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Sadly only Quebec City this trip Definitely plans afoot to get to the Townships and the Manor at a future date. Still it is the land of Bury Your Dead.
My toe is definitely sore so hopefully not much walking tomorrow and my acres boots are big and comfy so they should be fine in the snow of Quebec. Thank you Cathryne…very important days.
Speaking of which, how the Christmas plans coming along people??

Just to let you know, Anna, it’s snowing out there today (in Montreal) and the temperature is right around freezing. Bing Crosby type of day. Just be careful driving…or are you flying?

So exciting, Anna! In the meantime, plan an all-out campaign to heal and protect your toe. These are critical times.

Right, I have made it home…limping on my sore toe (I should listen to you and me Julie). A brief respite then off to Louise’s country!!

Darn. I did want to blow Paul a kiss but I didn’t get that far downtown today. The girls snd Pete have great photos of the sunset from the top of the Empire State today. We go home tomorrow but we will be back. I still have half the Met to see and a lot else besides!
I did know better about the boots but they are good for my feet apart from one little toe so I took a gamble! At least my arches are happy.

Back at ya Paul. Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays as you say here. Next time I get to NY I will definitely do a run past and blow kisses. Xxx

Ok. Made it to Montreal Airport. Deaf in one ear but otherwise ok. Very pretty with snow all around. Do you live here Nancy?
The day has not been without more travel drama. Peter will join us late tonight after staying behind to take care of Erin’s friend who has only just left DC. She should have been home by now. Long story. Fingers crossed she makes it for Christmas Day ok.

Ouch – Anna, I could have told you not to wear new boots in NYC. I did the same thing when we went to visit, and I had no idea the amount of walking there is to do. The first day, when I got home, I had the largest blister I’d ever seen on my heel, and it took a lot of wrapping and taking it easy for the rest of the vacation. We’d had reservations to have dinner and dance at the Rainbow Room, and we had to put that off until our last day in hopes that the blister would be better by then (it was). I loved, loved, loved my time in NYC (I’m sure I’ve told you all that before, hahaha). Have a great time – take the bus downtown to pass by the flat-iron building and blow a kiss to Paul at Minotaur! (at least, I hope you get to work in that iconic building, Paul – I remember Louise saying her publishers’ offices are there).

Thanks Cathryne. I will have a look at the book. You could stay at the Wellington Hotel. Its only two blocks from the Park. We went to MOMA this morning which is a short walk away. I must say I prefer the Met but there is a lot of iconic art at MOMA. Love Starry Night and Erin has been a Warhol fan since first grade. After lunch Pete took the girls to the Bryant Park Christmas Village and they are up the Empre State. I have had a rest this afternoon. New boots have rubbed one toe and even blister bandages haven’t helped. Small price for all the fun.

Anna, how wonderful! Two places I would love to visit; I have fantasized through the years about staying in New York City, next to Central Park, and spending at least 2 weeks walking in the park and visiting the Met daily, interspersed with Moma. And then, more park and the library!

A YA book you and the girls might enjoy is Voices After Midnight by Richard Peck. Set in N. Y.C. with some time shifts. I think about it every time I see Central Park in the snow.

Hope you are still in N. Y., have fun!

Hi Cathryne. Hi Julie. The snood got a big workout today in NY. We walked through Central Park to the Met which I loved. Only saw half of it if that as I was taking my time. The Christmas ornaments in the shop looked great but I didn’t. Just back from Kinky Boots which was fabulous.
I think you are being sensible Julie. Our tree is only small but its nice to have Christmas is some form or another. Love to see the Village set.

Anna, you’ll be very glad you did get a tree, I think. You don’t want TOO many alien things for your first season away from home… I’ve seen lots of little things I’d love, but I have so many things I already love, too, so I need to do another judicious culling of Christmas ornaments. I have two small (less than 2′) bits that I use to display home-made ornaments now (I have a lot of stitched ornaments that friends have made for me). When I went down to look, I’d already taken everything off the tree last year because I had some lights that weren’t working, and I needed to figure out which ones. So, I’ve decided that this is the year for no tree – After I’m all set up with everything else, I will take the lights that are working off the tree and put them in a glass bowl. The good news is that this leaves room for my Christmas village set, and I can start to make my Three Pines set now, and then perhaps add to it as years go on…

What fun! You’ll enjoy it all week and next, just the way to bring Christmas into your new home.

I had no idea the word snood was still useful! I googled it, saw the old fashioned version and the wonderful updated versions. They will be a great help for warmth and pretty too.

We weren’t going to do a tree but I saw table top pines, real ones, at Whole Foods. Erin has always wanted a real tree and has wanted to decorate one here so Pete went out and got one this morning despite the icy roads. The girls have gone shopping for ornaments which is a great way to spend a very gloomy icy morning.

Millie – I’m with you on the decluttering, and what does that mean for the after-Christmas sales? hahaha – I know I don’t want to be lugging that tree up and down the stairs anymore, but I also don’t want to have NO Christmas decorations. I think I’ll probably do the tree this one last time, and after it’s over, take everything off of it (I’ve been leaving unbreakable ornaments on it) and find a place to take the tree, so I can do some other planning…

Thank you everyone. The gap year/holiday has definitely begun with strangely a lot of shopping! Mind you, the temperatures have required it. We stayed home Thursday when the wind was blowing. Still chilly today but with our new coats we braved the day and visited the Natural History museum. The girls were very happy and enjoyed the rocks and gems! We decided we definitely need snoods though, scarfs you can wrap around your head for those in impossibly warm climates, and the girls have trotted off to get those. We are navigating the metro like pros and I am loving walking around rather than using a car. You see so much more. My only caution is that cross walks don’t seem to mean much to cars around here!!
Be calm your beating heart Barbara but yes it is exciting.

How wonderful, Anna! Congratulations to Anna! (secretly, I KNEW she would do well!). Millie – LOVED the picture of Knowlton, and just for a nano-second, I thought about leaving Seattle and taking over the store there, hahahahahahaha. I really don’t want to work that hard, but I still harbor a little bit of “I’m not sure I want to be here for a Trump presidency” in my heart. I have to admit that I am very, VERY worried about what kind of mess he and his cabinet picks are going to get us into that we can’t get out of! I’m amazed at those who feel we can “wait and see”, but of course, I don’t know what else we can do. Everything else is being done – which is mostly, write to congressmen, protest, fund the organizations that will fight against any big changes in legislation… I feel very helpless some days. Other days, I think that once he’s really trying to do any of these things, he’ll find out fast that it’s not going to work.

Congrats to Erin ! Also to her Mother. Now you both can join in the holiday fun. This is such an exciting time for your family. Enjoy, Enjoy and Enjoy !
My heart is racing at the thought of all that is ahead.

We have a gas fire but no mantle. The TV is above so hanging our stockings probably won’t work.
Erin got into her first choice Uni course but she can change if she wishes. The Uni offers aren’t made until January. I think everyone is pleased but exhausted by the whole process! Thank you all for your positive thoughts. They worked!

That sort of system is present in a lot of European countries Julie and I think some Asian countries in that you have to get into the right high schools to get into University. At home when I was going through only those who wanted a higher education really went to year 11 and 12. Everyone else left at year 10 to get a job or an apprenticeship or trade school. Only 25% of kids at my school went on to year 12. Now all kids have to stay in fulltime education or work until age 17 and there are trade subjects they can do but system isn’t really working. Lots of kids at school who don’t really wantvto be there and kids going to Uni for whom it is not the best option. Anyway only about 20 more minutes until we know.

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