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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

X is for XMAS

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah! I'm a bit late getting this posted as the days have just flown by. Today, I'm rushing out to lunch with a great friend whose birthday lies mid-week between Christmas and New Year's...her birthday tends to get lost between these big holidays, so we have tried to make it a tradition to get together for her own big day. Here is my poem for the week and following a few photos of our Xmas - some scenes from around the neighbourhood, my coffee table centerpiece, me with my new Hudson Bay Company teddy bear (named Henry after the explorer), and Lorne so surprised to receive the book he's been desiring for some time now!

XMAS

Xmas is red and green and blue and gold.

It looks like a rainbow of stars in the sky.

It sounds like angels singing on high.

It smells like cider and oven-baked pie.

It tastes like fruitcake, pudding, shortbread.

It feels like hugs from family and friends.

Xmas is warmth and love to behold.

21 comments:

VioletSky said...

awww, the little Bay sweater is so cute on that bear!
I will miss the lights when they are finally turned off - far too soon in my opinion.

Roger Owen Green said...

I'd hate to have my birthday around Xmas - good that you note your friend's natal day!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

My Hubby's birthday is Jan.1st. It seems he always get's the short end of the celebrations.
Love your sweet bear and all the beautiful lights.
Wishing you the best New Year's ever.

Powell River Books said...

A belated Merry Christmas to you. I love the lights of the season - maybe living in a land with lots of clouds and limited sunshine in the winter, the lights really brighten my mood. Nice shots. - Margy

nancygrayce said...

I'm wayyyy behind too! If that's the new Stephen King book Lorne got, tell him to just hole up somewhere and put his feet up....I can hardly put it down! :)

Russell said...

Stop by and wish Johanna a Happy Birthday! Thanks!

Carver said...

Great Christmas shots and poem. Wishing you a wonderful New Year ahead!

Ann said...

I did Xmas too, what a coincidence that this is Christmas. I will never the first white Christmas I had, and it was in canada,

Reader Wil said...

This is a very beautiful x-mas by the looks of it. I wish you a wonderful New Year's Eve. We always have a lot of fireworks . Last year we had a lot of snow. Now everything is still greenish gray!

mrsnesbitt said...

Fantastic leslie - not long now! dXXXXX sO looking forward to your visit xxx

Meryl said...

I just love Xmas lights and decorations, and that bear and sweater look divine! Wishing you a spectacular 2012.

Hildred and Charles said...

Very appropriate poem and lovely Chrismas photos, - my birthday is January 2nd, but somehow it seems like an exciting end to the holiday season and I've never minded it being so close to Christmas.

chubskulit said...

Those pine cones are gorgeous Leslie! Have a happy new year!

Tumblewords: said...

Perfect! Bears, books and beautiful lights. Couldn't be finer...

Lisa said...

Well, I'm later than you! And my post is about Xmas as well...although from a little different approach. ;-) Looks like you had a lovely holiday. Love the lights.

Jo Bryant said...

love those photos

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ChrisJ said...

Beautiful Christmas lights. My birthday is on Christmas Day and I'd rather be right on the day than near it. See my blog for my thoughts on a Christmas Birthday.

kml said...

Love the Christmas lights!

Happy New Year!

Liz said...

Fiancée's birthday is also 27th. We tried to make a special fuss and, of course, had to go out to eat ...

Love your table decoration and Lorne looks well.

I hope you have a fantastic 2012 and I look forward to seeing you again this year in Wales this time.
Liz and George xxxx

Gattina said...

Beautiful pictures Christmas came right for X, lol !
my x is here

zongrik said...

love the lights in the first pic

ornamented joshua