Thursday, December 26, 2019


In the middle of the night, I thought it was just rain on the roof.  Nope ..... Santa had come down my chimney, through the glass fireplace door, right into the family room and filled those stockings with care.  Cooper went absolutely bananas for his little moose.

The squeaker was dead in a short three minutes, but it didn't matter.  You can SEE the intensity!!  I bet I threw that thing across the room over 100 times!  He literally never quit playing for an amazing eleven hours!!
This is Miss Jessie's happy face.  She was just as enamored with her new cloth chew bone.  The game is to try and take it away while she snarls and makes ugly faces, pretty much like a lot of children on Christmas morning!
I on the other hand, didn't see much of Santa, although he did bring me a new toothbrush.  Just what I needed!!  No really, I DID need a new toothbrush!!
Here's dinner from Christmas eve, that beautiful prime rib, along with a little Mudslide for good luck.    Mostly it was all about spending time with these two!!!  Diane (in back) and I worked together for eleven years at the County, where we were able to get her daughter Shelbi a position in the Courts system.  And THAT'S how we got this fabulous dinner!!
After lounging with the puppies all day, my arm sore from all the throwing of toys, I gathered up everything I needed to add crab to our dinner table.  When I saw FRESH CRAB at Costco, I picked one up on a whim.  

Turns out it was a good whim, because it actually paired very well with another glass of mudslide, roasted pork loin, scalloped potatoes and salad.  THIS time, Shelbi's son Braden joined us for dinner.
Shelbi made this roasted pork tenderloin in the oven while Diane and I made the sauce.  Sometimes it takes two.  The recipe is a secret, handed down in her ex-husband's family for years.  He refused to give it to her, but had forgotten someone had surreptitiously taken a picture.
So here it is for the world to see.  You know what?  It was REALLY good!!  Rather sweet, so I might cut back on the sugar, but definitely a keeper!!!  I'll be making this again for sure!  Just so you know, it wasn't me.  I took this picture of the "picture" so I would have the recipe!!
Full to the brim, I again came home with all the leftovers, as they are leaving in about 30 minutes for Legoland!  They get FOUR sleepovers, meaning they are staying there for four days.  Merry Christmas to Braden!!

Cooper finally crashed on the couch after one more hour of throwing the moose when I got home.  I can see the sugarplums dancing in his head, or maybe that's moose.
It's 39 degrees this morning and raining.  I expect it to snow any moment and actually received a warming from Tucson that snow just might fall there too.  That's fine .... get it out of your system Tucson, before I get there.

That does make it rather difficult to wash the rig, so I'll probably spend today packing a little more and being miserable on the couch because I ate too much!!  I hope your Christmas was even more wonderful than mine!!!


  1. How nice to spend time with friends and have a delicious meal or two! Sounds perfect! The little moose is adorable along with your puppies. Braden and Legoland, sounds perfect for the little man!

    1. Legos never were my thing, but that Legoland is amazing!!

  2. Sounds like you had a fun day visiting with Friends.
    Love the looks on the pups faces at their gifts.
    Better to keep moving to wear off the food.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your packing.

    It's about time.

    1. Keep moving is right!! I'm trying, but the procrastination bug seems to have gotten into my house.

  3. Merry Christmas, my friend. I think Santa was mixed up because he left a gift here for you too!! Seriously! You'll just have to catch up with us this winter to get it. ;)
    How cute to see Cooper looking at his moose and Jessie's protective sneer. How nice to share dinner with friends, a great memory.
    We are expecting 80% chance of rain today so it would be a good day to wash the rig!
    Enjoy your Boxing Day (aka Day after Christmas here in U.S.)

    1. I think the desert has it's seasons backwards. Isn't it supposed to be sunny? Santa has been rather confused this year, he left Braden's present at MY house ... more money for his trip. I'm hoping we'll be in the same neighborhood this year.

  4. much good food in two days. You know what caught my attention? The bread. It looked awesome. Bread and butter are one of my favorite foods. Enjoy your new toothbrush!

    1. I'm with you Elva ..... I just LOVE bread!! It was delicious, the first piece I've had in over five months, but boy did my stomach pay for it!! My toothbrush is AWESOME!!! LOL

  5. Good friends plus good food and add time with your puppies sounds like a Very Merry Christmas! Not to mention you have leftovers, perfect...😊

    1. And I've got leftovers for a week at least!! I like that part!

  6. As we passed along Merced area on highway 99 today we saw a great view of the Sierra's. Now we are stuck in Orange Grove because 58 and I-5 are both closed due to snow, as are some of the side highways going east between here and Grapevine, AND if we went up through Lake Isabella...we would have to have snow chains! We might be here for a few days...

    1. Oh my ... don't go through Lake Isabella. The road is horrible, VERY narrow and twisty, not to mention steep at the end. I saw the highway problems. Orange Grove isn't a bad place to stay ... at least you can stock up on oranges!!

  7. Glad you had a Merry Christmas. Good food, good friends, makes for a good day.


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