Saturday, December 6, 2014

Beware the Calm

Our Christmas plans seem to be coming together nicely. Rebekah is helping me with the meal planning, and Anita and Alexandra are going to help with the baking. We have pretty much narrowed down which people are going to be here on which days, and everyone knows whose names they drew for the gift exchange. The thing I'm probably the happiest about, other than the fact that everyone will be here together, is the fact we have managed to rent the cottage just two doors down from us for the busiest time. Not only does this mean we will have more space, it also means we will have two sets of every appliance. 

On the craft front, aside from getting buttons for Lucy's little sweater, my Christmas knitting is finished. My other project was to replace all of our old, worn out Christmas cloth serviettes with new ones. I'm happy to report that project is now completed, and with only a few minor incidents. The most notable of these was when I lifted my foot off the foot pedal and the machine kept sewing. For a few fleeting seconds I thought maybe my machine was possessed, but it turns out the pedal had just become wedged under the chair in front of me. 


So Thursday morning started with a lovely feeling of peace and calm. I sat with my early morning tea, thinking about how nicely things were coming together. Then I checked Facebook.

         Alexandra: 
         Oh can I bring a bunny to Christmas too!?!?

Me: 
No. Only if it's a chocolate bunny.

Alexandra: 
You could pretend it was. Chocolate if I brought a brown one lol 

Me: 
What rabbit are you talking about? One that actually breathes and eats and poops?

Alexandra: 
Ya.....
It will be fUN!  two dogs two cats and a bunny! 

Me: 
No it won't. Whose bunny is it?

Alexandra: 
Haha we r thinking of getting one

Me: 
Please wait until after Christmas. Fergus was bred to eat rabbits, not play with them. 

Alexandra: 
Hahaha guess Jenny was too sorta

Me: 
Exactly.





39 comments:

  1. Wow, you are organised! What a great idea to rent another house, the way our family is growing we will need to do that soon :)

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    1. We rented a little cabin last year, but it was not the greatest spot. Plus it was a ten minute drive away. This year's cottage is a two minute walk from our front door. I think it will be much better!

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  2. It sounds like you are perfectly organised Kristie. I wish I was. I love your serviettes, it never occurred to me to sew my own but now I can't help thinking that I maybe should.... Have a lovely Sunday. x

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    1. It's a fear-based kind of organization, Christina. There are so many of us it takes a massive amount of food, beds, etc. Maybe you can put the serviettes on your list of things to make next year. :-)

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  3. The moment with the machine must have been a bit freaky. You do sound beautifully organised. I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures of your new bunny... CJ xx

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    1. It was very freaky. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! :-)

      Don't hold your breath waiting for those bunny pictures. Ha!

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  4. Ha, ha, ha.....Gabriel would love to have a bunny for Christmas, too! I love that you can rent a guest house nearby! It solves the problem of keeping a house with enough rooms for special occasions like this. It sounds like you're going to have a wonderful celebration.....just keep an eye on that sewing machine, though. I wouldn't trust it.

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    1. I think I'm the one that should be kept an eye on, not the sewing machine. Ha!

      Yes, I'm sure Gabriel would agree with Fergus. The more bunnies the better. :-)

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  5. Just when you thought things were going smoothly, bunnies don't want to visit when there are two bunny chasing dogs around.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. I think I convinced her that a bunny wouldn't last very long if it came for a visit. :-)

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  6. Poor Fergus!
    You need to be well organised when you have a horde to visit and stay. We hadn't done a biggy since moving to Costa Rica but we met up with the family in Spain this year and I was glad that I'd worked out where everyone was to go as one group followed another and people overlapped...
    Have a wonderful time together.

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    1. Yes Helen, planning ahead when there's a crowd is a must. It must have been a very busy time in Spain, especially with groups overlapping. I find the hardest thing is feeding everyone. I stress about it a lot before the event, and then when people are here I find that much of my time goes to meal prep rather than being able to enjoy visiting, playing games, etc. It's better now that the girls are older. They help out a lot.

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  7. Sure sounds like you're going to have a well-organized family holiday, Kristie. I love those serviettes too! As cute as he is, I'm glad Fergus isn't going to get a live bunny in his stocking this year -- can you imagine the chaos?!

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    1. I'm not claiming a holiday victory until January 1, Kim. We almost always have a disaster at Christmas. Our list of broken appliances over the holidays includes the dishwasher, oven, washing machine and hot water tank. It's the reason I'm so excited to have access to another cottage. It means that we have back-ups for everything!

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  8. Fergus is absolutely salivating at the idea, I bet. Haha. I love hearing about your kids. They all seem like such interesting people and you have such a nice relationship with them. You sound so organized for the holiday, and how awesome to have the nearby cottage with an extra kitchen to use! That will make everything so much easier. I am sure you will all put on a wonderful holiday working together.

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    1. Yes, Fergus would love it if Alexandra brought a bunny. But I am putting my foot down. We are having a rabbitless Christmas!

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  9. I can just see the dogs and the rabbit, going round your tree! Glad you are well organised. I think I may suggest to the family a present swap next year, would make things a whole lot easier and cheaper!

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    1. That's exactly the vision that came to my mind, Sue. Not quite "peace on earth." :-)

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  10. Love the serviettes, such a great idea to make your own. Wonderful being able to rent the cottage near to you it will make like so much easier. Wonderful to have everyone together.

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    1. I'm very happy about the cottage, and if it works well this year it will probably be what we do from now on. It costs a bit more than the dumpy little cabin, but those extra appliances will make it worth it.

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  11. You do sound wonderfully organised, Kristie, and coming from a big family, I know how important that can be at Christmas. Fantastic to get the extra cottage nearby - my mother would have loved that, when there were 27 of us when all gathered at one time. How scary is a sewing machine which takes off! It has happened to me too...but not when making pretty snowman serviettes, which will be the pride of your Christmas table. Still smiling re the bunny and the dogs - time to put your foot down on that one :))

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    1. Wow! I can't believe there were 27 of you! Now I'm feeling like 13 of us isn't so big a group after all. :-)

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  12. I cannot imagine the chaos of bunny and Fergus and Christmas tree and lots of people!! I think that waiting is a good idea isn't it!! I hope that you all have a wonderful time though and how great that you got the nearby cottage, that will be so lovely won't it. xx

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    1. Plus Lucy would be joining in as well. The bunny idea has been put to rest. Now I'll be holding my breath waiting to hear what the next crazy idea is. :-)

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  13. Why do they do that? Just when you're calm, organised and so ready for christmas. A spanner in the works is what we would call it here. To the one person that's asking, it is such a small thing, to the receiver of the question, it just puts everything in turmoil.
    It does sound like you are creating a perfect christmas, with our without a tiny bunny!

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    1. I love that expression, Jacqueline. That's it exactly - a spanner in the works. I have no idea why they do it, but it is fairly predictable. Now I'll be nervously waiting for the next spanner. As for a perfect Christmas, I have been around long enough to know there is no such thing. I'll be happy if we make it through the holidays without any illnesses or broken appliances. :-)

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  14. Exactly!! Fergus cannot resist the innate call of the wild. Too funny!!

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    1. And Jenny, our little dachshund, would be right there with Fergus. Add in Lucy, and it would be total chaos. We have enough chaos when everyone is together without adding a bunny! :-)

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  15. Sounds as though you have everything in order, well done you. Glad you've managed to talk Alexandra out of the bunny scenario, could have been chaotic. :) P.x

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    1. Everything is in order for now, but the problem will be keeping it that way. With so many people there's always a disaster lurking just around the corner. :-)

      The bunny would have been a nightmare!

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  16. I'm sure the pups would have welcomed the bunny with enthusiasm (probably not something you want to see inside your house). Maggie loves saying hello to the bunny in our yard. So much so that the kids are afraid to let her run free.
    I'm glad everything is working out so well for Christmas. If our bathroom renovation is done and all of our appliances work, I'll be very happy! :)

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    1. Enthusiasm wasn't the word that came to my mind, Rick. I was thinking more along the lines of appetizer. :-)

      I'm glad to hear your renovation is almost finished. They always end up being more work and costing more money than originally planned for. I think appliances that keep working are a wonderful thing to hope for at Christmas. You know my past history! Ha!

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  17. frodo has killed little bunnies.....just saying. They run in the enclosed yard and then he nails them. It's hard to get him to let go of them and that makes me sad. A cottage to rent? how cool is that?? I wish I could do something like that when the house is overflowing. looks like everything is going as planned!

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    1. That would be awful to not be able to get him to let go of the rabbits. Fergus would be just the same, as would Jenny. It's hard to fault them, as it was what they were all bred for. But it's also a very good reason to say no to a Christmas bunny. Can you imagine the scenario you have in your yard with Frodo being played out inside our cottage? Not good! :-)

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  18. You're so organised, there's still so much to cross off my to do list. We've got two bunnies and I remember my niece bringing her little terrier with her, she knew there were rabbits around straight away and tried to get at them. As you say, it's what they were bred for. Archie (my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) doesn't bother them, though I'd never leave him alone with them, you never know.

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  19. Sounds like a great Christmas celebration in the works! (that is if it's sans bunny!--then it would be a WILD Christmas!)

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  20. I do envy you, getting everyone together. That always seems to be impossible here now. But at least the ones who do come have never yet asked if they can add a rabbit to the mix!

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  21. You sound wonderfully well organised, Kristie, and I'm sure your Christmas meals will taste even better with those lovely serviettes on the table. Your dialogue with Alexandra made me chuckle, but you're so right to say no to the Christmas bunny.

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  22. I'm very late to the party...I was going to congratulate you on being so prepared and then I saw the date this was posted on and am even more impressed! I hope that the calm continued through the month and that you end up having a beautiful, laid-back holiday season with your family (also that they all get there safe and on time!).

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