Friday, December 25, 2009

Joy to the World

Christmas or Hoyt Axton as your heart desires.

Taken December 1, 2009.

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  1. Good morning Andi,

    Wonderful frost flower shot.

    We went through thunderstorms and tornado warnings last night. Luckily the power and everything else stayed on.

    The crew got in last night around 9:00 pm. There are six adults, four children and two Great Danes in the house this morning. I think the Great Danes are making up for the relatives and friends who couldn't show up this year.

    Glad to see you and Jim got back safely from Cincy, and I hope ya'll had a good time with Jim's mother.

  2. Merry White Christmas from Texas.
    Who'd a thunk it.

    Daughter was much better yesterday, so thanks for all the well wishes.
    Sonboy had to abort his attempt to come home. Frozen highway was closed so he made it back to his house and will try again later today. Mom, sadly wipes away tear.
    25 now and supposed to get up to 38 today and sunny will be nice.
    So strange to see snow blowing here.

    "Santa" (translation me) was up at 3:15 staging the morning magic, then back to sleep. So did actually get to sleep in. Monkey Bread put together last night and will be put in the oven this morning. Hubby will make egg casserole and the coffee is blessedly on auto and was ready and waiting.
    This afternoon off to family Christmas and my only job now is making my pecan pies to take.

    Hope all have a great day. Stay warm and toasty except Beth who may have to find a nice breeze.

    Cyberhugs, sweeties.

  3. Morning again, FM. Glad the bad weather left you untouched. Don't forget to take your camera to the Farm!

    Happy Vast Great White IRL to you, Lisa. Hope your holiday is wonderful.

  4. Merry Christmas, everyone! Hope your white Christmas doesn't affect your plans this afternoon, Lisa. And glad you and the Great Danes made it through safely, Fam.

    We've been invited to brunch at the neighbors' compound next door, so will have a mini-celebration. And dinner with other friends. So there will be Christmas gatherings in Mexico today, in between the usual suntanning and reading. My last day here - home tomorrow late, assuming air travel isn't completely haywire from this storm.

    Have a wonderful day, everyone - wish I could give you all Christmas hugs in person!! Enjoy your time with family, friends, or quietly at home.

    Lots of love, Beth

  5. Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating, and a very Happy Kwanzaa to anyone who's waiting for that to start tomorrow.

    We do a thing we call Giftmas around here -- or at least we will be doing that, whenever E finally decides to haul her butt out of bed -- which does not involve the supernatural but sort-of borrows a smattering of secular traditions from the range of winter festivals. There is always a lot of food, there are always gifts, and pretty much everything else is all about Whatever We Feel Like Doing. If my housemate does not get out of bed soon, this year may very well include an Airing of Grievances. "I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you're gonna hear about it." ;p

  6. Merry Christmas Holidays! We've got the first really White Christmas of my life -- It started snowing last night and it might keep going through tomorrow. !!

    Andi, thank you so much for this blog and having a place for us all to gather. I know I've been hit or miss as a guest this past year but, I think of everyone often. And count on your being here for me when I am.

    Merry Christmas and Love to you all!

  7. Merry Christmas morning everyone. It's so wonderful that we can share holidays this way. Hope everyone had a lovely one wherever they are and whoever they are with. Joy!

  8. Happy Christmas, all! Hope you're spending the day the way you'd like.

    Lisa, sorry to hear about sonboy. Bah humbug to the icy roads. Wishing you better weather today.

    I'm comfortably ensconced in my chair, about to chat with the 'rents, then a totally lazy day ahead. whee!!

    Joy to all!

  9. Have a great last day in Mexico, Beth.

    I love the Airing of Grievances, Jen.

    Hiya, kb. You're very welcome and Happy Merry Snowy to you.

    Joy to you, CF.

    Lazy day to you, Maria.

    I'm off to another family gathering (where I will mull over grievances but not air them because I'm a coward).

    Hope everyone has the exact kind of day they want.

  10. And a Big Happy X from FAR Manor!

    Lisa, KB, I'm totally envious. A white Christmas? We got heavy rain & high winds here. We heard something go THUD last night… turned out to be a tree hitting the road; The Boy said he saw a cop car outside & heard chainsaws.

    Andi/Jim, Cone, Maria, Beth, Jen, FM, hope y'all get much joy today & always…

    The Boy & Snippet shot their wad on gifts, which was probably not the smartest thing they could have done but hey… Mason got a pretty big haul, although he isn't really where he can appreciate the whole shebang. 'Course, in a couple years, he'll be the one getting everyone up at 5:30 (but only on Christmas morning instead of every morning like now).

    I was going to help Mrs. Fetched with the farm duties — "Christmas is just another work day" when you have chickens — but her mom requested another batch of rolls so I'm doing that while she & DD are doing the other.

    On my Kindle right now: P.G. Wodehouse's Love Among the Chickens: A Story of the Haps and Mishaps on an English Chicken Farm. Saw it on Gutenberg & couldn't resist. I about howled when I read (abridged):

    «When I said we meant to keep fowls, I didn't mean in a small sort of way… We are going to do it on a large scale. We are going to keep," he concluded impressively, "a chicken farm!" …

    "Ah," said Garnet, who felt his responsibilities as chorus.

    "I've thought it all out," continued Ukridge, "and it's as clear as mud. No expenses, large profits, quick returns. Chickens, eggs, and no work. By Jove, old man, it's the idea of a lifetime.»

    So far, it hasn't disappointed.

    Like Andi said, "hope everyone has the exact kind of day they want."

  11. Merry Christmas/happy holidays to all!

    We saw a movie (Avatar) and ate Chinese food today, pursuant to relevant Jewish law. ;-)

    We're awaiting our ice storm but it seems a little too warm. Hopefully it will just pass us by.

  12. Hi Farf. A P.G. Wodehouse book on chicken farms sounds like a fantastic find.

    I'm glad to see you're keeping up the holiday traditions, boran2. :)

    Night everybody.