Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas, from our house to yours.

Christmas Joys
Evergreen boughs that fill our homes
With fragrant Christmas scents,
Hearts filled with the loving glow
That Christmas represents;
Christmas cookies, turkeys stuffed,
Festive holly berry,
Little faces bright with joy,
Loved ones being merry;
Parties, songs, beribboned gifts,
Silver bells that tinkle,
Christmas trees and ornaments,
Colorful lights that twinkle;
Relatives waiting with open arms
To smile and hug and kiss us;
These are some of the special joys
That come along with Christmas.
By Joanna Fuchs

A prideful moment

Monday night the Olympic Torch was carried into the city amongst cheers whistles and thunderous applause. I was one of the thousands who braved the cold to watch as our own rendition of the Olympic cauldron was lit by the Torch carrier. The three-time Olympian and graduate of North Park Collegiate, Kevin Sullivan carried the Olympic torch the final leg of its journey through Brantford to light up the Olympic cauldron. It really was an awesome sight to watch as he ran up the steps stood facing us all, smiled and then lit the cauldron with the torch. As Oh Canada was played every person as far as I could see, and yes including myself sang along proudly. I guess it was just one of those moments in a person’s time when they can honestly feel the pride of our country.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A trip to remember.....

Yesterday morning myself and a group of really good friends boarded a huge comfortable Great Canadian Holidays and Coaches bus and headed to Niagara Falls for a wonderful day of Christmas fun.

We arrived at the “Oh Canada Eh?” Dinner Theatre at about 12:15pm and were treated to a home style Christmas Turkey lunch with all the trimmings. After lunch we spent 2 magical hours back in the 50’ and 60’s where 6 people were stranded on Christmas Eve at a Diner. Each person had their own personal problems but with the help of 2 angels who were trying to earn their Angel Wings and the magic of the season, each person over came their problems and added to the spirit of Christmas by singing and dancing to every Christmas carol you could think of. The Christmas Musical was called Jump, Jingle & Jive, and let me tell you, everyone was having a wonderful time. With the cast and audience singing Christmas carols the whole place WAS jumping, jiving and jingling. It certainly got me waaaaaaaaaay into the Christmas Spirit.

After the show, we all loaded into the bus again and Vic our driver, delivered us to the Kittling Ridge Wine Estate, where we had a guided tour of the winery. With lots of taste testing happing, the Christmas Spirit grew even more boisterous and fun. Needless to say the ride home from the Winery included very loud renditions’ of our take on Christmas Carols. Even though Vic didn’t partake in the Wine Tour he certainly joined in on the singing and what a voice he had too! I really can’t remember when I laughed so much and had such a wonderful day out with the girls.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The count down!

Well here it is the third very long weekend at work. It seems like I have been living here every weekend for the last 3 weekends. The hours are good, and I really can’t complain since Mr. Visa seems to be staying silent, but I really am looking forward to tomorrow when I don’t have to work period! I do have some major housework to contend with, but hey, maybe the dust bunnies, cobwebs and anything else that’s lurking around can join me in a self proclaimed “I’m tired of working” holiday.

The count down is now officially on, at least for me. There are only 18 more days (not including today), until a brand New Year is upon us. I’m not one for making New Years Resolutions since I’m never able to keep them, so I have struck that off my to do list as I prepare for the hectic weeks ahead. I’m not the Betty Crocker type either. In fact I am the kind of woman on the T.V. commercial where she sprinkles water and flour on her face to make it look like she’s been baking up a storm when her hubby comes in. So for me, it will be off to the different Deli’s to order the odd desert platter and or fruit platter and who doesn’t just love M&M Meats?

The programs have ended at the centre so my days will be free. Well that’s not entirely true. There is the day that I have to go for training so that I can learn how to run a machine I have no desire to use. The senior management have all decided that the low ones on the so called corporate totem pole should have janitorial skills along with office skills. Well I say bull pucky to that, but then again I am one of the low ones on this pole, therefore I have no voice or opinion. One just has to love their job in today’s economic crisis!....NOT. The night time rentals are still on a steady roll so that will keep my evenings still fairly busy. I’m going for the “awwww” factor here my fellow bloggers. I’m doing my rendition of Scarlet O’Hara. The back of my hand is pressed against my forehead and I’m about to pass out! Now do you feel sorry for me????? I didn’t think so. Typing actions are never very convincing.

It seems we’ll have the usual Christmas visitors this year plus a few new friends that will be stopping by throughout the holiday season. We have a small poker night planned for New Years Eve, and if all goes right I just might end up betting my other half. Who knows I just might lose, Oh no that would just be so dang awful! With plenty to eat and drink, and more than our fair share of laughter, I’m sure everyone will have a wonderful time. This year the digital camera will certainly get a lot of use. Well until next time my fellow bloggers............................

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.
Dave Barry

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tis the Season.......

Well my fellow bloggers, another Christmas season is here and with it comes all the hectic traffic, crowds and sold out items in the stores, but one can not forget the one sight that makes it all worth while. The shinning eyes of children as they stand in line watching the most magical man in the whole world, Santa Claus. I can’t help but stop and watch as child after child makes his or her way up to sit on Santa’s knee and whisper shyly what they want for Christmas. It’s amazing the wonder and amazement this Jolly Old Man in Red puts on 98 percent of children’s faces. I remember years ago when the Man in Red made my kids eyes shine and sparkle with happiness when they slipped off his knee to let another child have their talk with Santa. I really do miss those times especially at this time of year. This year there will be a major absence missing in my home but I know where ever he is he’s watching and saying bah hum bug with a sideways grin.

There are many things I want and need to blog about, but I am going to wait until after the holiday season to get some of the dead weight of my chest. I made a promise to myself and so far I have kept that promise. I promised myself that I was no longer going to let the little piss ant things get on my nerves anymore. Life is way to short and far too valuable to allow other peoples comments to interfere with my thoughts and way of living, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to allow myself or others that are close to me be used in other peoples habitual dramas and childish back stabbings, and mark my words I will put those who have decided to involve my family members in their small but very noticeable ways of trying to cause their own dramas, in their place.

Now with that little bit of warning, on to a better and a lighter tone.

Not much has been happening in my little corner of the blogging world. That doesn’t mean that I have put my proverbial halo back on my head. It just means that I haven’t been blogging about my adventures. I guess you’ll have to wait and see, because you never know what DM has been up too and what she is willing to let slip purposely! I will say that this coming Wednesday night a group of us girls will be having a Christmas
get-together at a local pizzeria and with this particular group, no one knows what will happen next. I’m also looking forward to an outing that I’m hoping is going to happen within in the first few weeks of the new year. If all goes right a few of us girls will be going out on the town seeing a good show and spending the “entire” night doing what WE want to do. What a way to begin the new year. I have a few other things planned for the up coming new year, but all will be revealed as they happen.