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Happy New Year

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May you all have the most wonderful, magical and blessed  New Year in  2014! See you in 2014.

Winter Solstice & Merry Christmas!

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From this.... to this.... Right on time for winter solstice which I seldom pay attention to, except this day gains in more popularity as weather news item like this .  I went out early evening on an errand and found it a bit hard to navigate. It was rather icy in places. It was also very wet at the street corners. One has to jump across puddles. I used my walking poles to navigate the sidewalks. From here on in I'll look forward to the increased daylight hours. Have a great weekend! Enjoy your Christmas too! Our World Tuesday  

December Sunsets

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"The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. " Psalm 65:8 (NIV) I captured these photos of the sunset on Monday evening.     Even the hanging telephone wires couldn't dim the beauty of the sky. Joining in with Skywatch Friday today. Enjoy your weekend and have a Merry Christmas!

Wordless

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Joining Wordless Wednesday

Christmas Party

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I'm a bit over due for posting this week. I have been very busy with buying and wrapping some gifts and making preparations for my mother's third move in the facility where she lives. As always things did not go off without a few glitches concerning the move but it is done and she is more or less settled. Now I pray she is going to be okay health wise until we can move her for good to a new facility.  She is eager to get back to where she used to live but because she is already in a facility she is not at the top of the wait list.  If you can remember to say a prayer about her health and about her new place coming up soon that would be wonderful. Some of the crowd at the Christmas party I attended.  A lot of Asians were represented. In the meantime, I've also been preparing for Christmas here at home. I posted most of my Christmas cards some weeks back and put up my small decorations around the condo.  I set up my small tree earlier in the week but only just managed

Winter Wonderland

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Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.  To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.  ~ Calvin Coolidge After dinner I enjoyed a short walk in the snow. It's late and I'm labelling Christmas gifts for my mom before I wrap them. I am also preparing a few other gifts for family and family friends. I am attending a Christmas party tomorrow and after that I'll finish decorating my small tree as well as put up the other decorations. I'm a bit late this year. Oh my!  I still have to finish crafting 3 gifts. Oh well, there is always next week, lol. I can't believe I started these gifts long ago and still haven't finished them but life keeps cropping up :-).   Where does the time go?! Best to breathe and savour the days as they pass. Linking up with Our World Tuesday .  Thank you to Lady Fi for hosting!

Life's Blessings

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“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” Dr. Steve Maraboli, Behavioral Scientist Christmas is always a time when I think of the way God has richly blessed my life.  Things could have been so very different for me had I been born in poverty in a multitude of other countries.  But I was blessed to be born in Canada and to have opportunities that I would not have had in many other countries because I was a girl child. So Christmas is always an important time of year for me. A time to consider my blessed life and to see what I can do for others beyond my family or immediate circle of good friends. There are many ways to be a blessing to others.  If we look around in our circle of friends and acquaintances and review their circumstances we can probably think of a number of people who could use a kind gesture, a helping hand, a small blessing or material helps of some kin

Rest in Peace

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Nelson Mandela, was an inspiration to me like he was to so many others around the world.  Even though his life here on earth is done, I pray his life and light continue to shine brightly as a beacon of  hope and inspiration to those of us left behind. May God too bless his family and his Nation at this time of loss. ~~ Mr. Mandela, we will all miss you dearly. You have run your race.  You have finished your course. I pray you rest in peace. 

One Sky in September

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I went through my archives for these sunset photos.  These shots were all taken within a few moments of each other.  I hope you like them.  Enjoy your week and check out some other beautiful skies from around the world. Skywatch Friday

Cards & Letters

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More cards out the door and in the post. Wordless Wednesday

Start to the Week

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  Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest... It's about who came, and never left your side... - Unknown Another week begins. I am blessed that though we were having cold weather, it has warmed up a few degrees.  Better still we are having clear skies and lots of sunshine.  This is a rare treat at this time of year and it is supposed to last all week! Yah! On Friday I bought a new pair of flannel sheets. I already have some neutral coloured sheets but I wanted some plaid ones to change them out when I am doing the laundry. I bought this blue, red and white tartan and they kept me very warm during my first night of use. I've been wanting something in shades of red and gray for some time.  The neutral pillow cases in the back are also made of flannel.   You might remember that on Friday I also went out shopping for a few little gift items and for a food care package for my mom.  I am hoping that she will be feeling a little bet

Gluten Free Pineapple Carrot Muffins

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If you've been following my recent experiments in baking with millet flour, you may also enjoy this recipe.  This is my favourite of the 3 recipes I've made with millet flour so far. Ingredients 1 1/4 millet flour (I used Bob Red Mills brand but you may have another brand where you live) 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking power 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons ground ginger (fresh is always nice but I used powdered ginger this time) 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ripe banana 1 cup crushed or chopped pineapple (I used a can of pineapple tidbits) 2 cups finely grated carrots (next time I will use half zucchini and half carrots) Directions  Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine the mashed banana with the pineapple, grated carrot, ginger, cinnamon, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.  I used a Kitchen-Aid mixer but you can also just combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix them with a wooden spoon. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking pow

A Glorious Sight

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Hi friends, I'm a bit late with the post but it is still Friday where I live so I am posting my Skywatch Friday pics. I took these about two weeks ago when I was in a different part of the city running errands. I am not usually out at dinner hour looking at the sky so I often miss the beautiful sunsets. I hope you like these photos of the one I caught that day. I had a busy day today dealing with my mother and her needs.  There is a flu outbreak at her residence and she and 13 other residents are quarantined. It sounds rather serious. I pray that she and the others will be better soon and that the staff will give them the very best care. In all honesty, I am not pleased with the level of care she has been receiving since she moved in there 4 months ago and I've put in a request to move her to another residence on a priority basis. We are now waiting for an available room. After discovering mother was in quarantine and that I'd done what I could to ensure her

Progress

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Brrr, it has been quite chilly here both yesterday and today. On Monday it was overcast and raining. I think it was Monday night when it snowed on the mountain top. On Tuesday it was very windy and by the afternoon the clouds and dull sky had cleared.  I went out and joined a friend for a few hours of relaxation over coffee and a natter (chat).  Last night the temperature went as low as -2 Celsius and I had to turn the heat on for awhile in the living room.  My feet are like ice blocks this week so I also have on a pair of socks and slipper booties and from time to time I put the heating pad on my feet too.  I'm drinking cups of tea and hot chocolate to keep warm late at night. Today it was another cold day.  I dressed warmly when I went out to buy the week's supply of vegetables and fruit.  I stopped at the Post Office where I posted a birthday card to a local friend and a Christmas card to Joshua, son of my new blogging friend, Tammy from Texas. Tammy is my buddy for a

My World Tuesday

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In my world this week I am trying hard to juggle everything.  Mostly I find it hard to keep up to housework.  I am never caught up but I try. I continue to work on 5-6 projects for Christmas.  Most of which will be unveiled on this blog if I remember to take pictures of the finished products.  I'm pleased with the progress I am making so far . Two projects underway. It is a very good thing I got an early start on these projects as they are all taking a lot of time and I need to pace myself and do other things in between.  I've been enjoying reading the book, The Perfume Collector whenever I need a break from crafting.  Sometimes too there is a good movie on television.   I  "enjoy" vacuuming and washing the floors for a physical break every few days.  When I need to run my errands, I  manage to fit in a short walk in the neighbourhood.  Friendships and family remain important in my life just as they are for most people and these relationships all need time.