The Aftermath

It’s been a busy week. I’d invited DS1 and his family to come yesterday afternoon and it was all worked out. They would. They were to arrive around 5 and we’d eat at 6. I’d sent their gifts to their house and they’d already gifted me with the mixer so it was just getting together for a festive meal.

I’d washed a load of laundry, vacuumed, and started in on cooking after I took my bath and dressed. Twinkle was mostly staying out of my way.

Most of the preparation for the meal had been started when DS1 called. Was the oven available? No, and it wouldn’t be for some time. I called him back to find out where they were. It was a little after 4. They were at the bottom of the mountain.

Hurrying, I got done what I could before they got here.

There was a knock on the door and then the doorbell rang. They were here and I was still working in the kitchen. DS1 presented me with a very heavy bag. He cautioned me to support it on the bottom. I protested they had already given me my gift but he said, “You’re the mama.” It was a beautiful salt lamp, number three in the house. I couldn’t get the color right. It’s not as bright as it looks in the picture.

Salt Lamp

My DIL decided she could use the microwave instead of the oven and, between us, we got the meal ready. I’d already set the table and we served ourselves from the various utensils in the kitchen. I totally forgot the broccoli crowns in the fridge, the cucumber, the tomatoes and avocado. We did fine without them.

Dessert was apple pie for everyone but my DIL (it was baked by me but frozen by someone else), plus a banana nut muffin for my granddaughter and coconut ice cream all around. I told DS1 I remembered he likes apple pie on a commode and he said he likes it anywhere.

When he started eating the ice cream, he couldn’t believe it didn’t have dairy in it. He asked what it was. I told him it was coconut. Well, who makes it? It’s So Delicious. No, WHO makes it? So Delicious. That’s the brand. Well, it was the creamiest non-dairy ice cream he’d ever had. I must say it’s very tasty or I wouldn’t have bought it.

I put DS1 to work connecting the DVD player I’d bought some time ago. I don’t know what he did with the VCR but I never use it, anyway. He cleaned up the cabling that was no longer needed, too. When it came time to try out the DVD player, it would get to seven seconds and quit. I’ve ordered a lens cleaner in the hope that will take care of the problem.

My/our cousin came over to say hello. She and DS1 were acquainted as kids so they had some old times to talk over. While she was here, DD called. I hadn’t told her DS1 and his would be here so it was a surprise when I handed my granddaughter the phone. She talked to everyone including our cousin before she hung up. She, merm and a friend were making Christmas pizzas.

We continued visiting after my cousin left. Twinkle made the rounds and was petted by everyone. I offered to put them up for the night but they needed to get home. It was around 8:45 when they left.

It was so nice to load the dishwasher with truly dirty dishes, put in the little packet and push a couple of buttons. I was tempted to leave the rest of the cleanup until morning but I forged ahead and did it before I went to bed.

Today has been a largely do-nothing day. I’d already told my cousin I was going to rest today and I kept my promise. I didn’t even go to the mailbox. It’s been very cold and I doubt there was anything interesting, anyway. Oh, I did win my second Wordscraper game in a row. And she did tell me what this represents:

Puzzle

It’s Luke 2 and the three figures are angels for “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. She is so creative!

There were some mysterious thumpings on the house this afternoon. I looked out but couldn’t see anything.

Twinkle has eaten a bit more in the last 24 hours. The bare spots on her chest are looking better. She still amazes me that she is able to live on so little.

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