Although you'd think it's pretty much impossible for Christmas to sneak up on you, not with all the decorations, the shopping, the hallmark movies, the endless carols and music everywhere, the parades and concerts ... but all of a sudden ... there it is!
And almost just as fast, you just blink an eye, .. and it's all over again ..
Our 'Cajun Christmas' was nice and relaxed, calm and peaceful .. just like we like it!
I'd baked a nice apple-cranberry pie for coffee and we watched 'It's a wonderful Life' later in the afternoon .. what can I say, it's a tradition ..
We were invited for lunch on Christmas day at Ronnie's house, so we had our 'own' Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve day.
I tried my hand on preparing duck for the first time, and used the Instant Pot to cook it, and the oven to roast it for a little afterward. If I ever do that again I have to slightly increase the cooking time for the IP because it came out a little under-cooked, but fortunately the microwave solved that problem within a few minutes.Although the duck was good, the orange sauce that came with the duck was even better, I could have eaten just that with a spoon!
|Merry Christmas sweet boy!|
We went for a little Christmas-walk in the neighborhood. It was beautiful weather, but cold, around 36F! It certainly felt like Christmas!
Even the birds we came across sported the appropriate Christmas colors, like this fiery red Cardinal, who stands out even more now the trees have lost their leaves, and a, very noisy, Red-bellied Woodpecker :
Like I said, the next day we went over to James' boss Ronnie for dinner. We met some old (who we'd seen last year) and some new family members and had a really good time.
These people are the most inviting and relaxed people ever, they always make us feel like family ...
Ronnie had prepared a Turkey in his 'egg' grill/smoker, which was delicious, and a very nice Ham in the oven.
Their house was beautifully decked out for the season, everything was just perfect ..
And, like last year, upon leaving, Ronnie handed us an envelop that contained a nice Christmas bonus. Sweet!
As far as the B&B goes, now the pressure is off (after the building inspection), James is working rather relaxed on the 'puncture-list'.
Ronnie's crew is off until after New Years, and they're not coming back afterward either, since the bigger jobs are done and James can handle most of the rest himself.
The painters will be back for some touch-up work, as will the electricians, and there's some little finishing jobs left for several others.
The owners come by fairly often to check and/or measure for furniture and what-all, but it's all much quieter and relax-ter around here now than it has been for the last couple of weeks.
This is the enormous living room, with the kitchen in the rear left, and, oh boy, such a nice kitchen it is ...
This is one of the two seperate counters and sinks in the master bathroom. I love those concrete sinks:
This is me, staining some boards that will end up in the elevator shaft ..
Here's James, hanging a pan-rack above the kitchen island ..
And this is the 2nd story kitchenette where Laura, the owner, will be preparing breakfast for her guests ..
It's all starting to come together and it looks like it will probably all be finished around the 15 of January, when there will be a final fire inspection, and sign-off on the project.