• Everyday Stuff
  • Christmas 2014

    I hope everyone had as wonderful of a Christmas as I did! We went to his sister and brothers for the night overnight on Christmas Eve. They share an apartment in the same apartment building as his parents and some of his aunts and uncles and cousins. His parents and some of his family came up, or we went to see them on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

    Since a large number of his fathers side of the family including his siblings all have the same disease Cory has, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) they mostly live in the same building or (including us) very close by within the same neighbourhood Fairview. The building is fairly accessible and large enough for wheel chairs and other things. Plus they all grew up in the neighbourhood on or near the street they are on. So they are all very close knit. It’s kind of a foreign thing for me. Not the close knit part, my family is really close but we are all spread out all over the place and my immediate family in particular has moved a lot due to my father being military when I was younger. [...]

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  • I have a little secret…

    Yes I do, a little known secret that no one but my family knows…. I love Dolly Parton! I was browsing some blogs and people were talking about their favorite Christmas songs and favorite Christmas movies and I was thinking about mine and I have to say my favorite Christmas movie of all time has always been A Smoky Mountain Christmas starring Dolly Parton and Lee Majors.

    We moved to Germany when I was almost 5 years old. I was homesick when I first got there and missed my family and friends. I may have been young but it was a huge change for me. We lived off of the base in a little town called Hügelsheim which is a small town near the base which was near the Rhine River in western Germany, near the border of France. I started going to school that year, Kindergarten and I went to a school off of the base and the kids only spoke German. My parents believed it was best to just immerse me in the language and culture. [...]

  • Photography
  • Tree & more Christmas lights

    We bought a 4 ft artificial Christmas tree last year. Cory put it on a end table that is about a foot high so we now have a small Christmas tree. Which is nice. Since I moved out on my own I have only had a Christmas tree in my apartment once 3 years ago. Max decided it was a great hiding spot. He was only about 2 months old. Needless to say he is much bigger now and  4 ft tree does not stand to well against him.

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    The video below was the second time he knocked it down in one day (last week sometime). Needless to say I was not impressed with him! His reaction was kinda funny though and I am glad I got it on video.

    Cory and I went out for a drive last night around Halifax to see the Christmas Lights. This is something that my family has done every year since I can remember and a few weeks ago Cory and I along with my brother Denton and my parents went for a drive around Digby and I took some pictures.

    I really wanted to go around here though, since we didn’t really get to do it last year or the year before. My friend Erin and I have gone a few years. This I think was the first time Cory and I went alone… Wow, I cant believe Christmas is next week. Time goes by so fast sometimes. Anyways here are the pictures from last night.

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  • Christmas Lights

    I can not believe tomorrow is our last full day here and that it has been 4 days already. I have to go back to work on Monday after almost 5 days off. I am looking forward to getting our new bed though soon! Mom and Dad are supposed to be giving me the rest of the money as an early Christmas present for Cory and I next week and then we can either pick it up or have it delivered. It will be so nice to sleep on a new bed mattress. A pillow-top one at that.

    Today we went to Bridgetown to visit my Mom’s foster brother Ray. When my mom was in the city after high school taking a secretarial course and then living there her Mom and Dad brought in 2 foster boys who were severely mentally handy capped. My Grandmother had worked in a children’s home in Digby and the boys were there. She ended up bringing them home to live and there were there almost 30 years. So they were both around when I was born until now. [...]

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  • Christmas Tree Lighting

    I have not been to a Christmas tree lighting in Digby since my last year of high school in 1997 so I was really happy when Mom told me we were going tonight! Cory and I traveled in a bit early, went to McDonalds for lunch and then for a drive to the Digby ferry. I did not get a picture as we didn’t get close enough. However we stopped on the way back at the Digby Pines which is a beautiful old wooden railway hotel built in 1905. I took the picture below from the road so it is not the greatest image but you can see it’s beauty and can see a better picture by clicking the link above.

    We then wet for a drive first down Lighthouse Road in Digby. I wanted to get a picture of the lighthouse in the snow but the road was too bad and I did not want to chance it in a car without winter tires on a very hilly and dangerous at the best of times road. After that we headed out of the snow and down Digby neck. I wanted to visit my Nanny and Grampy’s and my Uncle’s Denton and Mark’s graves in Centerville but I drove by saying we would stop on the way back and we never did. [...]

  • Recipies
  • Holiday Cooking

    Being home for 4 days before Christmas means lots (hopefully) of cooking and baking. Today Mom made my favorite Chocolate Rolled Oat Nuggets (Macaroons). They have always been a favorite of mine since I was a child. Mom makes them every year. I am hoping we get a lot of cooking and backing in in the next few days, Mom mentioned making perogies. Another of my favorites.

    Chocolate Rolled Oat Nuggets

    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 3 cups rolled oats
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 cup shortening or butter
    • 4 tbs cocoa
    • 1/2 cup coconut
    • few grains salt

    Directions

    Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil and then add other ingredients. When mixed drop by teaspoonful on greased cookie sheet or waxed paper. Let stand until cool.

    I love this time of year but it makes me miss home so much. Cory has been sick since last night so I am hoping he is feeling better tomorrow or we may be cutting our visit short. I really love being home though. Even my brother and I are getting along pretty well. He can be really annoying at times but I have to keep reminding myself that even though he is technically 23, mentally he is not. It’s hard to remember sometimes. [...]