Sunday, December 26, 2010

Today I...December 26th

Today I... hoping that you all had a very Merry Christmas. I'm sharing a few photos that I took over the pas few days with you all. The first photo is of one of the houses behind the Oratory. I took it during my walk on Thursday.

...the next photo is of the presents set out at my aunt and uncle's last night.

...and this last one is a close-up of a plate of ginger cookies and clementines that I set up at my mom's place yesterday afternoon. I didn't make the cookies, by the way. A customer of my mom's made them and gave them to her as a gift. They're really good!!! apologizing for going AWOL since Thursday, but I have been caught in a whirlwind of emotions and business since then. I will confess and that Christmas is not easy for me (or for my brother for that matter). I often feel wonderful leading up to Christmas, but then right beforehand I hit a low ebb when I feel lonely and teary and nostalgic and this year with Luce dying two days before Christmas is made it even worse. I now have two weeks of vacation ahead of me and while the rest will be most appreciated, I'm wondering how I will fill much of that time. All of my friends are busy with their significant others or off on vacation. I'm still waiting to see my Sweetheart although, as his nickname on here states, he has been a love since Luce died and wrote to me on Thursday night and then called me on Friday morning to see how I was doing and to wish me a Merry Christmas and to ask me to light a candle for Luce for him at the Oratory. Oh, if I could have kissed him and hugged him through the phone I would have. I will see if I can go back to Toronto with him for a few days from Wednesday to Saturday and make it home in time for a family dinner on the 1st as that would fill the gap between the two holidays. I'll see what he thinks of the idea, otherwise I may use some points off of my Via Preference card to take a day trip to Ottawa or something. moving on to a lighter note: I got some lovely presents for Christmas, a set of pots and a pan from my aunt and uncle, slippers, a purse, a blanket for my bed, some socks and mitts and a few other bits and bobs from my mom, some clothes and a gift card from my grandparents and I almost forgot, a gift card for groceries from my mom, which is absolutely brilliant because food is one of my biggest expenses. Do not ever underestimate the value of a gift card for groceries for someone, it's a really brilliant gift to get :o)


  1. Hello Karine! I do know how you are feeling about the holidays! It took me a bit to feel better about them too--I think it's all about finding the 'balance' in our lives and doing what we can and not allowing anyone to make us feel guilty if we don't totally embrace the holidays.

    Take care and I hope you're enjoying your day!!

  2. I am glad you ended up feeling okay over the holidays. I hope you can get away for a few days down to Toronto, can your other half not escape up to your place for the rest of the week?

    I think grocery store gift cards are perfect as well. Mind you I got the kids a $25 Subway gift card each as I thought it would be handy if they forgot to make their lunch for work?


  3. I am currently on holiday where it is as cold as your first picture. I don't like being this cold. London will feel almost tropical after this. Your picture with the cheery coloured oranges is where i want to be.