Believe it or not,
we still haven't had our Christmas celebration with the kids.
Our first go-round was scheduled a week before actual Christmas
but due to illness we postponed it until two weeks after Christmas.
As you have probably heard,
Northern California had some
pretty nasty storms
and the kids were actually put under a voluntary evacuation in their areas.
We had some snow
and lots of rain and high winds,
although we didn't lose our power.
All and all there were some
pretty bad spots
between where they were
and where we are,
better safe than sorry.
We are now expecting
more bad weather
during the coming week.
We will plan again for a date that is right for the kids and their work schedules.
We can't help but think
that this is the first time in over 60 years
that we haven't spent time
together at Christmas.
In the meantime,
I won't take all of the Christmas decorations down for now.
I know that at the time up until Christmas,
I have always been so happy to bring out all the decorations
and always comment that I wish it could be Christmas all year long.
But as the new year enfolds,
I do get antsy to put away the stuff and give everything a fresh start.
I will take my time packing up
and for sure
I will leave the trees with
their pretty twinkle lights
in place for as long as needed.
At this point,
I have cleaned up the parlor mantel
although I have left the garland,
minus all the Christmas,
now set up for a long winter
with white winter berries and snowballs.
It certainly looks like winter
outside the Cottage
so might as well add a little to the inside.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas
and are in the process of
enjoying the new year so far.
I expect we will all have
some unsettled weather
throughout the rest of winter,
but here is to being
safe, healthy and warm inside.
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