Watching the Watchers

Eye Spy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy


One evening last Christmas there was a space of about 20 minutes when I spied our two collies, Abbey (left) and her mom, Sass, watching my husband clear mountains of snow from our driveway.

It was a lovely moment at the time, and a special memory now as Sass has since left to be with our family of pets on the other side.

Memories are made of this.

Thanks for visiting …



©Dorothy Chiotti

The Two Wise Guys


Wise Guys



As much as I adore my boys JJ and Indy … (and I do) … and as much as I would love to have their company by the Christmas tree … (and I would) … the safest thing for the tree, the boys and my sanity is to have them marvel at it from afar.

May the peace, joy and sanctity of this beautiful season bless you and yours, and carry us all with open heart into a happy and prosperous new year.

Thanks for visiting,



©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

It’s a Sign …


Light Fantastic


Actually, there are lots of signs that Christmas is on its way …

The days are shorter.

The temperature has dropped.

A skiff of snow has fallen.

Pretty twinkle lights are emerging on yards all over the town.

And … today is Chocolate Day.

An annual gathering ~ three mothers, three daughters, two daughters-in-law, a couple of friends, a husband or two ~ to make chocolates to give away as Christmas gifts.

We start at 9 a.m. and go til we’re done ~ probably around midnight.

Hand-rolled. Hand-dipped. Hand-boxed. Hard work.

Last week we made fondant. 11 flavours. Only the purest ingredients. No preservatives. This is the real mccoy. 😉

I’m getting pretty close to 20 years of  involvement in this tradition. Our fearless leaders have been churning out Christmas chocolate for more than 50 years.

As you might imagine, we work like a well-oiled machine.

And the results?


Today is the official start of the Christmas season for me.

And no, I don’t eat chocolate all day … 😉


Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013