Sunday, December 30, 2012


If I see any more chocolates, cookies or cake I think I'll be sick!    I've gone well over the level of insanity with regards to eating this stuff and there's still lots around.  Ye gad!! 

It was a good Xmas with my daughter and two grandchildren here.  They arrived on the 23rd.  Fortunately the weather cooperated.  We sat down to a meal of lasagne and salad that night.

The afternoon of the 24th. I had an open house from three to six.  That went well with people stopping in for a drink and some food. 

So many presents under the tree, two trees actually.  I put one up in the living room and one in the sitting room.  This is the smaller "sitting" room and tree.

The night of Xmas Eve, Andrew brought in a huge basket filled with gifts and had a blanket over it to hide what was inside.  He put it near a table in the living room which was fine.   The next morning I was the first one up.  It was still dark so I found my way across the living room to switch on the lamp, forgetting about the basket.  I tripped over it, fell into it, the lamp on the table went flying along with old bones in his sleigh and some wooden coasters.  What a racket!  I managed to haul myself up and was in tremendous pain with my arm and leg.  While sitting on the chesterfield waiting for the pain to subside, I was thinking, I could have fallen with a heart attack and be dying here when the rest of the household are snoring away in there snug little beds.  haha.  Unfortunately I broke a beautiful wine glass that was one of the gifts in the basket when I fell. 

Everyone got up fairly early and we opened all our gifts.  It was a great day.  Laurie and the kids left on Boxing Day for home.  It was the first time that I can remember that we were all together for the holidays. 

We've had some snow.

My friends waiting for breakfast.

Some Goldfinches arrived and took advantage of the feeders.

Loads of Juncos around these days.  No unusual birds to be seen.  The woodpeckers weren't around for some time and I found that upsetting but I've seen a couple at the feeders this past week.

One of the presents I got was a Santa to add to my collection.  I just love him.

 And last but not least, Stanley snuggled in the old fellows arms.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and wishing you all a wonderful New Year.


ShySongbird said...

Lovely photos OC. It looked like a lovely, family Christmas, such a shame about your early morning spill....methinks early mornings are a dangerous time for you one way and another!!

Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year :-)

Tricia said...

OC - it could only happen to you... but really glad you're OK though.

I love your Santa!! such a character.. and so pleased you had your daughter and grandchildren all together for Christmas..

and you had been working hard in the kitchen... yum!

Ali said...

I hope you've recovered from the crash O.C.! You collect Santas too? I didn't know that. I know two other people who collect them as well. I hear you about the sweets. Fortunately, we're mostly through what we had. Thank goodness. I'm going to have to be awfully good for the first quarter of the New Year to work it all off.

I hear there's lots of snow in the Maritimes. A white Christmas for the first time in some years too.

All the best in 2013.

Ali x

Victoria said...

It's great that your daughter and grandchildren were all together with you for Christmas, and I'm so glad you didn't hurt yourself badly when you tripped. I love your new Santa, he's gorgeous, I collect them, too. It's so hard to find ones that aren't wearing the ubiquitous red coat. Those open house treats look delicious! I hope you and yours have a wonderful new year....



Sondra said...

The table and the tree are lovely! You went all out...I know it was NOT funny, but the way you descrbied your fall I had to chuckle, I'm just GLAD you were not too seriously hurt. Happy New Yrs!!

The Wessex Reiver said...

Love the presents around the tree, hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2013. Happy New Year

Pete said...

lovely pics OC

have a super new year.....