“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.”

Okay, I am finally good,  but I am a Typhoid Mary. My brother-in-law, nephew, niece, her two kid’s and one of my nephew’s kids are all sick.

We are staying close to home today. It snowed yesterday and is 0 degrees right now. The day should warm up to around 25.

Christmas Day was fun, a day spent with family. We opened presents, watched a couple of Christmas  movies and had dinner. I loved seeing the kids all excited for Christmas. There were ohs and ahs a plenty. We were shown every gift and were expected to clap and we did.

Gracie is doing well. She had her dog food Christmas dinner yesterday and lots of company. Christine, my neighbor, stays awhile each visit. I’m glad she’s happy.

I am sorry I haven’t posted music, but I did have good intentions. This has not been the Christmas we all planned, but being with family has been the best part.


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28 Comments on ““Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.””

  1. greg washington Says:

    merry Christmas! glad you are spreading ‘cheer’ across the country.

  2. olof1 Says:

    After all, christmas is all about giving to others 🙂 I hope they all get well fast!

    Have a good continuing of yule!


    • katry Says:

      I figure they’d be much happier without this gift. It is dreadful.
      Today is rest day for all,of us. I do hope they’ll be well soon.

  3. Bob Says:

    Glad to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. Yesterday evening we all went out for Chinese food. The place was packed. I guess it’s no longer just a Jewish tradition by the size of the crowds. 🙂 At least you had a white Christmas. Today the temperature is forecast to be in the seventies again with lots of late afternoon rain. Tomorrow the cold weather will settle in. West Texas and the Panhandle are expected to get blizzard conditions today.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Too bad that the bug is inflicting itself on all and sundry. But you were together with your family and sharing the good things too. That’s what counts.

    Christmas day was practically summery back here. I doffed my sparkly red Christmas sweater for a short sleeved t-shirt. Too hot for a Christmas sweater at nearly 70º. My brother and sister-in-law had the windows open at their house. As I was driving around, I could see people barbecuing in their yards. It’s like Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere, I guess. 🙂
    Snow’s coming on Tuesday. Probably. That’s more like normal.

    Hope your family recovers quickly so they and you can fully enjoy the holiday.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We were all tucked inside away from the snow and cold. I was sorry to miss the warmth.
      We ended up here all day as m niece and her son were sick. I finally had something to eat.

      It was quite cold all day here. Not much incentive to go out.

      Gracie is doing fine. She has adjusted to the weird new routine.

      Enjoy your weather

  5. Hedley Says:

    The herd has cleared out and now it’s Grandma MDH, Pumpa and the Prince. We have walked the neighborhood, read “the wolf wilder” and now we are watching Shaun the Sheep the complete first series.

    The Prince and I like Shaun the Sheep. Soon we shall demand our dinner

    Life is good. Feel better soon Kat

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Life is good, and I’m on the upside of it. Today was a fine day, a day of rest.

      Your Christmas evening sounds perfect.

  6. Mary & Sam Says:

    “Being with family is the best part.” Exactly!
    Not just for Christmas, but for the whole year as well.

  7. Richard Says:

    Aaarrrgh!, Matey!, be ye livin’ the life of Ye Olde Carrier … ? Sorry to hear the Crud Which Dare Not Speak Its Name have done got a holt on ya … may your miseries be brief and your recovery swift.

    Made a quick visit to Kroger to pick up a 2″ slab of ham. Got it home, sliced it into two 1″ slabs, saved one and chunked up the other. Sautéed it in honey, a bit o’ the old crushed cumin seed, a little Tabasco Sriracha, then set it aside while the onions, garlic, jalapeños, etc cooked down. Sliced up a link of andouille and browned it to add to the Gustatory Goodness, then set all those ingredients aside while the beans cooked down. When they reached the stage I could take out a cupful, crush ’em to a paste, and return ’em to the pot for thickening, the meats and vegetables were added back to the pot. Now everything’s just on a slow simmer ’til the flavors ‘marry.’

    Christmas with my daughter’s family was excellent. Youngest Grandson’s surprise present was his very own cello. He’s doing well with it, and buying him his own was much better than continuing on the rental plan. Great tone it has. See? I can do ‘Yoda-Speak.’

    Oldest Grandson and his girlfriend drove up from Ole Miss and I saw them the day after Christmas. He mentioned something about needing new running shoes, so I asked what shoe size he wore. Turns out we both wear 10.5 ‘C’. I told him I had two or three pair of fresh, brand-new Saucony and Nike running shoes he could have. Yesterday he emailed to ask if I could send him a picture of the shoes, so I did. He replied that it’d be much better if I kept ’em rather than him take ’em and never wear ’em. I can appreciate honesty, and I’m glad he told me that. I think it’s ‘cuz the Saucony pair’s in the colors of my Fraternity and not his – but I could be wrong …

    Glad Gracie’s in good shape. What, rezackly, is a ‘dog food Christmas dinner’ … ? That’s an interesting term.

    My daughter and her family are on their way now to Ohio to visit SIL’s parents, and they’ll be back the first. A friend is house-sitting for them, so they didn’t have to kennel their dogs. Sometimes things work out just the way y’ want ’em to. I hope they get to stop at World Market while they’re in OH so she can pick up 2 or 3 jars of their Bacon Salt for me … I’m so easy to make happy.

    Don’t worry about the music – it’ll happen when it’s supposed to happen, which means it’ll happen when you’re back to feelin’ your regular self again. No need to rush, ‘mkay … and remember, the ‘MythBusters’ special runs thru the end of the year! Yay MythBusters … !

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    • katry Says:

      I was feeling better by Saturday and was finally hungry on Sunday. Everyone else was in different stages of disease. A couple were on the mend.

      Other than the beans, that dish got my tastebuds watering. That sounds divine!

      The cello makes beautiful music. You grandson has chosen well. How neat he got one for Christmas. The gift of music is an amazing person.

      That’s funny-your grandson didn’t like the colors. We just had white sneakers when I was growing up. The little kids had colors. I remember polishing mine and getting white polish all over my feet. Now I love the colors and have Converse in pink, purple and red.

      Gracie was happy being home even without me. She was thrilled to see me as were the kitties. Animals do prefer being home even without their doting owners.

      I marathon watched the Travel channel when I was in Colorado. It was Mysteries of the Museums.

      Music, I hope, today.

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