MD and I along with our entire family wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We hope you and yours have a terrific holiday season.
We’ve started our off this Christmas Eve in not the best of circumstances. As many of you know, MD and I have been traveling all over creation over the past year in our new careers as appliance salespeople. As a consequence, we haven’t seen the inside of our house a lot, so we’ve really been looking forward to some down time this Christmas.
We ran to Michigan to visit my aged folks (that’s when I discovered my 85 yo father was on a statin and had my meltdown over it) then we were home for one day before we had to go to Dallas for an early Christmas with the grandkids there. On our one day home, we discovered the floors were buckling in our dining room. We called a water-damage-repair company and discovered that we had sprung a leak while we were away. And that several walls were soaked and would have to come down and a big area of flooring (the dining room, entryway and a hallway) would have to be replaced. This we discovered on our one day home.
When we returned from Dallas, the whole water-damaged area was enclosed in plastic, walls were torn out, hardwood flooring removed and giant, obnoxiously loud fans were running 24/7. Even worse, they had completely sealed off the place where our little coffee station and our liquor cabinet reside. So I couldn’t make espresso (upon which I live) and, even worse, was bereft of Jameson. We wanted to turn around and go back to Dallas. I hadn’t imagined the scope of the damage before we left.
MD has been itching to start getting ready for Christmas Eve dinner, but all the plastic everywhere has held her up. Since people in California are so mold conscious, we had to wait for an environmental engineer to test the air quality in the plastic-enclosed area before the repairs could proceed. We got the okay late yesterday, and a bunch, but not all, of the plastic came down today. So the distaff was in full Christmas preparation mode, and I got dragooned into helping.
We traditionally have Christmas Eve dinner with whichever kids and grandkids are near. MD loves to decorate and set a spectacular table. The fact that our dining room is a war zone right now and torn all to heck hasn’t stopped her. It takes more than a major water-damage disaster to quench her Christmas cheer. The workers had moved our dining room table along with a tone of other stuff into the library, so that’s where dinner was served. As you can see below, the cramped accommodations didn’t deter my bride, who managed to set a nice table in pretty close quarters. The dinner went off without a hitch, and everyone loved being in with all the books. There was talk of dining in the library more often.
I’ll leave you with one other piece of Christmas. The video below is MD’s choral group doing the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The music was recording during a live performance, but the video shows the sights of Santa Barbara. I sometimes forget how beautiful it is here. Hope you enjoy the music and the scenery.
And once again, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Merry Christmas 2013!