We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day with friends in Mt. Pleasant which is just outside of Charleston. We were surprised at the lack of traffic both on the way down and home. It is a very easy 4 hour drive. I brought most of the dinner Christmas Eve which was a menu that worked around Swedish meatballs and noodles. I really miss the Swedish meatball mix I used to get from Schmidts Meat Market in Nicollet. Mine were ok but not as good as I used to make. Lynn and Bob had neighbors we had not met before over for dinner and then we went to church. Lynn and Bob both sing in the choir so that is always nice. Weather was above 60 both days.
Christmas morning we opened our presents and then started on dinner. Bob had planned a menu of prime rib, a delicious salad, Yourshire pudding, fresh brussel sprouts, roastede vegetables and mashed potatoes with Jersulum artichokes. It was a very ambitious menu to make and I had fun working in the kitchen. I was the helper and not responsibel so no stress for me. Dinner was delicious. Lola and Glen, who we have met many times, were there along with a new gentleman and his 18 year old son. Lots of goood conversation, perhaps helped by a few bottles of wine for some of us.
After everyone left we watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the St. Olaf Choir on TV. Since both Lynn and Bob sing in choirs they gave us some new insight to what we were watching. On Monday before we left we went with Lynn and Bob for a long walk on a new pier into the Shim Creek. A delightful way to end our visit and get a little exercise before our drive home.
Bob and I kept our gift giving very small. We talked at length about getting an I Pad and decided for the money it cost we just would not use it that much. I came up with something I really wanted and Bob did too. I told him I wanted our cleaning lady back once a month. Now you can laugh. Currently we share the house cleaning – Bob vacumes and I do the floors, sinks and dusting, etc. Even though we have lots of time cleaning is something we don’t like doing. This will be such a treat to have again! I told our neighbor Tammy, our cleaning lady, that she was a gift and she said she would come gift wrapped with a bow when she comes. Unfortunately she got bronchitis, pneumonia and the flu so I don’t know when she will be well enough to come. I hope before we have company next week.
Kitties were glad to have us come home. Hope you had as good a holiday as we did. Nothing special planned for New Years except a nice dinner at home and we will probably be in bed by 11. Looking forward to doing some woodworking and other craft activities.