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Merry Christmas

Wising you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


We had a lovely holiday here in Maryland.  Although cold, we didn’t have any snow.  Sean keeps checking the forecast and hopefully we will be getting some soon.  His mother came to visit for Christmas. Unfortunately, my dad doesn’t feel up to making the drive any longer.  He turned 82 week ago so even though I understand I missed him being here.  

Since I usually end up spending two days in the kitchen not getting to enjoy the family, I cooked a limited holiday dinner.  This year was a turkey with stuffing, corn casserole, broccoli salad and Hawaiian sweet rolls.  I skipped on mashed potatoes, green beans and watergate salad. Plus I usually like to try a new recipe or two of sides.  When my mother was alive she would also make deviled eggs.  I was planning on making sweet potatoes this year too but Sean said to save them for New Year’s dinner when I will be making a ham. I think I will make the (missed by me) watergate salad that day too but a small amount since it will be just us. I also made two types of cookies this year… a peanut butter cup that Hannah likes and a new cookie recipe I found, White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio cookies.  They were yummy and definitely a keeper as Sean says.  For dessert we had a coconut cream pie and apple crisp. 

I have been reading less and stitching more as of late.  Sean had knee replacement surgery in early November.  I’ve been spending a lot of time in waiting rooms since and have discovered that it’s the prefect time to get a bit of stitching done in addition to the time binge watching series and movies during his recovery.  He is doing amazingly well with the PT and regaining mobility, however the pain has been higher then he was expecting.  For a bit of history, Sean had two earlier surgeries for the same injury.  First in college, when he tore his ACL the first time. Playing football.  Then 20 1/2 years ago when the Navy surgeons repaired it the second time with an ACL reconstruction.  At the time the staples were removed the doctor told him he really needed a new knee but because he was only 24 years old he would have to wait.   So even though he is still pretty young, he was finally able to get the surgery.  At his two week checkup the doctor told him that the pain should be expected to be worse because of the previous surgery.  They had to remove some screws from the second surgery and so he was also healing from that which was causing some additional pain.  I keep telling him that in the end it should be worth it.  He just has to get through this.  He says he might be suffering from buyer’s remorse.

Tomorrow we are planning on going to see The Last Jedi.  We can’t wait.

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