Sunday, December 27, 2020

Life: It Goes On - December 27

Happy Sunday! How are we all feeling post-holidays? Did you find ways to make this CoVid year Christmas a good one? We were able to spend a few hours with my parents on Christmas Eve and enjoyed a delicious meal with them but it was so strange not to have the house full of people and to leave that evening. Christmas Day we spent with the kids plus one, a friend of Miss H's, and FaceTime'd with Mini-me and Ms. S. We are fairly used to celebrating with Mini-me and Ms. S this way so Christmas Day felt fairly normal, and normal felt so good. 

We're spending the weekend lazily putting the house back together and enjoying the girls before they head back south. I won't take Christmas down until next weekend but I'm sort of ready to have things back to "normal," even though we won't be entertaining for New Year's Eve.

Last Week I: 

 Listened To: I finished Emma Donoghue's The Pull of The Stars yesterday; it's an unusual book. Today I'm starting Jess Walter's latest, The Cold Millions.

Watched: As many Christmas shows as I could, including White Christmas, Scrooged, A Christmas Carol, and, Meet Me In St. Louis (which isn't Christmasy at all except it features Judy Garland signing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas). 

Read: Only a few pages of Jack; I'm hoping to finish it this week now that things are quieter. 

Made: Taco soup, sugar cookies, loads of caramel corn (including another batch of vegan, which was a hit with both vegans), puppy chow, twice-baked potatoes, cranberries, homemade ice cream and chocolate syrup. We'll be eating a lot of leftovers this week - I may not need to cook for days. 

My siblings and I bought my parents cutouts to be in the stadium during the home football games this fall. Tuesday I picked the cutouts up and took them around town for pictures. Then my brother lifted the cutouts from a pic and laid them into a whole bunch of pictures from places my parents have lived and enjoyed and we made them into a book. It was a joy to watch my parents flip through the book as I read them the story of how the cutouts had stolen my car and gone for a grand adventure. 

This Week I’m:  

Planning: A very quiet, very lazy week. We are hoping to be able to figure out some way to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends. 

Thinking About: How blessed with are that our families were not among the hundreds of thousands whose holidays were sad this year because of the loss of family members this year. 

Feeling: Tired right now. But the girls will leave soon and then it will hit me that there is nothing to look forward to in the near future, except weeks of winter. 

Looking forward to: Saying goodbye to 2020 this week!

Question of the week: What was best part of your holidays this week?


  1. Looks like a lovely Christmas, even with modifications! LOVE the cut-outs of your parents and how creative you were with them - that sounds like a lot of fun!! I put together a photo book for my 95-year-old father-in-law, starting with his baby pictures through to the present. He's enjoying looking through it, and it's jogging his memory a bit, too :)

    I also made twice-baked potatoes for Christmas! And we had enough leftovers that I didn;t need to cook at all on the 26th - a win!

    Hope you enjoy your quiet week - I am hoping for the same!


    Book By Book

  2. Season's Greetings Lisa. Your Christmas sounds good. I'm glad you were able to spend some time with family and a friend. Tight restrictions here meant no travelling and only Christmas Day small group togetherness allowed. For us, local daughter and the two grandchildren (being in our support bubble) visited for a short time. They sat outside in the yard and we sat in the kitchen and chatted from the open door. They returned home and we had our Christmas meal on our own. We we're thankful for dry weather so that family did not get too cold sitting outside - that was the best part of Christmas as well as hearing from the rest of the family by phone. There has been snow in parts of England overnight. Take care Lisa. Stay well.

  3. The best part of my holiday was when the power was turned back on. Seriously!! I was never so happy to have power. We heated the house up quickly and watched three movies back to back. It was glorious.