And so another Christmas has come and gone. We had a wonderfully full and busy day and spent it with both families. The day began with a beautiful sunrise over a fresh blanket of snow. We had experienced a little snow a week or so ago, but it had quickly melted and I was concerned that we weren’t going to get anymore in time for Christmas. But I when I awoke, it was gently snowing and there was a beautiful and colorful sunrise on the horizon. How pretty it was:
We spent the morning packing up and getting ourselves ready and I got to talk to the kids. It feels so good to know that they are well and happy and while I wish we could all be together, visiting with them on the phone was the next best thing.
We spent the early part of the day with Bernie and Ellen and their family. Ellen put out a wonderful spread and made a full turkey dinner. We visited and exchanged our gifts, and it was a really nice time. Ellen loved the painted characters for her fence and it made me feel good to see her so happy with them. Keith had made some pens for people too and everyone was thrilled with receiving them. It was great to see his work be so appreciated.
We did have a slight problem though. On the way to Digby we heard some noise coming from the front wheel of Keith’s car. He believes it may be a bearing that will need to be replaced. Unfortunately, last week we found out our regular mechanic is retiring and it kind of leaves us in a bind as to where to get the car repaired. While there are several ‘back yard’ mechanics in the area, we need to find someone who is reliable as well as skilled. I suppose that is one problem in living with such a rural area. We just drove rather slowly and he is going to be looking for a solution today.
We stopped back here after Bernie and Ellen’s to reload the car and debated on whether to have Keith’s dad pick us up or not. The mustang is parked here, but with the snow on the pavement, there is really no way that we were going to even attempt to take it out. Since Keith’s parents live rather close, we just drove the Sunfire (which I nicknamed the “Wagon of Death”) and figured it was the safer of the two vehicles. We went slowly and carefully and since the noise is just barely audible, we figured it would be OK. But it is something that we need to attend to right away.
At Keith’s folks, we had to forego dinner (we did bring leftover rappie pie home!) and just snacked on some stuff later on. We had a great visit with his parents and his brother and fiancee. We stayed there quite late.
As I look around today I see all the aftermath of the holiday. Ironically, the gym is closed today but I can see a nice long walk in the snow in the day’s plans for us. The diet went to hell for the day, but I suppose we will both survive and recover from it without incident. It is fun to splurge every now and then. That’s what holidays are for – right?
Here’s one of our favorite gifts we got:
Just think of all the fun possibilities this will offer us! It will be fun to see what we can come up with.
I am going to spend the day tidying up and reorganizing. I have some designing ideas that I want to work on too. It is time for me to get back to designing and woodworking and painting and back to normal again. I hope to have some nice things to show you all by the end of the week.
I really enjoyed everything about this Christmas. Part of me thought that I was kind of ‘slacking’ the past couple of weeks, but taking this time out did me a lot of good because I feel as if I am eager to work on new ideas and projects. With the continuing snow, I realize that winter has indeed arrived and it is time to buckle down a bit and make it as productive as I can. And I look forward to that very much.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday too. Let’s all make some sawdust to mix in with the snowflakes!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"