Happy New Year to my three readers of this blog. Maybe four. It doesn't look like January without the deep snow cover we usually have by now, but when I woke up this AM to 5 degree temps, it did FEEL like it.
We celebrated the holidays totally "away" this year, which felt very strange. This is the third Christmas we have traveled down to be with out children after years of them coming to us, but normally they then come up here for Vermont snow party and New Years. This year, it was decided that it was my son's in laws' turn to host New Years in Connecticut, so off we went again. It was all a delight in spite of being elsewhere, and I include a few photos below.
Because we entertained rather largely this year prior to leaving, we did put the trees up, and filled the house with greenery and candles. Christmas actually came to TWO houses here ... I had to decorate both ours and the Littles' small domain ....
|Decorating the tree in the Little house.|
|Our tree, featuring urn ornament which was originally John's grandmother's.|
|Mrs. Lily Little making Christmas cookies with daughter Minnie.|
We made real cookies too. My daughter now makes the traditional sugar cookies above, but I still make the molasses cookie cut outs (gingerbread, also above) and we all share.
Christmas Eve at my son's with three of our grandkids was delightful, but for some unknown reason we got very few photos of their extremely pretty,warm and festive home, or of the glorious Christmas Eve extended family party. My daughter in law outdid herself. Did get this of the granddaughters' singing in their Christmas dresses....
The next morning was the usual and expected happy Christmas chaos of excited children (6, 8 and 11) stocking opening, plentiful gifts and yummy breakfast food. My grandchildren are very, very fortunate children.
They were all asked to give up a gift this year, and instead donate one to a deserving child. And I bought much needed school desks for children in Africa in each of my four grandkids' names.
Christmas day we made our way over to our daughter's home, where more gifts were exchanged. Things were calmer there, with just one 5 year old child, but every bit as happy. My daughter and son in law try to keep things simple over the holidays --- Santa usually brings only one gift to my grandson Nate, plus the stocking, which keeps it very special. One of my favorite photos from the holiday is of Nate opening his magical gift from Santa... wrapped in glowing lights (see above)! (It was a child-friendly camera!)
|Santa stocking I needlepointed for Nate after he was born||.|
|My son on keyboard, grandson on guitar,son in law on banjo, husband on guitar.|
New Year's in Sharon, CT at our machatunim's home (spelling??) was a warm, casual, family Eve gathering, and the next day, husband and son cooked our usual southern feast, harking back to John's NC roots. Most of the recipes are his mother's or grandmothers--- black eyed peas, cole slaw, collard greens, corn bread, ribs and fried chicken! Here are the chefs and their creations:
|Son and husband in their Nantucket Red aprons surveying their repast.|
All I did was make the desserts, dense chocolate cake, and Virginia pecan pie. Nobody starved.
The good news on the gallery front is that I sold two paintings through my gallery in Lyme, NH -- one of which I never even got a good photo of. They went for good prices, but sadly I only get 55% of it. C'est la vie.
Happy New Year to my readers!!!!!