Monthly Archives: December 2010

Fourth Candle of Advent

An exciting moment: tonight we lit all four candles on the Advent wreath.  This is the very last week before we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  O come, Emmanuel! This is very brief tonight because our internet service has been … Continue reading

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First Cookies of Christmas

I haven’t made cookies at Christmas for years, preferring to go crazy at Valley Bakery and get lots of different kinds and forego the fuss of, like, actually baking.  This year, perhaps inspired by my new kitchen, I decided to plunge … Continue reading

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Dad and the Christmas Tree, Part Two

This story is from the late 40’s or early 50’s.  I’m guessing that the Christmas trees we saw  being sold on corner lots didn’t come from tree farms, but instead were logged and bundled by folks trying to make a bit … Continue reading

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Dad and the Christmas Tree, Part One

My father was part of a generation of guys who decorated under their Christmas trees.  And I don’t mean a little house or two.  Every December, an uncle of mine dragged out the pieces of plywood that went to form … Continue reading

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Grandma and Grandpa Santamouse Have Arrived!

When we sold our house and moved to this condo last spring, our son-in-law Sean was hugely helpful in hauling away junk and toting recyclables.  We downsized considerably, getting rid of hundreds of books and throwing out most of our … Continue reading

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My Man Sondheim

When I read that Stephen Sondheim had put out a book of his collected lyrics with some comments, I was pretty excited, going immediately to the public library website to request it.  I’ve been fascinated by him as a lyricist and composer … Continue reading

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A Light Shines in the Darkness

I’ve been emotional about Advent this year.  Usually it is my favourite liturgical season, but this year has brought new feelings and perhaps some new understanding as well.  Maybe part of the reason is that we are now living up … Continue reading

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Auntie Leila’s Linky – Kitchen Sink(y)

These titles are getting way too cute for me.  Must. stop. now.  Today’s topic, though, is the kitchen sink, from Leila of Like Mother, Like Daughter, who asked readers to post pictures of their kitchen sinks.  When I read this … Continue reading

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Not Being Lurky About the Turkey

I’ve been meaning to start a new blog for some months now, but the busy-ness of moving from our old house to a condo kept me from doing it.  Then it was time for Holidailies, and even though I didn’t … Continue reading

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