Rich has to work today; a Christmas buffet is being served at the hotel and then Hospitality employees will gather for dinner together at 7 PM. The skies are a little overcast but no snow is falling at the moment. A bevy of ducks (I know that's not the right term for a group of ducks but I like the sound of it anyway) and an amusing little sea otter are swimming outside our window. Ajax and Kali have been in and out, in and out, unable to decide if they'd rather be roaming free in the chill or cozy and warm in the house.
Susan called early this morning--they are in Durango, CO with Corey's family and it sounds like they are having a blast with all of the activities there. I talked with my mom in New Jersey and caught up on the latest news. Sarah and Bonnie and families are in Abilene with their dad and I hope to talk with them later. Yesterday I had the brilliant idea that I would make Christmas cookies since Rich would be working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and I thought I would be productive. At the Eagle store, I gathered up all my ingredients and set out searching for cookie cutters. You guessed it--they didn't have any. I quickly lost my enthusiasm for making cookies and still have not decided if I am going to bake anything today after all. Rich did make the aforementioned gingerbread with a cider butter sauce and fresh whipped cream, which we devoured after dinner last night. Maybe that's sufficient on the baking front.
Oh, I wanted to mention that I checked out blog2print
http://blog2print.sharedbook.com/blogworld/printmyblog/index.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=adwords&utm_campaign=feb09 and just received a hardcover book of my first 6 months of blogging. I tried to include all posts but there were too many--you can only do a certain number of pages. Anyway, it turned out really well--the photos are decent and it's a great way to document and look back on events in our lives. In case Blogger ever goes out of business or the blog gets messed up or whatever...we'll have a hard copy. I just uploaded another 6 months' worth and hope to be up to date with one more edition after that.
We wish everyone a happy Christmas, the love and warmth of family and friends, peace, joy and goodwill in the upcoming year.