheesh) Two days later...but they're up!
  6. Display aforementioned decorations With a little help from a delightful 4 year old!
  7. Begin sewing the gifts that need to be sewed. What was I thinking?
  8. Shell some more walnuts 
  9. Freeze some shelled walnuts
  10. Bake something Christmasish
  11. Find my Christmas baking recipes before attempting #10
  12. Buy gifts to send to family that live out of province.  And what fun it was! I did good.
  13. Drive to a mall nearby in order to buy gifts; this will involve finding a parking spot. This will involve more coffee to calm my frazzled nerves. Keep in mind I've been up since before 4am. Lesson learned; when you get to the mall early enough there is plenty of parking and few crowds. Do I hear a mini TaDa?
  14. Prepare to squelch guilt associated with sending out of province gifts so late they won't arrive until after Christmas Repeating several times: I will not feel guilt, I will not feel guilt, I will not fe...
  15. Call my mother Communicated via Facebook; close enough
  16. Visit my mother
  17. Buy some wine
  18. Do laundry Done and done!
  19. Wrap some presents
  20. Drink some wine, it must be long past noon by now
  21. Buy presents for in province family before completing #19 Now if I can only keep these a secret til Christmas.
  22. Discuss with my reverend the need to put up outdoor Christmas lights this late in the season A GREAT BIG NO to the lights.
  23. Discuss with my reverend the need to put on a tree, albeit a tiny tree for a tiny apartment this late in the season  Another NO from my rev. Can you sense a rather bah humbuggish theme?. 
  24. Nap
DRUM ROLL ------ TaDa!!!!!  
It took three days, but other than baking; who am I kidding, I'm not baking anything this year, I'm well on my way! And just in time cause Christmas Eve is one sleep away.
Just writing the ToDo's has brought on a wave of weariness. Be sure to come back for the big TaDa! I've always worked best under pressure. I'm counting on that now.

It bears repeating - TaDa! 
(only took 3 days to complete!)


On a completely unrelated topic, I stumbled upon a new Facebook page Trying God's Patience and some fun and/or inspirational thoughts. Not a holiday sentiment but good for a chortle. 


Enjoy your day and I'll keep you posted on my progress. If I can find the time.
CLPCS

Friday, December 16, 2011

111th Post - DejaVu

Today I'm participating in the DejaVu Blogfest. 
Otherwise known as The Day of the Do-Over!


Come back in time and have a look at a Christmas 2010 book Review.  



The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson 
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | September 7, 1988 | Trade Paperback

Hey! Unto you a child is born!
The Herdmans are absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie and steal and smoke cigars (even the girls). They talk dirty, hit little kids, cuss their teachers, set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken-down toolhouse, and take the name of the Lord in vain. So no one is prepared when the Herdmans invade church one Sunday-and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

None of them has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation -- the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating-- has a lot of people up in arms. But the actual pageant is full of surprises for everyone, starting with the Herdmans themselves!Chapters/Indigo

 

Without a doubt this is one my top five favourite Christmas novels. I first stumbled upon it when it was made into a TV movie starring Loretta Swit and Jackson Davies. It was filmed in my hometown of Vancouver, BC and it immediately became one of our Christmas staples. Years later, when my children were a bit older I found it in novel form. I was out of this world with delight. I believe I was teaching grade 7 at the time and read it to my class during that Christmas season…..a tradition that carried on until I moved from classroom teacher to counsellor. I never could get through the reading without stopping to control my quivery voice and impending tears. I recall one student (who could have fit nicely with the Herdman clan) scooping up the box of classroom Kleenex and bringing it to this weepy teacher. "Here, Mrs. O. I think you need these!" How fitting that this story brought out such kindness in my student. If you haven't read this book and have a spare hour or two, it is so worth the time. It is a treasure. Many local theatre groups have performed this lovely story during Christmas and it is still my hope (albeit a fading hope as I move nearer to retirement) to have one of my schools present this story as their Christmas production.


Merry Christmas and…. 
Hey! Unto you a child IS born!
Carol (as in Christmas)


Here's a link to the original post - 

IF you haven't read the book, seen the movie, or been to a live production of the play...it is worth adding to your must-do list!


Merry Christmas and I hope you've enjoyed this blast from my past!


CLPCS
                                                                           

Saturday, December 3, 2011

110th Post - Advent2

Today's post is my contribution to the
2011 Virtual Advent Tour.  
Please head over to see more posts about Advent. 



Our 2011 advent season was kicked into high gear with our second annual (we hope) sleepover with two of our grandchildren. We picked them up from their house and took them on a 'vewy long dwive' to our little Okanagan basement get away. Our upstairs is rented to a fabulous couple (my son and daughter in law) and we maintain the basement for as many trips away from the coast as we can.  

What a joy to start our Advent celebrations with two delightful youngsters. Although we always have uncontrollable laughter and good times with their parents, this was a no mom and dad event, and you just know that means a whole different kind of fun.  We arrived at our destination in the late afternoon and after unpacking we piled onto the bed and watched Star Wars 3. This was followed by supper with the upstairs renters (otherwise known as Uncle and Auntie). After a dessert of Christmas shortbread we put on our bathing suits and braved our way outside in the chilly, chilly night to the hot tub. We sat in the soothing warmth while stargazing up into the dark, dark sky.

After the hot tub portion of the evening was completed and we were rinsed, dried and dressed for bed,  dear granddaughter painted Papa's really big nails. Eventually we tucked two darling munchkins into their beds. One on a foamy under the grand piano and the other on the couch which was pushed perpendicularly against big sister's bed. After some laughter and prayers, they drifted off to sleep while Papa and I settled in for the rest of the evening.

Around noon on Sunday we returned the preciousness to their parents and we returned to the coast for another week of work. We brought a good dose of much needed Christmas spirit with us.

SPECIAL DISCOVERY! 

While purging our basement last summer we found my all time favorite children's Christmas book. The book must be well over 50 years old and is well worn. The binding is coming apart, there is tape that has been yellowed by time, as well as a bit of scribbling which must have been done by my older brother. I've signed the cover possibly so Gary (older brother) wouldn't think it was his. Upon closer inspection, his name had been scribbled over. I see I was ever the possessive child.














I can hardly wait for Christmas Week and the opportunity to share my old favorite book with many of our  precious grandchildren.

If you're interested and you missed it last year here's the LINK to my last year's advent post.
Take some time to check out the other Dec. 6th posts at the 2011 Virtual Advent Tour:
raidergirl3 @ an adventure in reading
Sara @ Make Music from Your Heart...
CLPCS