Saturday 8 December 2018

Saturday This and That . . .

Thirty years ago today, during a snowstorm, this man entered the world at 6 pounds and 14 ounces.  He was my largest baby.  Nobody could have been loved more than this little boy.  I hadn't thought I could have any more children.  There is seven years between him and his next oldest sibling, so lets say he was a huge surprise.  

A fortune teller actually told us he was coming.  (I know!  That was before I joined the church.) A friend of mine had a fortune teller come to her house and invited a bunch of us to come over and have our fortunes told.  This one put boiling water into a bowl, and then looked into the boiling water with her head covered with a towel.  (I thought to myself here we go!) She told me that a year from then i wouldn't be living in the same place, and that there was going to be a new baby in the family tree, a boy.  I thought probably my brother and his wife perhaps.  They hadn't long been married.  My mother was told the same thing more or less, a new baby in the family tree, a boy.  And I was told something about lots of blood. 

Well, lo and behold, my husband came back from wherever he had been playing soldier at again  . . .  I fell pregnant (Surprise!) and we got posted someplace else.  I was really happy about the baby.  I had always wanted lots and lots of children.  I wasn't happy about having to move.  I have never ended my pregnancies in the same place they started. C'est la vie!  We moved and in the middle of a snow story day, I went into labour.  Just a few hours later in a hospital in Alliston, Ontario, Bruce entered the world.  I was over the moon.

He was everyone's baby.  My other children were so much older that they all pampered him. He was well loved and more than a little bit spoiled.  His first few years of life. he wasn't very well.  I spent many a night awake all night holding him upright so he could breathe, and masking him every half hour or so to clear his airways.  We spent a lot of time together, watching films, playing games, reading.  I used to make up silly stories for him in bed.  He always wanted to be the Green Power Ranger.  When he had the chicken pox, I made little mitts for his hands so he couldn't scratch and I spent hours and hours tapping them so that they wouldn't itch him. He was and is a character.  I have always loved him with all of my heart.  I hope that he has a lovely day.  

The blood part came true as well as I hemorrhaged badly after having my tubes tied.

It would also have been my Third Great Grandfather John Smith's 218th Birthday today!
(You gotta love Family Search for these lovely reminders.)

Just when you think you have seen it all  . . .  along comes these.  Brussels Sprout Potato Crisps/Chips. They come in a multi-pack bag along with Pigs in Blankets and Turkey with Stuffing flavours.  I was not tempted.  I adore Brussel's Sprouts but not as potato chips I don't think!  The other choices was a bag with Turkey and Stuffing, Glazed Ham, and Cheese and Cranberries.  Those I did buy.  I tasted the Turkey and Stuffing ones and they don't taste any different than Roast Chicken potato crisps/chips.  The Cheese and Cranberry taste a bit like stilton and cranberries.  Not too bad.  Actually.  My mind boggles at the idea of what will be next  when it comes to flavours.  Walkers sure to like to push the boundaries!  

Its an incredibly windy and blustery day out there today!  And cold too.  No rain yet, but it is probably coming.  Last year at this time we had snow.  I remember it well because my friend Audrey's funeral was postponed due to the weather and nobody being able to get there in a car.  She actually had two funerals.  One at the Crematorium here in Blacon with a handful of friends, and then a larger Memorial service at the chapel closer to Christmas with many more in attendance.  I still miss Audrey.  She was a lovely person and a good friend, but Dementia had taken her from us already and we had been mourning her loss for months.  It is a cruel, cruel disease.  

I picked up everything at the shops yesterday to make my Christmas Chutney.  I thought I would give jars of them as gifts to my friends.  We don't have a lot of money this year, and I had been racking my brain on what to do, and then it dawned on me, Christmas Chutney! Our house is going to smell amazing today!  I might keep a small jar for us. 

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel Second Series debuted the other day.  We have watched Episode 1. They are in France, but I will say no more.  I just adore the fashions in this show.  She has the most amazing clothes to wear.  There is a lot of bad language in this show, if the first season was anything to go by.  We just grit our teeth and get through it because we enjoy the rest of the show. Apparently its done by the same people who brought us The Gilmore Girls.  (We are watching that for the fourth time.  I know.  Creatures of habit!)  

I am thinking I might splurge in the new year and have my hair layered and coloured.  A bit like this, except a lot longer.  My hair is down to my waist now, so they will certainly have a lot to work with . . .  It all depends on the cost. We will see.  Maybe just cut and styled.  We'll see. 


Todd asked me yesterday what did I want for Christmas.  I really don't want anything, but I would like to be able to watch all of my Christmas movies, so I told him that I wanted to be able to watch a Christmas movie every day until Christmas and so he acquiesced and we kicked it off by watching The Homecoming last night.  I love this film.  I was 16 the first time I saw it in 1971. It was the fore-runner of The Waltons.  It was the perfect way to kick off our Christmas Movie fest.  I plan on ending it on Christmas Eve with Charlie Brown.   

The Christmas Cards are starting to trickle in.  I am going to have to sit down today and  get mine done.  I haven't done any of them yet really.  I was waiting until we had some money in the bank, lol.  The cards are all bought, so there is no excuse really to not have signed and addressed them.  I best get on with it! 

And with that I will leave you with a thought for today! 

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Blessed is the season that
engages the  whole world in
a conspiracy of love.
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Peanut Butter Blondies 

In the kitchen today . . .  Peanut Butter Blondies.  All I can say is I am darned glad I was giving them away!  Whew!  Too dangerous to have around!

Have a great Weekend!  I may or may not be on tomorrow morning.  It all depends on how much time I have.  Sundays are getting harder to find the time before church.  In any case, hope your day today is a wonderful one!  Don't forget!

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And I do too!


  1. Hi Marie, Happy Birthday to Bruce!! 30 but still your baby! My mum always introduced me as her baby. As an early teenager it was so embarrassing but in my thirties I loved it!!

    I need a Christmas film binge too, good old Netflix will hopefully come to my rescue tomorrow.

    Loving the layered hairstyles. I have had really long and really short hair but find the easiest to manage is shoulder length. I have wavy/curly hair (depending on its mood!) but find now that its the condition of it that bothers me most. It can get so dry and brittle. Another joy of getting older I suppose!

    We're off to Manchester today. Firstly to see Jen and Dales house which they bought two years ago and it was totally derelict. I have no idea what possessed them to buy it, but anyway, Dale has worked so hard on it and it is only a couple of months away from completion. Then it's off to Georges nieces' 40th birthday party.

    Have a great weekend, lot's of love xxx

    1. Sounds like you have a full day planned Kate! At least the sun is shining, but its bitter cold and the wind is strong so bundle up! Love and hugs and safe travels! xoxo

  2. 30..still so young!! I bet he was loved to bits..the baby always gets a special love;)
    Your hair has grown to your waist?Oh my gosh that is the layered cuts..and I love that grey.
    Chutney is a fab idea.
    You know re the one would fault you.I went to the post ofice..Only sending 16 cards and 2 gifts..$50.00
    The man in back said oh my you must have a lot of friends..I did smile but I did tell the truth:"no"..penpals and family ..few friends ..
    He said well it's a lost art..It is.
    I may cut back next yr also.I am happy to know there have been no delays so far w/ Canada Post except ordered things..and CP is not assuring deliveries

    1. That's good to know Monique! I will probably post mine out this week a few days after Todd's operation! it is a lost art for sure, but one I hope never fully dies! xoxo

  3. PS Mrs Maisel..J didn't watch season he's not really into this show I like..I thought w/ the decor and all..but he is liking Designated Survivor lol.
    Anyway I like Mrs M..and ohmygosh Marie my language is morphing into theirs.
    It started in my head..only and now sometimes it escapes my lips.
    Who cares.
    I should have let things out yrs ago.

    1. LOL Yes I guess so. I love the clothing and have only watched the first episode. I loved Mad Men for the same reason, the fashion. I have always loved fashion! I sometimes say the "S" word without meaning to. Thankfully nobody is around! lol Love and hugs, xoo

    2. You're good..I am up to F.And everyone laughs.

    3. They probably don't expect it at all! lol

  4. I do love Christmas movies and have been watching a lot of them. My daughter has her hair layered much like the picture and she loves it. Says it so much easier to manage. Happy Birthday to your son. I put my Christmas letter on line yesterday. In my effort to save stamps. It's my alternative to sending out cards. Only now have to mail a few. Your chutney sounds wonderful! Very nice gift to give! Hope you have a super Saturday.

    1. That is a great alternative Pam! The recipe for my chutney is on my page. Its very good. I bet your family would love it also! Happy Saturday! xoxo

  5. So your last baby was a miracle too...mine as well, tho' I only have 3 (several miscarriages in between #2 and #3). I too spent oh so many nights up holding mine as you describe. They will never know how it was however, Marie, unless they have a similar situation. That is how life is... And I do understand too some of the military life though my hubby got out 3 years after we the Navy then they made abundantly clear that they did not prefer the Navy men to have wives and family. We took them at their word too. I was on so glad when he got out!!
    Elizabeth xoxox

    1. I did it for 22 years Elizabeth. I felt like a turtle carrying its house on its back. Mom and dad to five children most of the time as he was away a lot and we moved around a lot also. I don't miss that life! Love and hugs. oxox

  6. First of all a Happy Birthday To your oldest Daughter for today and then a very Happy To your youngest son, Bruce. Those last babies ae always your baby.
    I loved reading about them both. The fortune teller story was a good one too.
    I too wonder what new flavor various chips will become. I’m afraid that I just enjoy a regular old potato chip.
    Wow, you must have a head of hair if it is down to your waist. I want to see a photo of it. I’m losing mine. I do think a new syle is fun.
    I love watching Christmas movies too. I enjoy the new hallmark movie ones along with many of the classics.
    I’m a bit behind as far as Christmas things to be done. Card are a big one tht I need to start too.
    Sending loving thoughts and hugs!

    1. Like you LeAnn, I prefer plain chips most of all! Love and hugs to you! xoxo


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