I started gathering our decorations and new wrapping paper to put away. I wanted to include The House of Wooden Santas by Kevin Major in this picture because I enjoyed reading it to M and G this month. We finished it on Christmas day. (It has 24 chapters, meant to be read from Dec 1 to 24.)
Neil on his 45th birthday. I wish I had taken a picture of him during daylight hours instead of waiting for cake and candles (cropped out of this pic). From now on, I think I'll shoot for a nice portrait on birthdays instead of the celebration picture which rarely turns out well for me.
Neil received a free poinsettia for filling out a survey at Rona. Nice to have this extra splash of Christmas colour! (It's in a small 4" pot; I just set on top of a plant that's wintering over in our kitchen.)
I enjoyed watching S play ringette this evening. She and her team had a great game and beat the top team in their division. (S is #14. In this picture, her teammate shot and scored; the ring is in the middle of the picture.)
We attended the Irish Club's annual Christmas party. Great time! And Santa had an excellent gift for every child there (up to age 13) - about 40 of them! Here's my 8-year old - the only time she's ever had her picture taken with Santa. (Thanks to S for getting the shot; I couldn't get a clear view.)
My favourite treat these days: dates, kefir cream cheese, pecans, and pink sea salt. Sweet, tart, crunchy, salty... yum! (cream cheese or plain Greek yogurt would be good substitutes for the kefir cream cheese)
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson