Did we both survive Christmas? In my case, barely. Lol.
First I seem to be having a problem with my phone and I spent too much time researching it in the morning. Then it cleared up. Like the furnace I don't think it's really fixed. After that, I got many texts and some phone calls that kept me from getting dressed and ready to go to Sue's. I had to tell Marianne and Bill I couldn't talk but would have to call them back. Barb came over and I thought I heard the doorbell but I was brushing my teeth with the electric brush and I wasn't sure if someone had rung the bell or if it was on TV. That's why I resent drop-ins, no matter how good their intentions. They obligate me to drop everything and run to the door, half dressed, face and hair not done and time to get ready before leaving ticking away. In the past, Mike could have opened the door and he had no problem at all not inviting the person in. ;-) In times before then, I would have just ignored the doorbell, but now because of Barb always dropping in, I feel like I can't. Everyone knows my business.
Then she texted and asked if i was home. I told her "Yes, but . . ." and that I would let her know when I was dressed and ready to go to Sue's. I barely made it in time and Barb came over about 15 minutes before Sue came to pick me up. She brought me GIFTS! I didn't get her anything, so of course I felt bad. And I wished I'd had those gifts to open on Christmas Eve. ;-)
Sue and her Granddaughter picked me up and drove the length of one house and a street back to her house. I had said I would drive myself but her driveway faces north and it's almost impossible to clear all the ice so she wanted to drive into the garage so I wouldn't risk falling.
Her sons, daughter-in-law and grandson and granddaughter are all charming, as i expected, and they went out of their way to make me feel welcome.
She and the other two girls made a lovely turkey breast with scalloped potatoes, dressing to which she had added fruit, and three kinds of cranberry sauce and rolls. Everything was delicious. I wish I had taken a picture of her table and all her other decorations. She does everything so beautifully. She even had little glass packages as place card holders. Something she found at the dollar store, but so cute.
Her tree was decorated with soft aqua and silver ornaments with purple accents. Elegant. Apparently every year she does the tree differently ~ next year red and gold! There were bowls of ornaments and other decorations and everything looked like a magazine. Later she gave me a sack with gifts, too, and again I didn't reciprocate. I'm such a bad human being. Her wrapping paper matched her tree colors! I commented on it and she said "Well, of course!" LOL Everything must be coordinated. Oh, and another thing she did was to "gift wrap" the pictures on her wall and hang them back up so they became a decoration too! I didn't decorate, but if I ever do again, remind me not to invite her and John over!
For dessert she had made a bunt cake that looks like a spice cake inside. I didn't have any then but she sent a care package home with me so I'll have it later. She also made bread pudding, which was very good. As you see, there was nothing i could have made that would have added to her table, but everyone seemed to love the tea assortment box, so I felt it was just right. (Whew. Ha)
I ate too much and stayed too long, and when I got home I was exhausted but I had two texts I needed to respond to and then I needed to call Marianne and Bill back. We had a nice long conversation.
Barb had asked me to come over after our Christmas dinners but we didn't know I'd get home so late and still have to call Marianne and Bill. I sent her a text saying maybe we should skip it because I still needed to call them. She had an old VCR tape of a Loretta Young movie called Christmas Wish that is her favorite Christmas movie and she wanted to watch it with me. After my conversation with Marianne and Bill and a little rest I felt better, and she had texted to re-invite me, so I said yes. It was a charming movie, I think maybe from the old Loretta Young Show. She had tried to buy a DVD copy from Amazon but they didn't have it so I looked and found it from an independent seller and ordered a copy for her. It hasn't come in yet. I think basically it was made from copying the TV show and is not original, but I have bought things from them before and they have been ok. I don't know when I'll get it, but she will have it for next Christmas. Hopefully it will be a good copy.
Sooo, that was my Very Long Day. I was really tired and here it is 8AM and I'm still in bed talking to you and I haven't made my coffee yet! Where are my priorities?!
I hope your Christmas was so wonderful that it pushed all the problems right out of your mind.