Thu 30 Nov, 2017 08:42 pm
We set up the tree today. It's an artificial one, with lights already installed. But, with added tinsel and some of the wooden ornaments we've collected for 40 years, it looks really nice. Some of the ornaments I made myself, when I foolishly thought it would be easy to turn them out by the dozen. The problem with that is finding enough parts. I spent more time scrounging than putting any together. I spent a large part of the week making an 8 foot tall cactus of cedar fence boards. The lights I embedded in it are too large. All you can see is a block of lights in the darkness. But by day, it has a face and wears a Santa hat, so I am pleased enough to keep it out there. We are slow to do things this year. But it's only for we two to enjoy, so it doesn't matter. We are planning a ham dinner. I don't know for certain we will stay home or make the rounds with family. Right now I lean to being home, just the two of us, but whatever she wants will be fine. I want to do something nice for her, but have not made any decisions. Rocky will get a new squeaky toy.
Planning to make a snowman yard decoration this week. Looks somewhat like this. It's as much a make work project as anything else.
First Advent today
not feeling the thing thing this year
I've knit gifts for a few people, will get a few more done before Christmas. This year I've been giving people small gifts as the mood hit. I'm liking that.
I've been looking at kindness Advent calendars to work from
this is a good one
day 13 is going to be the most problematic
I've knocked a few things off the calendar early - and will try to do them again - if not daily - at least a few more times. Re-reading the list inspired me to be more positive in my daily interactions.
Nice to see some familiar faces in amongst the sea of strangers.
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL THE OLD SCHOOL ATOOKIANS!
Still working through the kindness Advent calendar - I've now defaulted to just throwing in extra hugs wherever possible (and appropriate).
Second Advent tomorrow. Candles and clementines are ready
I'm volunteer ushering at
Navidad: A Spanish Christmas / Christmas music from across Spain and Latin America tomorrow afternoon. Very much looking forward to it.
We like to say this is the liveliest Christmas concert in town! With flashing rhythms and sensuous melodies, we bring you a fiesta of early music from the Spanish-speaking nations on both sides of the Atlantic, with harp, guitars, percussion, winds, keyboards and voices. From the solemnity of motets by Victoria and Guerrero, to the intricate cross-rhythms of villancicos and dances from Latin America, this is Christmas celebration at its most exuberant.
As usual, Toronto Consort has a bit of a geeky program full of notes for the super-nerdy ethnomusicologist. It can be found at
Is that you Lord Aswas? I think I mis-spelled your moniker.
I never would have caught that.
Ever wonder what happened to Evan?
Bahhumbug, you ol' Lord High Cheerfulness.
For tea we had Marks and Spencer red pepper and chestnut wraps (only because they were in the reduced section).
Last time we exchanged etherly fluids, you were, if I remember correctly, either studying law or some sort of coffee tycoon.
Still smoking that stogie I see!
Nice to see you still around, Set. Your lovely lady still zumba-ing? Or was it that belly dancing thing?
My favourite Bostonian!
Apart from Phyliss Regionals, of course.
Well, of course. He's mine, too. ;D
She used to do the belly dance thing, but hasn't for a few years. I'll tell her you inquired after her.