That I am sitting here in a thunderstorm the day after Christmas would seem odd to me except that it's actually been a pretty odd holiday season all the way around..By that I mean unlike any from my past. There was no Christmas party this year, due to the infirmity of the hostess. I did not decorate, unless you count turning on the electric candles in the window which I never took down from last year. Plug them in and poof -- decorated!
Christmas itself was nice, however. I "Face Timed" it with my daughter in Chicago and her boyfriend, an exercise in online holiday-ing which, for about two hours, felt like the real thing. Getting to that point, however, nearly cost me my grasp on reality. I was so frustrated by getting the iPad to operate properly that I almost lost my ability to breathe. I thought for while there that I'd need to breathe into a paper bag just to regain my equanimity. With the help of Ron M., via phone, who suggested I make sure my WiFi router was turned on (it wasn't) and a few tweaks by daughter and boyfriend, it worked like a charm.
Ron M. and I had decided the day before that he would seek out one of those pre-made holiday dinners that are offered by local grocery stores (turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, the basics) but when he started calling around to order one, he found that they were sold out long ago. Hmm.... this caused a little problem. I first decided to just forget about food altogether. Ron could eat at his house and I'd throw something together here for myself. However, my guilt took over and I told Ron not to worry, that I would craft a meal out of what I had in my (quite bare) fridge and pantry. As a result, I believe that our Christmas dinner was a few notches below those being offered at the local homeless shelter. At least the shelter offered meat! Our dinner consisted of acorn squash and creamed peas and potatoes. A veritable vegetarian feast! In fact, it was good, although I still hope that the shelter did better.
Two days before Christmas, we decided to take a ride on Route 66 and look for some interesting and festive photo ops for this blog. We started driving east, then west with little success. Nevertheless, here are a few things we saw. These are not great photos, but they represent what we observed.
P.S. Here is my daughter Sarah and her boyfriend John on Christmas morning, via Face Time. Sorry, I couldn't resist putting this up here despite the quality. The reflection of my camera seems to have taken over John's face. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!.