This afternoon we went for a short walk in our neighborhood.
I live in northwestern Pennsylvania. What crazy weather! It is January 1st. There is no snow, and the temperature was 53 degrees during our walk. The weather is crazy, but I like it. I would love today’s weather, if the sun was out!
It has come to my attention that some of you may have missed seeing three of my blog posts. Our Benezette weekend getaway was a good time, and I wouldn’t want any of my readers to miss the blog posts. I backdated all three posts to appear before Christmas, when our getaway happened. The link for the third post is here. There is a link in that post for the previous two posts. Enjoy!
There was a light dusting of snow on the ground on Christmas Eve morning. That was the extent of our White Christmas, as the temperature for both Christmas Eve and Christmas were well above freezing. It also rained on Christmas Eve for most of the day.
Sometime after I took this picture the pre-lit lights on the top half of our 4-foot Christmas tree stopped working. There didn’t appear to be any reason for the bulbs not to work. The fuse was good. Bob checked individual bulbs, as best as he could, for any bad bulbs or bulbs not seated properly. On Christmas Eve day we took off the ornaments on the top half of our Christmas tree, and Bob pulled the top half of the tree from the base. He still wasn’t able to figure out why the bulbs wouldn’t light on the top half of the tree. We removed the light string completely from the top of the tree. He inserted a bulb contained in a plastic bag fastened to the string of lights. That bulb blew out immediately! It was then that Bob decided to remove the bottom string of lights as well. Afterward we put the ornaments on the Christmas tree and placed it back on the end table in front of the living room windows. So, on Christmas Eve, the only light on the Christmas tree was the star at the very top of the tree. We will buy strings of lights, or possibly a new Christmas tree, next year.
We spent a few daytime hours on Christmas Eve with Stacey and our granddaughters at their home in Oil City, PA.
Harper and Juniper had spent the previous night at “Big Grandma” Chris and Jay’s house. We picked up the girls there at 1:00 pm. The four of us arrived in Oil City around 2:00 pm. We kept the visit casual. For food we snacked on pizza, chicken wing dip and chips, breaded mozzarella cheese sticks, and beef franks in a blanket. We exchanged gifts with each other.
Sometime after our gift exchange, Juniper asked if I wanted to go outside and watch her hit a ball. That activity allowed us to talk about sports. I asked Juniper if she would be interested in playing ball at school. Juniper said no, that she likes to come home from school immediately.
Stacey and the girls baked Peanut Butter Kiss cookies. We took home a dozen cookies, which we ate in their entirety before the end of the day. It is a good thing we opted to take only a dozen cookies! We left for home around 4:30 pm. We enjoyed our visit with Stacey and our granddaughters very much.
Bob and I spent Christmas, just the two of us. We liked the Christmas gifts that we got from each other. I gave Bob a golf club and a gift card for a local golf course, baking utensils for his pizza oven, and a Type C Micro SD card reader. Bob gave me a hardback copy of The Bowser Family History, a Ninja smoothie maker, USB flash drives with a carrying case, and a battery backup for my electronic devices.
For Christmas dinner Bob prepared a spatchcocked turkey that he grilled on the pellet grill.
The turkey was delicious! Accompanying the turkey was mashed potatoes, stuffing, broccoli and cauliflower, and cranberry sauce.
It was a quiet, but nice, Christmas. We didn’t mind spending the day just the two of us.
I hope all of my readers had as good a Christmas as we did.
It is the morning of Christmas Eve. We have a White Christmas Eve morning, as there is a light dusting of snow on the ground. It doesn’t appear that we will have a White Christmas, as the weather forecast calls for rain and temperatures well above freezing today and tomorrow.
Since late April a calico cat has been frequenting our front porch and back yard pavilion.
We shared the above-displayed video and photograph of the cat on Facebook, asking if she belonged to anyone. One of my Facebook friends wrote that the cat might belong to one of our neighbors, who moved into the neighborhood in late 2019 or early 2020. I found that neighbor on Facebook and sent her a message via Facebook Messenger. On May 4th we learned that our cat visitor belongs to our neighbor.
The name of our neighbor’s cat is Lucky. She is 11 years old and a rescue cat and is classified as a Tortie with white, not a calico! Lucky was an indoor cat for years before her family moved into our neighborhood. She went outside and has absolutely loved it, so she stays out quite a bit.
We absolutely LOVE having Lucky visit us. She is very friendly and loves to be petted.
We believe that the tomcat is feral. He is standoffish and won’t come anywhere near us. Thankfully Lucky is spayed, so there are no babies in Lucky’s future.