Merry Christmas! I hope Santa brought you everything you wanted (like these gadgets that can be found on the Coolest Gadgets website) plus a little bit more, and that you find yourself in a good place today. If that isn’t the case this year, I sincerely hope doors open soon and things are brighter when we talk again next Christmas.
The family are all here again this year, Mom and I keep getting lucky despite the urge to roam from the younger set. I don’t know how many more Christmas Eves we have in this amalgamation, but Dad loves it this way so I am talking mental snapshots like a lunatic.
We had a great night, the traditions that we had when the kids were small (search for gifts, games like Sponge Bob Monopoly, Barrel of Monkeys, Sorry, Pick Up Sticks) have been replaced by truly bizarre Christmas traditions (Poker-MOM WON! plus Taboo, Pictionary, played Truth or Dare for the first time in 30 years-DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME WITH YOUR CHILDREN!!!!). We played music, the kids chose, and surprisingly it was Christmas music for the first time in the five years or so they have been picking.
This morning, the house is quiet and cold (for really the first time all winter) so I turned up the heat, made the coffee, took the dog out, and now I am writing this Christmas post.
Ziggy is four, she isn’t a puppy anymore but these little dogs have motors that just don’t quit so it is sometimes easy to forget her age-I’m sure she appreciates it. Ziggy barks at our neighbor when he is in the kitchen, goes crazy and makes a big fuss. Now, it is HIS kitchen, but Ziggy doesn’t like it one damn bit. She chases rabbits in our backyard whenever she gets a chance (before she got here I built a little shelter for the locals and they use it every winter) so I have to play traffic cop on winter mornings and keep the Ziggster from that area of the yard. I love this dog, we will get her a partner in crime by this time next year, don’t think the rabbits will be happy but what the hell. I love dogs and I can’t imagine my life without a dog in it. Ziggy has been feeling a little under the weather recently and I’ve been trying to find ways to make her feel better. A friend of mine was telling me about the benefits of cbd for dogs so I might explore that option a bit further. I know that CBD is great for relieving the symptoms of arthritis so it’s probably worth trying. I just want her to feel better for Christmas!
Michael is going to NAIT, doing extremely well and enjoys the experience. He will get his degree in computer engineering in the future (GPA is outstanding-math is not my strong suit), so if you see a resume posted here in the future, pass it along. He is a fine young man with a good heart and he is a great poker player. Maybe he regularly practices Judi Online in his spare time to brush up on his poker skills and that’s why he’s so good at it. Whatever he does, Mom and I are proud of him.
Chelsea is working very hard in retail now, we barely see the girl and I miss her a lot. She and I watch hockey a lot, she is a blast because everything is new to her (she is so impatient for the playoffs, it reminds me of just how long the season is when you think about it). One of my real joys these days is to see her view of the game and what matters to her. She has two favorite teams (Ottawa and Philadelphia) and two favorite players (Eric Karlsson and Claude Giroux) and is driven by a blind hatrd for Pittsburgh and Montreal (family tradition). She is hilarious. A couple of months ago she asked me ”Dad, which is the better Denning, Glen or Clen?” and I laughed until I cried. God that was funny. Chelsea is enjoying work, I keep hoping she uses her artistic side (she drew a lemon last night in pictionary that was so good) but Dad has to learn to back off a little on the career advice so I will. 🙂
Jo-Anne has had a really good year. With the kids getting older and relying less on us, she is spending more time talking and visiting her sisters in Medicine Hat. They are a close family, time and distance (and me) took her away from them, I think (sister) Karen’s passing in 2014 impacted them greatly and brought them closer. It is funny how life works. I think they are still healing.
We just opened the gifts! I got Oilers tickets (Florida game!) from Chelsea so we are going to see Jagr! Hell, maybe one of the Denning’s will be on the team by then!
The career is going well, thanks so much for your kindness over the years (and yesterday!) and I am grateful for all we have been blessed with this year. Jo-Anne will make turkey soon, if she refused to do it I would cry like a baby. I am going to have a coffee (Irish!) and then I will have another one. Merry Christmas!