Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Four Days 'Til Christmas...

My Christmas and grocery shopping are done with a few days to spare.  Tomorrow I'll begin preparing foods for our family dinner on Christmas Eve.  There'll be 16 of us gathered around the table.

Our 'Birthday Cake for Jesus' this year will be a Cassata Cake with rum syrup and cannoli cream between the layers, and vanilla buttercream frosting on the outside.  I've eaten Cassata Cake before, but this will be my first time making one.   I don't even want to know the calorie count!

Lori is improving each day, but it won't be a week until tomorrow, so she's still sore and on pain medications. The therapist is aggressive and has her motion range almost to 70 with a goal of 90 by next week. She sees the surgeon on Friday.  To her dismay, I snapped the photo of her below while she was sitting in the rocker earlier today.

Our daughter-in-law, Sharon [Steve's wife] had a growth removed from the bottom of her foot the day after Lori's knee replacement, so she's in a wheel chair and out of commission too.  Steve said this will be called the Christmas of recovery!  

Jerry is the 'official' Christmas gift wrapper in our family, and he began the task in his basement workshop this morning.  He made the mistake of doing such a good job the first year, that he got the job permanently!  ;-)

First load of presents wrapped and under the tree, and he'll finish up tomorrow.  When he's done the Christmas tree skirt won't be visible.

We're drinking lots of tea these cold wintry days and nights.   We had a low of 29 today and a high of 31 on this first day of winter. When my grandson and his girlfriend came over on Monday night, he asked for some tea. [He knows how to make his Nana happy!] I brewed their favorite - French Caramel Creme Brulee. Jerry's been enjoying Harney's Hot Cinnamon Spice, and Lori, Tiffany and I have sipped an assortment of teas.   What's in your teacup this holiday season?


  1. I'm so glad Lori's doing so well! We've had a "recovery" Christmas in our family, too - the year my brother had sinus surgery and his wife had gum surgery, just a couple of days before Christmas. But it's fun to get together anyway. Enjoy being with your loved ones, and have a very Merry Christmas.

  2. It is fun to hear about all the activity at your home in preparation for Christmas. Best wishes to Lori for a quick recovery.

  3. I know you'll all be having a wonderful Christmas together!

    Glad to hear that the girls are recovering and that your enjoying tea times together!

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Hi Phyllis, just dropping by to say Merry Christmas to you and Jerry! So glad Lori is doing good after surgery! Happy New Year to you!

  5. So glad the "recovery" is under way for both these ladies! Just wanted to wish a very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Phyllis!


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