First of all, happy new year to everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your festivities. Since I didn't make it to the Stonehaven Fireball Hogmanay in the UK, I stayed home and watched Underneath the Planet of the Apes which I surprisingly had never seen before! And did some more translating. Now, on to other things:
The progeny has complained that No One (in the fambly) has been adding to their blogs since Thanxmas. That's not entirely true as the #1 Sons wife has been much more responsible than anyone else. I see I added nothing from Nov 1st on. Well, that has a reason. I got a cold or flu the beginning of Oct — it was going around — and never really recovered from it. I felt better thanks to some echinacea that a friend provided for me. But once home for Thanxmas, succumbed to everything the grandkids offered. Oh, well. Needless to say, I didn't have the mental energy for actually writing the blogs I intended to AND had taken pictures for. Hopefully, I will get some of that done this week. So, once again, I will be doing backwards blogs!
A brief review since All Saints Day includes pictures of a beautiful Autumn in Aberdeen., This is what you would've seen in November IF I had gotten them online. It was a lovely autumn. Not too cold, not too windy. But then I came home in mid-November for Thanxmas: our family Christmas gathering that occurs on either holiday not being Christmas. Thus, children can celebrate with their spouse's family and there is no competition. It makes for long Christmas seasons, though. We either have Thanxmas or NewMass. I think the tradition began years ago when my sisters worked third shifts and didn't get holidays off. At least the flexibility of holidays began then. Family gatherings occur when everyone can get together. We have some Thanxmas pictures but they are not showing up where they are supposed to go. Guess this will be a verbal blog instead of pictures.
This year a wedding was thrown in December as well. Our BABY got married! I was going to put in a picture but … OK. So, where's the webmaster when ya need him? The wedding was lovely and fun. And son #3 is getting married next summer. So it was entertaining hearing comparisons of how they are going to do their wedding differently. Then, the bride's brother and the groom's sister combined forces and families in order to rearrange the nuptial home. Bed in the living room. Undies on the ceiling fans. gifts in the wrong boxes. Very entertaining. And they were entertained when they saw it the next day. Plus, someone else put it back together before they got home the next weekend.
After the wedding, we followed son #3 and fiancee back up to her home in IL in order to meet the next set of new parents. It was COLD. And N.IL had whiteout conditions during our drive, too. We think it was snow from Iowa going towards Michigan cuz it didn't seem to be staying long in IL. We celebrated Christmas Eve with real Swedish Christmas food at mom and dad's with my sisters and an aunt and uncle. It's been a while since that happened. I had even made Rosettes for the occassion and brought them along from PA packed carefully in a shoebox so Not a Single One Broke! Too many people were impressed with the cookies, including my kids, which means it was a really really long time since the last time I'd made them. This time was easy, though. The coal stove with a cast iron pot of oil worked really really well.
On that happy note, I shall sign off and next time tell you about canceling the plane.