Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas


and Meowie  Meowmas from Pavel

Thursday, December 23, 2010

*Newsflash* Christmas has begun!

Let the festivities begin! Tonight on the eve of Christmas eve Santa came early and dropped off a  box of the one and only original Japanese Mandarin oranges!
ahhhh they smell sooo good; i'm eating the peel and all.
Thank you Sun company! Please don't scare me like that again.
Thanks Santa Bob!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Traditions and memories of Christmas’s past;

When i was a kid it was always white because i lived in the highest city in Canada, Kimberley, B.C. This picture has a mere dusting of it and i'm sure more will be drifting down soon.

It was a wonderful time all winter skiing, skating, sleigh riding, snow fort building, making snow angels and probably snowmen too although don’t really remember any remarkable ones.

Best Christmas presents were ski’s and skates. This is my little sister Sandy and our best friend Betty
It was taken at one of the many home garden ice rinks in our neighbourhood.

My biggest Christmas regret was the time i climbed the bookcase and craned my neck and could have broke it to be able to peek into the fruit room and i saw 2 pairs of ski’s waiting there….and then i told my little sister!

The whole family went to the woods to search for and cut the most perfect fir and dad got the final pick which was always exactly the right height after allowing for the star and we decorated it with multi-coloured bubble lights and misc. shiny baubles and beads. Silver tinsel icicles were carefully placed to hang straight and none could be crooked or crimped and they must be all the same length but the use of scissors not allowed.

Original mandarin oranges came all the way from Japan in wooden crates and burlap sacks of mixed nuts arrived that had too many almonds and walnuts and never quite enough Brazil nuts to go around.
See what i mean? and what's with those bits of dried fruit in there? I just want my share of Brazils!
                                                                              Yum!
Colourful hard ribbon candy something like this came in a big shiny tin pail from The Hudson Bay

along with the hanging of the mistletoe and the paper mache silver bells lovingly handmade in a Christmas past by Mrs. Dixon.
I wonder what ever happened that suddenly one year Mrs. Dixon was no longer a part of our Christmas.
Maybe that was the year that mom and dad began their journey of converting to the Jehovah’s Witness religion.

But up until then festive new dresses and warm flannel pajamas were purchased for the sisters three but sadly, i don’t remember if mom ever got a new dress too but i'm betting she didn't.
Cards were strung on a string from corner to corner and a huge old Merry Christmas card was hung and all visitors were asked to sign that same card each year.
Christmas carols were sung on the radio and sometimes live accompanied by piano, accordian and harmonicas.
Mom made pickled herring in Oct., fruit cakes in Nov. and shortbread cookies in Dec.

I think fruit cake needs a nice marzipan icing, but that's just me.

There was always plenty to eat and drink. Our house was very merry with all adults jovial and happy as they smoked, drank and told funny stories and dirty jokes while the children kept busy playing games.
The turkey was fresh and at least 25, maybe 30 lbs.although in my mind it was much larger than that.
Vegetables served were mashed potato, Brussels sprouts and rutabagas which must be eaten because children were starving in Korea and as well they kept us humble.

Now Christmas 2010
and for the first time in my life the Original Japanese Mandarin oranges are no longer available and if this is a typical monorail for their transportation i can understand why although i don't know for a fact.

A few boxes arrived in early Dec. and there was no warning that was it!  Not even enough time to take their picture!
In their place we’ll have to settle for itty- bitty, teeny- weeny, pitiful little marble size oranges from China that claim to be sweet like honey but in my taste test are really quite bitter.
Should have put something by them to show the size. Oh, wait, the bees are life size.

Hot dam, i sure do miss those Original Mandarins and it dosn’t seem like Christmas without them.

In Christmas music Elvis still reigns as the king and i'm sure he always will.
Predicted weather gives us a chance of cold but sunny, rain, snow or meatballs.

Cards have been sent and 3 names were deleted from the list because they've passed away.
I made a point of choosing cards this year that said Merry Christmas; enough of the balderdash of seasons greetings, happy winter, happy holidays and Bah Humbug to those who don't celebrate Christmas because suddenly this year i don't care if you don't!  We do!

However, there’s no gingerbread house with a musical train circling it while skaters skated on the mirror, uhh, ice.  Just one tree now, not two!
Danish butter cookies are not a tradition in my home; i’ve boycotted them since the 70’s and nobody here has missed them.
Not going to be any homemade fruit cakes either because i’m too lazy now although i just might make shortbread cookies with a little red marachino cherry on each, butter tarts and/or mincemeat tarts providing i get going and buy some pastry crusts.  I might try something new and that's a cookie recipe from the pioneer woman that uses Nutella. Already have the Nutella so it's almost a done deal.

Nuts will be cracked with the crappy old hard to use nutcracker because the only one i could find to replace it was $28 + tax and there’s no way Mrs. Scrooge will pay that for a simple nut cracker. Bah humbug again.
I’ll probably buy a jar of pickled herring, lots of misc. sausages, crackers, cheeses, potato chips and dips, chocolate and macadamia nuts

The turkey will be a 20lb. pre-stuffed bird placed in the oven directly from the freezer.They are good!
Our tree these days is a fibre optic job that’s ceiling height but it stands on an end table and in pictures looks like a blah undecorated tree but in reality is quite beautiful and so easy to put up and take down.

Notice the theme here?  Old Scrooge or Old Age?    No....i've become an efficiency expert!


Here's a pretty tree in Sao Paulo, size small/petite to keep in theme with the oranges.


Now i think there’s just one traditional old thing i’ve retained from the past and that’s Mrs. Dixons old paper mache silver bells and they’re hanging already from the dining room light. 


Merry Christmas everybody!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snow on the mountains, warm and sunny in Surrey, B.C.

So many beautiful scenes on my way home from White Rock today but so few places to be able to stop and take pictures.  These are from the Mudd Bay flats.
I was dismayed to find the one of Mt. Baker didn't turn out. The red plants are probably blueberries. A pond with ducks is on the other side of the road but there was too much traffic to go for it.



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Truisms

1. I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met.
(guess i shoulda changed this to boyfriend but hey, my husband might read this)

2. OK, so what’s the speed of dark?

3. How do you tell when you are out of invisible ink?

4. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

5. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

6. When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

7. Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

8. Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.

9. I intend to live forever…. so far so good.

10. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

11. Eagles may soar; but weasels don’t suck into jet engines.

12. What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

13. My mechanic told me. “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.”

14. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

15. If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

16. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

17. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

18. The hardness of the butter is inversely proportional to the softness of the bread.

19. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

20. The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

21. The cooler the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.

22. Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film.

23. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

24. If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

25. The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.