"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day

Christmas from the perspective of Ruth & Jewel.

Maybe it was all the excitement, maybe Shawn Colvin's rendition of a Christmas Song...but we hadn't even finished unwrapping gifts when wee Ruth conked out. No matter how weary she is, she wags her tail, especially if I whisper, "Merry Christmas, Ruth!"

I was thrilled and delighted with the new kitchen timer I received from the Chap. Jewel, not so much. After I worked out the settings and made it chime, we discovered that Jewel can't stand the thing--lots of restlessness and moaning ensued. As demonstrated by these very brief clips.

I could've done a documentary, but funny as it was it seemed wrong to torture my lovely loyal dog on Christmas Day. Or any other time.

Late yesterday we went through the woods and over the river and over another river and through the woods to our friends' home to share their Christmas feast with them and some of their family and their friend. It was a cozy, relaxed, laughter and fun-filled evening and we're so grateful to have been included.

Oh, and the food was thoroughly delicious!

The most beautiful salad ever!

The turkey is ready!

An explosion of stuffing!

Festive table.

We're spending a quiet Boxing Day at home, trying to connect via phone with some of the relatives we missed yesterday for various reasons (some are in other countries) or who rang us while we were out. In this household today is also referred to as "Christmas Second Day," what they call it on St. Croix where the Chap used to live.

He and the dogs had a nice long walk earlier. Our weather is grey and chilly but not frigidly cold. We see occasional snow flurries, and there's still a heavy blanket of snow on the ground--and lots of tracks in it from the snowshoe hare and some busy squirrels and various birdies. A pileated woodpecker visited this morning.

We considered an excursion to our favourite Mexican place down in Manchester but with all the recent activity decided to have green chile chicken burritos here at the Lodge instead. With a fire and a film.

A Happy Boxing Day to you, hope everyone is enjoying gifts and family.

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