Spent Sunday afternoon and evening wrapping presents
and decorating the parcels. Had some trouble getting
started however because Phoebe
demanded was in need of
attention and was not inclined to listen to reason and
allow me to work unimpeded.
Since wrapping presents one handed, with a cat slung
over your shoulder snoozing is awkward ... to say the
least ... I had to be firm and put her down near by to
nap on a chair ... instead of me.
Wrapping paper around the boxes doesn't take too long
to do. It's making the bows and decorating in general
that takes time ... and is the fun part. Unfortunately my
glue gun died awhile ago and I forgot to get myself a new
one so all the bows and decorations had to be "stuck"
on the parcels with tape, white glue or tied on with fancy
string or ribbon. Frustrating at times and I'm not sure
how durable these things are going to be so when they
are being given out I'll be warning the recipients to be
careful with how they carry or transport their gifts.
At least I did remember to buy a new glue gun the next
time I was out shopping. Better late then never.
Don't think that I ever showed off the new addition to the
library which my DH made for me in August. I've had this
design stuck in my head for ages now and somehow, for
some reason, this summer he and I got to talking about it
and the next thing he knew he was going out to buy the
materials and putting it together.
Four bookcases set edge to edge with a large sheet of
plywood on top and with a raised edge of trim to finish
off each side of the table top. It gives me a whole lot
of space for my bigger books on the shelves of the four
bookcases plus the top is perfect for working on my jigsaw
puzzles, crafting ... and for wrapping Christmas presents.
I had to haul all my wrapping paper, trims, adhesives,
decorations and ... um ... oh yes .... the presents ....
from the top floor of the house to the basement ... and
then back up there again when I was done but it was
fabulous to work on that table and not have to bend over.
And that table top is a HUGE workspace.
On the 7th of December I took the train down
to Toronto to meet my friend Darlene and we
spent the day wandering around the city
looking at the Christmas decorations.
The above trees are in the atrium of the building
where Darlene works (she was on vacation that
week). Note the sheets of sparkly lights draped
across the balconies. Very pretty, nicely done.
We went to Yorkdale mall for the morning and
checked out the stores and their displays there. The
above arrangement was in Pottery Barn. We were
disappointed in the lack of decorations at Yorkdale
in the mall's common spaces. All the shops there were
decorated but the mall itself only had Christmas
decorations around the area where Santa was located.
Dull! Boring!!! Bah Humbug Yorkdale!!!
We went to Allen Gardens in the afternoon and were
much happier with the effort made there to join in the
spirit of the season. Poinsettias everywhere, in a
multitude of colours. Mannequins dressed for winter
in dresses made of foliage and flowers were scattered
around the main greenhouse.
Anyone for a sleigh ride?
Another greenhouse had fanciful birds perched in
trees and plants, some sitting on "nests" with
Christmas decoration "eggs".
I guess it makes sense that a Blue Jay would lay a blue
It was lovely to spend an hour or more wandering
around enjoying the plants and the Christmas
Once it got dark we walked to City Hall where the skating
rink was in full use, the Christmas tree was lit up and
everything looked lovely.
The Eaton Centre mall had it's giant reindeer
set out along it's main hall. They are amazing
to see in person.
The CN tower was lit up with Christmas colours
which looked great.
Didn't buy anything (except for brunch and
dinner) during our day out except when I found
this hardcover edition of the third book in
Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy which
was on sale for just $10.00. I did buy this when
it first came out in hardcover a year and a half
ago because I LOVE the series and this author!
But I had to grab this copy because of the sticker
on it which said "Signed Copy"!!!!
Yup! There you go! Signed by the author!!!
Me want! Me grab!!! Me very happy!!!
This is baking week. I've been at it for three days so
far and will keep at it until I run out of time. Stay
tuned for further reports.