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Friday, December 01, 2006

Secret Santa

Just think...only 18 more sleeps and Secret Santas will be revealed!

I'm getting excited just thinking about the party! I have already started cooking. I just made the Sausage Pinwheels and they will be going into the freezer. Later today, I will be making Mushroom Tarts (with Cream Cheese Pastry), which will also go into the freezer.

And I get to start decorating this weekend! Woohoo! And, most exciting of all, I get to turn on the outdoor Christmas lights tonight! It's been killing me, having to wait until December 1st. I think I just may have to crack out the wrapping paper, bows, ribbon, and tags and do some Christmas wrapping.

I've had lots of questions about the party and even more about SS identities. So many people are going to be SO surprised! The countdown begins....

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


I added three questions to the end...questions I thought would be interesting to answer!

Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate - Hot chocolate! Most definitely hot anyone can drink egg nog is beyond me.

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? - Not anymore ... but when I was a child, all gifts were wrapped and placed around the tree.

Do You Hang Mistletoe? No! Who would I catch under it? That would just be sad...

When do You Put Decorations Up? - Outdoor decorations go out in November, but don't get turned on until December 1st. Indoor decorations go up December 1st or the first weekend in December, depending on how busy we are. The tree is put up 1-2 weeks before Christmas.

What is Your Fave Holiday Dish ? (can't be dessert!) - I don't know ... it would be a tie between my grandmother's stuffing and my Easy Eggs Benedict.

Fave Christmas Gift - When I was a kid - the year that I received my bike - pink with a banana seat! As an adult - the year I got a Kitchen Aid Mixer, a Braun Food Processor, and a Bread Maker all from my sister and mother!

When and How did you learn the truth about Santa? - I was in 6th grade, on the tires on the old jungle gym at Park Street with most of the class when someone, possibly Mike Walsh(that putz), spilled the beans. I was CRUSHED!

Do You Open a Gift on Christmas Eve? - Not anymore, but yes, when we were kids. Always something we could use, like jammies or, the most memorable time, a mirror and hairbrush set ... I still don't know how my father did it. My mother was working nights, Dad took my sister and I to church and when we got home, there were two presents that "Santa dropped off" on the kitchen table. When we left for church, there was NOTHING on the kitchen table. My mother says she didn't come home and get them out...

How do you Decorate your Tree? - All our ornaments have meaning ... I love blown glass or Polonaise Ornaments ... we have lots of those. Handmade ornaments given to me from when I was a child. Ornaments given to me as a gift. Two boxes of blown glass ornaments my parents got their first year married. And it all has to be covered with a sprinkling of tinsel.

Fave Christmas Memory - See fave gifts.

The most Important thing about the Holidays - After my dad died, it used to be just getting through Christmas Day without a breakdown, cuz Christmas was HIS holiday. Now it's about spending as much time with my family and friends as I can.

Favourte Christmas Dessert - We don't really have a dessert we make every year. Mum's shortbread cookies, with a few sprinkles of coloured sugar on top.

What tops your Tree? - A star ... a new one, as the one my parents had their first year died...

Do you prefer giving or recieving? - Both! I love to give gifts... as most of you know. And I love to receive, particularly when it's a gift that is a total surprise, that is absolutely perfect!

Fave Christmas Song? - This is a three way tie - and they're all so very different: Elvis' 'If Every Day Could Be Christmas', John Lennon's 'So This Is Christmas', and Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas'.

Fave Holiday Movie? - It's a tie between "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney and "Miracle on 34th Street" with Maureen O'Hara- not the crappy remake.

Fave Christmas Candy? - Ganong Chicken Bones!

Fave Christmas Claymation/Cartoon? - Frosty the Snowman!

Monday, November 27, 2006


Did you wonder if I made it back from the US?

We got back last night at 9PM and I was sooooooo tired that I had enough energy to unpack the truck, get in my pj's and veg in front of the TV.

We left here Friday night at 5:20PM and made it to the border in an hour, courtesy of the new highway from Longs Creek to Nackawic. Unfortunately, I have a bit of a UTI, so we made frequent stops...and we arrived in Dover at midnight our time. When we arrived, my Aunt Diane was already in bed. She lives in the upstairs apartment of my Aunt Mary's house. We didn't want to wake her up, since she was supposed to work the next day. So, we went in to Mary's since the woman almost never sleeps(I don't know how she does it). My cousin Johnny(Diane's son) came home less than a half hour later and woke Diane up to ask her if we were staying with them or not. Her response? They haven't arrived! He says, yeah, the truck is in the driveway...she comes racing down the stairs into Mary's - saying, why didn't you ring the doorbell!? and the explanations start again.

The next morning we were up early and out the door after a great breakfast Diane prepared (she loves company to cook for) and headed for Portland. We arrived at the Christmas Tree Shop and split up with our own carts ... I managed to get a little something for almost everybody on my list. Hit Michaels and got a few things. I have to be honest and say that our Michaels are stocked much better. Then we headed to the Dollar Tree ... a little higher end than Dollarama ... I got some great gift bags ... I don't know if I want to part with them, they're so cute!

Afterwards, we zipped down to Kittery ... we had lunch at the Weathervane ... only THE BEST seafood place, that I absolutely have to visit every time I go down to NH. Just a little aside ... Diane was telling me that whenever Johnny comes home from NYC, the day he goes back, he always has to have lunch with her at the Weathervane ... a big thing in our family. Anyway, after lunch, I dropped Mum off at the Hanes outlet and waited in the car. I'm sure Nick is aghast that I didn't shop, but really, - been there, done that. Kittery is old news for me. It also didn't help that the traffic was bumper to bumper all the way down Route 1.

Once Mum made her purchase at the Hanes Outlet, we motored over to Portsmouth - it's a five minute drive - and we did some shopping at the Fox Run Mall and Annex. Highlights: Barnes & Noble - pretentious - even more so than Chapters! Old Navy - didn't go in, didn't want to be tempted - but it was HUGE. Lindt - LOVED IT! Yankee Candle - actually disappointed! The selection at Shoppers is just fine for me.

By that time, it was pitch dark! And guess what time it was? 5PM! I had forgotten how early and quickly it gets dark down there. Anyway, we went back to Diane's for supper. Then the three of us went to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Somersworth to do some last minute all the photo frames I needed, a start on Mum's Christmas shopping, and some groceries to bring back. Then we went back to Diane's and vegged ... we were tired! I literally shopped my mother out. Mum and Diane talked while watching TV and I quilted.

Diane loved the quilt! She proceeded to "encourage" me to stop giving my quilts away and start selling them. She feels that I shouldn't waste my talent. I should insert here that Johnny is an artist (he works for an ad agency to pay the bills) and she's always been very nurturing when it comes to his talent. Anyway, she thinks I should start in the new year, making quilts, so I can sell them at craft fairs and sales around Christmas time. I don't know. I would like to think that I could sell them, but I have a hard time believing anyone would want to spend good money on what I produce. Enough of that.

We left after breakfast Sunday morning, but not to get on the road... we had to go visit more family. We stopped at my Aunt Carmel's for an hour, then had go to my Aunt Monica's for an hour to pick up all my stuff I had shipped there. And to meet her new horse, of course! Finally, we were able to get on the road and start to make some headway. We left around 1PM and pulled into the driveway shortly before 9pm, after traffic on the highway around Portland and Bangor, stopping for supper, and lots of pee breaks. I should note that we didn't have to stop at the border... we declared exactly what we had, which was a little over the limit, and she waved us through. I guess it helps not to bring back a grand worth of merchandise. Hehe.

Ok, I'm done boring the crap out of you with my trip. Have a good night everyone!