Monday, December 25, 2017

White Christmas.

Pam Schwartz and I are in Iowa for Christmas. On Christmas Eve it started to snow and it snowed all day long. I set some time aside to paint the view out of some bay windows that overlooked the property. The house is on top of a hill that overlooks all the land around it. There is a pond down at the bottom of the ravine in the direction that I was painting. There was a fine dusting of snow all day. I was pleased to find out that there was a brush on the tablet that easily paints snow. 

The Christmas tree had been set up with care and the next morning the presents under and next to the tree would be unwrapped. All the open fields became white encrusted in the snow as we rode to grocery stores for holiday supplies. On Christmas Eve evening we had a 15 pound NY strip loin roast that was amazingly tender along with cheesy potatoes and green beans with bacon. I gave Pam’s brother credit for a pan full of roasted water chestnuts wrapped in bacon that were delicious, that had really been made by Pam. 

Relatives come and go in waves and the family chats in the living room, warm from the snow outside. We often gather at the table to play board games. The sun has just set and online sites track Santa’s progress around the world. His sleigh seems to always be in flight. He never seems to and drop off presents. There is only an electric fireplace here in Maquoketa, so he must have to be good at breaking into homes to drop off his presents.

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