Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Very Happiest of Christmas Tidings to You

From our house to yours .....

And since no one has mentioned it for days (HA!) the weather .... its raining, but everywhere else after a 40 miles radius .... its snowing harder that it has in the last couple of days.

Oh well, just one more thing you can't do anything about.

Stay safe, and we'll be bloggin' it soon!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! No! No! No!

Well it seems that Old Man Winter took umbrage to my entry from last week. Victoria has been blanketed, duvet'd, multi-bedded, pillow topped with enough snow to last me for quite some time. Our front yard is sporting a good two feet, and from what I hear we got off pretty easy. (They are saying to expect some more of the white stuff today and later this week.)

And while everyone else gets a 'snow day' (including my husband) I am physically capable of making the trek across the church parking lot to my office from home. Although, I did not carry a cup of coffee with me this morning, as is my regular routine.

Don't feel too sorry for me yet though - I'll be outta here shortly. No sense me sticking around when I did such a bang-up job of clearing off my desk last week.

I've had phone calls from friends from the other side of the country. However, I use the word "friends" lightly as when I lifted the receiver and said "hello" I was greeted with gales of laughter at the plight this poor blooming city was in.

I had my turn laughed at them when I found out they were under 4 feet of snow and counting. Makes our weather sound paltry.

But I blather .....

There really isn't much else to tell today. I will be heading home shortly to catch up on some last minute Christmas crafting, and some package wrapping, and maybe a hot cup of cocoa or two.

If your weather is inclement then you have my permission to stay home and stay safe.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

But the fire is so delightful .... if only we had a cord of wood this winter.

Winter has hit Victoria. For some that will bring a shoulder shrug and a so-what. For some that will bring gails of laughter. For "Pirate" our young cat, it brought a whole new wonderland of play, but that's another story.

I moved to Victoria to escape winter, and for the most part - we do. However, it has become a trend of the last several years to have a minimum of 1 semi-major snow (2-4 inches) - and I pray this one is it. They say the temperature is -5 Celsius (23 degrees for my American friends), but the wind-chill factor makes it 'feel' like -15 C (5 degrees Fahrenheit). Bloody cold if you ask me!

I am amongst the few who do not care for a 'white Christmas', except for the Bing Crosby version on DVD. I prefer to look out my window on Christmas morning and see green grass and sunshine. I have come to firmly believe that Canada needs to acquire Hawaii as a new providence, and my residence. Failing that - I will remain in God's best kept Canadian secret - Vancouver Island.

But I digress .....

The inclement weather forced me to stay home and craft. A hardship, I assure you. A hardship I gladly bare - for you the occasional recipients of my labours of love.

And on that note I send you off on this cold, chilly Monday morning, and wish you safe journey's no matter the weather in your particular part of the world.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuesday Morning Wake Up

I love waking up to the sound and smell of coffee brewing.

I'm not so fond of finding out I forgot to put the carafe into its receiving position.

On the upside - I have a clean counter now.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Kicking and Screaming

The older I get the more I come kicking and screaming into the Christmas season. I was thinking my approach to Christmas is much like the five stages of Grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The only difference being that I tend to miss anger and bargaining, and then acceptance comes on Boxing Day and by then its too late.

So I settle for 'ambivalence'. (am⋅biv⋅a⋅lence - noun - 1. uncertainty or fluctuation, esp. when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things. 2. Psychology. the coexistence within an individual of positive and negative feelings toward the same person, object, or action, simultaneously drawing him or her in opposite directions.)

My husband said to me yesterday that he thinks he figured me out regarding Christmas. That I am in a state of inconclusiveness regarding Christmas, until I don't get my way. Then I'm just difficult.

What does that say about me? Don't answer that.

This year is no exception. I feel very blah about it, and am not very keen to "play in all the reindeer games". Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike Christmas. I'm not a bah-humbugger. I'd so like to get into the spirit of things, and embrace all thing winter solstice. It's just not in me, and increasingly so each year.

I think what I really need is a long hot Christmas in Hawaii. That would cure me up right!