Halloween, Christmas and a New Baby


A new year already! and a new decade. Happy New Year to all. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

We’re getting used to living in Edmonton. We went from


What were we thinking? I hear you say. But we also went from

and traded

and last but probably the most important

We have much to be grateful for.

I haven’t done much in the way of decorating or too much organizing because our landlord informed us, just after we signed a 6 month lease, that he was wanting to sell our house. So, we might have to move and I didn’t want to get too comfortable. Of course, the kitchen got some love. I put up my “kitchen” sign that Tori made me

and our little monkey fridge magnet that we found in our house in Delta back in 2004

He’s a bit like the Elf on a Shelf. He moves around from time to time to wherever there’s a metal place he can be stuck to.

Our Ikea hack bar trolley has become a temporary kitchen island. Not exactly ideal with the copper railing around it, but it’ll do for now.

The kitchen island we had in our old house has become a temporary drinks trolley for the living room

Back in the kitchen, there are convenient shelves for some of my teapots. I think I have a teapot obsession!

And then there was a strange little cupboard off to the side where I threw things like tools and cleaning products and garbage bags

until one day I could find anything, so I bought some containers and sorted it out

It’s much better, but still a work in progress

We replaced the very old, dirty and falling-apart blinds in the living room and dining room with sheers and curtains. I forgot to take a before photo, but they just had to come down.

My cat spends a lot of time ‘chasing’ the little birds that sit in the tree outside this window

We had Neil over a few times to hang out and paint and draw

He’s so much fun to be with and I never stop learning with him

On October 27th, this lovely little lad was born in London, England, and I became a Great Aunt! Yikes! It makes me sound so old. Welcome John Patrick

This made his grandparents very happy indeed. They look ecstatic despite just having flown in from Zimbabwe that morning.

Soon after that Halloween arrived and this little guy showed up on my doorstep. It was such a lovely surprise.

Of course, he got Halloween candy. Quite a few neighbourhood kids also showed up which was a nice change from our last house where no-one came at all.

And then, just like that, it was Christmas. I bought myself a Christmas present while shopping for the family. I just couldn’t resist – I love all things tea

On Christmas day, the whole family plus Johnny and Cathy came for dinner, and we added a trestle table to our regular dining table to accommodate everyone – 8 in total.

It was a fun night

We spent New Year’s Even with Neil so his parents could have a night out and amused ourselves by taking funny face selfies

and making a bed on top of the couch 🙂

The next day all the decorations came back down. I like Christmas, but I’m glad it’s over and we can all get back to normal again, whatever that may be. It looks like the dogs and cats in this family had a hard year and are sleeping it off in the living room

Willow continues to hate Mondays

and Maggie (demon cat) continues to terrorize the other animals.

Until next time …


But First, Tequila










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