Running up to Christmas

The days are darker and the nights colder as we head toward mid-December. I’ve been sitting in the family room skimming through pictures that we have in photo albums. It seems that photo albums, like many ofter things that were at one time regular parts of the home are becoming a thing of the past as the digital transformation makes its way into our homes.  This year, for the first time, I am turning the lights of the Christmas tree on and off using an app on my phone.

They call this the Internet of Everything – my caps – and yes it seems there is an app for almost anything.  Can I say I love this! It’s quite amazing to see what can be done.

At any rate, in line with that, we’ve ordered a few things online this year, and of course, it’s quick and easy. But we keep seeing retailers dropping by the wayside as technology continues to replace jobs, ie. self check out, self-serve and robotics!  Just ask GM workers.

But of course that’s not what Christmas is really all about… and we’ll be home this year for the celebration. I hope there’s a toy under the tree!!cof

 

 

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It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas

Wendy was away last weekend so I began the process of putting out the Christmas things… not much but the one thing I love is the Inuit nativity set. This was a gift to us one year when we went to Labrador – the Big Land – as they call it.  It’s always cold there. It reminds me of Yellowknife in many ways and of course, is a long way north.

It is mind-boggling to think of the strength of character and the enormous skill it must have taken to live out on the land in these harsh climates.  The average city dweller – me included – wouldn’t last a week!

Wendy and I have an invitation to return to Goose Bay/Happy Valley in the near future. I am really looking forward to it!

Comfort food

When it’s cold outside or it’s the end of a day and I don’t know what to eat I open the cupboard and look for THAT can!  Yes, that’s right.  Two slices of toast, preferably with real butter on them, and hot, steaming canned spaghetti is just what I love to eat.

nfdThis is something my Mom would make for me many, many years ago.  You know in the years when I was an only child (insert my sisters sighing….) and when we would be alone with Dad out traveling.

Strange enough I remember my first summer working at Keswick and you could order this in their little cafe. I think it was $1 for the meal.  Oh what memories!!

At any rate this was supper one night this weekend and it was great!

A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.