We had a lovely Christmas and travelled to Toronto so that we could spend the holidays with most of our children - Matthew was in Edinburgh, Scotland. Everyone enjoyed their presents and we ate too much good food. We took a family trip to the CN Tower which Pat had never been up and the pic of Val holding onto Pat warms my heart.
We stayed in our Toronto house and I was struck again by how much I love that house. It is a lovely Arts and Crafts house that Devon did a lot of work on renovating and putting a new kitchen and bathroom. The spaces in it are lovely and the location in the Beaches neighbourhood is perfect. I must have gone on a bit much about how great the house is because every time I said something nice about it Ian would bring up something great about Vancouver. I was not comparing just enjoying. Unfortunately our tenants did not leave the house in the best shape and so we (mostly Devon) have been doing a lot of small repairs and fix ups. We had a housecleaner in and Ian spent two days cleaning up the yard. Devon has to repaint the basement floor but did get the walls repainted. We had our favourite painter Spiros in to repaint the halls and will get the floors buffed up. Alexander was going to help, but got sick and then Devon got sick so I am staying on a few extra days to help "supervise".
Yeah!! I did get Caitlin's quilt finished and when we took her back to University she put it right away on her bed. She is really pleased with it and so am I. I have also made a lot of progress on Devon's wonky block square and am feeling good about that. I have the material for the circle quilt but the leader has been ill and has not posted yet the instructions I need. I am appreciating the delay though as I can get better caught up on my other quilts. I just have to quilt Pat's and after finishing Cait's I feel so much more confident about the quilting part. I have joined DQS8 which is a quilt swap of small quilts and I am looking forward to making a small quilt and really taking care of getting it right. We will find out who our partner is shortly and there is a lot of excitement and anticipation building. The quilt needs to be posted in early March and that works well for me.