Christmas Cookies Part 2 never happened

long time no see… wow.. it’s been a few months again.  Christmas Cookies part 2 never happened… 

Abad cold/virus that lasted more than 2.5 months hit us hard.. All of November, December and right thru mid January.   In the middle of it we spent 2 fantastic weeks in Mexico.

We celebrated Christmas img_7632with family & church in between bad bouts with our viruses.. and then I received a “miracle” and was able to sing for our Christmas Eve service after weeks with no voice ~~ then promptly got sick again the next day.  It was a long haul for both of us  ~~ Guillermo suffered through it just about as long as I did, which is quite unusual for him.  But we “grin and beared” it throughout.

We’ve been struggling with our internet at home for 1/2 a yr at least, very poor service and big drops in connection.. i missed blogging but did not relish the fight of trying to post.

 There were times I really wanted to, like when my
Veggie Wreath turned out the best it ever has.


Or when my tulips were stunning

img_8242Or to talk about crazy weather… not much snow, but big swings in temperature.
(18C today, -3 tomorrow?)

Then came my 50th Birthday on Jan 28.  It was fantastic.  We didn’t do a big blowout party  – but we celebrated for quite an extended time.   Dinner with our life group the night before, then evening drop in party with family & neighbours on the actual day.  Even though this was nearly 2 months ago, we STILL have most of these helium balloons floating thru the house.

2 days later we left for a wonderful week in Punta Cana with 2 of my sisters & 1 brother in law.

Mom was supposed to go on this trip, but unfortunately was quite ill with pneumonia, and under Dr’s orders not to go anywhere.  It was emotionally tough for all of us having to leave her at home with my sister -we were all so looking forward to the time together in the sun.  Fun sidebar: Bill and I both ran into people we know from home staying at the same resort.

February flew by –  during which our life group served a chili dinner to 70+ migrant workers on a Sunday night.   We found ourselves so blessed by them, much much more than we could ever bless them.  These are the people who come to work (very hard) here in our country, leaving their homes & families for months, to put our locally grown food on our tables.

We had our laundry room/butler’s pantry renovated – making life so much more organized.. and pretty.

and then WHAM… COVID-19 exploded all over our world, and we began to hear the phrases “Global Pandemic” “Flatten the Curve” “Self Isolation”…

the stock market drops lower each day, gas prices plummet, people began hoarding, non-essential businesses forced to close,  effecting so many of our loved ones.. and a record breaking amount of people hit the Unemployment lines to apply for EI (Employment Insurance) including me.

So here i sit.. in my new “home office” enjoying the birds outside my window, where I plan to take some time in the coming weeks to be purposeful.   Daily devotions in the Word, reading good books, writing letters, blogging, face-timing with friends & family, in between going for walks and tackling my “to do” list.

My niece posted this on IG this week, which really struck me…


It was what i was sort of doing already, but without the Structure part.  I want this time to be purposeful, structured, and I’d like to add Focused and to be proactive…. not reactive to how the world around me is changing everyday.  So I’m making lists, cleaning, tidying, arranging things so I know where they are, and waste less time looking for things, use what we have in the freezer, pantry.. try to save money, spend less.  Throw out less.  Yesterday I took everything out of our 2 freezers (the mini chest in the pantry, and the fridge freezer, photographed it all and then made an inventory list.  Tomorrow I’m doing our pantry.


I baked bread, 1/2 of which Bill ate when he got home from work. 🙂


I cleaned out the “tupperware drawer” and found an earring I’ve been missing a long while!  Love the side benefits of cleaning!


Bill & I have been talking about retirement for a while.. what it will look like, when we can do it.. future plans etc.  We’re not quite ready for it financially.. but suddenly we find ourselves in this place where I’m not working, and he may not be soon.   The first question everyone asks without fail when you talk about retirement is “what will you do with your time?”  My fear has been.. what will get me out of bed in the morning, cause honestly.. most days when i’m working i fight having to get up, and wish i could sleep for hours.   Interestingly enough… not the case this week.



Maybe because i’ve had a lot on my mind.. or because i want to be focused…  or i have a giant TO DO list,

or for some reason altogether different that I haven’t grasped yet.  but for the last 2.5 days (that i’ve been home, self isolating) i am waking up early, making  the bed (i never do on weekdays ’til i get home from work)  dressing & putting my “face” on, making a good breakfast, general cleaning/tidying for an hour or so, making “to do lists”, crossing several items off the list.. and adding more as I go throughout the day.  THEN I  give myself focused & structured rest time for blogging, reading, writing, birdwatching.  No TV on during the day.. and no music.  Just quiet.

I guess i really needed a break from the noise of life.

I’ve tried to stay off Facebook and “News“.. but find Instagram to be my continued source of joy and connection.   Seeing people post pics of flowers, nature, good things that are happening, my Greats (great nephews & nieces).   Receiving Face-time calls has been fabulous.   We’re learning new technology like Zoom to do group video calls, and watching Church on Youtube.   In today’s technology we can be as connected as we’re able/willing to learn and have the tools to use.

img_8277In the meantime.. we clean, we sanitize.. our hands, steering wheels, phones, our credit cards, our handles, our light switches, keys and every thing else we touch – rinse and repeat… rinse and repeat….




So my dear blogosphere.. thanks for reading.. that was a big “catch up” after 4 silent months.  I hope to blog more in the coming days, in a structured, purposeful and focused manner.. not sure about Proactive.. but there will be photos.. and food most likely. 🙂   In the meantime.. have some fun.. find Joy.. and a new way to connect with each other.






Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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  1. Great Post my dear fellow blogger! Miss you! and now it will have to wait a bit longer with all this social distancing. Take care of yourself and your honey!


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