Thursday, December 07, 2006

Into the Season

It's a cloudy morning here near the nation's capital, and the cat is sprawling over more than his allotted space on my tiny computer desk. In fact, it's not really his allotted space to begin with, but I tolerate his intrusion because he's so darn cute. We had a very light dusting of snow last night. As I gaze out my den window, I see the roofs across the street looking very seasonably white, and the Christmas spirit within me is made even a little stronger.


Ah, the season! So far we've had the tree decorating party, seen the Santa Claus Parade, welcomed The Holiday Train, had our Christmas potluck at linedancing, and attended a concert at the National Arts Centre in downtown Ottawa. Yesterday, fiddle teacher and I enjoyed our own Christmas jam (as in music rather than spread) of sorts. She had a Christmas CD with an accompanying music book. We sight-read the music and tried to play with the CD – she did and I tried. I was pleasantly surprised with how well I sight-read and kept-up with some of the dozen or so tunes that we played. I did a lot better than I thought I would and had a lot of fun. It was a treat after the last lesson; you might remember that I felt stupid that day. Oddly enough, she didn't recall that outing as being particularly horrific.


To top it off the seasonal good feelings, the kids, Bug and Puff, are scheduled to land in Toronto sometime today after their three month sojourn in South East Asia. They'll spend a week or so with Puff's family before boarding the bus to visit us. As plans stand, we'll celebrate Christmas with them rather early, around the sixteenth, in order to give them plenty of time to prepare to head out to Vancouver where Puff is set to begin a new job in January. While having them move across this vast country is not a pleasing prospect, we'll be happy in their company while we can. Meanwhile, we have two more Christmas concerts to look forward to this weekend … and the cat has repositioned himself back to his supposedly allotted space … so life is good.

11 comments:

Karla said...

Has it really been three months that Bug and Puff have been gone already? I'm sure that has felt like an entire lifetime to you and Cuppa!

The only time our cats parade around the computer desk is in the morning when Mark eats his cereal there. Despite the fact that cats arent supposed to drink milk, he still shares the bottom of the bowl with them.

Anonymous said...

Wow... you two really do get into the season, don't you? LOL.. I'll be interested in hearing the stories from Bug and Puff about SEA. Gee, I can't imagine why I would be so fascinated by Southeast Asia. (laughing)


Peace,


~Chani

Gina said...

Sounds like fun!

And see, you did well on the fiddle, I knew you had it in you, my boy! ;)

Ack, Vancouver is very far away indeed. But think of what lovely vacations you will have when you go to visit!

Kila said...

Regarding your last lesson, embarrassing events are usually not as bad as we remember, LOL.

I'll pray for safe travels for Bug and Puff. (Hmm, I'm new to you, so I'm wondering what the stories are behind those names, LOL.)

Cathy said...

You and Cuppa have more fun. Fiddling, family, feasting, frolicking:0) Regarding dark meat - everyone's entitled to a few mistakes along the way - dark meat - yuck.

Ginnie said...

Are you the same guy that was feeling so sick a few weeks back? Must be someone else! I'm tired just reading of it all...but it sounds like fun.

mreddie said...

Wow - you guys have already had a full season with more to come, that's great though, those are the things that make the great memories. ec

Valerie - Riding Solo said...

Hugs to you both, I am caught up now. I can see you have been doing a lot of thinking lately, Anvil.I enjoyed your conclusions.

Life's funny, isn't it?

Granny said...

So did you really tolerate his intrusion or did he tolerate yours?

Just wondering.

PBS said...

This is such a busy time of the year, but fun! Glad to hear Bug and Puff are coming home for Christmas. And you'll be able to visit them, later.

Coll said...

So happy to hear that Bug and Puff are coming home and that you will have some time with them. They may be moving far away.. but at least they are in the same country. And B.C. is so lovely to visit. :-)