Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Day...and the Second Day.

Christmas Eve dinner: We had our traditional tamales repast at our son's house. The tamales, all sorts, are picked up from a Mexican restaurant around 3 in the afternoon to be enjoyed before going to church.

I didn't even take a single picture of the amazing spread.

I was sadly still feeling pretty wimpy and only enjoyed a couple of bites.  Going to church was out of the question.

 Next year...or maybe sooner, I want a do over on that meal.

The next morning, Christmas morning, Bernie made me breakfast per my request.

One soft cooked egg, and a small glass of sparkling apple cider.

It was just the perfect amount of food this year.
As I ate a recalled Christmas breakfasts with fresh baked cinnamon rolls and our sweet pajama clad children eating off these same plates.

I used to love our "just us four" Christmas morning breakfasts.

My Santa chef...thank you for cooking breakfast this year.

...and back to sleep it was for me right after breakfast.
Frenchie guarded my slumber.

Tate hinted as hard as he could that it was time to open presents already.

So around time!  Bernie got me a cool camera back pack and tripod.  Thank you honey!

Tate: This is what I've been talking about!

Presents, after all, are meant to be opened, and then the real fun begins!

Ribbons are fun for everyone!
Bags and boxes, wrapping and ribbons.  A feline fantasy come true.

Lots and lots of fun....and then...starting to wind down. is nap time....
Bitsy our watcher watches everything from safely beneath the dining table.

Short nap and back to enjoying the post gift opening clutter.
And yes Tate did get the ribbon from that big red package.
Don't know why Bitsy just doesn't want to join in the fun.
Those blue eyes.
So pretty.

Christmas night we had dinner at our son's house. 

He and his wife had cooked:

Beef tenderloin
Rustic rosemary yeast rolls
Salad with pomegranate seeds served with home made dressing
Morel mushroom sauce
Ruth Chris Steak house recipe for sweet potato casserole topped with pecan praline. 

Bernie had made a butternut squash risotto with Parmesan cheese.

Dessert was Jeff's home made Dutch Apple Pie.

These folks are serious cooks.  I mean VERY serious.

Which brings us to Monday.
Now what?  Oh, let me want us to light the Hanukkah candles, right?
Sorry Tate.  Not until after Sundown. 

Be patient.

Monday night, night seven of Hanukkah.  Each night I have so enjoyed the quiet moments when Bernie would read a Bible passage about light, and then we would sit and enjoy the watching the candle's glowing lights.

He even mad latkes the first night. I only ate a few bites but they turned out perfect.
I think he will be taking over the latke making for us.
At last some thing drew Bitsy out from under the dining table.

In fact, every night either she or Tate have sat and watched the candles twinkle in the window.

(Don't you love the shallow dept of field effect that creates bokeh light that are seen behind her? I also got a new "prime" lens for Christmas and it just rocks for focus and bokeh!)

From the front window we watched the candles reflections combine with in the Christmas lights outside, while the other end of the room framed a view of the Christmas tree glowing outside on the deck.

Each evening presented a colorful feast for the eyes wherever we looked.
And to finish up: One funny story:

Bernie decided to make a batch of sugar cookies after I mentioned how much I missed having Christmas cookies in the house.

I napped while he baked, and when I went in to see the cookies, I was surprised to see that only a few had sprinkles.

I asked if he hadn't known where all the sprinkles were kept.

Turns out...he knew where the sprinkles were kept alright.
It just turns out that he doesn't like sprinkles on his cookies.

I, on the other hand, like my cookies so heavily sprinkled that not a bit of cookie can be seen peeking out from beneath all the  sugary color.

Thirty five years of Christmases...with heavily sprinkled sugar cookies each and every year and at last he finally got to have Christmas cookies the way he likes them!


Saturday was my final day of fever; I haven't felt very strong, and haven't been able to eat much BUT...I am feeling better, with chest pain only occuring when I breath deeply.
Being fever free now for two day, I am returning to work tomorrow.
Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes. It has been almost a full month of feeling awful; I am hoping from now on out I will be getting stronger with every passing day.

Thank you everyone who shared your Christmas on your blog; it was surprising how happy it made me feel to read about how Christmas was spent in the homes of people whose lives I enjoy following via blogdom.


Vee said...

So glad to know that you are feeling a little better. I keep saying a prayer whenever I wander in here and whenever I see a comment you've made elsewhere or at my blog. I think I'll take the direct route and put your name on the list. It's no fun to feel like this I'm sure. Beautiful photos of the kitties and wonderful menorah pictures. I can't figure out how to achieve a bokeh effect on my new camera so I enjoyed seeing it here.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Just today I learned a new word: bokeh, over on Diane's Australian blog, and here it is again!

I"m so happy to learn the fever is gone and you've gotten lots of good rest. Supervised by cats, and cossetted by husbands, I think your Christmas has been full of love.

Here's to the New Year...and to sharing our photos and lives with all the wonder and beauty there is out there to enjoy and be thankful for. And the bad stuff too; that's what friends are for.

Lovella ♥ said...

Ah. posted! I am so glad to hear your fever is gone. PTL!
I do hope you will be okay to go to work tomorrow. I will sure be thinking and praying for strength for you.

Oh the pictures made me smile and moan and smile again. This is a Christmas you would sooner forget but then maybe it will be looked back on with a fondness for the care you were given. ..with love.

RoeH said...

The Hanukkah Candles are absolutely beautiful. And with Bitsy watching them? Frame that. How pretty. Hope you're feeling better. I love all the Christmas traditions that are in everyone's life.

ellen b. said...

Happy to hear your fever is gone. Oye! Hope it stays gone. Don't overdue it today. It really is nice to have so much entertainment from your felines when you are down on the couch! Bernie is a real champ!

Judy said...

So glad you seem to have turned the corner...and are on the road to recovery! Keep us posted.

This is a Christmas you will not forget anytime soon...though you might want to. But it sounds like you have made the best of it...with a lot of help from Bernie.

I'm smiling about the sparsely sprinkled cookies. Elmer would do the same if he had a choice!

Kathy said...

Looks like you were cared for an entertained. So glad your fever is gone....a December you will remember...but never long for again. I'll keep praying for your full recovery.

RoeH said...

Hi Jill. Just so you know...I have taken down my blog All About Arizona due to some problems. I've created a new one - new title - and all that jazz. Hop on over when you are feeling better.

New address is:

Pondside said...

I'm so glad to read that things are looking up a bit for you. I hope that the return to work won't be too strenuous and that you continue to recover.

Kathie said...

Awww Jill - sorry you've been feeling so rotten.

And I hope you're up and about, snapping pictures left right and centre soon!

(Wishing I could join you on a few camera jaunts! I got the 55-250IS lens and the little cheapie wide-angle/macro screw on lens. Looking forward to some camera fun. But I need to get serious and move off auto!)

Julie said...

hi Jill... you have been in my thoughts and prayers ... and while I'm glad you are better I'm wanting you ALL THE WAY better !! Wishing you a wonderfully blessed and HEALTHY 2012 !
Love your cats -- I so miss having a cat! and the cookie story with the sprinkled twist was soo funny!
How many years married and you never knew he didn't like sprinkles ?? smile..

(I left an answer comment on my post re.hummingbirds -- but why they are moving north to stay for the winter, I don't know! )