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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

I couldn’t post last night. We lost 2 of our Comcast services – phone and internet. We received intermittent e-mail and the tv worked. I wanted to show you this. Lisa and Wilfedo arrived!!


We all look a little weary, but happy to be together. Yesterday, I cleaned up the studio and office and put aside my life as an artist for a couple of days (my brain has not shut down, however) so that  I can enjoy the holidays with the family.

It is going to be difficult. Most of my internet shopping has not arrived. We made our way downtown yesterday. Mr C dropped me off at Pioneer Square to do some shopping for a couple of hours while he opened the pantry at Trinity which has been open only one other day in the past 10. In the afternoon, we did some grocery shopping with tons of other folks. It was grueling. Steph and family will not be able to come over here unless Mr C goes to pick them up and takes them home. You can not drive on the streets here without 4 wheel drive and chains!! Most churches are cancelling their Christmas Eve services. I think Trinity is going on as scheduled, but as of yesterday, the parking lot was knee deep in snow.

And guess what? It is snowing again. Here are the views, taken a few moments ago from the dining room.


These are pregnant chairs!!


Nothing but snow on the deck!


I prefer the views inside:


I just love this creche that the Uber Talented Kristin made for me last year.


So now I am going to finish my coffee, bake some cookies and think positively. We will find a way to gather for a family Christmas celebration.

I am wishing all of you a wonderful time, celebrating whatever holiday is in your plans – Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas. You know what? I’ve got HOPE!

10 Responses to “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”

  1. I just loved the beautiful pictures and the warm home type stories. Just wonderful. The one picture of the back deck with the snow on the table looked like you had a big cake on top of the table. I live in Alabama and we just ooh and aah anytime there is snow. We rarely get it and I so enjoy looking at other places with tons of it.

    Also do you have a recipe for the pecan rolls you were talking about? If so please share or post on your site. That would be wonderful to have this recipe.
    Thank you again. Chris Wheeler http://www.welovequilting.com http://www.welovequilting.com/blog

  2. rayna says:

    Love the snow pix, sorry. I hope you have a wonderful day together.

  3. Francoise says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Here it will be a green Christmas again.
    I would be happy to take some of the snow, so we could have a white Christmas and you could drive more easily.

  4. Judy says:

    Hope: YEAH!!!
    Love the pic of you, Lisa, and Wilfredo!!!
    We prayed for all of our Portland (and Seattle) friends in church this evening. Hope it will be warmer for you soon.

    Merry Merry!


  5. Reva says:

    It’s thawing, it’s thawing! We DO have hope.

    Have a lovely Christmas, Gerrie.

  6. terry grant says:

    I’m so glad Lisa arrived! I have been sending out good thoughts for all my friends either traveling or expecting family. We had a power outage for awhile this morning and I was bracing myself for a dark Christmas eve, but the lights came back on awhile ago and things are getting quite melty out here, so I think there is a light at the end of this tunnel! Hope all the Congdons and Barnes have a wonderful Christmas together. Talk to you soon–

  7. Jeannie says:

    I love Wilfredo’s sly smile. It looks like he is flirting with the camera. And the pregnant chairs are too funny. Wishing you and yours a safe and merry Christmas and Hope in the New Year is so exciting. Cheers. (Rumor has it that temps in the 40’s are coming soon too!)

  8. Kristin L says:

    I wonder how many chairs you will find on your deck come the Spring thaw?

  9. Terri says:

    Merry Christmas Gerrie! I’ve got HOPE too!

  10. Sue says:

    Geri, Hope you find a way to all be together for Christmas. It’s snowing again here too, and shows no sign of letting up. It’s pretty though.