It’s finally here, after the run-up from August, briefly broken only by Halloween and Thanksgiving. New Norelco shaver for me and Allie for Sherry. Allie continues to recover from “kennel cough” and I managed to clean up the leaves off the lawn to the north side. Watched The Santa Cause and now Santa Clause II and we have some friends coming over – and they’re bringing dinner! A Merry Little Christmas. Ho! Ho! Ho! and Peace to All Men and Women of Good Will.
On December 20th we welcomed our new pet, Allie. Sherry and I have been talking about getting a dog for two years and – as usual – we found the perfect one for us.
Her arrival has meant a change of routines for the two cats and the assistant pack leader (me), but she is a gentle and intelligent dog. Merlyn and Guy Noir have been getting lots of exercise “making big,” but they’re hiding less two days later. Allie has an upper respiratory infection from the shelter and so one of us humans will be absent for the parties tonight and tomorrow as she rests.
Her name is short for Alegría, Spanish for “joy.” Which she has brought the both of us.
Coasting into the holiday weekend. One or two friends will be over Christmas Day to roast a turkey with us. I am still guilty of trying to fall into a “holiday break” mode at Lanstat. I work to remain grateful for all the work lately and to work on some projects due by early January.
I heard the typical winds and rain return during the night while I was dreaming of the electric scooter I have on order. To be accurate, I’m on a waiting list. First such machine to advertise 45mph with the weight of a normal operator.
The Season is here and I got over my usual Christmas Funk early and briefly. I decided this year to work on my attachments to the holidays and to let them go. Not much I can do with the religious aspects. I rolled my eyes at the news Saturday when SeaTac Airport decided to take down their Christmas trees in response to the legal threats from a rabbi in Seattle. The tree is a pagan symbol and the resulting press attention was not the rabbi’s intention. The press is tired of reporting the war, I guess.
I crawled up on the ladder last weekend to install a small string of white lights around the front porch and then added some lights to the exterior wreath. Sherry trimmed the inside and the house looks wonderful. The golden finches have found the new bird feeder on the deck, Merlyn and Guy Noir now have their own live entertaiment!