Shannon Fennell's Blog

My life, cooking, make-up, travel, the joy of home ownership and the occasional rant!

Winter is fun…. right?

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Looking out my dining room window onto our deck and backyard – there has been more snow since I took this photo – including a week at -30ish… yesterday we were -34C for most of the day…

However, we are supposed to get up around -2C over the weekend – which just means a big slushy mess that will freeze up every night.

I think I mentioned that this year I hired a guy to shovel our driveway and sidewalks.  The deal was he comes when there is a couple of inches of fresh and I pay him $20 per time.  There was also a monthly option of $125 per month and he’d come as many times as needed…. I chose the pay as you go as I gambled that it wouldn’t snow THAT many times in a month… [sigh] Ten times in December… oh well.  Hopefully in January it snows fewer times so it averages out.  I never have been much good at gambling.

I have three days off… THREE WHOLE DAYS!!!!  I don’t have any gigs, rehearsals, shopping to do or anything else!!  I have some housework to do but I don’t have to get out of my jammies to do that.  🙂

I may also start getting my books in order for the accountant.

And take down the Christmas tree.  I took some photos of some of the ornaments I made many years ago.  I’ve never seen anyone else make them   Satin balls with fabric paint.

And this ornament I received in a gift exchange this year – I was thrilled to receive this MAJOR AWARD!!!  I love it!   I only wish I had one the size of the original!  🙂

We are still working on the Christmas turkey… tomorrow is turkey pot pie which should be the last of it (except for the soup stock) for this year.

Dinner was delicious, if I do say so myself.  I always make the same meal and have been the designated cook for the last, hmm, almost 30 years… and it is gratifying to have people going back for thirds!

The cookies and candy were hits again… got calls from the relatives to say how good they were.  I’m glad cause I generally don’t make the type of cookies I sent – that was mom’s job.  So they were a bit different than she used to make.  Weird how the same recipe turns out so different when different people make it?

January is pretty quiet this year… which is nice as I need a break. 

Chicago opens the first weekend in February and runs for four weeks.  I’m only doing the make-up – for some reason they’ve said I’m not needed for hair but they haven’t told me what they are doing instead.  I was originally booked for both hair and make-up… oh well, less stress, less logistics and less stuff to deal with.  And… I won’t have to stay to the end to get the wigs off!  That is a bonus.  Musicals usually run really late.

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