Not sure about weather in your neighborhood, but it sure is mild out there..maybe I've built up an immune to cold!! Norm is 1 and we shall be around 7' not bathing suit weather but not wearing snowmobile suit..happy about that.
Got up extra early this morning to sew border no one of my quilts so I can spend the day at the office hand sewing finishing touches..learned a new technique, didn't take as long as I thought so got an extra hour to sit and relax before rushing out!!
What have you all been up to?? Finished shopping, making gifts,baking??
I'm almost convinced rather than bake (I'll do my pies though) drop into a bakery and order sweets..kids aren't much for sweets..think I'll play easy as well and order fruit tray, meat and cheese tray and make life just a little bit easier..
Hmmmm .. in my initial post for the new page, it does say there is a pic .. perhaps it'll show up later ..
Off to town early today .. shopping to complete (yeah right) ..
Lorna went shopping on her OWN yesterday .. well .. I was outside in the parking lot cell phone at the ready .. but .. people bent over backwards to give her a hand.
Had my dental consult .. lose 2 wise teeth in January (UGggggggggggg) have chosen oral sedation and nitrous oxide as opposed to being put full OUT.
Family dinner tonight, am so excited to see the look on my granddaughters face when she sees my Mom's wedding rings ..
Anywho .. I best go and 'femme up' and git going .. sorry re the pic not showing up .. if you think it looks too 'bland' start another thread ...
Kudos to Lorna for getting out on her own..must give her a great sense of independence.Have a camera ready to photograph your grandaughter's shock in receiving such a precious gift. Does that mean you will not as a family all be together on Christmas day?
and Betty, I had wanted to say and forgot, how much I love your quilts. Being totally unable to do anything beyond replace a button when it comes to sewing I have enormous admiration for anyone who can do those things. Though I did crochet some baby bonnets for my kids when they were little. I guess the time to learn all those things would have been better when I was really young, before my hands got so bad.
But at least I cook well. Maybe someday I'll come across a quilter who can't cook or bake, and be able to make a deal - ya think?
lol..well I can cook but don't want to..I'll tell you, with this pain in my right arm I'm not so sure I should be doing all the handsewing.. a mega project to do one, what do I do, do 3!!
Brought it with me today, while sitting hoping to get the border hand sewn..did someone say it's just a week and a half and it's Christmas?
I will have to show you the quilt I picked up yesterday that my mom cross stitched..had it quilted by a church group..lordy it's nice..same as the one she gave me last year that has been put away, I'm hoping if I ask she will let me have the blue one vs. the pink..hmmm have to sweet talk her.
Great passtime..but as you say if your hands aren't the best, not the thing to be doing.
Bet your day today is like a spring day..have you been out?
Cybercrone, I too am amzed by the intricate sewing that is done by folks.
Betty your ability is very cool! I have done some knitting and do much better in the garden with soil and spades and horse stuff.
Christmas will be very good this year as I will not allow it to be anything else. Niece will make it from her Moms to Nanas in time for the family dinner in Edmonton on the 31 and we will be in Calgary on the 25 to be with my sisters and folks. Dad is 80 and being forgetfull so I worry about them. My one sisters house is on the water and her husband has already built an ice bar and has a fishing shack set up and has scraped off a skating rink so there is lots to do inbetween eating good food. It's nice too as my Dad can watch from the house and see what we are all up to if he doesn't feel like getting out.
I have made a couple of center pieces and will see if I can get a good photo of them before I give away.
Bye for now
Super photo of you in the "done" mode. Did they show you and give you the stuff to do it? Eyebrow tatoo is a good idea and I have been thinking about doing it as my eyebrows are non existant anyway. I can't wait to see yours.
Chaos ensued last night with a Single mom coworker all upset as her daycare had lice and she felt she had found some on her child so off to help her with the shampoo thing and I forgot to take photos of the center pieces will have a go tonight.
I can't believe there is only 1.5 weeks to go. It looks like spring here , hardly any snow cover and its dark at night without the reflections.
Have a very cool house in our neighborhood and I hope to go and take a photo so if it works out I will post for you all to enjoy.
Suppose to be 11 tomorrow, almost shorts and t.shirt..well almost lol
Different opinions, I thought the town I live in had far more lit homes than previous years..elderly Aunt came to visit last night and said 'hard to believe nobody puts lights out anymore..hardly a light to be seen...' hmmm not sure who is right.
looking forward to whatever photo's you may have
Went to the hospital this a.m. got there before dawn..lordy hardly a person to be found..I was the first one waiting in line..yikes 28 viles of blood later it was time to go to xray..they deed feet hands and elbows then I was to go for another series of testing but the specialist forgot to sign the requisition so couldn't get them done..drats..said I could wait incase they reached my doctor (he's away this week) and specialist teach in Toronto so likely not available to I just came to work..saving those sick days for between Christmas and New years..lol
Ann Look Good Feel Better is a free program for women with cancer by the Canadian Cosmetic,Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation. All the product ( and there is a lot) is donated- they split it into light,medium and dark complexion. There are a number of experienced make up people - volunteers - who help out There is everything from cleansers to removers, sunscreen, skin creams, even something called Ceramide Plump Perfect which is supposed to plump out the skin and make wrinkles disappear ( I am trying that one on my sunken cheeks but no change noted yet!) I suspect that one is a very expensive product.And a pretty little white cotton cap trimmed with pink lace! I did this program when I first had chemo. It is a lot of fun - 10-12 ladies fooling around with makeup they may never ordinarily use but probably will when they see the results!
I will let you know about the eyebrows.
My hair has started to come out so I guess I timed the shave party just right!
What a great service this Look Good Feel Good group is! Wondering if they have anything similar in our area?Guess it is not until you are in need do you hear of it. Ceramide Plump Perfect , if it works is something I should be looking for. How are you feeling? Do you have family visiting over Christmas or are you up to visiting..you should have saved your trip to Toronto for Christmas.
think I haven't spent as much time on 'me' looking good, maybe in the New Year I'll spend money pampering myself vs. craft $$$ which I give away..lol
The Northern Cancer Society has the 'Feel Good Look Good' program here .. have had a couple of people I know go to one of the sessions and really have fun as well as learn how to make the most of their facial features .. one woman has been cancer free for 5 years, but still maintains the close shaven head and has perfected her make up to the max to really bring out her blue blue eyes.
The family dinner last night was wonderful .. my 2 grands were summarily pleased (Austin with his iPOD) and surprized (Brooklyn with the wedding rings) .. Most of the pics were taken by my son, Murray, so will have to wait for him to download them .. busy family ..
WEATHER .. what the heck is UP with our weather !!!! It RAINED heavily today with some periods of wet snow .. we have large patches of grass showing .. and I have run out to the garage with no jacket on and been fine .. like Alberta Ann I have been watching the spotd where there are plants planted and still uncovered (perennials) .. am going to have to throw some peat moss on'em.
Lilly and Piper were groomed today .. tomorrow they are off to a Seniors Home to 'show off' LoL
PS Bettty .. sure hope those blood tests show something !!!
Ooooooo one pic in .. end of table my son Murray .. to the left his wife Alison, grandson Austin .. myself and Brooklyn on the other side as she proceeded to try and explain to Gramma how her iPOD works .. lalalalalalala ^_^
Beautiful family "M"' Did you say you still get together at Christmas?
Raining heavily here, no snow left in the yard,,just put on outdoor lights, not as pretty as when it's snowing or snow on the ground..not complaining!
Kyle's birthday today, Greg drove him to orillia, got his learning permit..talk about an excited young man!
RAIN seems to be the moisture of choice across Canada !! I gotta tell ya, it plain worries me .. never used to as I felt perhpas it was just a ;freak thing; but it isn't anymore .. there USED to be backyard skating rinks in almost every second homes yard .. now they are almost non exsistent .. simply not cold enough ..
LOL .. I wrote the above, looked out the window .. and we have SNOW .. big fat wet flakes .. with temps on the + celsius side .. it'll either turn to rain or ICE!!!..
Betty .. how exciting for Kyle !! Not so much for Greg ... Brooklyn (13) is already starting the countdown to her learners permit.
Hope to head for town today in hopes of acheiving MAJOR wins in the holiday gift buying game .. in other words .. i WANT to get it ALL done today .. just have small things to do, it's just DOING them !!!
I'm trying to attach a photo at work so I don't know if it will work.
Nope to many blocks. Will try later at home.
Carol I have heard of that program and wasn't sure if you were able to get the products at the time, Plumping wrinkles...I like that idea. It also sounds like fun.
Xmas dinner with friends is a good place to be. Do you get to bring your "kids" with you?
M Lovely family looks like you had fun.
B waiting for some news from all the tests.
Cyber I can't believe all the bulbs , it looks amazing.
Like no news about the tests till after the new year..sitting here quietly in hopes the headache leaves but promised to go out to lunch with a few girls so must do! I've only 2 or 3 things left to do and everything will be under the tree so did hope I could do it tonight..might force myself!
Will work from home tomorrow so will get to do more sewing..I'll be glad when Santa's elf workshop says 'closed for the holidays'
"M", you are in a good place when the weather is as you say..no sense taking chances.
Maybe a good book to finish off your day..ahhh lot's of Christmas movies on, maybe there is a good one playing this afternoon.
Ann there is a website(L ook good Feel better) which lists all the workshops across Canada.
All the product you use at the session is yours to take home.
I am experimenting with the plumping cream and it looks like it is actually working - probably have to use it every day. I am amazed they put what I imagine to be a very expensive item in the boxes - It is Elizabeth Arden.
Dull here but not too cold, just put on my new face and I am off to consult with the eyebrow tattoo lady!.
Yes my eye brows will come back but I have been thinking of doing this anyway so it is an ideal opportunity. It is not dye it is a pigment - thats why it is semipermanent, it will fade and may require refreshing every 2-3 years. Yes you can dye eyebrows but I have plucked mine for so many years that I want the addition of the tattoo for nicer shaping .
As it turns out I am having it done tomorrow morning!
Oh Carol please show us! I am really interested in this idea! Yes the Elizabeth Arden line is a premier line so I bet that is not a cheap cream. Nice to know that it works though.
Betty , hope the headache leaves they are no fun to haul around with you.
I have the photo's of the end table things Ive made. I will try to post one and see how it works. My camera and computer set things the correct way and then when I post on here the photo's go sideways and I don't know how to fix that. Any one else out there have an apple? Bout time I took some classes.
Here is one Darn Sideways , sorry guys.
Annabelle .. even 'sideways' it looks beautiful ^_^
Very delicate .. you used Cedar so they'll smell wonderful ..
Have fun with the eyebrow tatts Carol .. you're a brave woman .. as far as i'll go is waxing, which sometimes hurts like the dickens ..
I should be shot for having posted about our lack of snow and mild temps yesterday .. WINTER has arrived here .. it blew in and will now stay with temps of -15C.
No sissiness today .. off to the city to tie up LOTS of loose ends .. this kind of weather was the catalyst that made me decide to buy a 4 wheel drive ..
Hope everyone has a super 'WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS WEEKEND' !!! AGGGGGGGGGGGgggggggggggggggg
I'm Kuching and feeling the pain that you must be going through Carol..o g that must hurt..I'm with "M" , just having eyebrows waxed I have to think twice. You are indeed a brave soul.
Alberta Ann, love the cedar arrangement!ll
I have A few done sitting on back deck, will wait a few more days before bringing them inside for the holidays.
"m" this morning it was rInng and foggy, went downstairs to sew, don't it was more than 1/2 hour before I came up and it was snowing to beat the dickens..now all melted and back to mild temps..what is up with mother nature ??
Took meds for my head, they must be wearing off, back to take another..am hoping that I can get the border on this 2 nd quilt..making headway, slow but sure.
Did take an afternoon break and wrapped about 15 presents..nothing like making the tree shine even brighter to have pressies under it!
Hair is gone , we had a fun time but somebody else took the pics so I won't have them for a bit. Bought 3 hats!!!!!!!!!!!! Plus I have 2 head coverings suitable for public wear and a couple of head coverings for home use only when my head gets cold in the evening or at night!
Ohhhho Carol, they are beautiful...love the designs and coloring!
Would so love to be able to wear a hat, try them on and it's just no go.
You have certainly been busy this last while, soon you will be a fashion platemp, envy of us all
KUDOS Carol on the eyebrow job, looks good, kinda think it would be a bit itchy though.
THE HATS, what lovely colours. They'll look beautiful on.
Betty I must say you are certainly commited to getting those quilts done, I wish I had your endurance .. I tend to be a 'scatter brain' .. LoL (THAT is putting it mildly)
Bought an EReader as a gift today, am hoping it doesn't COST the person I got it for too much. I think you MUST have to pay for downloading magazines and/or books ...
Seriously cold here today .. and the malls were just a bustle of activity .. but .. I got the shopping all done except for fruits and veggies which I will purchase closer to next weekend.
Remember my abcess last Xmas? The toothe went POO POO at 8pm Xmas eve .. well .. I think another may try and do an encore .. so .. looks as though the extraction will be earlier than expected :-(
I am SUCH a wuss ~
Have one more pic of myself with Brooklyn at the dinner .. the glasses are the ones I bought in Oct and I STILL am trying to get used to them !! They are progressives .. drive me bonkers !!!
Not the best of news at the doctor but you sure wouldn't want to be finding a dentist at Christmas though..
Hundreds of hours on these quilts..virtually been at it since around 8am without many breaks. In fact had toast this morning and haven't eaten yet., no wonder my tummy is saying feed me.
I've got about 2 or 3 hours left to hand sew the border..trying to get enough energy to do tonight, if not all then 1/2 of it..that would finish the second quilt. About another 10 hours and the 3rd one will be done..my goal is the have it done by end of weekend then I've to finish Cathy's rag quilt and let Santa come..promise myself won't do this next Christmas...wonder if I'll learn a lesson??
Rain will do just fine for me until after we go to Vancouver next week. Then it can snow as long as it quits for us to come home.
Carol - I love the hats and the eyebrows look good too. I have one friend who is an ovarian cancer survivor who decided she liked her wigs so much better than her own hair that she still wears them.
I've been so busy with my handbell choir and before that with orchestral commitments that I've not spent much time here. The orchestras finished up last Saturday, except for a rehearsal last Sunday evening and another tomorrow.
This morning, part of my handbell group played at a curling luncheon for a group in which 3 of my choir curl. We got paid $150 which we will direct towards the huge revitalization debt at our church. This was a short gig, but required an enormous amount of prep on my part because not all my group could make it - some of them have daytime jobs! So I had to find or arrange music that could be played by fewer people. We ended up with 'Jingle Bells', 'Let it Snow ...", 'Carol of the Bells', 'Il est né', 'Good King Wenceslas', 'Silent Night', 'Joy to the World', 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer', 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'.
We play in church on Sunday and on Tuesday evening we are basically leading a carol sing at a nearby Anglican church - one which provided office space for our clergy and secretaries while we were in exile last year. We will also get paid for that, but while we are doing more, it's mostly music with which we are quite familiar and the whole group will be there. The biggest piece this year is this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rN5PQ8ZqZc also known under the name Sing We Now of Christmas. We won't do it quite as fast as this group.
ViAnn .. I can imagine you'll be happy to board the plane and head west after all the concerts and preps for same ..
Hopefully you will have wonderful weather while there ..
Betty, how's the arm today ? Can imagine your stitchery, altho pleasant for you to do, must bother that arm ?
I am going through a 'period of grace' with this tooth .. in other words, it has stopped acting up .. as long as I avoid it, and I don't talk too much (lol) I'm OK.
Just found out that Lorna's 'great Aunt Doreen' is in hospital .. she's 85 .. has heart troubles .. she is 'Une Grande Dame' ^_^
Like you Betty, quite the crafter. She can tell a joke with the best of them. We'll be going to see her today. Hopefully she'll be out very soon,
Have lotsa loose ends to tie up this week .. so .. I better get at it
It has been fun getting ready this year. Just determined that I'm not going to do it all, so more relaxed about everything. Still haven't decided on the 'big' dessert yet though. Maybe I'll try cranberry pie. Sounds like something good and different. One year I tried something called a sunset pie (I think) and it involved making an orange flavoured cream custard for a fill, then covering the top with slices of orange and grapefruit - all of which had to have the membranes taken off. Just about drove me crazy!! It was delicious, but I never found a way of getting the membranes off the citrus sections properly without tearing most of the sections too.
The weather has held sort of, still rainy, a few flurries that melt right away - I hope it's white for Christmas - and then I hope spring comes by the end of January!
The hats are really great and the eyebrows are really well done. I've seen some that weren't nearly so well done so am glad to see yours looking good.
Just saw that this year's quilt auctioned by the Mennonites for their charitable work sold for $9,000.00. I'll never be able to afford one of their quilts, much as I'd like one. And at that price I expect you'd have to hang it on the wall under glass, not sleep under it.
The bell choir sounds so fun. I've never had any musical training and have regretted that lack in my life, since I love music so much. I've been looking around for marimba lessons and trying to figure out just where on earth I'd put a marimba to practise on should I actually find someone running classes.
Keep warm and dry everyone - and if you're somewhere where you don't have to worry about that - please, share!!
Marilyn, cranberry pie sounds delicious..Christmas wasn't Christmas unless grandma (who raised me) made cranberry pie ,raisin pie and fig pie...you just made me a little homesick..could you share your cranberry pie recipe. Not sure I'd undertake the sunset recipe although it does sound yummy!
Mild here today, on the way home had rain offhand on. I'm loving it but my boys and grandsons who snowmobile and skii are not pleased.
Omg wonder who bought that quilt?? Company sponsor perhaps buying in support of a good causal ways thought I'd live to learn piano..took a few lessons and couldn't concentrate enough to learn..then guitar, too hard on the fingers..
My dad was musically inclined..my son Jeff can play anything, self taught..musical talent skipped a generation, I lost out..Jeff's son is talented as well..I envy musically talented people.
"M" sorry to hear about Lorna's aunt, she sounds like quite a character. As for my arm it survived the quilts..so glad they are behind me..I should be sewing the last project, Cathy's rag quilt but too tired to think straight tonight, perhaps tomorrow am.
We get off Thursday at 1:00 so although I'm now well ahead of the game I'll have time to finish a few things. Are you getting these temps and snow?
Ann, I'm always in awe of your talent and organizational skills. You give so much to your community and church. Hope they know what a treasure you are..
We played 4 solo pieces and played bells with 10 other Carols which were sung by the congregation - quite a large one at the Anglican church down the road from our church. It was a big undertaking for my group and a big learning experience too - on being flexible, mostly.
We fly tomorrow. Will return home next Wednesday, weather and airlines permitting.
Ann the first line of that carol has been playing in my head ever since I watched the first video you posted - I don't know the song unfortunately- guess I better find the whole tune and the words- so it is just the first line over and over for days now! Driving me crazy!
Started second cycle of Chemo today. All blood work is good including the kidney issue. Hope it stays that way!
That song is also know as "Now the Greenblade Rises" (for Easter) and is included in the "Voices United" hymnal under that name. Remind me next week and I'll scan it for you as I have a hymnal at home.
Wonderful video ViAnn .. and a GREAT audience as well ^_^
Good to hear your lab results are staying 'even keel' Carol .. finger crossed they remain that way.
Off to the Hospital with the dogs today for a 'friendly visit' .. then on to the Senior's Residence where my Hospice client is for another visit.
Love the smiles these pups bring to faces :-) Just kind of worry about Piper as he's never done this before .. Lilly is an old hand at it ..
Hopefully everyones 'stress level' is minimal .. I just have WRAPPING left to do !!
Morning, can't believe the weather, certainly not the normal for 1st day of winter but I'm ok with it just don't tell my boys as they aren't at all pleased..wanted to get some serious snowmobliling in..not going to happen.
Spend the evening last night with the grandsons doing craft project for the mom, bio grandparents and adoptive grandparents..they are thrilled with the outcome..will pick up their projects tonight. I wonder if they will give them to mom before Christmas Day for her to enjoy..will tell them it would be ok to do so.
Ann, thank goodness you didn't know who was in the audience, might have made you all nervous.
Carol, so glad some of the results came back in your favor, now you can enjoy the Christmas holidays..know you still long way to go before an all's clear but you soon will get that news.
"M" nice feeling isn't it to get everything done and have a few days of rest...am sure Piper will take Lilly's lead and all will enjoy their visit.
Off at noon today, still not sure if I'll head south Boxing Day..got to think that one out, might though..I seem to make travel plans at the drop of a hat..remember last Boxing Day??? headed to Barrie for Boxing Day shopping, got the urge to travel and by 3 in the afternoon I was on my way.
Sounds like everyone is getting things under control for Christmas.
Carol hope the Chemo went well for you.
Here is a photo of a house in our neighbourhood that is over the top.
Merry Christmas All
M that house is off at 930 every night and comes on about 6pm. They invite you into their yard to see a part of it that has music softly playing and the lights in that area are patterned to go to the music. I enjoy the bright cheeful lights and also watching the children who walk around with their parents marveling at each new scene they discover.
We are almost brown here not much snow at all. Hope we get a bit to cover my plants or they will have trouble this winter.
Ann - do they have a manger scene? I didn't see one.
It's great that the children are enjoying it - after all, isn't that what Christmas is about? children are wonderful!
Too bad we can't hear the music here lol
We're kinda brown here too, and the next few days are going to be +7c or higher, so I suspect it will be a brown Christmas, but that's ok - Christmas is what Christmas is lol
My DS finally put up the outside lights.He threw most of them out when he cleaned out the basement. I don't go down to the basement anymore.He gets rather ruthless when he finally cleans it!!.Our lights aren't over the top!!I do like the way they wrapped the lights around the tree trunks though.Here is our effort.JOY
Just to let you know that we are safely in Vancouver and being kept very busy. Not likely to have much time to write while we are here. Tuesday we fly to Portland, OR and back together with DH's cousin to visit a 95 yr-old aunt who, for the first time decided not to come to Vancouver for Christmas. It's down and back the same day and then on Wednesday we return home.
Morning all, safe travels for those of you travelling and safe travels for family members who may be travelling to be with you.
Loved the photo's on both threads..
Been up most of the night taking gravel, tinge of something..went and got remaining veggies and fruit needed for tomorrow, was there at 5am, hardly a soul shopping, bet it won't be same in a few hours..
Going to clean craft room then might have a lay down
Be back in a bit, in the meantime enjoy your day..hope Santa brings you all something special tonight!
AKKKKkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk it's HERE .. Christmas EVE Day !!! Someone let it sneak up on me ^_^
Have decided, what's done is done, what's not we'll live with .. no one will go hungry or go without gifts, and, for that I am happy and thankful.
Warming up here although I still have a fair bit of snow in the yard.
Went out yesterday - I think I had 6 places to go to get six items and that was the end of sopping- now Im home for at least the next two days not even going out for Xmas dinner.
I still have not done any Xmas cards or letters - apart from being a pretty good procrastinator I guess part of it is it was not a good year and ending even worse than last year so not a lot of good news to tell friends and family. Maybe that is what I should do on Xmas day.
I'm slowly working on dog beds that need to be done by Jan14 for a rescue fund raiser. Another volunteer and I cut out about 20 beds last month ( we have lots of small and medium and needed big ones)and now I have half of them layered ( ran out of polyfill!) and have started trimming and pinning them. Once that is done I will put an extra leaf in the kitchen table and bring up the sewing machine and finish them off. Works better for me to do sort of a production line. The polyfill will go on sale Jan 1 for a day so I may have to get out and shop! Otherwise it is pretty expensive.
finished the 50 Christmas cards for friends in our church - I had originally made bookmarks for everyone, then realized I put ChriTSmas (all lower case, just showing you my spelling mistake lol) so had to reprint the 3/4 of them I'd done - each card hard 1, 2, or 3 bookmarks... yikes! I'll give some to the Christmas Eve party at a friends, some tonight at Christmas Eve Service, and the balance tomorrow morning at the Christmas morning service.
Our choir sings Christmas Eve & morning - we're in the congregation on the Eve, but will sing an anthem at the piano.
Tomorrow we have our Christmas dinner with 4 friends, and then on Boxing Day we're invited to a friend's that cannot make it for Christmas Day - I'm to bring dessert... Bread pudding I offered, and she said she had never heard of it, but she'd "try" it.siiiiiiiiiigh
If you're going to ask someone to bring dessert, you shouldn't be so negative about what they bring. 'sides, she's having roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, so I figure bread pudding is English enough to "fit in"
Merry Christmas everyone. I've read through the posts and caught up on the news. All wishes for better health and safe travels. It's 10*, raining and windy here.The family will be together for dinner today. first time in years, Life is alright. Blessings to you.
Well .. I/WE made it to Boxing day ^_^
ONE 'even' in the Christmas Day had us a bit gloomy.
I rec'd an electric turkey roaster as a gift. Of course I wanted to USE it ..
Put the turkey in at 2pm (15lb turkey) and, it was to be done before 6 .. the roaster cooks the turkey at 375F .. opened the roater at 5:30 .. made a 'check cut' .. PINK!!!!!!!!!!!!
So .. I left it in there til almost 7pm .. and it turned out very welll .. phew !!
Today will be 'set up day' .. new printers, eReaders, phones .. ought to be fun (I hope)
Merry Christmas everyone. I have the big family dinner today, so got to keep going. Just taking 10 minutes out to eat and relax.
Betty, the cranberry pie recipe was in one of the recent DG weekly emails - I'll send you the recipe when I have more time if you can't find it.
The filling was cooked in the microwave in this recipe, and I don't like it really. What I'll do is do it on the stove next time so I have more control.
Does anyone know if cranberries have to be cooked in a glass or enamel pot like rhubarb, or can they be cooked in a metal pot?
Keep well, and I hope Santa was good to you all, an that you had time with family and friends.
I cook my cranberries in a metal pot, haven't noticed that I shouldn't be..would love the cranberry recipe..
ohhhh snowing heavily out there..went to Barrie this morning with light jacket, before returning home temps had dropped and could have used a winter coat. Took a walk to the store and it's that heavy wet snow that at times break hydro lines..hope not. Great for making snowmen though. Am sure my snowmobilers were smilling NOT that they can be out using their machines but it's a start
Shopped in Barrie for about 3 hrs. this morning, omg all of a sudden I got so tired that I could have put my head down and slept..lol
Very peaceful here as well "M" kind of nice isn't it?
Snowing here as well Betty .. remains cool though .. but, it looks nice ^_^
Company coming for brunch tomorrow .. have to clean away the flotsam and jetsom of Xmas .. hopefully it won't take too long ..
Had a conversation with a stranger in the checkout line at Safeway today .. quite a nice fellow who's first question to me was did I believe that 2012 was destined to be the 'end of the world' .. I had forgotten the predictions I had heard throughout 2011 with regards to that happening .. I told him my middle name was 'POLLY ANNA' and that I tended to be an ETERNAL optimist .. now I see the issue being discussed on the net .. weird ...
Lorna's parents called, seems they have a vehicle covered with about an inch of ice !!! Neither wants to slip slide out there to start the car and allow the stuff to melt .. perhaps tomorrow will be a better day for weather in that area ..
Wouldnt mind a bit of fresh snow in my back yard - what is there is hard and icy and makes it very difficult to pick up after the dogs! The back lanes are very icy too.
Ventured out to some stores yesterday, wanted a short black or grey winter jacket because most of my new hats are colors that look better with black than purple which is m y current winter wear! Found a decent one at Zellers, 50% off. Then went and bought a couple pair of new jeans - seems I buy two pair every year about this time, this year down from size 16 to 14! A bit snug but they have a slimmer leg this year so look nice - went straight to the dressmaker to shorten, ready by Friday.
I bought a couple of metal hat holders on line last week, they wall mount and hold 3 hats each, now I need to figure out where to put them. They came from somewhere in southern US, unfortunately shipped UPS which I hate, shipping and fees were more than the product.
You will indeed be a fashion plate Carol... Sounds as though you found the perfect attire and at a reasonable price..often see things on e-bay and net that I'd love to order but as you say shipping most times is more than the piece that is ordered.
Bitter cold day here..the kind that adds sparkles and glistens on all the snow touches..so pretty.
Already dressed..need wool for a cowal I'm knitting as a Christmas gift, can you believe up it?? Lol. A stop at Canadian tire (not sure where my snow brush went that i just bought) then off to home depot, thinking I might purchase a new fireplace ( the one i ought 5 years ago isnt working, probably just as expensiven to fix than buy new) ...won't fit in my car but I'm sure Greg will pick it up for me IF I find one before he goes home tonight.. I often think his thoughts are mom should have moved further away, seems its always mone mom calls when she needs a favor!
If I leave shortly should be home by 9:30-10:00 and still have the day ahead of me
M I did something similar couple of year ago with a big fabric order. I have a friend who goes across the border regularly for agility trials with her dogs and I ship to her friend of hers and she brings it back for me. But she does not go in the winter so I did not think of it this time. Need to remember that. It is too far to the border for me to bother driving across.
I find Fedex and Purolator are not so expensive but it seems most of the US shippers use UPS. And it is even better to use the USPS in my experience as far as shipping expenses are concerned
M I bought 3 roasts at M&M before Xmas- pot roast, pork and turkey breast. Just finished the turkey breast (toasted turkey and cranberry sandwiches for lunch for a few days!) I usually share with a neighbor of mine so I dont have leftovers for too long.
"m". Just came in from shoveling as well..snow was from yesterday..Greg picking up my fireplace after work, felt it would be easier through front entrance..quite a bit larger, hope it doesn't overpower the living room..will be cozy though.
Talk about a quick trip. To tow, hit 3 stores inside of 1/2 hour and homeward bound.
Not dong much, working on knitting a cowal shawl (knit2/lpurl2) easy going and had a pair of rag quilt slippers cut out, wanted to sew them and make dozens..not really not making the one pair so am sure there will be no more, I'll stick to rag quilts..
M&M make fantastic products..only second to homemade..guess it depends whose homemade though lol. Enjoy your company!
Carol, some fabrics and supplies can't be sent cross border only because some companies have that policy but I should order what. Ant and have shipped to be of the dg gals I usually meet up with in Buffalo from time to time.
Should check to see how "m" got a postal box, if it's hard to get one??
I've got the turkey soup that never dies going, added to tomatoes, had full pot..ate some, today added more broth and turkey, ful pot again..likely be eating soup until spring!
Betty - I'm home. We flew on Wednesday and had to spend about half an hour chipping ice off the car when we arrived in Ottawa. Have dinner guests tonight and I've been doing a lot of shopping as the larders were pretty bare.
Morning all, yard is being plowed as we speak..luckily we got son's and not freezing rain many are getting in our region..says its heading east, hope not your way!
ViolaAnn, still chipping ice from the other day off my car..not fun especially when you come from warmer climate and have to stand in the cold..Bet you were wishing you could have stayed till spring.
Yikes,midd something I'm just sick about! Last night after fireplace was delivered Kyle came over to show me his snowmobile, came in and shirtlynwent to bed...this morning while getting coffee I heard scratchingnatnthe door...ooooh my poor old Sailor girl had spent the entire night out in the freezing cold..she has difficulties with her hips and in pain, sure hope I didn't cause her more pain..she is laying on the rug and enjoying heat of fireplace..lordy I feel bad!
I'm back - uneventful flight there and back.
Fabulous to see my Mom, DD & DSIL, 2 sisters and their DHs.
Wonderful visit with 2 friends also.
DD did a great dinner last night - 2 kinds of lasagna. 2 kinds of cake (chocolate & cheesecake), salad, etc.
Got pics of family, and friends.
Going to have a nap now... very tired - 2 hrs sleep last night, and can't sleep on the plane...will post some pics later
Bob will see me when he gets home from work.
Busy days for everyone .. 2012 can arrive anytime now ~~~
Brunch with the family went so well yesterday .. altho .. it did cost me a pretty penny. My son had bought both his kids something called a Blackberry Play tablet .. WELL .. by the time they left I was enthralled with this thing, and now have one on order LoL .. here's hoping GRAMMA can cope with it !!!!
I'm enthralled with the KOBO aka e-reader! My DD started talking "kobo" and I was clueless! then she started talking "books" and I realized she meant e-reader. Apparently their price has come waaaaaaaay down, so I may get one in March for my b-day. Anyway, I'll mention it to Bob :-)
I got Gord an eReader for Xmas .. a KOBO .. thought it'd be a hit, but, he has VERY ecclectic taste in reading materials. We searched for Fishing and Hunting magazines, books he would enjoy, but .. altho there were thousands available .. the KOBO is going back. I also didn't find it that easy to use, altho my DGD and DDinL whizzed through it ..
Just had the dogs out and the snow is melting !!! The eaves are dripping away .. if this keeps up the roads will ice over tonight :-(
We;re going to a bonfire party over the road for a little bit .. may not last til midnight ..
May I be among the first to wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
"M" Jeff my son has downloaded about 1,000 books to many e readers (everyone in town he says) lol. Best is new Sony e-reader..think you gave up too soon! He has put that many books on my iPad, computer at work and my Sony..
He is an avid reader since childhood, never a book inches from him, said he'd never go back to books..the Sony has the most look alike page and easiest use system.
Susan, mentioned it on another thread..get me a memory stick, will let you know how much memory it needs..let me know some of your favorite writers and I'll have Jeff download for you..not many authors he doesn't have on his program..says that he has availability day they are released..
We had freezing rain last night..good day to stay in..needed bread but I can get that at the little variety store!
Was smart driving to Orillia to fabricland yesterday,, picked up enough supplies to keep me busy all weekend.
Did want to go in search of a more modern table/chair set but that can wait until next week.
"M" a bonfire sounds nice..NOT my time of year..it will be 21 years tomorrow Roger passed away..same day as my eldest was born..so mixed feelings always..never wanting to celebrate the NewYear but life goes on right? Although many years ago it is like yesterday at times...
Hoping you all enjoy the day ..be watchful of the weather...
Betty - I MAY get an E-reader - if I do, then I will send you the memory stick and you can have your adorable Greg download (geeze, what a sweetheart!). I'm not an eclectic reader - love just about anything (no hunting/fishing/gory books though lol). How's your headache? Hope you're not overdoing!
Tonight we will be spending the night just the two of us, with wine and hottub. Right now I'm cleaning/clearing the house. We have 3 guests for dinner tomorrow - Ham & Scalloped Potatoes.
brrrr - temp is now -7. Going to +9 on Monday though! I go back to work on Wednesday.
Carolyn I got an Sony Reader too! At present I'm engrosed in Dianna Gailbaldrons' newest book.I had to buy it.I didn't know I could get books downloaded from others.How does it work...in simple language? Hope you are feeling better.I have some health issues but nothing terminal...just a pain in the neck and foot and leg and wrist and need I say more? JOY
joy, my som is high tech, not sure but he has thousands of writers on his system, I simply give him a reader or memory stick and he downloads all the books..have to go in search of your favorites, who other than Gailbaldron's do you read??
Everyone made me hungry with talk of scalloped potatoes and ham so just got back from groceries..have enough food for an army..wish they would sell smaller portins for we loners
Hope this year is filled with good health,great times and the best of friendships.
Sky is heavy this morning, I'm thinking rain...hope not, winter sports enthusiasts need a break.
Been up early sewing some quilt swap blocks I received from dg friends back in 2010.. Decided that in 2011 I'd get them into a project..actually have 4 projects sitting with same type swap blocks so at it I am..thought a runner for the end of the bed would use some up..if I'm a good girl by mid afternoon it should be done.
Have my ham and scalloped potato fixings so might call and see if Greg and family have plans for supper...may already have seeing its Greg's birthday today.
Hoping whoever celebrated last night do not wake with after effects..lol
HAPPY LEAP NEW YEARS !!! We all have an EXTRA day to make the years EXTRA perfecto !!
We did go over to the bonfire, it was SO mild here, but, DAMP !!! After an hour decided the young folks could tolerate it a lot better ~~
Damp and mild again this morning with a brisk north wind .. it's sure icy on the patio !
Know this is a day of mixed emotions for you Betty .. I hope your day goes well .. sounds as though you are pretty busy ..
Cooking a roast of beef, just a couple of friends over .. pretty much a QUIET unassuming day (OH WHY did I say that) !!
Take care everyone, break the trail into 2012 with care ..
"M" at least you were brave enough to venture out to the fire..
Cold and damp, even feel it in the house so up went the heat.
Was going to cook a big meal, called Greg to wish him a happy birthday and invite them over..had plans to go out to New Years bash today, gathering of all their friends but Melanie has the flu so will damper their festivities...he might go for awhile while Mel rests..
So as you say Susan, that's what the freezer is for, in goes my ham ..
Might make a spaghetti sauce though, that way I could get away from left over turkey!
Going out to an ex neighbors for dinner- he still keeps in touch with a lot of us and providing nobody has a cold it should be pleasant. The invite prompted me to remember to tell people to stay away from me if they are not well.So I am sticking a couple of notes on my doors!
Looking for something new to eat for breakfast- have eaten corn flakes with fruit for years but it is starting to taste off ( chemo effect) A couple of weeks ago I bought a package of Special K with oats and honey or something similar and it was so sweet I threw it out! This morning I made porridge which was OK. Some foods are starting to taste off which is not unexpected. It seems sour things are better than sweet. I have been consuming dill pickles like crazy.
Have to make a trip to Fabricland today or tomorrow- everything 50% off and I need to buy a lot of polyfill for dog beds I try only to get it when on sale as it is generally more expensive than the fleece and denim we use. We have a fund raiser coming up in 2 weeks so I have the sewing machine set up in the kitchen and try to get 2-3 beds sewn every day. 2 other volunteers are also sewing. Joan and I cut up a huge amount of fabric before Xmas so it is ready to use- has to have the fill put in and trimmed and pinned ready to sew. That is the time consuming bit! I have all this in the basement but I find it is more productive to have the sewing machine set up in the kitchen and I just keep a couple of beds on the table ready to sew!
Betty In answer to your question to your question about my favorite author...I havn't been reading much due to poor eyesight.I've had a cataract removed and once more I'm reading.At the moment I have a list of best sellers from the newspaper that I'll ask my GD to get for me.I will also get some from the library. Really no favorite author but do enjoy Dianne. JOY
Betty .. watch for me flying by your house anytime now !!! Lordie, we have had 'ferocious' winds since early Sunday afternoon and they have not let up !! The drifitng is incredible ... poor dogs could hardly stand to do their business !!
Lots of cereals out there Carol .. but with your taste buds 'off' it'll be a challenge .. what about eggs ?
Good luck with the dog beds .. I was to have purchased one for Xmas for the lot of them .. but surveyed the living room, counted FOUR beds and 3 animals and decided against it !!
For the first time since sometine in the 1990s, I got sick to my stomach last night :-(
Upsets a person that, especially when it comes on so quickly !! No one else was ill, so, I guess I should just count myself lucky that it seems to have been a ONE time thing . Have an 'ishy belly' this morning, but, feel OK.
May have to brave the wind and go out and tie up the large ste of windchimes .. they're crashing, not chiming ^_^
Had blizzard conditions here this morning but wind has died down..no plows on the road but don't mind. Imagine roads are very icy considering snow was melting yesterday and then the night freeze.
I have spent part of the morning cleaning and organizing the craft room, put some sense into what project materials I have then trying to figure out what my next project will be. Runner for my beads done, you know me need something to be working on at all times, call that resting. Lol
Have knitting beside me on the chesterfield, making a few cowals (type of scarf) for next Christmas. Ann was here yesterday, said if I am trying to figure out what to get her just put her name on one of them.
Carol, how did your dinner go yesterday..you sure are a trooper to take on making those bed Matt's..yikes, such an undertaking. You usually sell all the ones you make right..are they washable? Should make one for Sailor but don't know at her age if she would use one?? Do the dogs need training to use them?
Joy, haven't real any of her books..at the beginning I became a member of Barrie library so I could download their e-books but they had limited amounts to pick from and then when I did get notification that one of my choices was available I would download and only have a few weeks to read..
Carol..bought the fixings to have same for yesterday but because I'd be on my own decided to not cook..you have my outh watering..I love porridge but buy the variety boxes so a bag is just the right amount and easy to make
Happy New Year to you all
Health and Happiness for 2010 and don't forget to have a great time in the Garden!
Carol what about the little box's of Cereal that have just a big selection, although they are aimed at kids so maybe really sweet.
I found that Smoothies with some protein powder hit the spot most days. I used Mango's a lot as they didn't upset me the frozen berries worked well too. That way you get some power food in a drinkable form and I just would have some sips and put it back in the fridge , it lasted all day.
I haven't tried an e reader so can't comment on one do have a friend that travels with hers a lot.
It's + 6 today, and we don't have much snow cover as it is, I'm worried about my perennials as they are not going to be happy when the temp drops.
This is my last day off and back to work tomorrow and my friend just called , our seeds are in! Spring must be on its way.
I got a blender ;last month but so far have not hit on a combination i like for a smoothie. Had to throw out a couple of tries! Have the protein powder and a bag of mixed fruit, probably try with orange juice and yoghurt.
Just back from Fabricland - thought it would be really crowded but it was fine. I got 10 metres of polyfill- regular $17/metre, 50% off today. Also found a nice dark green corduroy to use for backing instead of denim.I an always on the hunt for colored denim and cord- hard to find.
Good Afternoon, everyone! Hope your New Year's Day dinner was all you hoped.
Carol - sucks to not be able to eat the cereal you've come to want all these years. Surely you'll find something soon. How was your dinner at your ex-neighbour's? We had ham & scalloped potatoes, too. Again for supper tonight lol Bob says he's getting sick of turkey, but I don't mind it yet. He's going to work tomorrow and I have another day off, so guess what I'm having for sandwiches? lol
Betty - how are you today? Still have that headache?
It's +9 now, and going on 4pm, but have not changed out of jammies lol Trying to learn my new e-reader, but when I tried to add the Desktop Installer for my Aluratek (one of Kobo's models) my Virus checker said it was a Trojan and deleted it... siiiiiigh Anyway, reading some books and hope to be able to download some others from you, Betty. I'll send you the memory stick perhaps tomorrow :-)
I watched Jumanji today. No matter how many times I see it, I really like it. It seems like a moralistic movie, so maybe that's why?!?!
Carol I found that Mango worked the best for me and don't overdo the Protein powder, yogurt and ice chips blended to death. I found the orange was too acidic for me. Maybe a 50/50 split of mango to orange would be good too it was a bit like a creamcycle ( can't spell that one)
A bit colder here today but still right around 0.
Back to work today and will start dreaming about gardening as the days are getting longer!!
Just dropping in quick 'hi'
Just got back from hospital, best girlfriend Darlene called to say they rushed her hubby Mike to hospital...bleeding in brain, not good..drove in, taking him off life support once his mom and dad arrive..56 yrs old, kind hearted, call him my earthly angel now soon to be with the angels...
Ugggggggg Betty .. not a good way to start the NEW Year and that's for sure ~~
I wish Darlene and fmaily all the best .. 56 is just WAY too young ...
Wind FINALLY stopped last evening, remains cold .. -7C, could be colder .. at least the dogs didn't get blown over while doin their thang !!
Am thinking I am going to 'DE Christmatize' the house today .. I usually wait for Ukrainian Xmas to do that, but am considering breaking that tradition. The clutter gets to be a bit too much after a few weeks.
Beautiful pic in our local paper of this years New Years Baby (A sweet little girl named MAYA CLOTILDE) and family .. Maya was born at 4am Jan/ 1
I see on CNN a set of twins was born somewhere in the US .. one arrived before midnight 2011, and the other just after, but in 2012 ~~