Friday, 31 December 2010

Ring Out, Wild Bells



Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
     The flying cloud, the frosty light:
     The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
     Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
     The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
     For those that here we see no more;
     Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
     And ancient forms of party strife;
     Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
     The faithless coldness of the times;
     Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
     The civic slander and the spite;
     Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
     Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
     Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
     The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
     Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Monday, 20 December 2010

Bad Blogger

So, I've made some great things as Christmas gifts this year.  But I keep forgetting to take pictures of them!
I'm actually considering unwrapping the one I still have here to take a picture of it.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Helping Daddy Shovel


We found a Juliana-sized shovel at the dollar store a while ago, and Juli has been anxiously awaiting the time when she could shovel with Daddy.  The flash kept catching the big fluffy snowflakes, making beautiful--if pointless--pictures.  It wasn't quite so romantic with the flash turned off:


Juliana had great fun, but lasted about 5 minutes, until her wrists got snow on them.  I need to get her some of those mittens that go up to her elbows.  But that would require going shopping, and I am done for this year!  Even if Nico's stocking will be a little thinner than Juli's...they won't notice, right?

I am looking forward to being able to stay home next week and relax with the kids, finish off a few gifts I'm making, read a book or two...  No rushing or stress!  It will be heavenly.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

We Light a Thousand Candles Bright (or maybe just seven)


I finally found something to put on the half-wall between the kitchen and living room that actually makes sense!  I love taper candles.  But for some reason, no taper candles actually fit in any of my candle holders.  So I have to wrap the ends with bits of paper towel to make them fit.  The four matching brass candle holders are from our wedding.  The two short silver ones are from my grandparents' 25th anniversary.  They gave them to me when they moved.  I love the look of tarnished, spotty silver.  The middle one is my favourite.  I have no idea how old it is.  I'm guessing 70s, but if I'm lucky it could be antique.  I bought it for $2 at a garage sale.  It's quite heavy.  I have no idea what the knobby thing on the side is for.  It makes the candle base slide up and down. 

*****

We light a thousand candles bright, around the earth today,
And all the beams will shine across the heaven's grand display.

Yes, over land and sea tonight the joyful message brings

The birth of Him, our Lord and Christ, our Savior and our King.

Dear brightest star o'er Bethlehem, O let your precious light

Shine in with hope and peace toward men in ev'ry home tonight.

In all our house so cold and dark, please send your warmth sublime,

The warmth that comes from Jesus' love this blessed Christmas time.


(Traditional Christmas Carol)

Monday, 6 December 2010

Thanks!

This is just a quick note to say thanks to everyone who gave spice organisation suggestions.  Sometime after Christmas, I may actually implement one or two of them.I've always liked the magnetic container idea, which has the added bonus of both freeing up cupboard space and keeping the counter clear.  But I also like the shoebox idea...cheap is good!

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with Christmas preparation right now, so who knows when I'll have my next real post.  Today I'm baking, so I'd better get started while Nick sweeps the floor with a broom twice as tall as he is, and Juli watches Hero of the Rails for the hundredth time.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Spice Mess


There's got to be a better way to organise spices and find what I'm looking for without emptying half the cupboard.  Any ideas?