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Cool G that sounds like an awesome gift.
I am all done with cleaning the kitchen. I am processing laundry. I need to be packed.
Since my BIL is in the hospital getting his surgery… the process of taking care of the pets for our trip is more complicated. The chihuahua will go back to my brother for a few days. The big dog is now with my daughter . That just leaves the terrier and my cat. My son and daughter will take turns coming to feed them and let the terrier out. Sigh. I wiish I could take them with me, :(
It will be for just a few days. :(
We made it through the two day holiday. We checked my father out before Noon on Christmas Eve and took him and his baggage home to the apartment. Then, I came back home and did some last minute things like wrapping the handful of presents we had. Then, I picked up my parents and my DS picked up his mother and we headed to church where my DS, daughter and I sang the early Christmas Eve service. From there we all came back to our house where we had dinner and then took the grandparents home before running breathlessly back to church for the late service.
Yesterday morning we were up shortly after 7 AM. Santa had come during the night and my daughter was able to enjoy the art markers and books of paper left by Santa. She was especially pleased to find a particular brand of eyeliner pencils in her stocking. They were positively show stopping. I don’t think another thing she received all day had the effect of those eyeliner pencils. It seems Santa had stumbled on “THE” brand of cosmetics used by youtube makeup artists who create characters for cosplaying. Santa was quickly dispatched this morning to the discount shop where the eyeliner pencils had been acquired. A mother load was brought home at half price, at least seven additional kits from eye shadows, to blushes, foundations,skin blemish correctors, lip stains, etc. We can be heroes for some time to come.
We picked up the grandparents and had breakfast here, sausage swirls, scrambled eggs with mushrooms and croissants with mascarpone cheese.
Then, my daughter opened her presents which were very simple compared to what we usually have for her. Her big present was a Dragon Voice Recognition program. She can dictate her books and papers through a headset to the computer. She was quite happy about that but nothing compared to the excitement over the $4.99 set of eye liner pencils. That is why I went out on a mission this morning. If we can recreate such happiness in the future so economically why not take advantage of it.
I cooked a ham, an asparagus in viniagrette, and a baked brie for dinner. My mother made potato salad and deviled eggs. We never ate any of it. Everyone was too full from breakfast. I had laid out a cheese and summer sausage on an inlaid cutting board (Thank you MR. DEANIE), crackers and mustards during the afternoon. No one ever wanted dinner. So, I divided it up into care packages and sent it away, keeping more than enough to feed us here for a couple of days. It was a bit of a let down to do all that cooking and have no one eat it.
At any rate I don’t have to cook for a day or two.We did eat dessert instead of dinner. So, I have four desserts with one to two pieces removed from each. I do need to slice up the desserts we didn’t eat and put them away in single servings for freezing and dispense them around the family. When I was dividing up the food last night I missed the desserts. I don’t need the remains of a coconut cake, a mincemeat pie, a pumpkin pie (although my DS will take care of that) and a pound cake. We had this many options because there is no one dessert that would have made everyone feel as if they had Christmas.
Mini-rant to follow. ;)
Gaaaaaaah!! Has anyone else read the Sisters Grimm series? I am just about halfway through book 7. I knew who the “Master” is halfway through Book 2. These girls, supposedly training in observation and detective skills, and the people teaching them have all managed to miss the very obvious clues throughout these 5 books.
Granted the series is aimed at children, but any reasonably intelligent child above the age of 8 should have figured it out before the end of book 3. ;)
Mini-rant over. ;)
We have had a satisfying Xmas with everyone pitching in to share the workload. We decided to make our favourite sausage stuffing to accompany the duck, and everything tasted delicious. I have been learning my way around my second-hand phone and I am pleased that having a Kindle Fire first has been a useful stepping stone. It is a big step up from the Sony Ericsson I had previously. It has been a pleasure to hear our son so happy in his new job, he seems to found his niche at last. He is staying with us for an extra day:)
The wind is back again, howling across the chimney top, and more rain is due onto already soaked ground so so flooding could occur, but shouldn’t affect us personally.
Off to bed.
Graymayne Thanks for the memory. Our chimney in Belgium used to moan in strong winds. Modern chimneys in the US do not have the same sound – ever! The memory is from when I was very young. Knowing that I was safe inside with my family while the chimney moaned was very comforting. ;)
I am glad that Big G has found a job that suits him so well. ;)
I am off a Texas. I have all my medicines with me and since I love traveling with the DS it’s a very nice comfort. The only difference is that I have my MIL in the back seat. :/
The pets are taken care off. Yesterday I dropped off the chihuahua at my brother’s house. She was so happy to see my brother. She ran up the stairs and down the stairs greeting her old family with lots of love. It was comforting to know she will be happy. The big dog is with my daughter and the terrier and cat will be fed and walked by my daughter and son twice a day.
I still worry because I have never left them alone in an empty house. My BIL always stays in my house. The poor babies. :(
It’s the only flaw in my trip.
I will try to post from the road. I remember the days when I had to wait to get to a hotel room to use their WIFI. Now my IPad has wifi and I can post from anywhere. :) I just wish I could upload pictures for you. I will try do so at CC. :)
I have posted something at the New Castle. It is something I would normally have posted at CC but I don’t have the link to CC in my DS’s computer and it won’t come up on my phone.
GRAYMAYNE, I’m glad you have had such a pleasant holiday with BIG G and your DS. A Christmas of good news, good news and happiness is to be cherished.
MM, our girl dog has recently turned destructive. She has always raid the trash at night if it was full an had not been taken out in the evening. She has started pilfering for things to tear up just for the sake of tearing them up. I suppose most of the things she has destroyed might have had an interesting scent or appearance, a freezer bag full of multicolored mini Christmas tree lights, a leather bound book, a box of tea bags, a leather wine caddy, etc. It is so difficult to look around a room and manage to remove every item of potentially interesting odor from her reach.
LADY HAWKE Look out for a reply at the castle later. I need to be on the PC for the address. Be of good cheer, we have the tee shirt:)
Just back from taking BigG to the railway station on a lovely afternoon. He sent me a text to say that he had stepped straight onto a train for home, which is a great improvement on the prevailing conditions when he was trying to get to us in very stormy weather (for us).
Yesterday I received a card from “MM” and today one arrived from our beloved Headmistress and family:)
Lady Hawke Our response is at the castle.
Thank you, GRAYMAYNE.
My friend who went to LeakyCon with me is in town today. I am meant to see her for a bit this afternoon. I have left lunch for my DS and daughter and I have our dinner lined up already. So, I won’t have to worry about what I am feeding everyone when I return. My daughter’s virus/cold has recurred. My has made a similar attempt but I seem to be fighting it better than she is. So, I am soldiering on. She must really not feel well since she is missing a day out of the house to stay at home in bed.
It is a very grey day here, not cold, but very gloomy.
There was a ground frost this morning but the sun came out and the cars are all de-frosted. My DS has gone out with his camera, and I have been tidying up our photographic records a little. I have to study my “new” phone before I can loose my nervousness. It seems strange to have such an annonymous model so I have put a sticker on the back from a collection of HP ones that I had stored away. It is a picture of the philosopher’s stone as used in the film, but with a glittery outline. Only an HP fan would recognise it.
I must pass on a tip about at TV production that is sure to cross the pond – Death Comes to Pemberley. It has been adapted from the book by P.D. James, a well-known crime fiction writer. Now I had been very sniffy about the various attempts to carry on Jane Austen’s story, Pride and Prejudice and simply ignored them all, but this one is very good. I so enjoyed the first two-hour episode of the play adaptation that I downloaded the ebook. The only criticism I feel obliged to mention is that the excellent actress who plays Elizabeth doesn’t fit my idea of the character at all. She certainly lacks the “fine eyes” mentioned in the book, and is the only one of the cast who troubles me in this way. Beautiful settings and period-perfect costumes, excellent acting and a good script make this TV offering well worth watching.
I must give lunch my attention.
I have been reading a book called LONGBOURN by Jo Baker. It is a parallel retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of “downstairs”. They have very little “intelligence” as to the conversations that take place among the family and their visitors but they experience the ramifications of those events. They are the victims of the resulting foul moods or increasing tolerant behavior and largesse. The people “downstairs” have their own concerns, their own intrigues, their own romances which are sometimes forwarded or hindered by the events upstairs.
After several days of scraping ice off the cars we have a mild day with sunshine and no ice.
Did ASTI say she was going to go missing for several days?
I went to my younger brother’s house yesterday for our family get together. A lot of the second generation was missing including my daughter’s family. Jennifer took me so she was there. Her daughter was visiting other relatives. I am worried that our family will not be connected when the older genteration are no longer here. I did see a pair of great nieces I had not seen since they were small. One of my nieces was missing until late. She is the ballerina and her troupe were practicing for the half time performance at the Indianaplis Colts game today. I watched several recordings of her in different Christmas programs this December. She is so good.
We stayed until aroung 9:00 PM. Then we had the hour and a half drive home. I don’r temember what time I went to bed but did not wake up until noon. I can’t remember when it has been that late when I got up. The dogs usually wake me up but they slept late too.
Graymayne Glad Big G was able to make it home and stayed for several days. It is nice that he enjoys his new job. You are trying to figure out your new phone and I am still trying to figure out all that my new Kindel can do.
Lady Hawke Sounds like your Christmas was nice even though not to your usual expectations.
MM Be safe on your travels. That is one of the problems with traveling-having to find somone to take care of your animals.
Ironsos Hope you had an enjoyable Christmas.
Deanie The same for you and Mr. Deanie. I hope you enjoyed yourselves.
As usual I have been busy reading.
GREETINGS FROM TEXAS
We have arrived safely. We are staying at a very nice hotel and we are enjoying our visit with family. We are all a little bit tired but thankful for our safe arrival. The DS family was very happy to see my MIL.
Thanks Cool G. I got through this Christmas in good order and with about the same number of living brain
cells that I had last year.
It is another gloomy day here. My DS has to go or a test this afternoon and we hope to get another scheduled for tomorrow before the insurance changes. If we have to wait until after tomorrow it will cost more money.
COOLG, did you see I left a message at the New Castle?
My mother has a list of items she needs at the grocery so I’ll need to pick those items up for her. It has been a relief, for at least a few days, to have nowhere I had to go. I spent over three months taking my mother to my father in the morning and having to go pick her up in the evening and at some point during the day, usually spending a couple of hours at the nursing care place myself. It has been a relief to be quiet and not constantly in a hospital type setting.
Once this holiday week is over there will be lots of appointments. I know there are already three appointments for the first week back to real life after New Year. I’ve started adding them for the week after that as well. I’ll be back to the car dragging people places and trying to work as much as possible.
MM, I’m glad to hear you are safely in TX. Have a good visit and be careful on your return trip.
IRONSOS, Will you lay low for New Year’s Eve and preserve more brain cells? Do you have any plans for this upcoming holiday?
I am sorry to have been missing for so long, but wow, what a wonderful few days we have had! Lots and lots of good food, lots of fun and happy times, and I have really really enjoyed this Christmas!
My one regret is not seeing my parents, but we hope to recitfy that soon.
All gifts went down well. Many calories have been burnt off in long walks along bike trails in the Forest, as daughter tests out her new bike!
We did not do gifts to each other, just a few token bits. So I was very delighted and very touched to be totally spoiled by my sister, who bought me a stylish and unusual silver pendant.
All is getting back to normal now. I went back to work today, though I have New Year’s Day off, and my DS goes back on Thursday. The kids return to school next week, by which time I am sure they will have eaten their entire body weight in chocolate!
Graymayne, We have taped Death Comes to Pemberley. I am looking forward to seeing it a lot, I think it will translate well to the screen. I will be interested to hear what you think of the book; I wasn’t overly impressed. She caught the ‘tone’ of the original very well in the first few Chapters, but I didn’t think she carried it off overall.
Don’t forget The Thirteenth Tale is on BBC2 tonight!
Lady Hawke, i want to read Longbourn! I am waiting for it to come down in price…..I think it is out in paperback pretty soon.
It’s lovely to read about everyone’s Christmases. xx
Lady Hawke: It has been many many years since I celebrated New Years. Never was a big fan of it even in
my younger years for some reason.
If I get caught giggling with delight at the mailbox one more time I am worried what people will think lol
Ooh, Adella, thank you for your card! It arrived a couple of days ago!
Thanks also to MM and Lemon, both of which arrived recently. If I haven’t thanked anyone, my apologies! Getting the cards has been a delight, as always.
Asti We watched The Thirteenth Tale tonight but I don’t think my DS was impressed. He seemed surprised that, having read the book, I would want to see the TV version. I only remembered bits of the plot so it came across almost like a new play. I am,of course, reading my ebook and so far the TV version has kept very close to the original.
BigG Has been to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug this evening and was very impressed. We watched the Extended version of the first while he was here so that will have been good, to see the two films so close together.
Off to bed, late as usual. No wonder I nod off sometimes in front of the TV, lol.
ADELLA, I did not send out Christmas cards this year but I did appreciate the one you sent and the ones from my other friends here.
Speaking of Christmas cards, my whole line is full. I have a card holder that has mittons at each end and tiny clothes pins all along the line to hold cards. Hmm I just remembered I did not take the cards I was going to hand deliver to the Christmas get togethers. I am so terrible. At least I took my brother’s birthday card because I had it in my purse.
Won I am sorry I did not send you one this year because your card comes back . I still have last years that came back still in the envelope with all my cards that I save. In case I have not done so I will wish you a Happy New Year.
I decided I needed to change my clothes in case someone skypes me today. I still had on PJ’s. The next thing I knew I was putting on makeup too. Now that I look nice, noone will call me. I should have stayed the same to assure a call. It is like when your house is nice and neat no one comes.
Aloha y’all! ;)
Work lurking. After today I will not be back at work until the 7th. Then I have an afternoon eye appointment on the 8th. ;)
I lost the left lens from my regular eyeglasses and I do not know where or exactly when it fell out. At work I change into glasses that do not have much of the prescription for distance vision, because I need near vision in the main part of the lenses so I can work on the computer.
The DS found my old glasses and the prescription is not too far off. So I can see about as well as I could with the broken ones. I am past due for a new prescription. I do not think my cataracts re anywhere close to ready for surgery. as I understand it, though, the type I have will get bad very quickly, once they start to get ready. One doctor told me it would be a matter of days between acceptable vision and almost none due to the cataracts. ;)
I had to get a new battery for my van yesterday. When I started for work the engine would not turn over. It just clicked. The DS gave me a jump start and I am thankful that it started after work, but I went straight to the auto parts store. Before selling me a new battery, the clerk tested the old one and said that it was really ready for replacement. Then she installed the new one for me.
The old battery lasted 42 months. I think that’s pretty good for a factory installed battery. ;)
We have been out to do some prep work for a procedure for my DS this afternoon. There was a three hour gap between the prep and the procedure.
During that time we ended up at an attorney’s office getting an offer for a house drawn up for my parents to present to the owner of the house across the street.
We are home now cleaning up the kitchen so my DS can come home and make chili for tonight after his test.
It is a very strange was of spending New Year’s Eve.