This was one of my best presents this year....fifty degrees, sunny and calm. A beautiful day.
We've been having a beautifully mild Fall and, as far as I am concerned, it can stay this way right till Spring. Of course, last Christmas was the warmest on record that year too, so I am not getting my hopes up. I am just terribly thankful for every one of these lovely days.
I am also thankful to have another Christmas behind me. I try hard not to be a scrooge about it and spoil things for others, but I mostly just dread Christmas. It was always a confused time when I was a child and didn't get much better with adulthood. My father was a dedicated hippie who randomly dabbled in a variety of religions and recreational drugs, often confusing the two. My mother was an overworked, disowned daughter of Russian Jews who briefly tried out the hippie life after she committed the terrible sin of getting pregnant while in college. It made for some rather interesting Christmas memories.
Sometimes we had Christmas, sometimes we didn't. Sometimes we might have had Christmas, but there was no money for it. It was always a time of confusion and stress.
I am trying to change that and I have had some success. This year, it was a good day. A beautiful day spent with all my favorite creatures followed by a nice, easy dinner with good friends. To me, that is what holidays are meant to be. There is nothing that says "Christmas" quite like scooping poop on a quiet, sunny day.
I didn't get everything done that I meant to this year. I didn't get a calendar made like I have in the past few years and I didn't send a single card. If there is anyone out there feeling neglected or left out, please don't take it personally, I neglected everyone this year. Everyone except for these guys anyways...
They yell at me if I they think there might be even a chance of neglect. They aren't chewing on the farm equipment out of hunger, that is just for fun.
I did make several batches of my World Famous All Purpose Holiday Fudge, which I would like to share. Since I missed Christmas, we will call this New Year's fudge. Just in time to get your New Year's diet off track right from the start:)
If you would like some homemade New Year's fudge, leave a comment on this post and I will draw three winners sometime this weekend.