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Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you!

Merry Christmas Everybody!


Balsamic vinegar and political puppets

I’d almost forgotten what it was like, cramming everyday life into the little pockets of time around the edges of work. I’m sure I’ll get better at it, but so far I’m pretty tired and I’m scrambling to get things done.

Then there’s Christmas. I’ve been watching from a safe distance on facebook as my friends […]

Kazoo speaks for us all

With love and best wishes to all of you from Kazoo, Zoom, GC, Duncan, Logan, Billie, Lester, Piccolo, Banjo, Oboe, Baby 1/5, Baby 2/5, Baby 3/5, Baby 4/5 and the Little Baby Jeebus, who hatched today.

How's Christmas coming along?

I haven’t done any Christmas decorating or baking yet, and I’m not sure I’m going to. Maybe I’ll put a red bulb in a lamp. I’m not sure it’s even possible to shoehorn a tree into this living room now that there’s a giant parrot cage in the usual Christmas tree corner. The bird is […]

Talking turkey and yarn

I’m just taking a break from wrapping presents, which is my least favourite of the Christmas chores. Every year I tell myself that next year I’ll wrap them as I buy them. But then I forget again.

Speaking of forgetting, I forgot where I put my son’s Christmas presents. I searched and searched and got […]

Miscellaneous updates

The Sock

I tried. Really I did. And then I put it away, at least for awhile. I’m going to try again after Christmas. When things settle down. When I settle down.


I knit a baby hat for Chelsea from some silky Lion & Lamb I had in my stash. It was a very soothing knitting […]

My Christmas Eve To-Do List

I like that Christmas Eve feeling, when everything’s finally ready and my home is all warm and clean and cozy and decorated and the presents are wrapped and under the tree and the baking’s done and the house smells good and it’s snowing outside and I finally get to just sit back and have a […]

Christmas Re-Cap

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve GC and I worked our weekly shift in the soup kitchen at the Shepherds of Good Hope, serving up tourtiere pie and cauliflower soup and pastries.

Things were slow in the soup line, and there was a Christmas Eve Mass out in the parking lot at 8:00, so we stepped outside to […]

Where are you on the Christmas spectrum?

On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you like Christmas? ( polls)

Step into the polling booth and tell us how you really feel about Christmas.