Archive | December, 2012

‘Tis the Season for Spirtles and Quesedilla Makers: Merry Christmas To All

30 Dec
The Spirtle

The Spirtle

The Qesedilla Maker

The Qesedilla Maker

Santa Claus sometimes has a few surprises under the tree. The first was a spirtle, a maple-wood stirring device from Scotland. Good for oatmeal on a cold and frosty morning. For those who have never had one before get one. It is handy for stirring all kinds of things you don’t want burning on the stove. It also makes a great conversation piece at family get-togethers.

The other gift was a quesedilla-maker. I did not know such a thing even existed. It makes great snacks, even meals easily. Quesedillas are some of my wife’s favourite food so it will be well used.

We Survived the Mayan Apocalypse! What comes Next?

22 Dec

Well we are all still here. What was the fuss about? Somebody must have made a lot of money out of all the hoopla. The Mayans didn’t seem to be too concerned, in fact they celebrated the event. Not even a decent meteor shower or super nova or wandering asteroid. We survived Y2K, the new millenium, and now this. What will come next? Enquiring minds want to know. Give it a year or less. Somebody will cook up something.

Oh CristmasTree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh CristmasTree, Oh Christmas Tree

Now we can focus on the really important things in life, like Christmas. Actually the gifts have been bought. I wish I could claim credit for all the purchases but I am usually dragged along like a reluctant puppy by the super-shopper (S-S) of the family who will remain nameless. So far we have been shopping in Ajijic, Guadalajara, Toronto, Winnipeg and Gimli. S-S likes to spread the wealth around and keep the world economy humming. I just pout a lot since I have so many other things to do such as… and … and uhm …, and besides it’s cold outside. Ah well, she has made the house look great and there are presents under the tree, many presents, many many presents. This does not count the ones delivered and mailed. She makes sure my gift-bonanza is well taken care of. Kinda makes me feel like a kid again. Takes a special person to do that.

We will be hosting Christmas Eve this year. Should be a good crowd. The driveway is plowed so there is lots of parking space. Two of our children at home will be here for Christmas so that will make the time special. Our other children and grandchildren  are scattered across the country. What with the weather and the nutty airline travel pressures at this time of year I prefer they stay safe and sane. We will still miss them. S-S gets especially sentimental at this time of year. But then she gets especially sentimental on New Years, Easter, birthdays, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving and just about any other day. I think we will be making a few road trips this spring and summer to visit one and all.

Snow and Hoar-Frost in the Garden

Snow and Hoar-Frost in the Garden

Although the weather has been clouded over most of the time the trees have been covered in hoar-frost. Very picturesque. It’s like being in a Christmas card scene. Very nice to have for the Christmas season. Last year it was a green Christmas. If one has to have a green Christmas I would like to have palm trees, golden sands and blue waters in the picture.

Deep Freeze and Hibernation: the weather outside is frightfull

11 Dec
A Rare (for me) Winter Sunrise Picture

A Rare (for me) Winter Sunrise Picture

It’s amazing what a little cold can do to freeze the mind and somehow numb the blog fingers. After a bit of travelling to see children, grandchildren and relatives in the Toronto area we are finally back home. It is cold, frozen, frigid, mostly white. Quite a difference from the colour of Mexico. Boy, talk about stating the obvious!

Snowy Driveway: No Mowing

Snowy Driveway: No Mowing

The good news is I don’t have to mow the driveway. But there is this little detail of snow and more snow. For that at least I am spared. Chris, the snow clearing man, proves himself most useful at these times. Mowing a driveway the size of a small park is one thing; shovelling the snow off it in -18 degrees Celsius  (windchill -24 degrees) is another. The major roads and highways are blessedly clear of ice and snow, at least outside of  Winnipeg.

There have not been as many deer around the yard for a while. Minimal tracks in the snow. Either they are elsewhere, perhaps the in the woods, or there are not as many of them.

Broken Ice Lake Winnipeg

Broken Ice Lake Winnipeg

While we were away there must have been some quite violent windstorms off the lake. The shoreline is like a jagged, crystalline mountain range. It will make ice fishing and snowmobiling closer to shore difficult this year. The sun glinting off crystal peaks is quite dramatic though.

Over the next few days we will be putting up our Christmas tree and decorations. First we have to bring them in out of the garage to thaw out for a day or two. Life moves slowly and at a measured pace but I am not complaining. But I do miss the sun and warmth of Mexico.