I’m off work tomorrow. My primary objective will be to accomplish a clean sweep in my home office. I never really unpacked and organized it after we moved in and it has only gotten worse. I’m just hoping there aren’t any overdue bills hiding in the stacks. With some luck and a bit of discipline, I’ll make it through the piles and start the new year off with a clean slate. I remembered to burn a true bayberry on Christmas Eve and have another ready to go for New Year’s, so there’s at least one step in the right direction. I’ll find some time tomorrow to find the herring, black-eyed peas and greens.
Christmas was very nice. Allen came down from NYC on the train and we picked him up at Union Station on Christmas Eve and then drove up to Fair Winds so he could see the property. There had been plenty of snow up there too. The dogs loved it…and Dale got a needed fix. Allen started laying out his estate. We told him to keep it in check. He gets to offer ideas, but we make the design decisions.
After visiting the property we took him to Musser’s Grocery, a nice store about a mile and a half from our place. We had to show him how to really celebrate…with pure lard and root beer reindeer. I tell you, the Amish do it right.
Then we went into Lancaster and stopped by the Central Market very briefly. I had oh-so-cleverly checked to make sure it was open Christmas Eve, but had failed to note that it closed at 2:00 PM. We got there at 1:55 PM. It was enough time for Allen to buy a giant brownie and for me to buy springerle cookies for Dale. We adjourned to a nice pub for a late lunch and headed back to Alexandria.
I didn’t put many decorations up this year, but the tree, stockings and penguins were enough. Of course, dogs under the tree are obviously helpful…especially when Max is willing to wear a decorative bow.
We broke tradition and didn’t do steak and baked potatoes. Instead we did the turkey and fixings. It was quite good and we now have many, many, many leftovers. Some will go into the freezer, but some will go into new year’s soup. And I think turkey and noodles and turkey tetrazzini and turkey croquettes…
Family is the very best part of Christmas. And all the way from Minnesota you helped make my Christmas special. I got started on my Bohus wristlets (unblocked and badly focused picture, but you get the idea) before the end of the day. And I kept the chill off with the gorgeous moebius scarf from the sisters’ weekend. Throw in the Norwegian Handknits book, the Minnesota Knitting Guild membership (by the way, you said to reserve the dates for Yarnover and failed to tell me when it was) and the fun, fun, fun stitch markers and it was quite the haul!!
2010 will undoubtedly hold many stitches. I can hardly wait to see what kind of patterns they form.