Happy Hogmanay!

Weather permitting, I’ll be going to the Hogmanay Fireworks display in Aberdeen. It promises to be great fun. Let’s hope the weather will cooperate so that it doesn’t get cancelled.

Any of you make New Year’s resolutions? I used to but by the end of January, I’d broken most of them so I’ve given up.

Have a great night tomorrow night, whatever your plans are.

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Happy Christmas everyone!

We’ve been up here for over five hours now. I’m not sure who got up first – Rachel or me, but we waited patiently (not) for the rest of the family to get up before charging downstairs to the lounge – wearing our Christmas pjs, of course.

christmas treeMum has the turkey in the oven now. It’s huge! It has to be close to 30 pounds! The one year she deviated from the norm and cooked a goose, it wasn’t well received so it’s back to the turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and sprouts.

I got some new CDs so I’m off now to listen to Adele.


Three more sleeps until Christmas arrives!


It’s almost Christmas! It’s my most favourite holiday of the year. My sister, Rachel, and I went to Huntly to the Market Muir with Mum and Dad to pick out our tree last Saturday and this morning, we decorated it.

christmas treeMum puts wreaths on all of the inside doors – guest lounge, guest dining room, ensuite bedroom, door that separates the guest area from our private one (although we often visit with folks who are staying at the B&B).

wreath 2The house looks beautiful with the decorations and smells even better. Christmas baking aromas linger in the air – homemade mincemeat for tarts, fruitcake, and shortbread. All treats that aren’t prepared any other time of year.

Mum has a collection of scented candles that she burns, too. Cranberry, spiced-vanilla, balsam.

christmas candle And, on the mantlepiece in the lounge, her miniature village is set up and lit. It looks so pretty. All those quaint buildings, trees, and people.

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Granny and Grandpa Shand and Granny and Grandpa Duncan come to ours Christmas Eve for a meal. Mum always makes Beef Olive (from scratch) and Roast Potatoes. We eat in the guest dining room and have a lovely candle centre-piece on the table.

christmas centrepieceAfter supper, we go over to the guest lounge where we have tea and coffee along with mum’s homemade shortbread and like always, we get to open one present from Granny and Grandpa Shand – our Christmas pyjamas.

All these traditions. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I get married and move out. Will I have to come home every year at Christmas and stay just so I can continue these traditions or do I start my own?

What are your Christmas traditions? Which ones do you absolutely have to uphold every year?

Book signing today!

A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-KingMelanie is signing copies of her novel, A Shadow in the Past, starring moi at All About Books Internet Cafe, 126 King Street East, Gananoque, Ontario from 1-3 pm.

If you’re in the area, come out and support a hugely talented debut writer. And I’m not just sayin’ that because she created me.

Here’s a map of Gananoque showing the location of All About Books.

I’ll be there. Hope you will be, too.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Don’t you just love Christmas? I know I do. Yeah, the pressies are great but it looks so pretty with everything lit up. And speaking of lit up, I hear that Melanie got her Christmas tree finished today. Here’s a piccie. Doesn’t it look fab?
IMG-20121213-00078And look here… what’s this ornament? It sure looks like her fabulous book cover!

IMG-20121213-00082Wow! To have pride of place on her Christmas tree… makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over.

And it’s only 10 days until Christmas. I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. Maybe because I’ve been a starlet in Melanie’s novel?