Holiday Weather

Refreshed. It’s nice to take a blog break sometimes. For a while, I scaled down attention to world headlines, stepped away from a few duties, and devoted attentions and energies to more welcome pleasures…. friends and family. I call it the Great Diversion that involved a bit of travel, important dates with a 3-yr. old, reading books, some Christmas shopping, movie watching, dining out, and brief community duties.

Now it’s December and Santa has replaced the pumpkins and turkeys at our home, but thoughts of Thanksgiving linger.  My daughter nearby hosts Thanksgiving and most of the fixings and we supply several sides for the meal. A year ago she switched from one HUGE turkey to two smaller ones. We all agreed they were easier to roast side by side and fun to prepare using different methods. This year, it was the buttermilk-brined turkey that got the thumbs up over the salt-brined. Pssst: both were delicious!

Thanksgiving 2019

Two of our adult children and their children are heading home today… the most traveled day of the year. One family spent the holiday in Philadelphia with their son at a Meet The Parents event. Pssst: She’s absolutely adorable and so are her parents! All good…

The other family spent the holiday week at a family place on Hilton Head Island where the weather cooperated with sunshine and warmth and lots of beach days. Their excitement was the resident corn snake, a docile and benign snake, that visited their home all week. Thank goodness they respect and admire snakes like I do. All good….

Hilton Head Corn Snake 2019

Today both families will venture home by car while a powerful swath of wintry precipitation will disrupt travel for them. They will cross paths at some point… one to northeast Ohio and the other to Louisville Kentucky after driving to Indiana to return one of our grandchildren to college. This kind of travel is definitely for the young!

The storm’s path will lead it straight to New Hampshire this very Sunday afternoon with a long duration snowstorm. Our weather apps tell us to expect significant snowfall, perhaps bringing blizzard conditions until Tuesday. This may mean a cancellation of a community event I’m involved with to decorate the Exeter Historic Society building for Christmas. I’ve stocked up on hot chocolate for a two or three day hibernation at home. All good….

 

15 Days till Christmas!

The Christmas Season was well on its way before Thanksgiving however I didn’t venture into the shopping arena until Thanksgiving weekend. Our Portsmouth NH excursion two days following the big meal plunged us into the spirit of the season. The small city was packed with holiday shoppers or window shoppers or some just walking off overindulgence of Thanksgiving. The sounds of Christmas music resonated from corners, we found coffee shops and every store we entered packed with revelers, there were horse drawn carriage rides, tempting foods, and to top it off, snow flurries late in the day added much to holiday ambience.  I love the atmosphere of shopping in a city. Are enclosed shopping malls on the way out?

With the shortened shopping season, shoppers seem to be frenzied to make sure gifts are purchased and mailed in time. Today, December 9, gives us 5 days for USPS standard mail.

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