Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 10.337: Twinkle, twinkle

After some travel delays, our visitors have safely arrived. Christmas was ready for them:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 10.336: Holiday Concert #2

It was both our second holiday concert of the season and the second year in a row that we've attended this one at Exile #3's High School. This year she was singing in both the big Concert Choir and the auditioned Treble Choir. In total there were two bands, two orchestras and three choirs in a packed and wonderful programme.


Tomorrow, she gets to do it again, but we have a different excitement!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 10.335: Snow fingers (and other winter precipitation)

I took this on Sunday after the snow - we liked the way the snow was peeling off the railings and forming snake-like fingers.


Today we had another winter storm - with a few inches of snow followed by some freezing rain. It made it rather a mess on the roads for our drive to the work holiday dinner, but we all made it there safely and I am now back home in the warm.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 10.334: Christmas jumpers!

Seeing as five of the six in attendance at our gathering tonight (and four out of five sweater wearers) are British (even if most are also American), I thought I could get away with calling them "jumpers"

We had a very nice evening!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 10.333: Exile #2's Sunday Column #204

Exile #2 writes...

Like many in the U.K., we woke up to a healthy covering of snow. The photo my Mum sent me looked pretty much like what I could see out of the window. This being the Northeast, however, we were still able to drive into Portland for 9 am church with no difficulty. We opted for the early service because today was also the long awaited performance of the Land of Misfit Toys, for which Exile #3 and E5N1 had been rehearsing for the last few months.

The show told the story of a doll, who is thrown away because she is broken while some mean girls are making fun of her and the little girl who owns her. She ends up in the Land of Misfit toys, where she finds friends and feels loved again. True to the stereotype of all British characters being baddies, Exile #3 got to play one of the mean girls, and perhaps in homage to Bert the “Cockney” chimney sweep, E5N1 was Fred the Garbage Man, who shook his head sadly at the sight of dolly in the bin. Both also did turns as jack-in-the boxes and Exile #3 appeared finally as a rocking horse. It was very enjoyable - a fun alternative to the traditional Nutcracker!


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Day 10.332: First snow, last tree

Our first couple of Decembers in the US we were caught by surprise at how early the Christmas decorations arrive. In fact, I believe we went shopping for a few decorations in mid-December once to find the few items that were left already on mark-down. More recently, we've embraced the season on more US terms and so we went to cut down a tree today, only to find that we were - once again - rather late to the decorating party.

This wasn't literally the last tree, but the view is pretty representative of the farm's stock levels:


Fortunately, they had some pre-cut ones, presumably from some other less-accessible farm and we were able to choose one and pay for it as the first snowflakes were beginning to fall.

The snow continued to fall:


and fall:


as we decorated the tree. This was the last time I ventured out:


but the snow is still falling. It wasn't literally the first snow of the season - but the first that is making much of an impact.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Day 10.331: A turkey maybe?

My records show that E5N1 made this on or just before Thanksgiving - so maybe it's a turkey?


I like it anyway!