Christmas 2019 was a very nice, quiet and relaxed one in the Hess-mobile, as you can see!
And that's exactly what we did!
There were lots of cookies (and pie), and I baked a Christmas 'Stollen', that by some miracle survived being baked too long and at the wrong setting and wrapped in cling-wrap (don't ask) ..
It was delicious! (Beats me ..)
As I said, we did watch a movie ..
Can you see it .. no, not 'It's a wonderful life' this year, but .. yup! 'The sound of music'.
It's two days later now, and I still can't get 'climb every mountain' out of my head .. sigh ..
We had a delicious dinner! We managed to not screw up the meat (rib-eye steak), the scalloped potatoes came out great and the Brussel sprouts (with onion and bacon) were terrific!
All of this accompanied by another great Pinot Noir, rejected by but with compliments of Doug!
You got to take what you can get ..
When we took a little Christmas-day-walk to the river, we even noticed some ice on the north side (down-river) of the rocks ..
Halfway up the hillside, on the other side of the river, we also spotted a small herd of Mule Deer:
As I mentioned in the previous post, these deer have much larger ears than their cousins, the White-Tail Deer.
But another way to the distinguish the two is that black tip of their tail, the White-Tail's are all .. well, white, go figure!
I've also been trying to get a good shot of this little wren, who lives somewhere close around the house, but the little guy just doesn't sit still!
He's very vocal, very tiny and so cute!
It's a Winter Wren .. how appropriate!
And than there's this:
Yes! We have a floor plan! Hallelujah!
James couldn't wait to begin working on the foundation, so the day after Christmas he and Bart started early to measure and mark where everything had to go, and Don started to dig the trenches for the concrete!
Also, although our Christmas was nice and quiet and relaxed, I still might need some psychiatric help if, IF, I ever finish this totally crazy puzzle!
My Mom send it to me, there's actually two of them in the one box, by a dutch cartoonist, Jan van Haasteren.
This one is called 'Santa's Toy Factory' and the other one 'New Years party'.
They're insanely difficult, there's so much going on in each one (look at all those elves!), but also so much fun to make!
This doesn't help of course!