First of all I wanted to show you my new Poppies Rug. I framed them both and hung them in my office. I just like to look at them.
Christmas has always given me time to pause. I am fortunate that way. When I was a student there was a break. As an artist for years I took December off to be around the house with the kids. Now with the studio downtown, December is not our busy month . We are steady and for that I am grateful.
Advent, the preparation for Christmas has always been a time for me to get ready. I buy or make gifts for about twenty people. Mostly all my shopping is done locally or from independent shops or crafts people. It is always a pleasure. Now that the kids are big I never seem to have to go to the mall. I love the shopping, often buying things because they are beautiful and then sometimes finding the right person for them.
I don’t bake much, just as we need it and eat it. I cook lots, but truthfully I cook a lot all the time. We like good food.
My house gets messy. Yesterday I tried twice to make sweet and salty popcorn. Both times were a failure. On the third attempt I went to Sobey’s and bought a bag. There are bits of everything everywhere. I give it a lick and a prayer, but honestly I am a terrible housekeeper. I cannot even make a bed nicely. This morning I poured my rice crisps and needed a broom afterward to sweep the floor. Tonight I’ll empty all the garbage cans, wipe down a couple of tables, wash the bathroom sink and then tell myself I cleaned the house.
This year has slowed everyone down some because of the storms last week. We had three storms this week so many of us stayed in and cooked and wrapped. We had reason to stay home. The roads were bad.
I always get a day or so where I feel a little frantic, and that is the day I usually finish everything up. Wrap. Go to Canadian Tire. Wrap. Ready regardless. That day was last Thursday.
We get a fresh turkey locally. My sisters will bring the vegetables. My sister in, law the dessert. I’ll cook the turkey. We’ll scramble all fifteen of us together at a table somehow and it will be grand. I have homemade cranberry sauce from the church and this year I’ll make the stuffing and gravy. I plan to cheat on my gravy by buying a mix. When I am at my friends and I say “good gravy”, they tell me they use a packet. I am going to join them. My gravy is always thin, light and runny.
So far this post, you learned two of my weaknesses, messy house keeper, thin gravy. There are more. It is a post of it’s own.
and the news….
Christmas next year might be different though because my husband and I are opening a women’s wear store across the street from his men’s wear store. We plan to have a beautiful store with nice quality, moderately priced women’s wear, similar to his men’s wear store. We believe our downtown needs a store like that so we decided this fall that this spring we would start on it . I will tell you more about it later. But there’s the news our downtown will be growing .