|Snow on second Christmas day!|
had a wonderful Christmas this year, actually we always have, but this
year was extra special because we had snow! We had a white Christmas!
Look at that! Isn't it gorgeous?
To be totally honest, I have to mention that this snow appeared on second Christmas day, which of course in America there's no such thing, but in cases like this I fall back to my Dutch roots, where we do celebrate two Christmas days. Besides that, this snow fell overnight, so it might have fallen on the first, so hey .. it's all good!
had a nice, quiet Christmas eve day, just the way we like it. Hanging
out in our sweats in the warm and cozy RV we had lots of coffee and
cookies while James did some more studying whereas I worked on a puzzle
and did lots of reading.
Since we knew we were not going to have any Turkey at Doug and Brenda's the next day, and we didn't have any for Thanksgiving either, I decided to have it at Christmas Eve ..
To top it off I made a (best ever) chocolate mousse Bûche De Noël (Yule Log):
The next day we
spend Christmas morning at home as well where there was delicious Panetone for
breakfast, Turtle-mousse pie with coffee and deviled eggs for lunch (and
yes, it's all about food again) ..
In hind-side we should also have made a snowman but I totally spaced .. next time ..
By the way, here's a pic from our water/sewer line . You can see how the power for the heating cord came on automatically (it's set for 38F/4C), that little green light there on the left, which melted the snow around the hose as seen on the right. Perfect!
At 3 pm we dressed up a little and went next door to have a light dinner with Doug, Brenda, her dad and Sarah. We hadn't been with family for Christmas in 10 years so it was a great and very special occasion.
I'd made a big pot of Turkey-corn and squash chowder, which came out really good, and Brenda had prepared a salad and put out a delicious spread of different cheeses/cold cuts and crackers.
(I brought the camera but didn't take any pics except from the soup .. sigh .. what else is new?)
I kept my bird-feeders full all day during the snow, which was much appreciated and it was a coming and going of all sorts of birds, including a few 'new' ones, like this Purlpe Fich:
OK, I don't have much more I'm afraid. Which is good sometimes ..
Or maybe this .. just a fun fact .. since the solstice we gained 4 seconds the first day, 8 the second, 13 the third, followed by 18, 23, 27, and 33 in the next for a total of 2 minutes and 6 seconds in this first week!
Here's one more pic of the snow, just because ..
It stayed on the ground for a few more (cold) days, but it really started to melt yesterday.
Oh well, it was super-fun while it lasted and who knows .. despite getting lighter each day, winter has only just started!