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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Good Times and Disappointments

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey First of all it’s my birthday today. Happy Birthday to Me! It’s not really a big deal, just another day. It comes every year like clockwork, right in between Christmas and New Year. No stopping it. I don’t feel any older; nor wiser.

We had a very nice Christmas with my sister and Mom. We drove up last Thursday to pick up Mom. It’s only 3.5 hours away, but doing the up and down trip in the same day is a bit tiring. Traffic wasn’t too bad and the weather co-operated by not raining or snowing. On Friday we shopped for Mom’s Christmas present to herself, a new plasma television. We found one and got a good deal on it since it was “open box,” meaning someone had returned it to the store. It did not appear to have even been set up since the remote had not been used and we had them plug it in and test it. It seemed fine, so we bought it.

Saturday found us driving up to Warwick to pick up our Buche de Noel [Christmas yule log cake] from Jean-Claude’s bakery. We had heard it was so special that people drove from miles around to get one. It looked yummy! The rest of the day was spent just enjoying each other’s company, preparing dinner and waiting for my sister’s phone call about which train connection she was able to make from Penn Station. She arrived just in time for dinner and it was a short drive to the station to pick her up. Dinner was Coq au Vin [chicken in wine] and we had picked up some small treats while at the bakery for dessert.

On Sunday we had planned to drive into the city and see the tree in Rockefeller Center. Everybody thought we were crazy for going in on Christmas Eve and advised us against it. We were all tired anyway, so we opted for a drive to Warwick and the little town of Sugarloaf instead and a lunch out. It was enough of an outing for everyone. We had quiche and salad for dinner and bowled right in our livingroom with our new Nintendo Wii.

The bears also cooperated and made their appearance. Both sets! The usual nearly-dark parade of the one bear with her two cubs in the woods behind our house, and the bear that was at our bird feeder most recently made a particularly brazen visit to our neighbor’s front yard, then on to ours and finally right down the middle of our street on Christmas Day. We know it was the same bear as she has something wrong with her right hind foot or leg. She limps and also holds it up when standing still.

Our prime rib dinner on Christmas was the best we’ve ever had. Cooked to perfection and very tasty! We didn’t exchange gifts this year, but we enjoyed watching the dogs and cats open and play with theirs. Our Buche de Noel was a huge disappointment. After looking so wonderful, the taste did not live up to our expectations. The frosting was a buttercream, and almost pure butter. Way too rich. Almost like eating pure grease. Sigh. We tried but it wasn’t good. We won’t do that again.

We dropped my sister off at the train station yesterday morning on our way to take my Mom back. We set up Mom’s new TV and she was thrilled with it. Until that is we got home about 5:00 p.m. and while talking to me on the phone, the screen of her brand new TV went totally blank and black. AARGH!!! Must be defective as we tried everything and it would not power up. So, tomorrow Rick will head back out and pick up another TV and spend the night at Mom’s. Even though the TV appeared to be fine in the store and it was working for several hours at Mom’s house, it was obviously not right. We will never trust “open box” again. Wouldn’t you think they would know if it had been returned because it was defective??

The other disappointing news is that Bart is not eating. We’ve been spoon feeding him a chicken and rice gruel but he doesn’t really want it. He is really heading downhill in a hurry. I just hope he can make it through the weekend. It’s so sad to watch. We took him with us yesterday on the ride to Mom’s. He was happy that when we arrived at her house we were greeted with a couple of inches of snow. He wandered around eating snow and enjoyed his time alone with us and being away from the other dogs. Three dogs in three months is just too much to bear. But, it has to be faced.

All in all, it was a lovely family holiday and I hope my sister and Mom enjoyed it as much as we did. It was nice to be together for Christmas after twenty some years of spending it apart.

On to the New Year!


Welcome, I'm Lynne. You know me better as a 'new' Jersey Girl. But now I've moved back to my 'home' state and I am living in NoCo (Northern Colorado).This blog will be about my thoughts, good food, and of course, dogs.

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