Winter and all of it's ups and downs have arrived at our place.
The big guy is doing lots of this.
We have been taking care of our little feathered friends! Lots of seed to be had by the little Chickadees who visit each day and eat for warmth.
In the spirit of Christmas, we spent last weekend building a Christmas village. I have to blame Michelle for this sudden tangent! Last week's email conversation about villages along with a link to one woman's amazing village started it all. ;)
I have always loved the idea of building a Christmas village. I think it goes back to my childhood memory of me and Susan building one out of construction paper and glue that my father brought home for us, after discovering that our store bought village from the previous year had been stolen out of our storage locker in our apartment building. Although I missed the glittered roof and light up houses of the store bought version, there was something so special about making our own. We sprayed canned snow on our roofs and hung Christmas lights around our bedroom dresser where the village sat. Fast forward to my adult life and the fact that I married Mr. Baaa Humbug. ;) Each year Rob tries to convince me not to put up a tree let alone build a village.
Last year I caved and bought my first house for a village with the idea of collecting one piece each year. After my conversation with Michelle, I happily went over to Michael's and bought the United church as this year's addition. It was on for 40% off and has significance to our life as we were married by the United church.
Things started going willy nilly when I discovered a Saturday only coupon at Michael's for an additional 25% off sale items...... 4 hours only!! So off we went to buy one more piece. Then.... Rob spied the train set that goes with the village. Yay!!! It was a boy thing and enough to get him to buy into the village construction! So we spent the weekend looking for pieces, buying styrofoam, blankets of snow and fake snow.
In the end, we realized that we didn't have room to actually have the entire train track up and running. The train is parked on the tracks at the edge of town this year. But... there may be a village expansion next year!
Christmas Village 2012
The knitting needles have been going in full force. I have been working on my charity knits for next year, along with this tiny pair of mittens for my favourite little fellow. There is also a matching hat.