Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Chattin' at the farmhouse

OK, OK.  I'm here.  I've been getting a few comments on not blogging this week - mostly from my family!  I just took a little holiday.  It feels weird to kind of sneak back into blogland, though.  So, this morning I've come to visit with some friendly folks at Patrice's place.  Today is the day to visit Wendell - I have carrots - and bring my knitting and share in the conversation.

As usual, I'm a little late and it's in full swing.  Let's jump in...

Who makes the best cookies in your family?  The best cookies I had this Christmas were baked by my grandkids.  They - with Mom's help - made the Honey Cookies and they were delicious.  I doubt they'll be around long enough to mellow.  I didn't bake one cookie this year!   I don't think I'd want to judge who is the best cookie maker: we're all pretty much the same goodness. 

What was the most satisfying or pleasing thing about Christmas 2011?  I think one of the most satisfying things I did this year was play some (very simple) Christmas carols on the piano while my daughter played her flute along with me.  She is so much more skilled than I but managed to make me feel as though I had made some very pretty music.   
The most pleasing was that my son and his family took on the annual Boxing Day gathering.  This has been my event for the past - gosh! is it almost 30? - years.  This year the baton was passed...they did a great job.  We had such a nice time.   I'm looking forward to next year already.

How many photo did you take while your family was together for Christmas? Tons? A few? What pictures?


I didn't take nearly as many photos as I usually do.  My camera seemed to be making sporadic out-of-focus trips and even the few I took weren't always good.  The one above tells the whole story of  one of the more interesting gifts to my grandkids.  I'll let you guess who actually gave them the gift :)

Do you have a fireplace, wood stove, or pellet stove?  We have a gas fireplace but we hardly ever use it.  It so rarely gets cold enough.

What time did you get up on Christmas morning? Well, just being two adults for Christmas morning it was more or less the usual 6.30 am.  In fact, it was very like most Sunday mornings except that we had some stockings to open.  And the Christmas tree lights were on.

Thanks, Patrice, for hosting a chat so soon after Christmas.  Nice to visit with everyone again...I'm off to see what everyone else has to say.  If you'd like to come visiting, too, hop over to Everyday Rurality.

7 comments:

Patrice said...

It sounds like you had a good time with family. My camera likes to go out of focus, so I don't have as many shots as I'd like.
Happy New Year!

Julia said...

Hi Stephanie, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I like how you introduce the chat on Partice's porch today. Mine just had the bare bones as I was dead on my feet from lack of sleep. I went to bed early last night and was up at 3:00am. Don't know that it did me any good.

It looks like the grownup are playing with the kid toy with assembly required. lol...

How nice that you made beautiful music with your daughter on Christmas. Pictures? I was just to tired to snap pictures although I took a few of the baby opening his presents.

Maybe you can get a new camera for Christmas or your birthday.
Happy New Year. JB

Ginny said...

That looks like some kind of vehicle they are making, a car maybe? Glad you had a nice Christmas!

Mimi said...

You still put me to shame, Stephanie!
I didn't take a single photo, except of that "tree" cake, got up at 9.00 and only baked a few cookies for my vegan daughter's dessert!
Re the toy, it looks like a Lego thing to me, and I'm guessing you're the giver.
Hope you're enjoying the time with your family.

Kim said...

I took some pictures of the tree and the dog, but no people. (oh, that is terrible)
And since there are no kids here, I stayed in bed until 9am Christmas morning. (It was soooo great)

EmptyNester said...

My bet is that your piano accompaniment was fantastic! I went crazy with the pictures. Again. They're used to it though. LOL

Farm Girl said...

It is always so nice to read what is going on your porch. I do hope you have a wonderful New Year. It was so nice getting acquainted with you this year. I look forward to 2012.

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