Monday, December 23, 2013

First Day of Winter & My Christmas Brunch

I awoke to a hot pink sky that faded to yellow and I knew the weather was going to be a problem for my brunch.  Even in the South, 72 degrees in December is unusual.  Flooding rains predicted with tornadoes.  Let the fun begin!

The table was set the night before. Greens and berries all from my trees and bushes, old linens and pinecone candles set the theme for a woodland table.

Since everything I own is packed for a move, numerous stops to the Goodwill helped me provide some wintery glassware.  At the last minute I pulled out some paper reindeer antlers for my guests to wear to get them in the holiday spirit.

That's Jacqui's mom on the left visiting from Boston, April, Bob's sister, me, Sam, Jacqui's boyfriend, and my best friend Jacqui.

Same photo, except with Bob making some goofy facial expressions.  That's anybody's guess!

Also snagged this week at the Goodwill, five Wedgewood-like highball glasses from the '50s for only $6.  Perfect for my eggnog, which has a touch of gingerale and vanilla ice cream.

Last month I found this heavy glass pitcher for only $1.91, which came in handy, too.  Fruit cake sent in a big Harry & David basket from my favorite Aunt Bert!

After brunch we drove to Kathy & Rick's home in a torrential downpour to meet them for the first time.  They adopted Colbie, a chow Jacqui and I saved at the shelter, who then traveled to TN only to return to GA. 

We talked for hours, mostly about chows because this is the first dog Kathy and Rick have ever had.  Good choice getting a chow!  We now have two new friends because of rescue.  That is one of the great benefits!

This is Colbie.  I had named her Ginseng, then she went to her foster in TN whose little girls named her Crystal, then when Kathy & Rick adopted her, they named her Colbie.  She is the one who has brought so many people together!  Next will be Christmas Eve at the new theater with Barcalounger chairs and a bar in the lobby to see the Hobbit in 3D, whoo hoo, driving around to look at lights, then to Jacqui's we go for Christmas dinner!  Merry Christmas everyone!

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