A Little Conversation From The Heart

For almost 18 or so years, I have baked ahead and put out trays of goodies to Lead Into Christmas. This is due to the fact so many people cannot face the “happy” season due to family losses, or perhaps a job lost or debt that seems unsurmountable. We used to host dinners every December 1 for about 10-12 people and as they were departing to go home, we would give them a tray.

I remember one gentleman standing up and saying ‘this is the first time I can face Christmas’ and then I knew I was on the right track.

I have given trays to West Jet personnel at the following airports to say thank you for all they do for people at Christmas (and other times): Kelowna, Penticton, Abbotsford, Vancouver and Nanaimo.

Thank you is such a simple gesture and always from my heart. These past two years have been totally unforgettable, especially now with the flooding in B.C.; fires this summer and other personal tragedies but I am now ready to disperse trays with an open heart and I hope you all now understand why we start early and I am not pushing the season too far in advance. Besides, I am now a much slower baker.

This year, for the first time in years, we did NOT use gift cards for our family. I said we were going to buy actual gifts. Well, I did and then on the News they stated 105 containers fell into the ocean and it appears that product is now not going to be readily available. I bought everything before all this happened and wrapped it all up before Halloween (did this for years in competition with my sister who really wanted to see if we could do it all before Oct. 31).

Blessings to everyone and I hope the sadness in your heart becomes a little lighter because of memories you have stored in your minds and hearts.

From our family to each of yours Merry Christmas and I hope a much healthier, saner, and financial recovery in the year ahead.

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Cranberry Arms Restaurant, Cedar, B.C.

Yesterday we drove into Cedar to buy a few items at 49th Parallel and on the way home, Don asked me if I wanted to go to Cranberry Arms and share some Fish and Chips. I have mentioned before that we have found these to be the best in Nanaimo and area and I was not about to say no.

It had been closed for awhile, probably due to the length of time we have had the Covid virus drag on, and were delighted to see the Open sign. When we went in, we were greeted by the friendliest gentleman and after showing him the Covid passports, we sat down and we didn’t even hesitate for a second to place our order.

Of course, we had our regular beverage and asked to share a 2 piece Fish and Chips. Well….it came out looking like two individual orders. Each plate had two pieces of fish, chips, and one of the best coleslaws given at any restaurant anywhere. Piping hot and super great fries.

We were told he is the new “owner/manager” (I’m guessing) and I suggested to him that, due to the fact they have a new Chef, they do not change one thing on the Fish and Chip plate. He said they would never change what works. Hurray!

Glad you are Open and we will be back again and again and again.

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