Merry Christmas from all of us! 2012
This is a new kind of Christmas holiday for us -- we're living in a new home in the Sierra Nevada foothills, in a new state with a climate that's 100% lopsided from what we're used to. Now, happily, we're much closer to my son, Matt, and his fiance, Jen, (they live in Los Angeles), and her parents, Alice and Tom, who live 40 miles away in Roseville. We have no tradition for this kind of Christmas, save for taking our small tree from its box and decorating it with familiar and beloved ornaments. We have a (natural gas) fireplace now with a proper mantle, and Jimmy's hand-made Christmas trees fit in so perfectly on that mantle. I like to stand on the brick hearth, warming my backside - oh, the fire feels so good! This year we strung small white lights on the house eave, which gives our home a special lived-in and festive sparkle. At least we think so.
Jimmy has been hoping for a White Christmas ever since we moved to Nevada City six months ago. We've had snowy teasers the past few weeks, but he's hoping for the real deal on Dec 25th. It's been raining and teeth-chattering chilly the last two days, but he has his fingers crossed that the temp will dip low enough to turn the rain into snow.
Christmas eve was spent at our house with Matt and Jen and Tom (minus Alice with a cold). Jimmy wasn't feeling so hot himself, with cold symptoms beginning to harass him. After our Truckee excursion, we shared gumbo and all the trimmings, and enjoyed the family being together (previous post).
Matt and Jen next to our Christmas tree.
Early Christmas afternoon, Jimmy and I drove (in the pouring rain), to Roseville to spend the day with our kith and kin. Dinner was to be prime rib. Lunch was chips and dips and crackers, and bacon-wrapped, blue-cheese stuffed dates (yum!). We watched some TV, sat by the fire, played with the dogs, and opened our gifts. And here's Sophie (above) warming her own backside in front of their fire! Today is also Jen's birthday, but we weren't going to celebrate that till it was OFFICIAL at 3:57 pm. And all the while, rain continued to pour down.
Jenny and Matt and Sophie.
Alice and Tom's beautiful tree.
Alice and Tom, and their laid-back dog, Charley.
Me in my new Smart-car cap, holding Maggie.
Jimmy (poor guy, didn't feel good) showing off his NEW Smartie!
The pièce de résistance!
Lovely table setting. Women everywhere remark about how long it takes to prepare a delicious meal, and how quickly it's consumed! Today was no exception.
Oh, and at 3:57, we sang a round of Happy Birthday to Jen.
At 9:30 we left Roseville for the drive back up to our foothill home. I'll spare you the minute details, but thanks to a series of texts from my across-the-street-friend, Fran, which began on the ride home, we learned that our home was mantled in snow! The question was, would we be able to drive to it (we don't have chains - yet - or 4-wheel drive)? The snow plow had cleared the road, leaving a snow berm at the drive entry, but it was judged to be slushy and okay to drive over. We made it home, amazed at the sight of all that white stuff! Long story short: Jimmy - my Gulf Coast guy - got his wish! Snow at our house on Christmas!
I took this when we got home at 10:30. Poor ol' rose bush on the back deck, pretty much flattened this time.
That isn't just ice on the bird bath! That's a pile of snow!
More snow this morning (26th)! Here's Jimmy clearing a path to our Prius. Then a rain/snow mix made for a sloppy mess.
Yours truly looking trendy (haha) in her outdoor gear, shoveling snow. Imagine that!
You should've seen Smartie shooting up the driveway to the road. It was fun to watch. We cleared a path for her most of the way, but I got out of the way when Jimmy drove her thru the slush! We left her at the top of the driveway, right where you see her, in case of lots more snow. Besides, once again, I forgot my new Christmas present camera at Alice & Tom's (getting to be a habit!) yesterday, plus a few other important items, so we agreed to meet Matt and Jen for lunch near the Roseville Galleria today. Think traffic was bad near The Galleria the day after Christmas? Egad. Only a knucklehead would get anywhere near the place....
It's now 10 pm, and the ground looks the same as it did in the above pics. Prob less slushy and more frozen. The shoveling this morning was sort of an adventure (remember, we're newcomers) and now we're reconsidering our choice of cars up here in the snowy wilds! We're learning. But, don't forget about that motor home, sitting lonesome-like on the sidelines. After the first of the year, it'll be time to get out of the snow, and point our cold, red noses south. Then we'll spend time with out Southern family - kind of the best of both worlds!