Monday, Dec 25/17 – Christmas Day. Hubby and I had hot cross buns and grapefruit for breakfast by the fire. Everyone came over about 11 or 12. Dinner was ready about 5. We didn’t pick up mom because it is very cold and snowy. We opened gifts before we ate. Because M and his kids and Wins girls weren’t here, we ate in the dining room.
Tuesday, Dec 26- Boxing Day. I made meatballs and coleslaw to take to
Hubbys sisters for our family get together there. We got there about 2:30 and left about 8:30. Kevin brought some feathers from a turkey they shot. Back to work tomorrow and Thursday.
Friday Dec 29/17- I took Sophie to the vet for 8:15 to get a shot. Returned home and had my tea. I was going to do grouting at Flower st but was too tired. I vacuumed and cleaned up instead. Win and M went to the first ever outdoor hockey game between Canada and the USA in Buffalo. It was snowing and freezing cold there. I sat and watched the game on TV.
Today, I did some laundry and then went to Flower St and did some grouting on the backsplash. Then I went to visit mom. Her friend, our old neighbour died this morning. She was 96.
Hubby was feeling quite sick 5is morning. Win and girls and M and kids came and We had a nice sit down breakfast. They got here earlier than I expected. Kids all helped. Ethan cooked the sausages, Sugarplum and Kim tore up the bread for tomorrow’s stuffing. Puddin scrambled the eggs and made the orange juice. And they cleared the table after. Then we opened presents. And then went tobogganing at The local Park, then back here to toast English muffins and hot cross buns on the fire and have hot chocolate. M and kids left about 1. Win took the girls to a little party at her work. #1 Son and kids came later as he had to shovel snow at his old house. They stayed for supper (lasagna) and then we all went to church.
We are getting our snow now. It’s nasty out there, picked a good day to stay home. Slept in until 7:50. Ken thinks he has a touch of pneumonia and I have a tickle in my throat. A girl at work got a terrible cold 2 days ago, hope I’m not getting it. A good day to sit by the fire and read! Ken just caught his 11th mouse. Ugh I wish I knew where they are getting in!
I will bake the squash and get the table ready for Christmas and finish wrapping gifts as I have to work tomorrow. Win wants to bring her BF and kids here for breakfast on .sunday, Christmas Eve as they won’t be here for Christmas Day but will be back for the extended family Boxing Day get together, we will be able to fit Christmas dinner in the dining room this year, we are hoping to bring mom out too.
Yesterday Hubby and I shovelled #1 sons driveway and sidewalks etc. And then we went and got groceries. We had a little rest before it was time to go to the Christmas Scottish dancing show in Well city. It was quite a long show but I got a lot of good pictures. A and his girlfriend was there with his parents. They came and said Merry Christmas to us afterward like nothing was happening. I was hoping to go to Goobers hockey game after but it was too late. We went home and had supper. Then about 6:30 I went to Wins to babysit while she went to a show with her friend. I took the girls skating at the arena. Then we went home and had hot chocolate and they went to bed. Win was home about 11.
Today after church I went to the swimming pool where they were having a birthday party for Sugarplum who just turned 6. They were all in the water swimming except for me and As GF. The chlorine was giving me a headache so I left. #1 Son and fam came and got the sleds to go tobogganing. I went back to the pool in time to have cake and then went to the park to take pics of them to tobogganing. I went down with M. They were having fun. They came back to our house for supper, then Hubby and I went to the Carol service at church at 7 pm.
I was off. Hubby and I had to take mom to the wound specialist. Hubby had got a second hand wheel chair from a friend so we thought we would try it out. Well it’s so heavy I can’t fold it up and put it in my trunk by myself. Anyway we were a bit late leaving home to go get her. We got her down and in the car and were pulling away and a guy knocked on the window and said we had a flat tire. Ugh! We decided to drive to a gas station as there is one close and we filled it with air. But because of that we were late getting to the appointment. Then when Hubby was unfolding the wheelchair, he cut his finger, quite badly. It wouldn’t stop bleeding. I said at least we were in the right place lol. They finally looked at her and said it was fine and we don’t have to go back. Then there were no parking spaces when we took her home and we had to get the wheelchair out again etc. By the time we got home it was lunch time and we were exhausted! Lol.
I did some laundry and cleaning and then worked an auction at the church. It was snowing a lot when I left but has stopped now. Not having everyone here for their birthdays because they have the dance thing tomorrow and they are having a party at the swimming pool with school kids on Sunday, and Goober is going to Mexico on Sunday too and it’s so close to Christmas.
Sat. Dec 9/17 – I took Sophie to the vet on Thurs morning. I went to a new vet that E used to go to. They were super nice there! Easy parking, not too expensive. I was very pleased. Sophie weighs 90 pounds. She shouldn’t get much bigger.
The concert on Sunday is a Christmas in Europe theme given by one of the parishioners daughters and her friends that are opera singers. And then there is wine and cheese after. Win went Thurs night to decorate. she had her worm .Christmas party last night and A was being a jerk. His girlfriend is here and they are taking the girls to TO for the weekend to see some show.
We now have heat in ALL the rads!! Hubby thinks the guys who put it In Originally didn’t hook it up right with the circulation pump. Seems okay now. Fingers crossed! He also punplugged the bathtub drain this morning so that is good. I went to Costco as mom needed more depends. I was afraid it would be a zoo but it wasn’t bad! They had lots of staff manning the checkouts. I’m going to wrap some presents and then go and see mom for a bit and hopefully go for a skate after supper. We had a nice dinner out with #2 Son and B and Maddy. #2 Son has cut way down on his meat eating, almost a vegetarian. He says his eczema and migraines are way better since doing this,
Thurs. Dec 7/17- on Tuesday night about 4:30, I drove to The cathedral in Hamilton. The synod council made up of about 31 ministers from Niagara met and they each nominated 3 ministers to be the next bishop of Niagara as Bishop Bird is retiring. They could nominate anyone from all over Canada, some from Montreal and .newfoundland. I was one of 3 scrutineers picked to count the ballots. We took the wooden box into a room upstairs and opened it and each nominee was a first, second or third choice with first choice getting 3 points, second getting 2 points etc. We had to write them all down and balance them and pick the top 10 which now be voted on at the next synod in March 2018. We were done by 7 pm. It was fun. I really liked the Rev Ann. She had tattoos on her wrists. Win babysat the boys so #1 Son and wife could go to her Christmas party.
So Hubby decided yesterday that pump on the furnace was backwards and so he took it off and turned it around. Then he couldn’t get the furnace working! We have had no heat all night and all day! We called the furnace guy but he couldn’t come for 2 days. So we called a retired furnace guy from church and he came over and told him how to fix it, he is still working on it. About 3 am I thought Wins plants might be cold so I went downstairs to cover them up without turning the light on. When I got to the bottom of the stairs, I heard a rustling and something touched my head!! I shrieked and ran back up stairs and into bed, but then I could t sleep wondering what it was! I cleaned the us porch and found some old walnuts in there that were eaten. I think it must have been a mouse, Did some vacuuming and cleaned the ceiling fan and went shopping. Turkey soup for supper. Should do my Christmas cards now. We have the wood stove and Elaine’s infrared heater going in the LR so it’s not bad in here.
Saturday, Dec. 2- I should have known it was going to be a crazy day when I got to work and saw a mouse running in circles in the parking lot! It just kept going around and around. It was weird, there must have been something wrong with it. Then we get in and the other person with the top combs doesn’t have them with her and mine are locked in the vault and I can’t remember them because they were just changed. We had to call someone and get them. Then one of the tellers didn’t show up so we were short handed and it was very busy, lined up to the door a lot of the time, plus there was a ton of bags in the night deposit and a lot of envelopes in the atm. As well people kept calling with weird problems all day. Then at closing I went to close the vaults and the combs were spun off and the combs I had didn’t work. We had to call several people before finding someone who answered and had the combs. We finally got it shut, a half hour later! Then I went to Moms apartment and cleaned out a few things to give to the refugees but I couldn’t get her door to lock when I was done. I gave up and left it unlocked. I took a bouquet of flowers to Mom and then went to The Goobers hockey game in BVille. #2 Son was supposed to meet me there but he didn’t show up. He was out and didn’t realize what time it was. They lost 6 to 1.
Friday Dec 1 – I had the day off and it was beautiful for working outside, not too cold and no wind, bright blue sky. Hubby and I finished reshingling the garden shed roof. I cut them and he nailed them up. We got it finished but u fortunately, he realized his hearing aid had fallen off!! We looked for it but it was like looking for a needle in a hay stack in all the leaves and brush on the ground. We went with Norma to Bugsys for supper.