My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #913: We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-25-2012 12:39 PM 1528 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 912: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Beautiful (slightly SNOWY!) Nova Scotia! Part 913 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 914: Boxing Day »

As I sit here this morning and watch the sun peeking over the horizon, I can here the distant voices of excited children next door as they discovered their Christmas gifts.

It is highly unusual that I hear anyone else up and about at this time of day, as our landlord is a widow who lives by herself and works as a paramedic. She keeps odd hours and is sometimes gone for weeks at a time, as she takes frequent trips to Toronto to visit her children and grandchildren.

But this Christmas, it was her turn to have the family stay. And her large house has been filled with people and children and excitement for the past several days. The faint squeals of delight remind me of those many mornings when my own children were small and brought back those delightful times. It makes me smile.

All is quiet here. The three cats are slumbering nearby with the soft glow of our own little tree the only light. The sun is beginning to illuminate the sky now and there was yet another light dusting of snow on the ground, making it a perfect morning.

We had a wonderful day yesterday. I spent my time wrapping and doing some last minute preparation of what turned out to be unneeded snacks, as there was more than enough good food to feed an army. My dear childhood friend called and it was a wonderful gift to hear her voice and catch up with her busy life. Sometimes the best gifts are the simplest. Our neighbor Lee (our friend who lives next door with the cats) stopped by seeking some last minute help wrapping a gift he had for his dad, and I was happy to do it for him, as I was just putting things away after finishing my own.

We headed out to Kieth’s parents near supper time. It was already dark and the countless lights and displays were beautiful against the light blanket of fresh snow. When driving along the river, it reminded me of a post card from Currier and Ives. Quiet. Peaceful. Beautiful.

We arrived and unloaded our things, and Keith’s mom checked in the oven to see how the Rappie Pie was doing. It was a magnificent monster, and took up the entire oven:

I was happy that Keith’s mom allowed me to take a couple of pictures. I wanted to show you all how incredible this meal was. I never have many pictures when we go to Ellen and Bernie’s because Ellen runs from the camera, so for the most part, they are blurry streaks. But yesterday Keith’s mom posed with her masterpiece. I was happy because you can get an idea of the size of it. It was as big as she is! :)

One of my goals this year is to have her teach me how to make this wonderful dish. It consists of grated potato, salted onion and chicken. This time she added a bit of pork for flavor and I thought it was the best one I ever tasted.

We all lined up and got our serving. It is such a treat!

I even agreed to a picture of myself with Keith’s sister in law, Jacqueline. She and Keith’s brother Mark just got married this past August and they were in town from Halifax for the holidays:

We had a beautiful dinner. Everything was perfect from the table:

to the tree:

We spent the evening exchanging gifts and visiting and enjoying each others’ company. We didn’t get home until nearly 1am, and we are going back today for turkey dinner!

It is such a great time to be thankful for so many things. Today I will talk to my son and daughter and visit with them. I miss them both and hopefully one day soon we can be together again. Until then we have skype and the phone and computer.

It is a good time in my life. There are so many good people that I have as family and friends to share with. I have enjoyed all the notes and letters and beautiful thoughts from all my customers and friends, too. There is so much to be grateful for.

And I truly appreciate my partner Keith. I say it all the time but a day doesn’t go by when I am not grateful that he is part of my life. I could have never asked for a better sweetheart and friend.

Merry Christmas to you all!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 12-25-2012 01:00 PM

Merry Christmas to you Sheila Keith & all your family

Jamie, Shirley and ours

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Dan Krager

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#2 posted 12-25-2012 01:57 PM

Outstanding pictures! Each one is post card material!
Merry Christmas, Sheila and Keith!
Dan and Carole Krager

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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#3 posted 12-25-2012 02:07 PM

Yummm. Looks delicious. Merry Christmas to you, Keith, and families. Have a safe holiday season.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 12-25-2012 02:30 PM

Merry Christmas to you and Keith and your families.
Rick & Kathie

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#5 posted 12-25-2012 02:37 PM

what a glorious and joyous blog—and yummy!!
That is one big pan of delish!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 12-25-2012 02:49 PM

Hi Sheila,

Merry Christmas to you and Keith.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 12-25-2012 03:03 PM

Great story… I can just see Grizzman drooling!
Merry Christmas, Sheila and Keith.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 12-25-2012 03:24 PM

Merry Christmas and have a great day.

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#9 posted 12-25-2012 03:56 PM

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

-- Jim no longer in far west TX

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#10 posted 12-25-2012 04:00 PM

Merry Christmas Sheila :)

(And Keith, and the cats!)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#11 posted 12-25-2012 04:28 PM

Merry Christmas to all! We awoke this morning to a light snow here in Colorado and a temp. of a whopping 14 degrees…..Brrrrrrrr. Sure is pretty though.
Hope you all have a wonderful day!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#12 posted 12-25-2012 05:26 PM

Merry Christmas to you as well .
Glad to see you enjoying the holidays and having a good time .
I still don’t see how you get done what you do ,so taking a good break will do you good .
We are taking a holiday at home and sure are enjoying the grand kids which are a big part of our lives .

-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 12-25-2012 06:14 PM

Merry Christmas Shelia, wonderful family time blog.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 12-25-2012 07:26 PM

Have a great day Sheila and Keith. Happy Christmas.
What would we do without Skype this time of year to see friends and family that are overseas. Love it!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#15 posted 12-25-2012 11:17 PM

Merry Christmas Sheila and Keith :-)
Silke , Mona and me was alone so it was a little difficult to reach around the tree this year
but nothing was missed on the table though the pork roast was a little too big for us to get thrugh…. lol
today we had a traditionel chrismas dinner (the big cold table ) there is so much left that
we have enoff leftovers for the next two weeks … yummy :-)
spend the evening in the shop giving SilkeĀ“s nitendo game a new shell cover
wuold you belive that bloody thing fighted with me over four hours before I finished
deffently not for electronic beginners to do …. its alot easyer to repair on a PC notebook …. lol

take care

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