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Friday, December 26, 2014

A Pleasant, Quiet Holiday

Christmas Day Landscape, Leelanau

We did not have a white Christmas this year. On the other hand (the more positive view), the roads were handily ice-free, and the threatened storm and power outages did not arrive, so it was an easy day for most of us in northern lower Michigan. We were not traveling and had no holiday guests ourselves (our holiday visiting was all by phone), but it was good not to have to worry about others, either. 

Lack of snow also made the painter in our household very happy. He loves the tawny colors and "bare bones" look of November, which is just what we had (a month later) and which tempted us outdoors for a country drive and dog walk between late breakfast and early holiday dinner. 

Sarah had no presents to open and did not think much of my holiday plan to trim her toenails with a new clipper (which she would never have regarded in the light of a present), but she was on board 100% for a ride and a run. I couldn't help finding it lovely to walk so easily and comfortably, without ice or sleet or bone-chilling wind. David drank in the browns of the landscape greedily. We all enjoyed our holiday outing. 

One tree in the woods stood out so sharply that I couldn't believe I hadn't seen it before. I wonder what its life story could be.

Our dinner for two was simple, leaving me lots of reading time during the day. I enjoyed A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka, by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, with Susan Urbanek Linville, and the opportunity it gave me to spend time vicariously in Uganda, where days are twelve hours long twelve months of the year. David also read out loud to me bits from a book I'd given him about the painter Russell Chatham.

Shortly after dark (Michigan), our neighbors came to the door bearing Christmas treats. Cheesecake! My dinner plan hadn't included dessert, so this surprise topped off the day perfectly. 



alexiswittman said...

A lovely quiet Christmas.... The trees hold so MUCH color in them, awaiting the snow's brilliance. (Bear also received nail clippers. But I am a scared cat when it comes to using them. Maybe I'll come and do Sarah's, and you do Bears?)

P. J. Grath said...

You would NOT want to do Sarah's! She has "issues" about her feet being touched! And I wouldn't want to do Bear's, since he and I don't know each other that well. With David's help, holding Sarah's leash and distracting her with treats insofar as that was possible (not far enough), I got the front paws' nails done yesterday. Back feet yet to do....

Karen Casebeer said...

Lovely images, Pamela. I share David's affinity with the tawny colors of late fall. I had hoped for a white Christmas, but, in reality, it was much easier to do the light traveling that I had to do without the normal slipping and sliding of snow-covered roads.

P. J. Grath said...

Rain this morning (Saturday) -- ugh! Wet dog! But I had nasty rumor of "ice pellets" in Minnesota. Now that's worse than rain.