Archive for December, 2015


December 30, 2015

We have snow on the ground, not quite in time for Christmas. The next few days are supposed to be warm, so it may not last, but it’s nice to look out the window at.


Lobstahs and oystahs

December 21, 2015

This year’s fish share is coming to an end and they’ve decided to end the year with a short special season of extra goodies. We always enjoy the redfish, dogfish, flounder, and everything else we get from the regular share, but this holiday season has been especially good. First we got scallops, which I did very simply, just broiled with a little lemon. Then we got a couple of live lobsters, which we enjoyed in the traditional manner. Last week we had a dozen oysters. We were a little leery of trying them raw, so instead I steamed them and made a chowder, which was delicious. This week we get cod, and that will be our last fish for the season.

Preparing for Christmas

December 10, 2015

It’s starting to feel like Christmastime. We brought our tree in last weekend. We cut a young pine from our woods, like last year. It’s not as bushy as the groomed firs, but it looks nice and smells fresh.

O Christmas pine,  O Christmas pine...

O Christmas pine, O Christmas pine…

I made picture books for the niblings, as I have done for a few years now. This years titles are “Dino-Friends Build a House,” “Dino-Friends and the Volcano,” and “Adventure Cat and the Horse Princess.” I hope they enjoy them.

One-of-a-kind handmade

One-of-a-kind handmade

Pretty soon I’ll start baking pulla and pies.

We haven’t had any early snow this year. Most years we get at least a dusting in late November or early December, even if it doesn’t last, but nothing so far this year. It would be nice to have snow for Christmas, but I could definitely do without the steady dumping we got last winter.

Thanksgiving in the South

December 3, 2015

My officemate is on a two-year fellowship in Tennessee and her husband has just started a teaching job in Alabama, so we’ve been missing them lately. When they invited us to come down for Thanksgiving, we were excited to see them again. After considering flying down to visit with the inevitable delays, crowded airports, and security indignities, we decided to drive instead. Our Ohio tip in the summer has made us pretty confident about our road-tripping ability and we looked forward to being in control of our own transportation.

It was a long trip, but it went well. On our first day we made it from home to northern Virginia in ten hours. He next day we drove down through the beautiful Shenandoah valley and made it, after twelve hours on the road, to Florence, Alabama.

We spent a couple of relaxing days with our friends seeing the local sights and eating good food. We all worked together to make Thanksgiving dinner. It was a lovely time. The temperatures were up around 70 F, which was a wonderful change from the cold grayvember days we’ve been having at home.

We had been planning on staying with our friends, but despite their best efforts at cleaning and our best allergy meds, it turned out that their three dogs and a cat were just too much for us, so we got a hotel room nearby. When we were able to sleep comfortably away from the animals, we were able to enjoy our time with them much more.

Our trip home went well, too, even though our second day of travel brought us home into greater-Boston-rush-hour traffic. I’ll be happy not to spend much time in the car for the nest few weeks, but I’m glad we went.