But the house is all decorated now, the lights are twinkling on the porch and in the outside trees, I have all the 'away' parcels posted and the Christmas letters all written.......
In between this flurry of activity, which Charles would say was TOO MUCH, I have had a lovely shopping trip in Penticton with my dear DIL, where I spent too much money and was exhausted by crowds, but had a lovely lunch and enjoyed the scenery there and back.
And I have been out to lunch with various organizations, - the Museum Dinner, held at the Wrong Turn Tavern (which I was wary about but which turned out to be a most pleasant and surprisingly enjoyable evening)
And the Purple Ladies held their Christmas luncheon at the historic Grist Mill in Keremeos, where I had hoped to buy a few Christmas gifts, but found them very much tourist-priced!
The day we shopped I went to bed fairly early, and then got up at 2.00 a.m. to listen to the Christmas Concert, Tannenbrass, from Berlin (the Philharmonic, for which I have a season's ticket that gives
me much pleasure. I wasn't sure if my 'inner alarm' still worked, but I thought deeply
and diligently about waking at 2.00 a.m before I went to sleep
and sure enough my eyes sprang open right on the dot.
A beautiful concert and I was entranced with the children's response, - one little
girl dancing in the aisle!
and others quite absorbed and delighted
I took pictures from the computer as I listened.
Here is Sarah (?) who hosted the party, playing her French Horn through a long green tube!
and the children's choir, who also performed with instruments and dance
It was so perfect, - I sighed and went back to bed at three o'clock, while visions of sugar plums
and wonderful Tannenbrass music danced in my head.
Monday I mailed all my parcels.
Tuesday I rested!
Today I am going to the Cawston School, where I attended Christmas Concerts
that our own children played in, and where now my great-grandson, in grade one,
will be excited and in awe to be on-stage.
I play Christmas music and look around at the decorations in the house,
and it is as it always was, it seems, -
but those of us who have lost dear ones know better.......
and Callie keeps an eye out for feline visitors, accepting it all in true cat fashion.
I am sure I will be back before Christmas, but I must go now and put my
Christmas Bell earrings on and get ready for
all the excitement of the School Concert!