THAT is how Christmas week began here. 2 feet of snow on the level ground and a few drifts at 3 feet deep. The high temperatures for the day stayed about 20 degrees and if the gorge breezes came up that hill, it felt like 0. As THIS city truly came to a silent halt…………… we kept busy getting ready for the Christmas Eve gathering here. Portland cannot handle snow downtown that sticks around. Shopping almost stopped, only workers that could get there by mass transit showed up, otherwise stores stayed closed.
Cousins Nancy & Bruce left Seattle Tuesday instead of Wednesday since MORE snow was in the forecast and NO trains were running between there and here, while I-5 was BARELY open. They arrived Tuesday afternoon, and the four of us had a truly wonderful hermit good time all working together for the party.
MAC was in the kitchen with a smile waiting for a crumb to drop:
I didn’t know if he was cuter here in the kitchen now, or back in the fall where the landscape matches his coat:
OR, maybe in the new snow, trying to figure out the molecular composition of that crazy white stuff:
I should give him a chance to show off his snowball prowess:
He CAN be deceivingly “cute”……..and with frozen ground, even cuter since not a scant molecule of mud followed him back into the house after a snow romp.
Well, anyway, by mid-afternoon Christmas Eve! Somehow things were coming together, after all, ONLY folks who could “walk” to this house would be coming…………….
Here’s how things looked for friends walking over for a snack, a drink, and a song………..could it BE any more inviting at Christmas?
I’m not sure a little party could go any more wonderfully than this (except we missed Nancy G, cousin Nancy M and family a LOT) They were frozen in at Lake Oswego………they fared worse than the entire area: 1/2 of rain frozen into ice on the snow. Trees were damaged and down, power out, etc…….
Well, our brave friends ate LOTS of good food, sandwiches, dips, cookies galore (many of those came from Seattle….home-made), drinks, enjoyed a warm fire, sang ’round the Christmas tree…………………and the LAST guests left at 2:00 in the morning. Yes, we were up a bit late on Christmas Day………….. Nancy and Bruce stayed with us until Friday morning when we all enjoyed one more feast: Rodger’s Yeast Pancakes for breakfast with neighbor Dave. We sadly said goodbye to my cousins……hoping they make this a tradition………Christmas with us.
What a Christmas to remember. The weather began to warm Dec 26, and by Saturday we were free to join Baird, Karen, Peter, Jeannie, Joy at the Artist Rep Performance of “Holidazed” written by local author Marc Acito……… Peter & Jeannie surprised us by getting Marc to sign his book “How I Got Into College” for us…………. that was a fun night. Marc and long-time partner Floyd live in Portland.
As I look out today: it’s 45, weather’s back to normal, two towels are back in the garage to capture MUD from Mac’s feet, and the snow is gone except where the drifts were. Sad it is, but the city at least is alive once again. NOW we await NEW YEAR’S EVE with a NEW President soon to be sworn in. Hope is alive here.
ALL I didn’t get to do was………something I’d hoped to do for little Rosie & Taron, the kids who were here…. BUILD my traditional holiday “Marble Tower” from the little wooden bricks I acquired as a little kid with some of the paper route money…………..it’s a hollow little thing and marbles are put into the tower from the top……..they roll down sloped walls………. Maybe I can get it done for New year’s Eve?
Oh WHAT a great thing to NOT have to grow up completely.