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Christmas Countdown 2011

Everything you wanted …

Courtesy: RawrDaniel

“But didn’t get for Christmas is on sale now at Sears !!!”

Do you remember that little after Christmas jingle commercial from Sears from long ago? I only get to use it once a year so there it is …

Snow is falling on the city at this hour. It is (-11c) outside and we got the snow they promised us. Today will be a long day with food, meetings and festive Christmas party fun later on tonight.

I was up at 10. Got the turkey in the oven and we opened presents. It was a very small occasion. There weren’t loads of presents but just a few. We have everything that we need so why waste the money on needless things …

I got the final installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II. And hubby also got me a nice Christmas shirt that I can wear later today to the meeting and the party afterwards. I got hubby some new bake ware and storage containers because we needed them badly. So it was a simple Christmas…

The Wizard of Oz is on tv – who knew they played it on Christmas Day. It was always an Easter event from  my memory. “There’s no place like home, There’s no place like home …”

I will have much more for you later today.

Stay tuned …


Twas the evening before Christmas …

Courtesy: Bluepueblo

It is a cold ( -13c) at this hour. They are calling for 4 to 6 cm of snow tomorrow. Reports say that snow will begin in the morning and last until midnight, which means if conditions are right, a lot of snow can fall in more than 12 hours for a snow event. We shall see …

Today was a busy day. I went on a supermarket safari to get some needed items for dinner tomorrow and to stock up on sodas, juices and munchies for the next 2 days, since the stores will be closed on Sunday.

I attacked the fridge with a vengeance. I tossed a bag of garbage from the back of the fridge that has been sitting there for I don’t know how long. Once a leftover hits the fridge – is disappears into the void of no-return, and it doesn’t see the light of day again. It’s a bad habit, and we don’t usually cook enough to have leftovers, but they collect over time, here and there.

I cleaned the fridge and scrubbed the kitchen clean and tossed some old rusted cookie sheets that should have been tossed long ago, seeing I bought hubby a new collection of bake ware for Christmas.

I cleaned the apartment and vacuumed all around and that was the afternoon in a nutshell. I watched Memoir of a Geisha on dvd waiting for hubby to get home from the bus station, which he did around 3:30.

My in laws got us some cool coffee mugs with gourmet ground coffee, a new cook pot to add to our collection of fine cook wear. We also got a huge HBC Bay Blanket which came with its own book to tell you how it came to be the best blanket around.

Lots of good and tasty cookies, a Belgian chocolate cookie box, which I love !!! And a few odds and ends. We got some money from hubby’s parents, which is always appreciated.

Tonight we will do turkey prep and get ready for tomorrows big event.

I was thinking about going to the 11 pm service at Christ Church Cathedral, which would run us right up to the last train of the night coming through town, since they are running a regular Saturday night schedule, I don’t want to get stuck having to walk all the way home from the core to the house here.

It’s a long walk in the cold from there to here…They say any red blooded Canadian would never complain about the cold… I beg to differ !!!

I think I am going to prep my bird and get to bed early because tomorrow is going to be hectic.

All’s well that ends well.

Stay tuned for my Christmas Day post.

Make sure you set out cookies and milk for Santa and veggies for his reindeer, and that you go to bed early and make sure you read the story Twas the night before Christmas…

Toodles …


The Night Before, The Night Before Christmas …

Courtesy: Darkandchaos

It is (-20c) outside …

God heard our prayers today and it snowed over the city. Peacefully and quietly the snow began early this morning – I got up out of bed and there it was, nice, big wet snowflakes falling from the sky. Enough to paint the scene white and to bring enough Christmas spirit to a city that was quite cold and bleak. None of the models were telling us what we all wanted to hear. But in the end God granted us a small miracle …

And so the day went. Home alone I actually went to bed earlier than usual last night and woke up at my leisure. I puttered around this morning not doing anything substantial. Then I headed to the grocery store to pick up some odds and ends for the meeting on Sunday evening. Then I loaded up the dvd player with some Harry Potter before getting ready to go tonight …

I left early for the metro and got halfway across the transit and I was standing on the platform at Lionel Groulx when the “tones of death” sounded …

Those “tones of death” that are going to tell us that one of the lines are stopped somewhere and that service is about to be interrupted. Thankfully, it was the inbound orange line going into the city. I was on my way out of the city, so we were good to go…

I got to the church first. Lizzy was right behind me. We got the coffee perking and a funny thing happened … We started setting out chairs and this little man walked in and said that someone from the New York office called him, here in Montreal, and told him to come help us set up chairs … Well, that was the story he told us. We wondered who in New York would have called him really …

So he helped us put out the chairs and finish setting up. Then he took his jacket and bundled back up and left … We’d never seen him before and he was not a familiar face, but we welcomed him and had polite conversation.

Once he was gone we settled in to wait for people to show up. Our kitchen people came in a little while later and by 8:45 everyone was accounted for. The holiday meeting spree had begun.

Funny this … There wasn’t a speaker. But we opened the floor to anyone who wanted to share about their lives. What was going on, how do you get through the holidays sober, a little gratitude, a little story here or there in three minutes or less. The round robin went around the room. We got to hear from people who you don’t usually hear unless you knew them or if they had spoken recently. We got to see some old faces and reconnect with them as well.

At the end of the meeting one of our long time members took his 1 year cake. We are all very proud of him. Every milestone is important, especially when people struggle to get sober. We’ve all played a part in his sobriety. Spending time with him, going through the Big Book with him, having him do service for the group, ministering to his needs in all sense of the word.

That’s what makes Friday West End so special. The many members go to any length to make sure you are cared for, that you are not alone, and that we are part of your family. And we do that for everyone who walks through our doors.

There was cake and conversation. People have been strategizing about where they were going to spend Christmas, what meetings will be open tomorrow and Sunday. The city is covered. There are special meetings tomorrow night and many spots will be open beginning first thing Sunday morning, so depending when you get up and when you can get out of the house, there are meetings to go to over the weekend.

Oasis will be having a huge meeting and party tomorrow night. And there are breakfast meetings on Sunday morning. Sunday Nighter’s will be open because I will be opening the hall for them on Sunday afternoon at 5. Our meeting runs from 6:15 to 7:15.

I have a turkey to cook early Christmas morning and get served before I have to leave for the evening meeting. Then after that meeting my friends are picking me up and I am going to a second Christmas dinner with sober friends. It will be a full day of festivities.

Hubby returns from Ottawa tomorrow afternoon. I am missing him a whole lot this time around. I am so used to having him around that when he goes to visit his parents, I found this time around that there wasn’t enough to do.

It was a great night. Everybody had fun. And next week we will have another round robin meeting. And hopefully everybody will have fared well over the holiday.

Christmas is coming quickly. And this has been the night before, the night before Christmas edition … Thanks for tuning in …They tell us more snow is on tap for Sunday so we’ll see how right they get it …

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for subscribing and reading what I have to say. I hope all of you get your Christmas wishes.

Stay tuned. The great Everything you wanted for Christmas post will be up on Sunday morning … So stay tuned…

Goodnight from Montreal…


55 Shopping Days until Christmas …

 

Halloween has come and gone. Hubby reported to me the other day that he saw the Christmas decorations go up at the Jean Coutu pharmacy up the street from home, which means they have begun to decorate the downtown core.

I haven’t seen mall decorations as of tonight, but I surmise that they are coming. Now that we are done with Halloween, the march to Christmas officially begins tonight.

There are only 55 shopping days until Christmas 2011.