‘Twas the best gathering ever this year……… Yep, only 30 people can make a wonderful get-together when all enjoy each other immensely with a cloak of Christmas spirit around.
The tree was warm and inviting:
Melanie was a star in bringing her home-made eggnog…. this batch began last year….YES, this is REAL eggnog! We think we’re lucky…we have a pint left in the fridge for New Year, eh? Here she whips up cream for topping another of her fabulous dishes, we’re lucky she’s our neighbor/friend:
Dear friend Baird talks with Nancy, Carol, Nancy….very near the table filled with wonderful food we made and friends brought:
The singing just beginning here is always nostalgic and fun:
**Note the addition of Sam’s harmonica background (and his son Chet’s nice drum set) added to the “orchestra”. Elena, Joy, Karen, and Nathan are doing voice warm ups…..ha!
I could not believe all the food! What was there? Country Pate’ (no, not liver) with pistachios, Watergate Pudding, Black-Bean Corn Salad, Winter Garden Salad, Chunky Guacamole, Cheese/Sausage rollup w/cranberry, Ham Steaks, Cheeses, Olives, Nuts, Chips, home-made Breads, Pies, Cookies, and I know I’m forgetting other wonderful dishes. No one left hungry.
The next DAY….Rodger and Mark were laid out to rest…… worn out. But we DID pick up Buddy for our dog-sitting period that would last until new year.
Christmas DAY was as nice as any we’ve spent together. This would be our 21st shared Christmas day….NO, nothing planned. Rodger prepped a nice Butterball Turkey with ALL the trimmings…that was not quite all ready until about 6:00. What a nice quiet rich day we had…….. Maybe we’ll make it after all…after 21 years we can still spend some time alone together.
Along the way this week, we’ve been invited to join Toni & John at Parkdale, the north side of Mt Hood, that spectacular Volcano/Snow/Ice view from the window of their home……. Will Bren & Thomas be back in time for us to be up their for the New Years Eve Gala? Hm. . . . . . Rodger wants to do some more x-country skiiing….MAC’s ears perked up to hear “snow” …..hm….
Since that night, it’s been 15-30 up here and very dry. As I type, a wet storm is on the move toward us…it may begin as snow up here at our elevation but quickly turn to rain. Hopefully, it begins as snow….don’t you agree?
I guess more later on whatever we get to do. It’s been nice having Buddy here for Mac to play with, but one can tell he’s homesick for the “folks”.