Thursday, December 18, 2014

December So Far (in pictures)

I went to Cincinnati the first week in Dec., and had a great time with the little girls.  They are so cute and so much fun.  We mostly hung out at the house, and one day we went out with Polly, their stand-in Cincinnati grandmother.  We did go to the mall on Saturday to visit Santa.  Here are a few pictures:

When I got home I spent the next week decorating.  I must admit, I do go a bit overboard with my Christmas decorations.  Being retired, I have more time to work on it so I got out just about everything; Patrick called yesterday to see if I had any left over decorations he could use for his apartment, but I didn't have much.  Here are a few pictures, though they didn't turn out very good:

We also watched the last season of Breaking Bad last week.  It was so good; I'm sorry we finished it.  Then last Thursday evening we went to the Botanical Garden for the "Garden Glow."  It was beautiful.  Again I took pictures which did not turn out too well--the best ones were inside Henry Shaw's house:

My pictures really do not it do it justice--it was gorgeous.  If you are in St. Louis and have a chance, you really should go see it.

On Sunday my sister Patty had the "Fancy Aunt Lunch" for two of my sisters, Lorie who's birthday was on the 14th and Nan's who's was on the 17th.  It was fun seeing everyone and the food was delicious.  Patty makes a chicken/crescent roll which is so good, and Stephanie made a tasty asparagus dish and there were wonderful desserts.  I wish I had some now.

Yesterday I had three friends from work over for lunch.  We had a great time, and we sat and talked for almost three hours.  I made quiche Lorraine and spinach quiche, Dillard's jello, salad and rolls, and for dessert I had Christmas cookies and banana bread, and I made this new type of cookie/candy.  It was made of pretzels, covered with a caramel sauce, then covered with melted chocolate chips and sprinkled with sea salt.  It was so delicious!  All this writing about food is making me hungry.  December will be continued...

Monday, December 1, 2014


I can't believe it's already December.  We had a busy November, mostly because of watching Breaking Bad.  We finished the fifth season last night, and we're saving the sixth and final season for next week when I get back from Cincinnati.  I am going there tomorrow to help John with the girls because Chellie is going to a conference in San Diego.  I'm sure we'll have lots of fun.  Last week we celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving and Wayne's birthday. 

On Tuesday a son of our friends, Mimi and Dave, owns a lot of buildings down on Cherokee and hosts a Thanksgiving dinner.  We went this year, mainly because Patrick was playing piano there.  Unfortunately, Dave ended up in the hospital with a pulmonary embolism and didn't make it, and Mimi didn't get there until late and we had already left.  But we did get to hear Patrick play, and see Jason and Jessica who I baby sat for years ago.

Then Wednesday was our anniversary, and we mainly celebrated by eating--a lot.  We had Imo's for lunch and went to Zia's for dinner.  Thursday was Thanksgiving, and we had a small crowd here, A,y and Dave and their three, Rob and his two, and Patrick.  I think that's the least amount of people we have had in years.  It turned out fine and we're still eating leftovers.

Saturday we celebrated Wayne's birthday.  Now we are the same age for three months, until my birthday in February when I'll be a year older.  Amy and Dave took us out to dinner to Citizen Kane's in Kirkwood, with Rob and Patrick.  They hired a sitter for their three and Rob's two, and we had a nice dinner and went back to their house for ice cream and cake.