Sunday, December 29, 2013

Mesa Santa


Welcome back! I hope everyone had a good holiday, or at least, better than us! We have been through the wringer here in Toronto, where a massive ice storm knocked out power, and therefore heat in most homes, for several days in subzero temperatures right over the holiday.

After the first night we moved to my sister's cat-infested house, which had power the whole time. I am extremely allergic, and recovering from a surgery the week before, so it was pretty challenging. But, I'm glad she was able to take us in! It could have been much worse. We are back home now and the lights are on, but it will probably take a few more days to really recover from it all.

This Mesa Santa Christmas ornament in the photo above is one of the Southwest Santas collection from Mill Hill. Do you see the cute armadillo in the lower right corner? I love his blanket too, with just a few chunks of turquoise to set it off. It was my take-along project to my sister's house. So, at least I got one more project both started and finished in 2013.

I'm sure ready for a fresh start in 2014!

13 comments:

  1. I am so sorry you have been so challenged, Monica. Here was I thinking of you in Hawaii - a stupid jump from your Aloha ornament!
    Your Misa Santa is great. Hope all services are fully restored and you get through all the clean up without incident.

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    1. Thanks very much, Jillian. Not so stupid -- the ornament was indeed from Hawaii, several years ago. We could sure use some of that heat now!

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  2. So glad you are back. I thought of you when I heard about the power outages in Toronto. Surgery, no power, freezing temps, cat allergies. Sheesh. 2014 just has to be better.

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    1. Thanks very much, Mary Ellen. I have to agree!

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  3. SO glad you are back home! You have had a terrible time of it lately. DO love the santa!

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    1. Yes, I'm really appreciating getting back to normal, more than I have for a long time! Thanks very much!

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  4. It seems a lot of people were hit by horrendous weather over the holiday. here in UK some are still without electricity since before Xmas. Good to read you are back home now, trust the cats did not upset you too much, I find white cats are the worst, eyes swell and I sneeze etc.

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    1. Yes, there's no place like home! For me it is definitely long haired cats that are worse. My sister has short-hairs, but it's still a challenge when they are house cats and all over everything. Never mind, I survived! Thanks for the welcome home!

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  5. Hi Monica. I'm so sorry to hear that your time away was not in a warmer climate, but rather recovering from surgery, in circumstances that were less then condusive for anyones health. As I heard about the storm from my niece in Toronto, who had to spend a few nights in a community shelter with her husband and 3 year old twins, I was thinking that you had picked the perfect time for a sunny vacation. But, despite the challenges, you seem to have "weathered the storm" quite well, with your sense of humour intact.

    I like your attitude about UFOs. It's a "no guilt new project year", despite the many UFOs clambering for attention. I'm going to buy into that philosphy as well and go where the creative spirit leads, and who knows, sometimes it just might lead to a UFO. Having said all that, your WIP list has got quite a few beautiful items on it, and it would be great to see some of them finished. (sometime in the future!)

    Wishing you health, happiness and joy for 2014 and a full a speedy recovery from surgery.

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    1. Believe me, my sense of humour was battered for several days! The new year's post was actually written just a few hours before the lights went out. I'm glad your niece was able to take advantage of one of the shelters.

      We have to draw the line somewhere on the UFOs, right? As of the Dec. 21 update, my WIPs list was cut by half. Maybe some of the rejects will make it back someday, maybe not. But I've decided, I'm not putting off "the good stuff" anymore!

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    2. I agree whole heartedly. Life is too short, and I'm not getting any younger, so time to focus on "the good stuff"!

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  6. Oh my golly, You had surgery?!? I hope you're okay!! and a snow storm that left you stranded in a sneeze making cat house. It's not a Christmas you'll forget. I'm glad that you're back home. I hope you're feeling better now. I love your Santa cross stitch, he has a very cute beard.

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    1. Thanks, Rachael! I would say I am on the road to recovery, but not there yet. The beards are cute, aren't they? I like how the designers try to make them all different.

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