This was supposed to be a Christmas post, and it will still sort of be, I guess, but it has turned into an after-Christmas post by now.
The Internet here is so bloody slow that most of the time it's just impossible to get any images uploaded and a post without pictures just doesn't do it for me.
Oh well, 'nough complaining, let's get to the Christmas cheer!
The resort put on a Christmas dinner for all employees at the Starlight Theater in Terlingua.
We had a really fabulous dinner, anytime I can have Prime Rib is a good time for me and there was a delicious pecan pie for desert!
There's about 100 people working for the Resort and a lot of them showed up together with their families who were also invited.
Santa made an appearance and there was pretty good live (country) entertainment.
(The pics came out too dark so I had to lighten them up a little which didn't do them much good I'm afraid.)
Next we went to a Christmas Celebration at the Warnock Visitor Center here in Lajitas.
The staff of the Center, together with the Terlingua School District, are holding this celebration every year, already for 16 years, and this year's 'theme' was 'Christmas on the Border'.
We just loved the typical 'small town' feel of this celebration. It had everything from the reading of the 'night before Christmas' to Mexican folklore dancing, a Posada, the High School (Roadrunner) Band, a sing-a-long with the Community Choir and of course a visit from Santa!
There was hot apple cider, hot chocolate and, my favorite, plates and plates of delicious and colorful Christmas cookies afterwards!
It's not easy to get in the spirit in the dessert but this went a long way to get us there!
Talking about cookies; I baked some too!
Raspberry Bars, red and green Sugar Cookies, strawberry Thumbprints and (almond) Roley Poly's
And than there also was the Potluck at the campground's clubhouse on Christmas Day!
It was a little bit of a last minute event, after some of us realized that there was 'nothing' going on on the day itself, which meant there were several people who'd be all by there lonesome at Christmas.
Well, you probably know how potlucks go, everybody brings a dish and their choice of drink and if you're the organizers you're always afraid there won't be enough, so you throw in some extras and than you end up with enough food to feed an army and than some!
We finally got to know some people that are staying here for the winter which was really nice. It sounds that we might get together more often in the future. We'll see.
So far I haven't seen too many different birds here but the other week this pair spent a few days at the campground.
These are the real 'Snowbirds', as in Snow Geese, and they like to winter here along the Rio Grande. I think they live over at the ponds at the golf course but they might have come by to see if the grass is greener here. :-)
And after weeks of stalking this little guy and not being able to get close enough to 'shoot' him he finally let me approach without flying off. Got tired of me, I think.
It's a Loggerhead Shrike:
A small gray, black, and white songbird of open areas, the Loggerhead Shrike hardly appears to be a predator. But it hunts like a small hawk and uses its hooked beak to kill insects, lizards, mice, and birds, and then impales them on thorns to hold them while it rips them apart, reminding people of the way butchers hang meat and earning them the name 'Butcherbirds'. By this ingenious method, shrikes compensate for the lack of talons with which birds of pray hold their catches.
Some feisty little bird!
Days are quite nice weather wise at the moment.
Although we often wake up to around freezing temperatures, skies are blue and when the sun comes out we reach the lower 60's F.
It usually does get windy, sometimes very windy, later in the day which cools things down considerably, but there are beautiful calm evenings too during which we enjoy 'happy hour' outside while the sun is setting!
Aaahhh ... the good life!