I've bought a few treats and made a few favourites - the spiced nuts are in a bowl out of Sir Eddie's extra-long reach; my Christmas trifle is in the fridge alongside mandarin oranges and fancy cheeses and thick, rich, coffee-flavored Greek yogurt.
I've done my last volunteer shift of the year at Chemainus Theatre Festival, feasted on turkey and all the trimmings at a neighbour's where we also sang Christmas carols around the tree to the accompaniment of our host's ukulele. I've boo'd the Bad Witch and cheered the Good Fairy at the pantomime at Ladysmith Little Theatre, and ridden the train round the brightly decorated 100 acres of the BC Forest Discover Centre.
|The Discovery Forest Train pulls into the station|
|A Christmas Tree adorns one of the forestry buildings|
|Lights cover the trees and buildings|
I've visited my mom, and Emma, and friends on the mainland.
|Mom gets ready to enjoy the Christmas buffet|
at her care home.
And I've downloaded dozens of photos from that amazing sunset cruise home. Just looking at them brings a feeling of calm to my mind and a smile to my face.
|The setting sun lights up Vancouver as we leave the mainland|
|Cormorants line the pilings to bid us farewell|
|Pulling away from the dock|
|An incoming ferry emerges from the rosy haze of sunset|
|Sunset through a metal grid on the ferry|
(Strangely, one of my favourite shots of the trip!)
|Blue skies turn to yellow|
|Sunset in the Strait|
Riley and Eddie and I are enjoying walks in weather that is really not too bad - a bit drizzly but with enough dry spells for some really nice walks, and mild enough temperatures that even the wet walks aren't a hardship. Perhaps tomorrow we'll head to the park.
Or maybe I'll just sleep late, eat well, walk the sea walk, and curl up with a good book and two good dogs. And then I'll help them hang up their stockings. Just in case Santa drops by with treats for them. If they've been good.
|Well, geez, I hope there's a stocking and some goodies fer me!|
I didn't get all dressed up fer nothin' ya know!
Edited to add: by the time I posted this, it was just past midnight, so the date shows up as Dec 24th. But I was writing it on the 23rd. So, no, I'm not crazy saying the dogs might hang their stockings 'tomorrow' night. Tomorrow has become today.....