Wednesday, December 26, 2012
This was one of the best Christmas celebrations I can remember in recent years.
We talked with both sets of relatives (Pennsylvania, Germany - from WA state) for about an hour each via Skype - what a blessing that invention is! So I felt nicely caught up with family without having to travel farther than from my couch to the kitchen table.
In between we exchanged the presents we had found for one another. This year we seem to have scored exceptionally well in finding gifts that met a real interest or just genuinely pleased the recipient. My daughter, for example, was happy to get the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. I got my wife a bracelet that perfectly fit the dress she was wearing - couldn't have planned that if I'd tried. And I got a wonderful painting of my favorite runner, Grete Waitz, the path-breaking Norwegian marathon runner, which my daughter crafted for me ... in one day, Xmas Eve (she says she likes working under pressure). Here is the proof:
The rest of the day past in a blur of walking dogs by snow-covered fields, rescuing a duck who had gotten badly stuck in a wire fence (!), cleaning the kitchen from last night's feast, and preparing and enjoying the Christmas dinner: pot roast, mashed garlic cauliflower, salad greens, and organic pumpkin pie with coconut-flake crust. Tasty, filling, and holding the promise of more good meals in the future as my daughter prepared the mashed cauliflower and the pie. Here, BTW, is the link to the cauliflower recipe: there seem to be a lot out there but this was a notably simple and effective one, from "The Paleo Mom.com":
I'm going to bed a blessed man.