Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

London, Ontario

Today is Christmas Eve and as many people rush around trying to finish or for some start their Christmas shopping we have had a peaceful day. Having had our family Christmas 12 days ago, it is nice not to have all the rushing, hustle and bustle that can come with today. Pat did go out to the grocery store first thing this morning to get a couple of ingredients for a dish she is making to take tomorrow for Christmas dinner at my sisters and I did go to the local hobby shop  to wish them a Merry Christmas, but that was well before the day got busy.

What I will say is special about today is the weather. Now don't forget this is London Ontario Canada. The sun is shining and the temperature on our outside thermometer is 10*F with no snow and none in the forecast. WOO Hoo!

Dec.24th,2015  10*C

No Snow

Beautiful Day

Since my last post, it has been uneventful with our day to day work life. Cleaning up year end chores, purging files, schools gearing down for the holidays and getting ready for the new year.
We have done some more purging in the house, either giving away, selling or throwing out. Feels good to see some further progress.

We were invited to CanAm RV'S Christmas Party last Saturday night and had a great time as always. To every ones surprise, the retirement of General Manager, Roger Stacey, at the end of year was announced. He will be greatly missed.

Roger and wife Patti

Giving thank you speech
Pat talking with some of the techs

I didn't intend for this to be a long post, so with that being said I'll say thanks for stopping by and until the next time take care.
With one final comment, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT, may the peace and joy of the season be with you.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Family Christmas Dinner


Today was our last Family Christmas in this house. Out of a possible 22, only 4 were missing. As we are a blended family, we hold our get together early in hopes it doesn't convict with other family times or events. 
Pat and I were up early to get the 19 lb. turkey in the oven so we could have it cooked and carved before everyone arrived. We then busied ourselves with some house cleaning, setting up tables and getting all the plates , cutlery, glasses and food preparation in order. A quick run to get a couple of last minute items and all seemed in order by noon. We still had time to shower, dress and catch a snooze before our guests arrived around three.

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Turkey all done

Tables in dining room

Table in the rec room

TV fireplace

Braeden's 14th birthday
 Today is my oldest grandsons birthday, 14 years old, he is the son of my oldest daughters who has 4 boys. 
The family

As I mentioned, this is the last Christmas in the house. We were blessed to have 18 out of the 22 possible with us for the occasion. My parents , 4 daughters, Pats daughter and son and 6 of our grand kids. While the youngest played and had fun downstairs, the older ones engaged in conversation of all sorts. When supper was ready, all filled their plates enjoyed a great meal prepared by many hands. Before you knew it, nine pm arrived and time for home as most were from out of town and more then hour long drive. My parents were staying for the night instead of driving back to Stratford, we were happy to have them.
This brings to the end of another day, another celebration and a time of family in this house. Definitely not a sad time as we look forward to our retirement lifestyle and new family gatherings.

Thanks for stopping by and until the next time, take care.