2016. Wow. Where did this year go... I know.
Our Christmas meal was wonderful! I was telling the guys 'it FLEW!' We had dinner at my aunts ,15 in total, the meal was a constant chatter of cutlery, laughing, talk and compliments, cracker joke reading - the cracker you pull- hee hee hee.
My aunt outdid herself with the cooking, my mom and Elly helped- I was to bring a trifle - but forgot! There was more than enough so - all was good.
Just an hour before Norm made Storms UGLY Chrismas Sweater- Elly pulled a fast one! lol She told everyone 'I said' it as ugly sweater Christmas! hee hee and then got me too - so it was fun! Just seeing my uncle Jess in his Festive Fleece Navidad cardigan, made me smile! Even the dogs and Princess Poppy - had on a new red sequine dress from her grandma. - it was certainly a colourful Christmas!
I made ornaments- guess when- at 5:00a.m. Christmas morning lol - talk about cutting it close. The tree slices from my friends property up north - wait until you see how many times you can put a dead tree to good use. I woke up made my coffee and thought about others, mainly Jim. He is not with us, a first Christmas in a long time... I miss hearing from him. Elly had moments when she teared but she is quick to catch herself. It's a big day for everyone. Jim parents also joined us, I had the honour of sitting beside 'Grampy' and he made me smile several times throughout the meal. It was a pleasure. Elly on my other side the meal was so delicious I don't remember much else - the talking would come later.
I love Elly, she made me laugh, smile, feel loved (as usual), what a year she has had - she recently had her roof replaced by a terrible roofing company in Toronto, they did a crappy job, exposed nails everywhere, mess left in the gutters & else where, a foot was put through the roof - into her ceiling of her living room - shingles covered where a vent should go & MORE. NO company names on the vehicles. Let that be a clue. I think had she not been still so devastated by Jims death (doing this now on her own - ladies .. would you know what to do? Not me) she might have realized earlier what a terrible person she was dealing with. One who tried to take advantage it appears.
Of course they are taking her to court - because she did not want to pay him for terrible job, Elly said fine. Good.
Any of my close friends give me a call I will share with you 'who the company' IS - I don't want anyone else in Toronto dealing with the same misfortune.
Bah Humbug Canada post! I ordered ONE gift for Storm - lol - I bought ONE gift for Storm, it did not come on time and I was like 'Little Cindy Lou Who' until the very last hour! ;( Then I was bummed. My fault, I was told it would have been replaced weeks ago (and is being replaced) had only I let him know sooner. Here I am again. Something gone missing who to 'blame' I have no clue. It makes me want to stop using Canada Post all together - no wonder they claim to be struggling. I can't be the only one, and not this frequent.
I have something in the process, a few friends have made wonderful suggestions.
I did get 4 books - all gifts - Each from a different person. Each so different - It had me thinking... who does that say more about ? Me or them.
Other things that made me laugh- my son in Grinch P.J.s! Still giggle overtime it comes to mind. Daisy ripping through her gift! The Elf... not on the shelf. Sweet Georgia Browns strategically placed. Elly driving up to see me.
Christmas day was still one of the best days I have had in a while. ;)
I was surrounded by love - in UGLY sweaters!
Who could want anything more? Not me.
Tomorrow I plan on spending in my P.J.'s! looking at the snow and painting!
Drive safe icy road warnings in effect, if you are reading this from California - Never mind!
2016: I Go within & withDRAW, more.