I'm saying Merry Christmas today as I won't be working online tomorrow, I'll be too busy feasting and visiting with the family and I expect most of you will be, too.
I took what I think is a somewhat better pic of this year's Christmas tree:
I really do need to take those drapes down and press them!
Shades of Christmas past, here's a photo of Mr. Don at Mom's house during Christmas, 2008. Mom's little poodle, Penny, glued herself to Don's side during the entire visit:
And here is this year's version of the Christmas tree at Kegel's, a venerable family-owned German restaurant/bar on Milwaukee's south side (they have the best filet mignon in town):
A long-time friend, Ann, and I, go to Kegel's every season to admire the Christmas tree. The owner does a brand new themed tree every single year and they are always spectacular! This year's tree is absolutely gorgeous in person -- it just glows! It is silver and gold, as you can see -- I should have taken some close-ups, the floral sprays are so beautiful. We go to Kegel's and exchange our gifts (sometimes saving opening them for later), and have a good meal.
Then we go see the neighborhood decked out along "Candy Cane Lane." The neighbors in the area decorate their houses and Santa, along with local and sometimes national celebrities, station themselves at the main intersection in the subdivision and collect donations to fight childhood cancer. Since 1984 the neighbors have collected $1.6 million dollars, and it all goes to the MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) Fund. This year's displays were wonderful, and I think more houses participated this year, too (the relatively warmer weather this year and lack of snow certainly helped).
I didn't take any pictures -- Ann drives and I am not good enough to take photos from the moving car (even though we are going slow). Below is a photo of one of the houses from this year's Wisconsin Hunger Task Force website (you can donate a canned good or cash at a special collection area):
Christmas is a time for family, sharing, community, and traditions. We need Christmas! I wish, like the reformed Mr. Scrooge, that people would keep it in their hearts 365 days a year. Peace, love and harmony to you all.
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan