While I wait for my new kitchen floor to be grouted, so I can put plastic over it and get to work, I am happy to say that my appliances are largely back in place, although some are being leveled.
I ordered my Christmas food, and while they didn't have goose or duck left, I ordered a standing rib roast. Now, I'm not exactly certain what a standing rib roast is, other than beef, or how to cook it, so I will need to begin reading cookbooks, perhaps tonight. Or maybe I'll send some of the boys to hunt duck (in the supermarket - I'm not plucking and cleaning those fools!), and cook the roast when I have time to think.
Thanks to Cathy's posts about Christmas gifts of food, I did put together a nice basket of healthy breakfast foods and snacks for my mother in law, who is a problem. She's 89. Her doctor put her on a "Mediterranean Diet" to lower her cholesterol and lengthen her life. Did I mention that she's old? And she's been a widow for over 20 years? And is waiting for the Good Lord to take her? So why deny her the foods she loves now? Ah, well, I baked her a couple of mini maple nut breads anyway. Off to Connecticut they go. UPS Overnight is going to love the bill for this box. Yes, I found those cute little loaf pans; if anyone wants to know how to make just 2 cute little mini maple nut breads, let me know.
This is our tree skirt. Superbowl Sunday 2002, the girls and I started work on our tree skirts for the following Christmas. I cut four quarters of white cotton, and gave one to each of the three girls, telling them to embroider whatever they wanted on their quarters, just so it reminded them of Christmas. Mine is the Christmas Tree quarter, and it wasn't my original design. I sewed them all together, pressed interfacing to the back to stabilize the whole thing, added a fluffy ruffle and bow, and, Voila! Tree Skirt!
And here's our tree. No presents yet, because Thor thinks he should eat wrapping paper that's abandoned for more than a couple of hours.
Tomorrow I'll show you all Mary Christmas. Now I'm going to run around like a crazy person for the next 12 to 14 hours, before grabbing 4 or 5 hours sleep and starting over. Hope you all are better prepared than I!