“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

Christmas was wonderful. I opened my gifts from my Colorado sister. As always, they were perfect. The rest of the day was spent with my friends. We ate an early Christmas dinner with my friend Tony’s father who is 98. We ate at his assisted living facility which is gorgeous with fireplaces in all the lobbies, decorated Christmas trees everywhere, lots of comfy seating and good food. Afterwards I went home for a while then went down to my friends’ house for snowflake cocktails, not snowball, but a drink by any name… We opened gifts. My favorite is the most beautiful uke, handmade with inlay all around the body and across the back. The wood is beautiful. This uke is an exquisite gift, one to be cherished.

The rest of the week will be quiet. My dance card is totally empty, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m going to wear my cozies all day. I’m going to start my new book, a James Patterson, my sister gave me, and I will do nothing constructive, nothing requiring energy beyond page turning.

The day after Christmas was usually spent playing with new toys and new games but not the year of the new bike. I think it was the only time I was glad for no snow at Christmas. It was December cold but not utterly cold so I took my bike out for the first time. I rode around the neighborhood showing it off. That was the first of so many bike rides, so many adventures. My bike was the best gift I ever got when I was a kid.

Today is in the low 40’s and is partly sunny. It will get seasonably cold tonight, down to the 20’s, but the weather doesn’t matter. I’m wearing my flannel Christmas pants. Santa is skiing, skating and hauling a decorated Christmas tree. I’m also wearing my clog slippers and my Red Sox 2007 World Series win sweatshirt. I’m all ready for a wonderful day.

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6 Comments on ““Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Last night my spouse and daughter went out to bring home Chinese food. Every restaurant that was open had at least an hour wait for food either take out or seating. We had Jack in the Box.

    Today we had to go to Target to pick up some things and there were no crowds either returning stuff or buying stuff marked way down.

    Today the clouds are breaking up and the temperature is in the low to mid 70s.

    Glad to hear that your Christmas was fun.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I find it interesting that Chinese food has taken over Christmas night and New Year’s Eve. When I was a kid, my town only had one Chinese restaurant and people thought it exotic.

      Today I did as I wanted which meant I did nothing. Right now I am binging the second season of the new Lost in Space.

      Tonight is quite cold.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Today we are celebrating Boxing Day with the whole family even The Prince is in the house. I have received more pleasure from having them all together for a few hours, it’s very rare these days

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      My days were spent with friends who have become family. It was a wonderful Christmas. My only regret is I didn’t finish baking cookies.

  3. Birgit Says:

    A handmade uke is really a great gift, enjoy your instrument! Maybe we even get handmade music on KTCC some day?
    It was a grey and quiet holiday here. We made it to the river, the old towpath is partly flooded which is quite normal in winter. Meanwhile any normal weather and rain is appreciated.
    Have a nice lazy day!

    • katry Says:

      Once I get all the chords down, I’ll start working on my first opus.

      Today was really cold. I’m glad I had decided to do nothing.

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