It has been eons since my last coffee share (I’m even afraid to look, it’s been so long…) but let us not let that stop us, righty? After all, it is the last day of 2016 and a brand-new, unblemished New Year starts at Midnight tonight! Click on the image above to be taken to Diana’s blog “Part-Time Monster” for more weekend shares, and maybe add your own. Thank you for accepting my contribution, Diana!
If we were having coffee, I’d suggest we splurge and add a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to it… Bailey’s? Grand Marnier? Name it, I’ll add it. Allow it to warm our tummies so we can feel all cozy and warm on the inside as well as the outside. Don’t worry, I’ve lit the fire to keep us toasty warm.
If we were having coffee, I’d first say happy birthday to my friend Leslie Gadoury. What a thing to have a birthday on the last day of the year! It’s always a celebration in double! I just wish we could see each other face-to-face sometime soon. It’s been way too long, hasn’t it? Thank goodness for Facebook (cuss it all you like, folks. For me, it is one way of keeping in touch!)
If we were having coffee… oh, did you prefer tea? Skip the caffeine and move right to wine or a cocktail? Please, no worries! I might even have a bit of eggnog left over!
Anyway, I would tell you that Zeke got a good walk yesterday. Also a first in a long time. Somehow I was letting my lethargy take over and not going on our long jaunts of yore. A situation to be remedied, I assure you! Zeke and I were both very happy and the weather was perfect. Almost too warm (or is it that my jacket and boots are just too efficient?). We went to our favourite park des Brouages where “my” river flows…
It felt so good to get out there and enjoy the fresh air. Made me wonder why the heck I hadn’t been finding the time… oh yeah, between ice storms, rain, holidays… I may have been a tad busy!
If we were having coffee with a hint of spirits, I would say that I am ever so glad that I signed up at the gym at the same time as I did my son. It was his Christmas gift but at two for one… why the heck not? I have gotten my program from the very helpful Mathieu so will have no excuses on what to do and how (not that I really did, but you know, it had been a long time since my last subscription…whatever it takes to give me the oomph to go!)
We had a lovely Christmas between the sisters’ houses. Always fun to end up at Tracy and Sébastien’s on Christmas Eve and play our silly game of steal the present. There is always that one present that everyone covets… Plus Tracy introduced us to a fun Chinese gambling game that made us all run and laugh… Darn Stéphanie who one three out of four games! Lucky her! Everyone brought food, me my eggnog and a marzipan cake inspired by Sarah Potter – I’m positive hers was not dangerous to the teeth! Next time I follow the recipe and use cherries and NOT dried fruit… sigh…)
Scratching for the Win
Stéphanie, lucky winner
Sarah’s Marzipan Cake
The next morning, after opening our presents and me picking up my mother-in-law, it was brunch at my house where Iain, for the second year, has taken up his father’s position as head chef and omelette maker! Basically the same crowd (save Sébastien’s sister and brother and family) and, normally I invite friends but somehow this year, that didn’t happen… Christmas, though arrives at every time, every year, somehow crept up on me…) Still, we stuffed ourselves big time on sausages, bacon, omelettes, croissants, chocolate-buttermilk pancakes, pâtés, etc. Lisa brought her famous kourabiedes cookies (Greek butter, powder sugar cookies) – sooo delicious!
what did Santa bring?
Chit-chat before eating
Time to relax/clean up/nap/do whatever we pleased to then find out way at Lisa and Chris’ for Christmas dinner. Chris’ bird was delicious and we almost ate my salad that I brought – totally forgot it in the fridge! That and my cranberry sauce… What up wit dat? Like there wasn’t already enough food to fill our bellies with… It’s always a nice relaxed end of the holidays evening and we, though we were sure we would not be able to eat after Iain’s brunch, stuffed ourselves once more.
Broccoli salad – dissed!
Aidan & Willow
Jen – aren’t I pretty?
A lovely holiday season for sure and it is culminating tonight with a party at Linda and Nicola’s – they have an annual New Year’s Eve party and it is my first time attending. I was blessed to be invited to three parties this year! Three! And me, who spent last NYE in my tub…
Giselle and Dany’s party had to be cancelled for flu. I think they would benefit from one of my special coffees… or maybe some home-made chicken soup. Shall see what I can do for them! Get well love birds!
I wish for you all a most wonderful 2017, filled with love, laughter, good health, general happiness, friendships and smiles for no reason… oh and of course, good fortune!