Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Happy New Year!

Just a quick note to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. I hope that 2009 is full of blessings for everyone. I know that I have been blessed this holiday season. Two weeks off work and all of my family here! Our Christmas was spent quietly with my two youngest sons and some dear friends who had us join their family for our meal this year. Christmas Eve I'd travelled to Ottawa for church and the weather was so poor (freezing rain) and the roads so treacherous that I stayed overnight in the church with my DH. I returned home in the morning after the salt trucks had been out and done their thing. I knew that my boys would be sleeping in at home so I had a very quiet morning until they woke and Bob arrived home from playing the morning service.

It was a most enjoyable, relaxing Christmas Day and Santa was very good to all of us. Daniel received tickets to see Mama Mia at the National Arts Centre so that is where we spent our Sunday afternoon.
My oldest son Jeff and his girls arrived at his father's place on Boxing Day. He landed in here on Monday after having spent the weekend with his father and family. Since they got here I haven't stopped. The girls are very busy and we have had so much fun with them. Oceanne sat beside me this morning and watched me stitch. Every time I completed a cross she would holler, "X, encore Grandma!" The girls speak French but understand English. I can usually get what they're saying but there has been the odd time when I haven't been able to figure out if it's jibberish or if they're really saying something to me. That X came out loud and clear though and she cried when I finally put down my stitching. Think we have a budding little stitcher there?!

Tomorrow we drive them back to Drummondville, stopping along the way to take Dan home. Chris returned to Ottawa on the weekend since he works in retail and had to be there for all the post-Christmas sales.

We've been invited to a home party in the neighbourhood to ring in the New Year but we're both so tired that we're just going to stay put with the boys. A friend gave us a lovely bottle of champagne with which we'll toast the new year and then promptly hit the sack! After all, we have a 3 hr drive to Drummondville in the morning and then the return trip home. I'm still off work until Tuesday so that Bob and I can enjoy a few days together of blessed peace and quiet. I might find it pretty boring after all the hustle and bustle of the past month.

The only down side to our holiday was that my boss died on Christmas Day after having been diagnosed with cancer just this past September at age 58. He was in so much pain that I'm glad the end came quickly for him. I know it's very diffcult for his family though and my heart goes out to them.

When I get home tomorrow night, I'm going to check my stash and decide on my next new start. I finished off Jingle All the Way just before Christmas. I only have to add a small star charm at the tip of his hat which I ordered this past week but hasn't arrived yet. The past two mornings I've managed to put in a few stitches on Cirque before the girls woke. Boy have I missed this one! I'm definitely looking forward to spending more time on it this weekend.

May you all have a great New Year. I look forward to seeing all your new starts for 2009.


  1. I am glad that you made it home safely from the church. Icy roads can be so treacherous. Your French-speaking granddaughters sound absolutely charming. Best wishes for 2009!

  2. Lynn, Your Christmas sounds absolutely perfect! and your granddaughters are precious! Glad to hear you stayed overnight in the church instead of driving in that mess!
    I'm so sorry to hear about your boss passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.
    Congrats on your Jingle All the Way finish!! It's adorable!

  3. Happy New Year to you and your family Lynn!
    Sorry to hear about your boss, thats sad.
    Looking forward to seeing your CdC again :)

  4. A Happy New Year to you! I am sorry to hear about your boss.

    It's also sad for his family as Christmas Day will always hold a little sadness for them. I know, as my grandfather passed away on Christmas night many years ago and we always find Christmas day a little sad.

  5. Hi Lynn.

    Oh, look at that sweet face with
    the big blue eyes looking up from
    under the Christmas tree. What a
    cutie he is! Does Finnigan spend
    his days snoozing under the tree??
    Our Rupert loves it under there

    Sounds like you had a wonderful
    and very busy Christmas. It's
    nice to get together with family
    and celebrate special occasions
    isn't it? And it's great that
    you had the time off of work to
    enjoy the holidays properly.

    The weather was pretty nasty
    before and after Christmas
    wasn't it??? Luckily the day
    itself was as lovely as you
    could want. But it makes me
    dread what kind of weather we
    have to look forward to in
    the next few months. Wonder
    if Kathy has a spare bedroom
    down in Arizona?? Lol!

    Jingle all the Way turned out
    great and is so very cute with
    that sheep in the long, colour-
    ful hat. I really like the
    border around it too.

    So what did you think of Mamma
    Mia?? I saw it several years
    ago at the Royal Alex and loved
    it. But I was a big ABBA fan
    years ago so it was a given that
    I'd love the stage show too.


  6. Lynn sounds like your Christmas was perfect surrounded by your family! I know how important your boys and your grandaughters are!

    What a cute little finish!

  7. Sounds like a lovely time was had by all, and she certainly does sound like a budding stitcher cheering on your X's. Very cute finish of Jingle, perfect one to end the year on.

  8. What a sad thing to happen at this time of the year but yes I'm also glad that the suffering came to an end quickly.
    My thoughts go out to you and the work family and his family for sure!

    What a pretty kitty. Such blue eyes.
    I'm glad you had a good Christmas and I hope you have a Happy New Year!