“Little Jack Horner sat in the corner, Eating a Christmas pie. He put in his thumb, and pulled out a plum, And said, ‘What a good boy am I?’”

It is quite late for me because I had several errands. I also treated myself to lunch in between as I had a half hour wait before I could finish my last errand. Today is a still day, a windless day. It is dark and cold. Everyone was bundled up and was moving quickly from store to store.

I need to get out of my public clothes into my cozies. I’ll be glad when I’m really old because I’ll wear whatever I want in public and people will chalk it up to old age.

The Christmas tree lot at Stop and Shop is gone. A few trees are on the ground, the leftovers I expect. Agway is still open but has very few trees. I remember my mother talking about her Christmas tree and how it was decorated when they were in bed on Christmas Eve. They’d wake up in the morning to a glorious tree and gifts from Santa. I like having the tree around longer. I get to admire it in the living room, and I get to sit and read surrounded by Christmas. Both trees are lit now. They have given the day its only color.

Fern has taken to sleeping on the tree skirt. She falls asleep warmed by the lights and sleeps so deeply she snores but ever so slightly. I have to listen closely to hear her. Gracie, on the other hand, snores loudly, like a grown man, a big grown man. She snorts as she sleeps. Sometimes I can’t fall asleep for the racket. Boxers tend to be snorers.

A few Christmas jobs remain. I have my baking to do, presents to wrap for my Cape friends and Christmas dinner to plan. I ordered a pork roast from the butcher, but that is as far as I’ve gotten. I know I’ll do an apple dish and some sort of potato, and I’m thinking baby carrots for color and one more vegetable yet to be decided. I’m going to do a relish tray. My grandmother always had one on her table when we ate there. I was always drawn to the celery. I have the perfect dish to use: a very old glass sectioned plate just like the one my grandmother had. The old touches are always great memories to add to the table.

When I think of dessert, I think of the Cratchits and their Christmas pudding. The flame was always so dramatic and such a splendid finish to dinner.

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10 Comments on ““Little Jack Horner sat in the corner, Eating a Christmas pie. He put in his thumb, and pulled out a plum, And said, ‘What a good boy am I?’””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I did my errands on my way home after work, I needed to go to several places and there were lots of people in the town but very few where I was going thankfully. I won’t do anything when it comes to christmas food until Tuesday because I know that if I did anything this weekend it will be gone by christmas eve 🙂

    I now have two trees too, the fake one and a small Norfolk Island Pine. I’ve been looking for one since early autumn but never found one until today. I had a big one when I had my garden center but it didn’t like to be moved from a green house to my cottage. I hope this tiny onew will take a move better.

    All dogs with noses like Boxers or English Bulldogs that snores snore loud 🙂 It’s the construction of the nose itself that does it. My dogs tend to “talk” in their sleep instead and that they do very loud 🙂

    Christmas dessert for me is risalamand with lots of straw berries or rasp berries in it 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I am picking up my roast on Tuesday and hope to shop for the rest on Monday. I thanked the God of Parking as I found a space close to every store where I was going.

      I love Norfolk pines. They are beautiful trees. The live trees sweeten the air in the house. I love this time of year.

      Only one of my Boxers, Maggie, didn’t snore. Gracie is the noisiest of them all, and she also makes noises when she sleeps. I think it is when her legs are moving and she is running in her sleep. She makes these funny barking sounds.

      I figured risalamand is something like a rice pudding. The hint was the ris at the start. I went looking and found out so much more. I also read that the almonds are optional in Sweden where you can also use oranges. I’d like that better.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Today we saw Nobuntu, the Zimbabwean vocal group that I had mentioned recently (radio stream link). Lovely young women singing in perfect harmony, it was a wonderful concert.
    Some short clips of this concert are already on YouTube, this is one:

    • katry Says:

      I watched a couple of videos of Nobuntu performing after you mentioned them, and I found their voices amazing. The clip you posted here is wonderful.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It was a cold, damp and dreary day again up here. I had to break out the down parka to walk the dogs. The sun did show itself here and there throughout the day but not enough to make it warmer.

    I have one of those old relish trays, too. My mother used to put different kinds of pickles in it. I always picked the gherkins and the little white onions. Now and then I’d take a chance on the cauliflower pickle. Back then it was probably the only cauliflower that passed my kid lips.:)

    Rocky makes noises when he sleeps. He barks at things in his dreams but his bark is very soft. He sounds like a tiny zebra braying far off in the distance. Rocky also snores a little now and then but that too is soft. Piki Dog doesn’t make much noise when he sleeps. He has picked up Rocky’s tiny zebra bark but doesn’t do it often. Sometimes he will let out a little yowl-sounding noise. Sort of a cross between a bark and howl. He does it when he’s awake, too, but I haven’t figured out what it means. I think it just means he’s excited.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The same day here without the sun. I was out most of the morning, and it kept getting colder.

      I still love those gherkins. Though I am not an olive fan, my friends are so I’ll put some on, it being Christmas and all.

      When Gracie does that dream bark, her jowls go up just a tiny bit. They are funny to see.

      Amazing Race final on now.

      Have a great night.

  4. flyboybob Says:

    The sun was supposed to show itself before sunset but the clouds persisted. Tomorrow should be clear. Chilly and damp today with a calm wind. It’s strange to not have a dog to take out for a walk. We want to give ourselves a canine break and decide what kind of dog to rescue.

    The one advantage of an artificial Christmas tree, other than no fire hazard, is that you never have to take it down. It could be Christmas every day. 🙂 But, then you would have to dust the branches and ornaments. The epitome of laziness is to walk into someone’s house and find a Christmas tree in the living room in July.

    Finally we are into the last weekend of the shopping frenzy. I had to go to Walmart to pick up some prescriptions for my son who had his wisdom teeth extracted today. Walmart was not as crazy as I had thought but the traffic was very crazy especially around the mall. Thank goodness for the winter solstice holidays, they keep the economy humming.

    • katry Says:

      Today got darker and colder as it moved toward afternoon. It will be the same tomorrow though there may be a bit of sun.

      I missed my dog as well and knew I’d get another Boxer so I talked to breeders and found the perfect dog for me. She just turned nine in November.

      One year my mother left her’s up and she decorated it for every holiday. It was an Easter tree, Valentine’s Day. July 4th and on and on. The tree looked great. She even changed the colors of the lights.

      I found parking spaces easily so I knew the stores weren’t all that crowded and neither were the roads here. The frenzy is gone.

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