December 28, 2005

Post-Holiday Catch Up

Hi everyone! Sorry I was gone for a while — things got a little crazy, with going back to Ottawa for the memorial service, and then driving back to Sackville with my parents, and then Christmas. But we had a truly lovely Christmas here, in spite of the bittersweet moments of remembering Nancy and the many ways in which she was important to our lives. My parents and my sister were here, and we had tonnes of snow and lots (and lots!) of food, and a warm house and family traditions and relaxed couch-sitting and board games and everything that makes the holiday good. My parents have just driven back to Ottawa and we’re settling back into our non-holiday life — easing ourselves back into work.

Before I get back into knitting reports (I didn’t do a huge amount, but there are things to discuss — next entry!) I do want to show some pictures of our Christmas cake, the one I showed in the previous entry. We did indeed ice it, and my sister modelled the most amazing scene for the top of the cake, all in marzipan and food colouring:

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Here’s a better shot of the figures:

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For anyone who’s confused (and why would you be?) that’s Tigger, on snowshoes, stalking a cardinal. Why snowshoes? Because Mark kept saying that Tigger needed snowshoes to go outside in the deep snow, and my sister apparently listens to Mark… so there they are!

Here’s what it looks like once it was sliced into — and if I do say so myself, it’s darn good cake. Note the marzipan layer under the royal icing.

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Some things change, some things continue. It’s the way the world goes, whatever we might want. I’m very thankful for all that I have had in my life, and all that I have now. Happy holidays to all, and may there be wonderful things waiting in the new year.

Posted by Aven at December 28, 2005 10:23 PM
Comments

MMMmmmmmmmm that cake sure does look delicious and it looks so cute the way it’s decorated :) Tigger on snowshoes :) what next :) Oh I know…Tigger hang gliding :)

I’m so happy you had a good Christmas Aven..bittersweet as it was. I’ve heard on the weather channel you’re getting lots and lots of snow :)

I can’t wait to see your next projects. I’ve been knitting socks..I had only knit one pair for my dad..years ago..but decided to use some really soft and beautiful Merino wool to make sport socks for my son…he works on a ski hill in the winter..they turned out perfect..so I made a pair for my ex for Christmas which were even better and now I’m just making lots of socks for my son. His foot size won’t change. I love all that circular knitting while watching the tube :)

Happy New Year Aven. I wish you and your family all the best and purrs and snuggles to little Tigger too :)

Posted by: jan at December 29, 2005 07:21 PM

Nice to have you back! Happy New Year to you!

Posted by: Mary deB at December 30, 2005 04:48 AM

I always find Christmas bittersweet now. I guess it is the fluidity of life…everything moving, always changing.
You got hit by the big snow eh! We barely had enough snow to cover the grass and on Boxing Day it was washed away by the rain… today it continues to rain.
Great cake I love the whimsy.
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.

Posted by: Paula at December 30, 2005 01:50 PM

Welcome back, Aven. Yep, that is the way of the world, better or worse.

Of course Tigger has on showshoes. How else could he get around in the snow? Btw, did Mark abandon his blog entirely forever?

Posted by: Carrie K at December 30, 2005 02:02 PM