….wishing all moms a very Happy Mother’s Day this weekend
…thanks to Becky B for hosting BrightSquare https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/04/22/bright-square-22/
Last Saturday my husband surprised me with another date night. We both got dressed up to enjoy a delicious dinner that a local restaurant partially prepared and delivered to our door. Most of the courses are completely prepared and only need to be heated up or finished in the oven and the pasta is measured but needs to be cooked at home. My husband loves to cook so none of this is a chore for him and he loves to plate food. One of the best parts of this meal is that all the proceeds go to charity and this group of young professionals donates the money to St. Joe’s Health Care Centre.
Not only was this a bright idea but it was also the bright spot or highlight of my week. Here are a bunch of square photos that should make up for the days I’ve missed.
…an Easter theme for #14 of Thursday Trios
We’re back in lockdown here in Ontario so all family visits are discouraged. I have a bag full of chocolates and eggs for the Easter egg hunt I had planned and I purchased more decorations and some wooden bird houses for a painting activity that I wanted to do with the family. My husband is trying to make me feel better by saying that none of that stuff will go bad so we can do this in May.
The one bit of good news that I got today was that I can get the vaccine on April 11. Yahoo!
….a little joy came into my life yesterday
Out of the blue I received an email from a complete stranger who had seen some of my art on the WAAC website. She fell in love with my piece, Memories of Nowruz, and wondered if I had sold it. When I told her it was still available she was delighted. When we exchanged information I found out that she lives about 15 minutes away from me. We arranged for her to come to the house and from a socially acceptable distance she could get a first hand look at the piece. Luckily for me the image on the website was true to the piece and she bought it on the spot.
We talked for a few minutes while the e-transfer was taking place. Like us she has lived in her home since the 70s and has no plans on moving any time soon. I really enjoyed speaking with her and later when I wrote to thank her she said she’d love to be on my mailing list for future shows. All in all it was a good day. Here is the painting that she bought.
….once Kevin is inspired to draw or paint something he can’t seem to stop
I love Kevin’s new challenge starting this week, Funky Frog Friday. When he knew how much I love his frogs he surprised me with my own special Valentine frog. He also surprised me with a special Valentine’s Day dinner that was delivered to the door.
…Jan. 24, 2021 was Sevin’s first birthday
It was more than just our granddaughter’s first birthday.
First time with balloons and new toys and close to taking first steps.
First time wearing her new outfit that Auntie Gaelan made her.
First birthday cake and first Zoom birthday party for all of us.
Happy day of firsts.
….Christmas was certainly different this year for most people who chose to stay safe
Some things didn’t change. We cut down a tree with the family, albeit socially distant and masked, and I decorated it. The difference this year is that I totally decorated it on my own and it was up a full two weeks before Christmas. Normally I wait until my daughter can come over and help me and it often doesn’t get done until a few days before Christmas.
As much as we love being with family on Christmas we found new ways to celebrate the holiday. We exchanged gifts but this year the gifts were exchanged in front of the house. I still filled everyone’s stockings but this year everyone took them home. Gaelan brought special donuts from Hamilton and we exercised the dogs for a few minutes in the park down the street.
Our son and his family live in London, England so this year we opened our gifts early. We always open presents on Christmas Eve but 3:00 in the afternoon was early even for us. When everyone got back home we had a Zoom Christmas so that everyone could watch their gifts being opened. It was a bit hectic but in the end watching Sevin celebrate her first Christmas was very special. Technology this year has kept us in touch and brought us closer to all our family members.
My husband and I decided to still make a special Christmas dinner for just the two of us. The only thing that was different is that we didn’t cook a turkey. Instead, we bought a nice big capon to roast and at the last minute I decide to make cranberry sauce. My husband is an amazing cook and I’m no novice when it comes to cooking but even after all these years of experience we can still mess up. The difference this year is that we could laugh about it. There were no guests to worry about or timelines that needed to be met. So when the capon was undercooked and we had to put it back in the oven, after slicing off the cooked parts, we just relaxed with more wine and started off with the wonderful salad that Kevin made.
My cranberry sauce…..well lets just say that you should never walk away from a pot of boiling cranberry sauce. In the end I was able to salvage it with a little more sweetener. Kevin likes to tell people that we had twice baked capon and smoked cranberry relish.
We’ve learned that it’s the little things that bring us joy. Even though we knew we wouldn’t be together as a family for Christmas I still decorated the house. I pared back on the decorations but I’ve learned that you don’t need to put everything out. Simple things like lighting candles and playing Christmas music brought us joy and peace. In a way this Christmas prepared us for the day when we might have to spend more Christmases alone. There will come a day, perhaps, as the grandchildren get older they won’t want to come to Oma and Papa’s house on Christmas Eve or maybe some of our children will move further away. As for now, though, we hope we can have a few more Christmas Eve celebrations together as a family.
It was certainly a less stressful Christmas this year. Hopefully 2021 will bring back some normality. We will probably all have to adjust to a new normal and hopefully 2020 taught us some valuable lessons about life and what is important. My husband and I learned that even though we love each other, more importantly, we actually like each and enjoyed our self imposed isolation in 2020.
Cheers and a happy New Year!