Bruce and I have just returned from a couple weeks on vacation. We spent a week on a cruise in the islands of the south. Most of the time was very relaxing – sleeping, reading, cribbage, eating, etc. After a very busy summer, it was good to just do nothing.
Then we spent a week going down to Robert and Miranda’s in Missouri for Thanksgiving. Zach was there too and he seemed to have grown several inches more. I expect that he will be taller than his father eventually. He wears a size 13 shoe at 15 years of age. It was a very pleasant visit. Miranda is wonderful about finding places to visit around Kansas City. This year we attended the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit at Union Station. Robert is in charge of finding bar-b-que places for meals and supplies for Bruce’s smoker at home. After watching the weather forecasts, we left a day early and avoided a lot of snow coming home.
Here is what came two days after we got home. It is wet, heavy and about 5 inches deep. This picture was from the front porch at the Tucker Lake house. The lumps in the lawn are the new rock garden that we will plant next spring. Today is two days later and much of this has melted. The hazy is morning fog coming in after the snow. We are having a very mild winter so far. It is probably the El Nino effect.
I am slowly getting into the Christmas list. Things are ordered. Christmas cards are waiting to be written. The most important thing is cookies. I always make a plate of cookies for each staff person for the annual party. Today I brought over a bunch of the necessary ingredients so the project can start tomorrow. I always try to bake when college and professional football games are on. You know that anything important will be repeated several times. So by this time tomorrow my kitchen will smell good but be a mess.
This weekend is a first Christmas decorating weekend at the lodge. The maintenance has already started to put up the outside lights. With the warmer weather, this project is much easier than when the wind is screaming in across the lake. Most of the guests will spend their time decorating inside the main lodge. Over the years we have accumulated many decorations to give holiday cheer to the main rooms. By lunch everything will start to sparkle.
I filled my empty bird feeders right after getting home. It always takes a couple of days for the birds to realize we are home. Chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays and gray jays have already found us. Grosbeaks take a little longer but they will soon start to eat their way through the sunflower seeds. It is amazing how much life they add to the outside of the house.
The final job right now is to finish buying and shipping presents and the get a tree for the house. With just the two of us for Christmas, we don’t decorate as much as years ago. It will be just enough to give the house a holiday feel.