NOW I remember…

Why we go to Florida every year for Christmas, that is.  It’s because of all the work!

I hit the bed at midnight last night.  Cookies were baked, pies were baked, candy was made, Jake and Scout opened their presents, the house was cleaned.  I made the shrimp spread and cornbread for dressing.  It was a killer day.  Now we’re stocked up with a homemade derby pie, a blueberry cream pie and a butterscotch pie.  I have meatballs, little weinies, shrimp spread, cheese and crackers ready.  There’s chocolate pecan fudge, peanut butter fudge and slabs of chocolate brickle.  That should keep the hounds at bay while I work on dinner.

Expecting to feed 13 today.  That’s not as many as I’ve had in the past but it’s still a lot of work and I don’t have any female help.  I’ve cried uncle on a couple of things…No Christmas centerpiece in the middle of a table set for ten with holiday placemats and a holiday tablecloth.  Instead, I decided to just put one leaf in the table and set it for six.  Everyone else can dish up and eat wherever they can find a seat.  No good china.  DH bought heavy duty paper plates and I was perturbed for a fleeting moment and then I thought about having to unpack the good china and wash it all before eating and then after eating and the paper plates seemed like a fine alternative.  And, since we’re using paper plates, I’m certainly not going to unpack the silverware and polish it.  Sorry, folks, everyday tableware will have to do.

On the menu:

Baked ham with mustard/brown sugar glaze, turkey, dressing and gravy.  Sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, green beans, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, and homemade biscuits.  Pies for dessert.

SIL, Kim is doing great!  She has a long way to go but she’s mouthing words (can’t talk because of the trach tube) and using a chalkboard to write.  She’s exercising her right arm and leg (can’t use the left) and she demanded a shampoo which my brother was absolutely delighted to provide.

DIL called about picking up Jake and Scout last night and the caller ID listed her name so I guess I have her new number.  I swallowed my pride bigtime and gushed on and on about how much I appreciated her letting the kids come over and how much we enjoyed having them.  Reminded her of how much DH and  love them and told her to feel free to call us if she ever had a babysitting problem or just wanted a night off.  It had the desired effect and she asked if we’d like to have them back this evening and keep them through Sunday.  I told her we’d love to.  It makes me cringe to think of having to stroke her in order to have time with the boys but I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure we stay in contact with them.  I have to remember how scared I got when she changed her number and didn’t contact us and how futile it was to try to deal with the caseworker.

Have a VERY Merry Christmas, friends.  Enjoy your blessings and celebrate the season!


paperskin says 25th December @ 12:22

Merry Christmas Pat! Sounds like you have your hands full.. but that too is a major blessing! Have a wonderful holiday! I am so happy to hear about Kim’s recovery. I guess your family got their Christmas miracle this year… how wonderful!

brseay says 25th December @ 23:18

So glad to hear that Kim is improving and that you have the boys for a while. Neither of us have had an easy year which means that 2010 has to bring great news!!

beerab says 29th December @ 13:59

Sounds wonderful- glad you are having a good holiday!

And I CONCUR with the plates- I would rather use paper plates and plastic ware than have to spend all that time later washing the dishes!

Nyerni A Ruletten says 16th January @ 10:51

Sometimes it’s really that simple, isn’t it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this myself/earlier, though.

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