Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday, December 25,2009
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Rainy and cold
Christmas Day

The weather’s lousy here today, and supposed to get worse. I’m glad I don’t have to go anywhere, although I have to leave for the site job tomorrow fairly early. Which means, of course, that today I have to pack. I have three different BIG projects that have to go with me, so that means three different BIG bags and/or crates. And the food. And the yoga paraphernalia. And i have a VW Rabbit! 😉 Hauling all that up and down three flights of stairs will NOT be fun, but, as I finish projects, I hope to bring stuff back over the course of the week when I return to feed the cats.

Violet is fascinated with the Advent table, as you can see. Of course, she decided to redesign in — paw on the small plate where an ornament used to be.


Iris if fascinated by the tree.

Yesterday was a good, though fairly quiet day. I got the free holiday story download up, “Just Jump in and Fly”. It’s only available until the 6th of January, so hop over to the Ava Dunne page to read an excerpt and then download it before then, if you want to read it.

I dashed out just before noon to pick up more dishes for the leftovers. The store was packed, the parking lot was packed, everyone looked unhappy and almost in tears or in tears, so I felt bad for them and wished everyone I could a happy holiday.

Heard from some old friends, which was great. Got the most wonderful card from my best friend from college and his wife — they sound good, and we truly will get together in the New Year to catch up. Dropped off the cookie platter to the ex-friend who never called back, but finally called back with a lame excuse a week later — and then seemed disappointed when I refused to get into an argument about it. Sorry you have holiday-related issues; I am not going to aid you in repeating destructive patterns, nor am I your therapist. I’m just trying to have a joyful holiday. If you choose not to, that is YOUR choice, and I choose not to participate in a joy-less holiday. I dashed over to make the drop-off; I was in the middle of food preparation and couldn’t hang out.

Speaking off food, marinating the pork roast for 30 hours worked well. It was tender and succulent and perfect. I better write down the marinade recipe before I forget it — I sort of made it up on the spot.

I gathered together the different recipes I used for this holiday season so I can put together the notes and then put them together in a holiday binder, instead of just the regular binder. I got the idea from a story I’ve been working on called “Christmas Cancellation Project” (which may wind up being next year’s download), where the protag’s godkids want to make the Christmas cookies from her infamous “The Binder.”

Tried a new-to-me recipe for potatoes au gratin — it was pretty good, but I think next time, I’ll put in less milk and keep the cream amount the same. Red cabbage and green peas rounded out the menu, with plum pudding and brandy sauce for dessert.

We had to rest up after putting away the leftovers and doing the dishes. And then it was time for presents. We always open the gifts on the Eve and have the stockings on the Morning. Elsa usually loves opening presents, so I woke her up and brought her into the room. She stalked back to her nap. Iris and Violet had a ball playing with the wrapping and the ribbons and all the rest. Elsa woke up once we were done and wanted to know when we were going to open the presents!

This morning we had the stockings (cats get a stocking, too, and get to unpack it). Breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs and panettone. I made the stuffing for the turkey, and it’s in the oven. I’m going to pack now, and sort out the projects that need to go with me, and then enjoy a nice dinner and a calm, family-oriented evening. I’ve adjusted the aromatherapy blend — more pine and clove, less citrus. Now it’s exactly what I want.

Heads up! Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow. Which means travel and computers will go kerplooey, and people will look at you when you talk like you’re speaking an unknown language. But the end-of-year sales will rock!

I wish you all the Merriest of Christmases, and lots of love and good cheer.


Published in: on December 25, 2009 at 10:33 am  Comments (12)  
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  1. Merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas! May you and yours (Kitties included) have a festive and fantastic Holiday!

  3. Merry Christmas Devon!

  4. I am very happy to find this website, I could learn a few things that I do not understand. Can I post recipes of seafood porridge?

  5. Hi Devon. Thanks for visiting my blog. It was nice to see you again. I hope your travels are uneventful (what is a site project?)

    • I call a “site job” when I pack up my computer and other materials and work on someone else’s premises, rather than doing everything from my home office.

      A “site job” can mean just going in to the office for the day, but often, I’ll stay there for 3-4 days. Some of the gigs are light enough so I can clear off all the work there early and then it’s almost like a writer’s retreat — and that’s with permission, I’m not doing anything behind anyone’s back! 😉 Sometimes, I’m just in an oversight position — they want someone there for comings and goings and questions, so I can work on my writing as long as I’m available for questions.

  6. Merry Christmas!! 🙂

  7. I am a little late to wish you a Merry Christmas but I wish You a very Happy and Prosperous New Year filled with love and great inspriation.
    Violet is gorgeous. I used to have a male kitty exactly the same coloring as Violet only his name was Daniel. They would have made a great pair.

    • Iris and Violet are from the same litter — it used to be really hard to tell them apart, but Iris has gotten bigger and rounder, while Violet remains delicate. They’re pretty funny together. I’d never had a pair of littermates before — I learned a lot!

  8. Hi Devon – glad you all had a good time. The pork looks delicious and the cats photo well. Suspect the weather hasn’t been too kind – but hope you got away and back to feed cats + project bags ..

    Enjoy the festive time –
    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

  9. A belated merry Christmas, darlin! I was in CT for the holiday, but made a quick exit ahead of the impending ice storm. It was a disjointed holiday, but I was grateful to have my kids in the same room on a holiday again. :)))

    The ex-friend – some people are no longer friends for a good reason. Erase her ju-ju from your life and take comfort in knowing you’re cleansing your life of negativity. She can keep it. All of it.

  10. I made potatoes au gratin for the first time too! Came out well, but I agree with you, less milk, more cream, next time! Happy New Year! d:)

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