Archive for December, 2019

new year 2019

We will be having a very quiet New Year celebration here since both Andy and I are a bit under the weather, but only a bit! But quiet is good, I think. I’m pondering one of those one word resolutions people seem to be talking about, but have not come to a conclusion yet. I wish all of you a very satisfying 2020.

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A photo of art from my second Christmas…..

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Christmas 1946 by Maxfield Parrish

And a lovely quote from much earlier!

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol.

We had a fabulous feast at Emily and Ingmar’s this afternoon. My gourmet son in law made crispy duck, a wonderful napkin dumpling (Serviettenklosse) and braised red cabbage.  Emily and Ingmar together made a perfect creme brulee. But I find the last two days left me worn out and I expect to sleep really well this night.

Christmas blessings to all of you, continuing throughout all of 2020!

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Christmas nativity set

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I think our family will remember 2019 as the year with two Thanksgivings….This was a busy weekend. It began with a play on Friday evening. We all went (except Andy) to see The Never Ending Story at the Magical Theater Company in Barberton. Last year about this time we went to seen Prancer and I wrote about it here: https://thickethouse.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/prancer/.

This was their first performance of The Never Ending Story and, of course, it was Magical! And there was a reception afterwards with food and drink. They have wonderful puppets in many of their performances and this was one of them.

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Afterwards, we drove around nearby Lake Anna to admire all the Christmas decorations and their reflections in the water.

And yesterday we had our second Thanksgiving. Andy missed the first one because he was in the hospital. Our five out of town guests were no longer here, but the ten of us who live in Bath all attended with pleasure. Everyone brought something. Andy made two vegetarian Field Roasts and two types of mashed potatoes – garlic and paprikas. I brought another green bean casserole….Clara brought out the wonderful place cards she had made. Andy’s was a steam ship in a pumpkin….

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Next week will be very busy with several medical appointments and a birthday lunch for my sil Susie. Emily and Sofia leave for Europe on the 12th but Ingmar and Clara will come for dinner with us on Friday…Lots to look forward to.

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A Happy Weekend

Today we went to the Weathervane Theater to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. And everyone enjoyed it a lot, but everyone also felt the production we saw last year at our local high school was even better. Surprisingly, the cast of both productions was almost entirely of high school age students. They are so talented and well trained. Amazing. The lead from the high school production is an older friend of my grandson Nathan. They are in the same Boy Scout troop.

Andy is well and home again! He didn’t go to the theater. Most of my sons in law and my son don’t seem to care for musicals. But afterwards he joined us at Emily’s house for our first Advent singing of the year. And we sang a lot! We are doing more German songs this year as Emily is hosting this and her husband is from Munich and her daughters are all dual citizens. When Emily was growing up we tended toward more Hungarian carols.

We will have fewer Advent singings this year because Emily and Sofia leave December 12th for a visit to Hungary and Germany.  They only return on the 22nd.

Both of my daughters called to ask if they could come to my yard to gather greens for their Advent wreaths. Of course I told them, “no way” but also, of course, they didn’t believe me. Here is Emily’s wreath.

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On Friday my bil George had his 90th birthday celebration. There were so many people there one of my nieces worried about whether the floor could support the weight.

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My own family was rather small but my husband’s was rather large! And I love that all these people get along so very well. What a blessing!

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