Friday, December 24, 2010

And To All A Good Night!

Happy Christmas Eve!    A quiet day for me because this is going to be a low-key Christmas.    Today I replaced the strike plate on my front door (after it fell off yesterday and slipped through a crack).     Now I don't have to worry about the door blowing open in the wind.

I did laundry, I fussed and straightened.   (Trying not to end up on Santa's naughty list!)

I made pignolata the way great grandma used to make it (back in Sicily she didn't add the sugar and citrus that appears in many recipes, so I don't either).    I'll put it together with the chocolate and powdered sugar in the morning.   If I made it tonight, it wouldn't last until then.
 I got my car washed and filled the tank.    I made the beignet dough and set it in the refrigerator to proof.   I did the dishes and put them away.    And then I moved as much as I could to NEXT year's To Do list!   I talked to my daughter on the phone -- her gifts finally arrived this afternoon, just in time!    A "friend" of hers, occasionally violent, wanted to talk to me to let me know he is "trying so hard to do good."    I was not harsh with him but I told him in no uncertain terms that he will have to do better.   I talked briefly to my sister, who is doing too much, wearing herself out, and showing it in her voice.    I talked to Dr. Cranky who wanted me to feel guilty that he is alone.

I watched enough television news to learn that the oldest Santa School, where people train to be "stand-in Santas" to help Santa out, is in Midland, Michigan, just a few miles from me.     The newscaster said it's not as cold there as the North Pole, but almost.  

I watched a little of "It's a Wonderful Life," but got pulled away by CSI.   I drank a toast to myself with gin and tonic, and wished that I'd bought potato chips.    And yes, I confess, I spent way too much time on Facebook!

Now it's time to snuggle into the covers of my bed and listen for Santa's reindeer bells (as they pass by my house again, lol)!     I might dream of my freezer-full of sugar plums, or their equivalent, but I am hoping for a stocking-full of healthy friends and family.   In other respects,  I already have more than I need.

I hope you all have a warm and wonderful Christmas!

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