My Country Farmhouse -The Holidays Have Arrived

FINALLLY!!! I thought this day would never come. I’m SO happy I will be off work for a bit but sad that our show (the movie I’ve been working on since August 21st) didn’t finish shooting as scheduled mid December and I will be back to work for a week or so in the new year. I know some of you are saying “stop complaining, you still have a job” and YES I am thankful for that. I’m just SO exhausted.

As many of you now I work in the Toronto Film Industry. Our industry had been given the green light to get back to work in early August. With strict protocols in place each show one-by-one began prepping and soon after shooting. I had my first Covid test Friday August 21st and started working Monday August 24th. And I have been full steam ahead since. Since that time I have had 22 Covid tests, worn a masks every single day with no complaints and if I am on set used safety glasses as well. All for my and our crews safety.

It has been a long journey with some bumps along the way. But we in a small way have nearly made it to the end.

And So begins my Christmas Holidays. This year I did things a little bit differently. Usually I bake 12 – 14 recipes just before Christmas Eve, however, this year I decided to buy homemade cookies, squares, fudge and other fancy little items from local small bakeries to help support them and keep them in business. You cannot be disappointed by any of the baked goods you get at a bakery. YUM! I will be baking two of my absolute favorite recipes (chocolate peanut butter marshmallow squares and rice krispie squares) that everyone looks forward to once a year.

I did finish Christmas shopping a couple weeks ago. Some online and a few items in store. This year will be a quiet low key Christmas with items that family members can use over the upcoming (December 26) Province wide lock down which will be about a month long. For my babies (dogs) I got them adorable little sweaters with a hood that has little ears on them. A pink one for Chaya and a light grey for Lil’man J. Pictures will be shared after Christmas.

I did some more decorating (forgot to take pictures) mostly added strings of cards and pictures to the living room , twinkle lights in the kitchen and found my Santa Cookie Jar. Unfortunately a string of lights went out on the roof line and so I replaced it with a spare set I held back for emergencies (who knew I’d actually need it?).

Christmas will look very different for most this year. I’m sure some of you will be doing a Zoom or FaceTime style Christmas dinner with family as you eat your turkey dinners. Others may only be celebrating with immediate family (household only) and of course there will be some that will visit family members from other households. Whatever it is you choose – BE SAFE.

From my little family to yours – We wish everyone the Merriest of Christmas’ and the Happiest New Year!

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