Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday Recap

Let me sum up...

The food, which nearly cooked itself, was good and the brand new meat thermometer worked very well.  There is a story there, but the overly proud cook who resides in my psyche is still smarting too much from the Thanksgiving turkey fiasco to even discuss that much.  Suffice it to say, I think the new thermometer will preclude the need for therapy.  There was time enough yesterday to lolly-gag and play with Christmas presents throughout the day ( I really appreciated my new dry shampoo and the fact I didn't have to wash my hair before company came).  Wine, good wine, was consumed, but not by anyone in excess (maybe this alone kept people from noticing I had not washed my hair).  No feelings were hurt and no tears were shed, unless you count Leo, who cried because  he was jailed for playing too roughly with a two year old.  It all started over a ball.  Laughter made the rounds of the rooms and I think we all had a really great time.  Even the weather cooperated by depositing enough snow to make it a white Christmas, but not enough to throw a monkey wrench into holiday travels.

Was this my family holiday?  Someone better pinch me to be sure I didn't sleep through Christmas!

I haven't had a great tale of woe on a holiday since Mr. Larger Than Life passed on.  I don't miss the drama, but I've been trying to put my finger on what's different, and I think this is it.  We had ham yesterday, which would have thrilled him up until the moment he discovered it wasn't full of nitrites, processed, smoked, covered in sugary goo or overly salty.  What we did have was fresh, covered in rosemary, garlic and olive oil and went rather well with the sweet and sour cabbage, mashed potatoes and homemade applesauce.  He would have hated that meal.  We consumed it with gusto!

Tonight I'm finally starting that Squares on a Roll workshop at my local yarn store.  I'm beyond excited, but rather realistic, too.  I'm betting the weather will not play nicely and the northern end of that storm will deposit too much snow for even knitters to deal with.  I live within walking distance of the shop, but I know others don't, so we'll have to see what happens.  Just in case, I'm going to spend some time looking for the yarn I put away "in a safe place" for this class.


13 comments:

Finding Pam said...

Rudee, it sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. I hope Leo gets a reprieve. Good luck with your classes.

How great to have a white Christmas. The storms were pretty bad, but thankfully no tornadoes here.

sapphireblue said...

I'm really glad you had a great holiday. I can't wait to see what you make in your class.

Irene said...

It's good to hear that you had such a nice Christmas and that you can write about it with such humor. That ham you had sounds delicious and well worth having even for someone with food intolerances like me. I hope you enjoy the leftovers.

Rose said...

Merry Christmas and good luck with the class!

Gail said...

Sounds like the perfect holiday.

We had a white Christmas too but I think no one but the children wanted it.

Mimi said...

You've got a yarn store open on 26th? Now I know where I should be!
Sounds like a lovely Christmas, complete with some "white stuff", ah fab!
Glad all went wel, Rudee! And hope the class did go ahead, look forward to hear about it in a future post.

Winifred said...

Sounds a great Christmas Ruth. Glad you had just enough snow for the Christmas effect.

Hope you have a great year in 2013!

Ruth said...

Sound like you had a gret Christmas, we survied the 39C by staying inside and eating lots of salad and ham but still had pudding. At end of day we were last to leave sons house asked 3 year old - what was the best part of your day ? play with cousin all day was his answer. So sweet. they did they just played all day had to remind them come and drink they were even happy outside they love sand.

The Bug said...

Sounds like a fabulous day - I'm so glad for you! Hope you're just now wrapping up your yarn workshop, but I'll bet it had to get cancelled... We're still in NC so we just have rain.

Knitty said...

A long tradition was broken by the second generation in our family. We not only had ham and cheesy potatoes instead of turkey and the same sides as Thanksgiving, we had it buffet style instead of family style. And we used embossed Chinet plates! I know it isn't "green" but when you're feeding 19 people and going up and down basement steps all afternoon, it was nice to clear the table so quickly and have a dishwasher full of glasses and silverware.

I hope the class went well last night. It seemed to snow sideways here all day but despite that direction, snow did manage to fall and need shoveling.

Stephanie V said...

My son cooked us beef stew and fresh 'spice cupboard' buns. It was delicious and i didn't lift a finger.

Sounds like we've all had the best family Christmas this year. Good luck with the knitting class. Hope you had some company.

Brenda said...

I tried to leave a comment last night and I guess it didn't make it on here. Anyway....your Christmas meal sounds great. We did something different this year and had barbeques ribs and corn on the cob. Even the kids liked it. Poor Leo. One thing we have found out....the difference between cats and dogs...is that dogs...seem to know when they have done something wrong...cats don't...or don't care.

Larjmarj said...

Sounds like you had a very lovely X-mas. :-)