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Tuesday, December 26, 2006


I hope you all had a great Christmas, stayed warm and had fun times. This is a longer post of about a 10 minute read including videos, so sit back with a good cup of coffee (or beverage of choice) and come on over for a Christmas visit to my home, and a Christmas walk around the neighbourhood. It was a nice couple of days and I thoroughly enjoyed the family times.

Christmas Eve: Always a quiet evening spent at home and it's a tradition that sister Pammie makes our favourite soup in the whole wide world........ Borscht!

Cooking in the pot:

Waiting for it to cook, I wandered around the house just enjoying some Christmas music:

Hubby's sister gave us a whole bunch of chocolates, which I put out in my crystal bowl:

Dinner, which we chose to eat in the living room:

I tell you, this is the BEST soup and Pammie makes it soooo good!

After dinner it's tradition that we sit around playing some games and having a drink. I bought a bottle of my favourite wine, and the only one I can still drink as it's lower in alcohol compared to most.

Arbour Mist, it's a white zinfandel called "Exotic Fruits". (I'm not touching that one, Xavier! hee hee)

This time, I won. Eat my dust Good job, Pammie!

And of course, "the girls" were keeping us company all evening. Misty and Lady (Bugs). My little angels!

Look at those faces! What's not to love? Haha Pammie would tell you that they both have me wrapped around their little paws.

And she's right.

But then, what are Aunties for? We're kinda like grandma's.

Christmas Day:

Christmas morning coffee, and opening gifts. That included the doggies, who got treats too.

Through the banister down at the front door landing:


Sister Pammie made hubby and I calendars and bookmarks from her own photography, and although you can't really see them all that well believe me they turned out absolutely beautiful!

And after a light breakfast, we sauntered outside to walk off the lethargy we were feeling and take the doggies for a stroll around the immediate neighbourhood. The turkey stayed home in the oven cooking where it belonged.

(click to view video)

Signs of melting snow in the front yard:

My tree up there yonder......

Boy those windows are going to need a good outside cleaning come spring!

We enjoyed the sunny, balmy weather and took a few pictures along the way. These are the windrows I was blogging about before that the graders left on the sides of the side streets. (any major routes or bus routes have this hauled away)

With the melting we've had, the snow everywhere has a hardened "sheen" on it that is very pretty.

There were a few winter delights in the neighbourhood to capture on camera:

(click to view video)

Someone down the street used all the snow on their roof to build a snowman up there! Obviously it's too warm for such a creature to last up there in the sun, and its head rolled off at some point. The hat is still on the roof and what looks like the remains of its nose.

And my two personal favourite winter shots of the day:

Now, we're back home.... it was SO nice out that I was reluctant to go inside. But Christmas Dinner needed to be prepared.

(click to view video)

The table is set and it was about this point that my mouth was watering just from the turkey's aroma........ YUM!

The bird is about 2 hours away from being done.

After some more games and visiting, the Christmas dinner is ready to be devoured.

The aftermath. Even the salt & pepper snowman was decapitated for use.

After dinner, more games and jocularity. This time, I got my ass waxed in cribbage. That's me, the red pegs. I got SO skunked! You cheated deserved to win Pammie!

A good time was had by all.

Tomorrow is Boxing Day, and we're off to sister Brenda's for a visit. More family time and some gift exchange. I trust you're all having a restful day after the feasting!

I hope you enjoyed the visit here, I loved having you along. Take good care of each other and until next time.......

Love Jude


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