David and I usually see several of our children over the midwinter holiday. I seldom see my sons as they can’t make the trip. However, with several of my granddaughters on their midwinter break (two oldest girls work for universities, youngest is a Freshman at VA Tech), my daughter and her family will drive up from their farm for a visit. Hannah will hang the paintings she made for me last summer and we will all go out for an evening meal.
We have not seen much of David’s sons over the years. They only manage to visit when their Dad is hospitalized.
Tomorrow, Julie, David’s daughter is taking her Dad to his favorite greasy spoon, Bob and Edith’s up the street, for his lunch. I will see Julie afterward because I don’t eat grease. David’s doctor told him to stop losing weight so he is enjoying the freedom of eating non-healthy foods.
I am saving my caloric intake for a meal Christmas Day at the local Carriage House restaurant, where I can get Eggs Benedict Diane, a petite steak replacing the usual Canadian Bacon. That meal and the one we plan to have with Connie and her family to celebrate an upcoming AA anniversary and Rita’s birthday in January will complete my holiday splurging. Connie made reservations at their favorite Thai restaurant which is very near our house.
I got David his favorite 1 lb mixture of fruit cake slices from Hale Groves for his Christmas, as well as an expensive Cashmere sweater for his 83rd birthday and Christmas combined.
Did I mention he is no longer watching his weight?
The photo left shows the ‘pineapple only’ can of fruit cake. David’s current can of mixed fruit cake slices is assortment #2. He ate the contents of can number 1 before Thanksgiving. I don’t do fruitcake. This Christmas we don’t have the usual assortment of candies either, which in prior years deteriorated slowly in the pantry. Neither of us is a big candy fan.
The only real weakness I have in the food department is espresso coffee with lots of cream. If I could develop a taste for the pretend stuff, that would be okay, but I like real cream darn it. I also like pralines and divinity fudge from New Orleans, but I am in no danger as my sister is staying in LA with her sons.
As I am the girl who has everything, David’s gift to me is to accompany me to the Elipse to see the National Yule Log sometime over the holiday.
DC: Ye Olde Yule Log (Photo credit: wallyg)