Friday, December 30, 2011

A Day in A Very Little bit of SNOW!

The first stay-on-the-ground snow of the season, had us out late one evening making a very small snowman with Zoë. The next day, he was a little bit worse for wear, but still there. After a ride to the skating rink in the sleigh, all bundled up like "Ralphies" brother, (thank you Schiller family for the borrowed snowsuits!)....

Barely able to see, due to scarves around necks and hats pulled well over ears and foreheads, (a good Canadian tradition), we come across Mr. Snowman on the front lawn.

We really want the snowman to get into the sleight too, but Papi says he can't walk yet.

Yes, he has sticks for arms. He's perfect, but not alive yet.

Now that we have our mitten off in order to touch the sticks....

This is what always happens when your mittens get away from you! Oh bother, let's just go inside. It's VERY sunny but oh so cold this day at Mamère and Papi's house! This is NOT California!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Had any Earworms lately?

Before you have to go an look up the legitimacy of the word, this is how Wikipedia defines it:

"A haunting melody or earworm is a piece of music that sticks in one's mind so that one seems to hear it, even when it is not being played. Other phrases used to describe this include musical imagery repetition and involuntary musical imagery. The phenomenon is common in normal life and so may be distinguished from brain damage which results in palinacousis."

My own "case of the worm" started with "Caballero" of our ballroom line dance melodies. I tried everything to vanquish it. I'd get up in the middle of the night and dance in the dark living room to try and squelch it. I'd sing it out loud, or use my inside voice...nothing worked for days. When I mentioned "Earworm" in class, no one had heard of this word for the syndrome before.

Now there is every risk of it becoming Frosty the Snowman....Thumpity Thump Thump...

Photo Credit: The Web

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Dana started it. Talking about eggnog.

Now I have to admit, we are so totally into it. I'm not sure if it's the soporific effect of the "additions" or the seasonal mellowness of the drink, it's just hard to resist.

Do NOT get low fat or reduced whatever. I know, I know, there are probably waaay too many calories, but it's just so

P.S. Don't run out of eggnog on a Sunday evening :)

Photo: The web

Monday, December 19, 2011

The best Advent Calendar without chocolate

It's still not too late to enjoy the daily fun with the Jacquie Lawson London Advent Calendar. Go to Jacquie to order one.

I just love the new activity every day and leave the screen up to hear Big Ben Chiming every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. I tried to send this to my gym buddies, as I totally forgot the annual card exchange this year. Only half were able to download the gift, but there are ways to overcome the pitfalls of the program. I've decorated the tree several times, my own version of snowflakes fall and I'm amazed each day to see either a boat floating by or a double decker bus in the background....I am so wishing the people walking on the sidewalk would go into the restaurant :) Try it! You'll love it.

It's a real delight and if you are not into the London view, then there is a village view as well. Some have both...just to keep the merriment at an all-time high.

P.S. This is also in the "decorating" category! Done.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jane does it again

I actually have this book, circa 1980 something.

Jane is a decade older than I. I used to like to think that someday I could look like her, including lengthening my legs. We actually wore those outfits!

I saw an interview of Jane with Piers Morgan the other evening, and she still looks pretty great. My legs still have not lengthened.

Now Jane has come out with a new exercise video aimed at "Seniors". I'm always happy to participate in Seniors discounts, so I guess I'll go for this one too. I have just had an ALL CLEAR report today from the Dr. I've had pneumonia for 4 months and now must reinvent myself...slooooowly back into the workout regime. Just in the nick of time, Jane does it again.

When I reviewed the video, it looks a lot like Devon's 10 a.m. fitness class that I used to attend. I love the dance aspect of exercise, so I hope my spot will still be available in the New Year. Something to really look forward to...back to normal!

The meditation part at the end of the video is so totally "Jane"...I'll have to find one of those little pyramids, AND, it would seem she never did succeed in blowing out that candle :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's true

It's true what they say..."never leave candles unattended". Especially if they are your advent candle and you get distracted.

Now we shall have to wait until Saturday to light our candle again!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How Cold is it?

No snow yet, but the oak leaves are all down now, heralding the beginning of the real winter. The birdbath is frozen over, making it the perfect little skating rink for Woodstock of Snoopy fame.

Listening to Vince Guaraldi "A Charlie Brown Christmas" one of my favourite Christmas albums.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tis the Season

December 12. Okay, now it's time to get serious about everyone arriving.

I was amused to see that even the New York Times had an article entitled "Scrub The Halls" Cleaning before Christmas with everyone arriving home.

In a previous post, I was swagging the halls, The Professor thought I should be "decking" them...I'll tell you who will be decked AND scrubbing! :)

P.S. The New York Times is my home page, so I hope this link works. I've been having trouble with tricky links this past while.

Photo Credit: NYTimes

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Feliz Navidad

While digging out the Christmas decorations last night, I decided to have the Michael Bublé special playing in the background. This is such a fabulous rendition of Feliz Navidad.

I will be looking for more of Thalia's work too! I adore this combination of voices. Enjoy. I'm off to swag a few more halls!

This is available on iTunes.

Friday, December 9, 2011


I have always loved the old fashioned vanity.

This one finally emerged from the garage, has been refinished, and is now ready to adorn. I must go and find a mirrored tray to put the perfume bottles in. Strange, I rarely wear perfume these days, but I do love the look of the bottles.



Little glass drawer pulls add a bit of glamour

The specially cut glass top is the finishing touch

The little stool needs to be reupholstered, so I'm on the hunt for the appropriate fabric. This may also necessitate a new bedroom linen set! Turquoise goes with everything! :)

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.”

Jane Austen quotes (British Novelist and Writer, 1775-1817)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Caballero A Spanish Gentleman

Our ballroom line dance class had it's Christmas Dinner Dance last Friday evening at the Faculty Club. This time our darling instructor Sarina and her sweet husband Tony joined us for the event. Joined by other dancing friends, we had so much more confidence to have our leader with us that we all thought we did quite well. This is our latest (slightly more difficult) choreography "Caballero". I love the music, but have been unable to shake it from my mind ever since. It's like it was a traumatic experience after which we all bonded.

This YouTube is the one I prefer to use for practice purposes. If you proceed through the first part of the video, at the end, you can follow the lesson from Juliet Lam....

There will be another dance in the spring, and I'm sure this melody will still be coursing through my psyche. If you start now, you'll all have it by then :) We have yet to find this "Caballero" to join us:)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What is a Skiff of Snow?

When you wake up in the morning and look out at the rooftops...this is a "skiff" of snow.

Just a "skiff" on the chair

.....and in the garden

And finally what every Canadian dreads, is waking up to find a "skiff" on their car!

This is a term that was used widely where I grew up in the Ottawa valley. Someone from Kansas wondered what a skiff was. Helen and I are wondering if this was regional lingo. Have you ever heard of "A Skiff of Snow"?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Everything old is new again

Yesterday I was looking for a few supposedly newly released Somerset magazines, which have not hit my newsstand yet. The overwhelming theme in all the other books were either vintage fabric or mixed media fashioned holiday ornaments. I remembered that I had this Vogue pattern from years ago that I figured I could find and resurrect.

After a bit of Christmas clear-up and decorating, it will be nice to get back to a small bit of embroidery. I've been inspired by Pam Garrison's work of late. She will be in LA at the French General in January.

I'll be there in February....wonder who will be around then?