Sunday, 12 January 2014

Home again, home again, Jiggity Jig

Home Again.........Jiggity Jig........I am not sure what that chant from my childhood really means.  I have been feeling guilty about reading all your blogs and being a blog-slug myself on winter evenings.  So I will finish off with pictures that ended our Christmas holiday on the other side of North America and then go into some things for the beginning of 2014.  I am catching up AGAIN.  I don't know why it bothers me to get 3 weeks behind but it does. My son says I am 'anal'  but I don't know what that means. Maybe catching up is hard because I leave out some observations that were important to me.  I am listening to Ray Charles right now as he sings "It's Crying Time Again".  Maybe he is not a good choice for blogging about separating from family, AGAIN.  It may be another year or more until we see them again.  So I just switched to Enya.

Christmas morning was delightful for us to watch of course. Both girls wanted bean bag chairs for watching TV.  They take up a lot of the living room now.
Their Auntie Karen (home from teacher training at University and a week's holiday in New York City) stayed the night and helped with the Christmas Eve carol service and stocking the presents under the tree.Her boyfriend showed up the next day with the rest of the family for the turkey feast.  Our son was delighted to receive a range finder and camouflage gear for his bow hunting hobby.

On the last day we finished our third jigsaw of the holidays.   Jacklyn had the honour of adding the last piece that had been hiding under the sofa.  This one was the most difficult one we did over the holidays, due to all the different shades of white and gray.

It was callled "Following Santa's Footsteps".  

We left on the 27th knowing we would not be able to do family joys like this again for a few years, unless we win the lottery.  I had a hard time holding back the tears when we finally had to go.  We had also caught the youngest's cold.  Old Man Watching had it for 3 days before we flew out, so really wanted his own bed and space and quiet.  I started to feel it coming on the day we were leaving, so dosed myself with zinc lozenges.  That really seem to minimize the severity of any illness for me.  The two flight stop-overs going down in altitude and back up out of Winnipeg and Edmonton didn't help our ears at all, at all.  Ouch and ouch again.  

And here is the front yard with the Museum across the road, which is closed for the winter.  This is what we woke up to the next day after arriving back home on the west coast and driving inland for 6 hours.    But at least we were home.

The bad news was that our rent-to-buy fellow who had been in our house for a year and said he still was working on a down-payment at Halloween, left on New Years Eve as he bought a little house a few blocks away.  So we are back to square one and have to find another renter or preferably sell the cottage on the river.  

These nutcracker decorations disappeared from our front entrance a few days ago.  It truly means Christmas is over.

In our empty house/cottage for sale
we have a roll top desk that originally came from the Rand and Leopold Desk Co. in Burlington Iowa U.S.A.  Old Man's father picked it up at an auction after the war.  His mother, Eleanor, used it on the ranch, and then I have used it for 25 years also.  It is too big for our living quarters now.  I need to find a buyer.  It has secret compartments at the back of each drawer.  The roll top still works and the key locks it.  Come and get it, somebody please.  

Hello 2014.  I took some time to write 2014 on the top of my cheque books so that I won't forget over the next few months.  We so seldom use cheques these days.  The last time I went to order some they wanted $50 for a box of them.  So I guess when these run out that will be that, for paper transactions for me.  Another era disappears.  It makes me feel insecure to not be able to write a cheque in an emergency.


  1. I hope you didn't get too sick from the cold at home at least you can rest a little more. Oh gorgeous desk, I remember my grandfather's desk was like this one same chair too I always love all the compartments, sadly I'm too far away I would have take it. I don't like electronic transactions I found the hard way how bad it could be a year ago when a big store got hacked and didn't notice it's customers about, I could say the paper era was way safer.

  2. Glad you're home again. Yes, so many sadnesses with leaving family and downsizing, but you will be happy when you're settled and comfortable.

  3. So happy that you got home safely. I know how hard it is to leave family, especially those little ones, who grow so fast. Karyn, that desk is amazing! I wish we only lived a few miles apart. I would buy it from you. No where to put it either, but secret compartments sold me!! LOL I hope you find a buyer who will love it. There are places on-line where you can order checks for a lot less than $50.00! That seems to be outrageous.

    1. Well I was told afterwards that I should have said I was a senior and then they are free. I will go back and talk to them. Also the desk is gone. I sent out a mass e-mail and our nephew really really wanted it. It was his grandmother's, whom he cherished, and remembers her working at it. He also agreed to come from Alberta to pick it up in a horse trailer and keep it until our oldest son in Ontario can come west and get it in a few years when he finishes building his new house. John has a big log home on a ranch so it will look great if the can figure out how to put it back together. We broke it down today into sections that would fit out of a house door. So it will not be sold but kept in the family, and that makes me feel better about losing it.

    2. and sometimes old age and downsizing is emotionally draining... a good old heart attack might be less painful in the end....Who knows?

  4. GLad you had a nice Christmas visit, and I hope you are able to go back sooner than you think.

    Also hope you sort out the house/cottage situation soon.

    THe rolltop desk is gorgeous. I always wanted one of those when I was a kid!

  5. Not seeing children and grandchildren for a whole year is rough. But you do have such a lovely time when you see them. When it comes to family closeness, this country is too darned big for its own good. (I do love it)

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