Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas 2016

My best laid plans for going to yoga Christmas Eve morning were thwarted!  I did go – arriving just before 8:30 a.m., but my car was the only one in the parking lot.  Bummer.  I know the teacher the previous Monday evening had said she would be holding class Saturday morning, but there must have been a change in plans.  Usually I get an e-mail when a class is cancelled.  Oh well, I had to run out anyway to get money at the bank and pick up milk.


Now it is sort of a slow return to normal…well, not really.  I’m back at work today but only for a few hours.  Same thing tomorrow and then I’m off Thursday, Friday and Monday.


Catching up on blogs, sounds like everyone had a really nice holiday.  Ours was very nice.  Fletch and I went to church Christmas Eve.  We used to go every year with my parents and then just my Dad after my Mom passed away.  But, since my Dad passed away I just haven’t felt like going until now.  We did not go to the church we always went to, instead we went to a different one where we know the minister.  He and his family were very close to my Dad (in fact he “did” the memorial services for both my parents).  It was really nice to see him and his family again.  When we got home we poured some drinks, opened some stocking gifts and then watched an episode of The Crown (really enjoying it).


Christmas morning we were up early.  I was surprised with a bow (as in archery) of my own!!  I enjoyed archery a lot when I was in school and early this year Fletch bought himself a bow.  I mentioned that I would like to take up archery again, so he surprised me with a gorgeous bow.  I still need to get a glove and arm guard (or whatever that is called) before I can use it.


We had hot cross buns and mimosas at our son’s around 11, opened gifts and then we all (Mailing’s family was there as well) took a long (~ 4 miles) hike around Lake Nockamixon.  Despite the warmish temperature (upper 40’s), we did see some snow on the ground and parts of the lake were frozen.  It felt so good to get outside and move, but I must be really out of shape, because I was exhausted when we finally got back to Colin & Mailing’s place. 


We lounged around the rest of the afternoon…some napping, some watching TV, others reading.  Mailing fixed dinner:  Beef Wellington (but with a mushroom pate rather than liver pate), roasted potatoes and green beans.  Everything was delicious.  Dessert just about did me in:  she had made a very rich, dense, chocolate cake.  It was so good, but so, so, so rich.  One bite would have been enough…but of course I had more than a bite.


I’m still knitting Christmas socks (and have one more pair to go – yikes!!), but progress is being made with all the time I’m enjoying at home.  My brother and sister-in-law will be stopping by Thursday before they head back to Pittsburgh on Friday.  Fletch and I have already decided we are going out to dinner that night (I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, plus they both have various diet restrictions), so it should be a relaxing time.


What are you doing New Year’s Eve?  We will be home.  Years and years (as in decades) ago Fletch and I used to go into Philadelphia for New Year’s Eve (a friend who lived on South Street threw a fabulous party each year), but the drive in and out of the city is horrible and there are so many crazies on the road…we’d rather just stay at home.  I will TRY to stay up until midnight (I’m not always successful – lol).


Wherever you are and however you celebrate (or don’t), I wish you a Happy and Peaceful New Year!


  1. Sounds like a lovely Christmas. We try to stay off the roads on New Year's Eve, too. And we long ago gave up staying up until midnight!

  2. We will be staying home too, or at least not going out in the car. We don't like to be out on the roads with all the crazies that have been drinking too much.

    On the other hand ...........there are PLENTY of nice restaurants right within walking distance.

    Wishing you and Fletch a wonderful evening IN and hope that 2017 is all that you wish for.

  3. I don't go out on New Year's Eve, and with all the snow on the ground and icy streets, it's safer to be home. I'll open a bottle of wine and have a glass to toast 2017's arrival.

  4. Your Christmas weekend sounds lovely! And yummy, too. :-)

    We usually go out to dinner someplace in the neighborhood, early, and then have champagne and Christmas Cheeseball at home in our pjs. I've never been one who cared to go out on New Year's Eve, and I really don't enjoy being around drunk people. So staying home works out just perfectly. :-)

  5. I have a beautiful longbow that I haven't used in years. I used to go out in the woods and shoot at targets I had in the trees. It was good exercise. I should go dig it out. We still have arrows all over the yard!

  6. Quiet New Year's Eves are the habit here as well. We'll have champagne, but whether or not it makes it to Midnight is always a guess. Now I'm longing for a Mimosa!

  7. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas. Bummer about the yoga class on Christmas Eve though. I'm hoping to just be home for New Year's Eve too. I like it that way! lol!

  8. Just finished cleaning all the bathrooms and doing the sheets and pillow cases . The kids have gone back. My tears fell hot and furious as they left. we have no new years plans yet Dinner with dear dear friends Friday though. THis past year was so good to us with the move . Zach is so happy with his job change as is AL . Getting to know you better has a been a 2016 gift.

  9. My father in law was the champion archer (instinctive category) for many years when this area had clubs. WAY back when! Husband was also very good but they had to move into the sights category when all the competitors did. Sounds like you had a very nice Christmas. Happy new year!

  10. Your holiday sounds wonderful. Happy New Year.