Edited, because wine = typos.
This year, Little Sis opted to spend Christmas with her Special Person and their family. That left myself and Eöl at home...alone for the holiday.
I'm pretty sure Eöl's holiday wish was for peace and quiet. Not only were there no kids in the house, I lost my voice. I'm pretty sure I left it on the table, but when I looked, it wasn't there. Lost. Lost, I tell you.
Anyhoo...it's been a different, but still nice, holiday.
We went for a hike in the unusually warm temps and sunshine Christmas Eve.
We saw perfect fairy landscapes...
Roses that think it's time to put out new growth...
Brown Eyed Susans still in bloom....
And even honeysuckle bushes with new leaves.
We had a fun evening of wrapping presents, because we are still having Christmas here, complete with ham, family, fun, and fruitcake. We are just having it a week later, to give me time to recover my voice (I know I left it here somewhere!) and to give Little Sis a chance to have her own adventures.
While she is away, we are in charge of The Velociraptor, who decided to lay on the wrapping paper, wiggle around, and generally get in the way.
And this sad state of affairs...I dropped a present I'd purchased for Eöl. Egads! The horror!!
We did exchange one gift, saving the rest for our "official holiday". The one I'd intended to give him was the one I dropped...egads again!...but thankfully I had a backup. Anyway, this is what happens when alcoholics...I mean Wine Connoisseurs...shop for each other.
Then, on Christmas morning, we slept until noon. Yeah, that never happens, even with teens in the house. Instead of cooking for just the two of us, we went out for Chinese food. Eöl looks very serious about this meal...
All in all, not so bad. But I'm looking forward to next weekend: kids, grandkids, presents, noise, hubbub, hooplah, and hopefully my voice back.
Happy Holidays, everyone!!