We dined on a luscious venison roast with potatoes, squash and carrots done in a crock pot. The homemade biscuits were to die for. (I stuffed in two because they were so good. Keep in mind that I rarely eat any bread with a meal because it fills me up so much I can't enjoy everything else.) A fresh spinach, orange, raspberry and toasted nut salad with a wonderful dressing rounded out the main meal. For dessert our hostess made what she said was "the special" treat when she was growing up: homemade gingerbread with applesauce (made that afternoon) on top and a mound of whipped cream. What a meal!
Did we all ring in the New Year together at midnight? Nope. Even though they are 20 years younger than we, the yawns started appearing fast and furiously all around near 9 o'clock and the two of us were back home here at 9:30. Pathetic? Nah. It could hardly have been a nicer evening, and there was literally no one on the roads (tipsy or sober!) when we drove home at that hour.
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Papa Pea and Chicken Mama are off for some work at Swamp River Ridge today. I was excused from duty so promised them a yummy dinner tonight when they return. We have sunshine (hooray!) again today but the temp is in the single digits so it will be cold for them working out there, even in the house, as there is no longer any heat hooked up. But we're tough up here and know how to dress for cold weather. I was remembering this morning when we first moved up here. During one January, the temp plunged to -25 and stayed there for TWO WEEKS. Fortunately, we had a heavy snow cover that year which helped insulate everything.
Since I'm spending my day at home, I plan on taking down all the holiday decorations. The tree is denuded and tossed outside already. If I succeed in my endeavor, it will be the earliest I've ever accomplished the task. I usually put it off for about a week after New Year's Day because 1) I'm so reluctant to let go of all the glitter and sparkling lights, and 2) it's such a big job that I avoid it like the plague.
But I'm not making any progress as I sit here typing so I'd better wrap this up.
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Wonderful, warm wishes to all of you for the coming New Year! Let's all do our best to make 2013 a good one.