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Candlemas 2017

I love calling today Candlemas instead of ‘Groundhog Day’.  I don’t know why we suddenly need a rodent to tell us the weather forecast.  The old poem does a good enough job:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas bring clouds and rain,
Go winter, and come not again.

I belong to a Facebook group that has a lot of British/European ladies.  They are all talking about their snowdrops and such.  I headed out this morning to look for my snowdrops:

Oh, right, they are still buried under a foot of snow and it was -21 C (6 F) this morning with snow in the forecast.  But I guess that means the worst of winter is behind us?

I’m disappointed we won’t be able to go to church on Sunday.  I love the Candlemas service in Ottawa.  Ella has a skating competition on Sunday and we can’t do both with all the driving.  Hopefully next year.

We were in Ottawa doing some errands and visiting with my friend Teresa.  Came home to a surprise.  Look what Daddy bought us!!!

Took a while to convince Daisy she couldn’t catch them.  So much fun ripping around the fields.

“I want to ride too, Momma”

One worn out and chilly Ella.  Warming up in her mermaid tail that Auntie B made for her and reading her Minecraft book bought with her Christmas Chapters’ cards.

I picked up a couple of cool books too.  Ella is very excited to start the LEGO Shakespeare (she bought herself the Brick Fairy Tales and Brick Dracula/Frankenstein).  I treated myself to a beautiful, illustrated copy of The Hobbit.  My old paperback copy has seen better days.  I want to read it with Ella and I will enjoy the larger print in the new copy too.

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!  May you all be happy and surrounded by the people you love.

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I got lots of knitting done during our Christmas down south.  First up on Yarn Along this week:

The Traveler’s Stocking socks.  I’m not that happy with the fit.  The tops are kind of snug.  I may see if Ella likes them.  If you have skinnier calves, they were a fun knit.

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A bit more work on my Clock Socks.  I’ve finished the lace so now it’s just plain knitting to the top.  The book was one of my presents from the Advent swap.  It was set in the pre-war South and was quite good.

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Finally looks like Christmas!  Luckily it waited until we got home from Bowmanville.  Ella was snowed in over at Grandma’s yesterday.  Daddy has gone over this morning to dig them out.

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We’ve got about a foot of snow, but it was really blowing around.  It was a couple of feet deep on the machine shed, so Colin was up there shoveling.  I hate when he has to shovel the tarp building -oval isn’t the best shape for standing on.

We had a great time with my family for Christmas:

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Santa found Auntie B’s house with no problems.  He was even able to find the Om Nom that Ella really, really wanted.  Mrs. Claus knitted Om Nom some candy for the trip since that’s what they eat.

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Ella was totally spoiled by Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan. I think her favourites were the Ever After High dolls. She got Ever After High Rosabella Beauty Doll, the daughter of Beauty and the Beast. And Ever After High First Chapter Cerise Hood Doll, the daughter of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

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Ella loved the blanket Petra had on the bed at the B&B in Enniskillen. We’ve been staying with Martin and Petra for about 8 years now. They treat us like family and we look forward to seeing them every year.

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On the way home we stopped at Grandpa Jim and Grandma Linda’s in Peterborough where we got spoiled some more!

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More presents waiting for us at home.  Ella got Doll Travel: Trips to take and crafts to make!. Everything Olivia and Caroline need for their travels.

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Ella loved the doll bed from Momma and Daddy. I didn’t get the blanket finished, but that’s because of Ella’s cold just before Christmas. She was so stuffy she had a hard time sleeping so there was little stealth knitting time. I’ll get it finished soon. Only Caroline is in the picture, but it’s big enough for both girls. Also, it rolls under Ella’s bed like a trundle.

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Tim thinks it’s a pretty good place for a nap.

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I got a nice new stainless steel roasting pan (with lid) from Grandma. It will replace the one that I burnt this summer.

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And here’s my favourite present!!  If you had told me 14 years ago (while working at the stock brokerage in downtown Toronto) that my best present would come from Colin’s farm paper I would have told you you were crazy.  But here it is!  A sewing store in Woodstock had a bunch of machines they had ordered for a school’s home ec. class, but the order was cancelled.  From what I’ve seen online, the Janome HD-1000 is a real work horse.  It’s actually made of metal!!  I love that it’s run by knobs and not all computerized.  It doesn’t have all the fancy stitches, but I never use those any way.  One video I found online actually showed this machine sewing a wooden yard stick!

We’ve still got one more family party to round out our Christmas holiday.  I hope everyone is having a great Christmas with the people they love.

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Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas!

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Busy this week so I guess I’ll do a Yarn Along/Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real combo post.

I whipped up some snowflakes for Ella’s 2 skating coaches.  They haven’t been starched in this picture yet.  I love making snowflakes.

Decided to make another Christmas present after all.  I’ve seen this style of sock in a lot of the old pattern books I collect.  They are usually called bed socks.  Very fast, no heels like a tube sock.  I think it’s cool the way the pattern makes it look twisted.

Tuesday we gave up waiting for snow and headed out to the tree farm for our Christmas tree.  Cedar Hill is one of the few places that have their own fir trees.  Most tree places bring in firs.  It was a bit drizzly and windy.  Actually at times the wind was blowing the rain sideways and made it almost look like snow.

This is NOT what it should look like waiting for the tractor.

Got to have our annual picture.  I’m not getting taller, same can’t be said for Ella!

Look who needed measured too?

Waiting for our hot dogs and chili while sipping on our hot cocoa.

My Pretty girl -just because.

Stopped in Pakenham to check out their cool general store.  It’s been in operation since the 1840’s.  It’s very cool inside.  Not much has changed (except the products).  Upstairs is all sorts of decorative things.

Boy cranking your machine by hand would be a hard way to work.  Especially since I like to use two hands to guide the material.

Deliberately picked a little smaller and less full tree this year.  Tim’s still very much a kitten and we didn’t know how he would behave.  Ella decorated the tree this year.  We kept the bottom fairly bare so we wouldn’t tease Tim too much.

What does Tim think of it all?  Well most of the time he thinks it’s a great place for a cat nap.  Figaro loved to sleep at the back side of the Christmas tree too.

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On the 8th day of Christmas….

I finally get a chance to do a Christmas post!  We’ve had such a busy Christmas-tide this year.  Luckily the New Year is looking much quieter.

I haven’t many pictures from Christmas day, our camera is acting up and Ella was super excited (i.e., not sitting still) so most are too blurry to share.  I think Ella’s favourite gift was from Santa.

The one thing she asked for from Santa was a reindeer from Build-a-Bear.  She wanted Comet and Santa delivered!  Comet came with a cute outfit and wearing reindeer slippers.  So very cute.

She was also rather happy with the new tiara and feather boa from Momma and Daddy.  Though we’re going to have to make sure the boa is always put away when not being worn.  Zim finds it too interesting to ignore.

MY favourite gift from my Mommy.  New boots (by Baffin).  Now my feet will be warm and dry.  The lacing on the side is the only way these skater legs can wear tall boots.

I had a hard time coming up with a Christmas list this year.  Anything I really wanted/needed weren’t really things other people could get me.  I had been looking at a new winter coat.  I’ve had my current one since Ella was born and I was starting to feel a little dumpy in it and missing having a pretty coat.  But since the ones I was looking at were either vintage or designer, I wasn’t likely going to get one:

I really love the sleeves of this one.  And the embroidery of course.

And a beautiful vintage one.  I love to wear colour in the winter.  Everyone is always so black and grey.  I used to have a beautiful forest green one with a Celtic braid around the bottom.  But I was much smaller then.

So what does my darling husband do?

He got Grandma to pick up this beautiful material (this picture is the closest I could get to accurate)!  I’ve been eyeing it at Fabricland for a while.  It’s Melton and was $22/m !!  I guess the day Grandma was there was one of the 50% off days.  She was able to buy not only the red, but some black crepe for a lining and some flannel for the interlining.  Our Fabricland stinks so they didn’t have any flannel backed satin that would have been a better lining choice.  Oh well, interlining isn’t hard.

This is the pattern I’m using.  It’s Vogue 9040, for some reason the Vogue website isn’t working so I can’t give you the actual link.  I may change the sleeves to be like the grey one.  Grandma also picked out some beautiful metal buttons with snowflakes in the centre -love them!

Belinda and Stefan were up on Boxing day and spoiled us rotten, as usual.  Belinda really liked her cardigan and Uncle Stefan loved the Minecraft inspired t-shirt Ella made for him.

After cooking a giant turkey for Christmas day with Colin’s step family I made a beef roast for Boxing day.  And of course, it wouldn’t be a Rees family Christmas without Christmas crackers!

The 27th saw us across the road at Grandpa and Grandma Lorraine’s house with Colin’s sister and her family.  It was just a short afternoon visit but the kids had a good time together.

Auntie Elizabeth and her family gave Ella some great binoculars.  She loves them.  They came with a book of outdoor adventures.  Ella loves to play spy so will love them for that too.

Ella also really liked this nice cozy tunic sweater from Grandma and Grandpa Fletcher.

Then we piled in the truck and headed south!

First stop was my girlfriends for a great afternoon of visiting and remembering.  Charlynne and I have been friends since we were 6.  We were friends in school and at church.  There wasn’t much we didn’t do without the other (including Guiding and skating).

If you are ever in Bowmanville at Christmas time you must drive up 57 and check out the homes on Old Scuggog Rd.

The show is just amazing.  And the homes are beautiful too.

I’ve always loved this log one.  The one beside it is even better (picture didn’t turn out).  It’s board and batten and looks colonial -my favourite.

I thought we had some pictures of Great-grandma on the camera, but we didn’t.  We did have a good visit with Great-grandma and Uncle Dennis.  Though it’s sad to see how ‘old’ my Grandma is getting.

As usual we stayed with our friends Petra and Martin at Our Valley View.  Enniskillen is a little community just north of Bowmanville and it’s the perfect place.  As you can see, Comet came on the holiday too.  She got to meet Moosey, Ella’s friend who’s always waiting for us in the Canadiana room.

On the way home we stopped at my dad and step-mom’s.  Again, we somehow missed pictures.  It was good to visit with them.  My dad’s having problems with his eyes (cataracts and glaucoma) so it’s unlikely they will be up any time soon.  They got Ella the bedding for her American Girl doll so now she’s all set to go camping.

All in all, it was a fabulous holiday.  Lots of love and visiting.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

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