Advent Project – Day 22: Christmas Eve

When we lived in the Ottawa Valley our street was dark. No really. No-streetlights-for-miles kind of dark. I used to like being outside on dark nights when you could see the whole of the Milky Way. Stars to navigate by, to help ships find their ways home, to provide a course to follow. Tonight and […]

Advent Project – Day 20: Solstice

Happy Yule, all! At solstice, nature switches direction. The longest night is behind us, and we add a few minutes of sun to each day. I prefer moon salutations to the sunny variety, and the cool, quiet, silver of night to the raucous glaring gold of day. But that also makes it easy to get […]

Advent Project – Day 19: Keys

Yeah, I’m behind again. This post is Friday’s effort. This is what happens when I’m on yay!cation. I get to 10 at night or so, and go “Nope, I don’t wanna sit at the laptop today”. So everyone get their Hermione Granger Time Turner out. 6 spins should do it (she says like she’s read […]

Advent Project – Day 18: Oh Christmas Tree!

I love Christmas trees. I’ve been watching my neighbours’ Christmas tree in their window for a few days. There are two strings of lights that flash and different frequencies and a few that are always on. I can’t see ornaments (because that’d be creepy), but I’ve been watching. Yesterday, Mike and Connor put the lights […]

Advent Project – Day 17:  Are we there yet?

When I was growing up we always got a live Christmas tree. My dad (armed with bow saw) and my grandfather (armed with a flask of rye for him and a thermos of hot chocolate for me) would head off to a tree farm around Brantford. We got a short needle tree for my dad’s […]

Advent Project – Day 16: Gaudete Sunday

Oh Joy! I was in the mall on Saturday afternoon for a few hours. It wasn’t a tactical strike – it was a wander. There were people who didn’t want to be there: Kids pitching fits and adults pitching fits and bribes of ice cream (because that *never* causes unintentional extra-crunchy mayhem) and a candy-cane stuck in an […]