Over the weekend, it snowed about 6 inches. As usual, we went for a walk. Here’s a bit of what we saw:
Earlier last week, Lars stopped running. He brought us to and from Massachusetts and even drove our little Christmas tree home. That was his last trip. We have had him looked at by reputable mechanics, but he refuses to start. I was very sad. As Tim told me, his spirit is driving the hills of Sweden. Below, Lars in happier times, bringing home our tree (aka Short Stack):
Upon Lars’s passing from this world to the next, we had to find a new car. After a lot of research, we went to Princeton, NJ to test drive a 2012 VW Golf. We loved it!!! It’s so much fun. And beautiful, and reliable! We will provide more photos soon, but blow is a quick snapshot of Klaus Dieter (pronounced Kl-ow-se; a good German name):
We will pick him up tomorrow night.
Today, it snowed another 6″ and went for another walk. It was very pretty and Christmasy. Below, a little bush outside of Shipley School:
That’s it for now!
We have returned to Pennsylvania. Fortunately, the ride back was uneventful and took only 5.5 hours. Not bad!
Last night, I had the pleasure of setting up my favorite Christmas decoration:
The Christmas goose is so important that it gets its own box (I don’t know what is included in the “etc” but no matter). It wears a scarf after losing its head at least 10 times. This year, it emerged from its hibernation unscathed.
Have a good week! PH Christmas photos to come.
We left Pennsylvania on Tuesday afternoon in an effort to beat the impending storm. The drive took 9.5 hours (it usually takes about 6). Tim drove the whole way and was so patient. On his birthday, no less! Below, our view for 4 hours in New Jersey:
We had a great birthday dinner with Andy, Mark, and Diane on Wednesday night before they headed to Maine on Thursday. Below, our high school Thanksgiving day rivalry on Thursday morning:
We went up to Uncle Mike and Aunt Nikki’s for Thanksgiving, which was so much fun. Below, Aunt Nikki with the turkey(s).
…and then we went to the Cape! Behold, lots of photos!
Above: Moz at Grumpy’s (homemade hash, eggs and beans), plugged in, Ross squishes me with his bony backside, Corporation at sunset, it’s not summer anymore, brazen wild turkey, cards after a spectacular meal at the Pheasant (oysters and swordfish), Ross reads his future, holiday shopping in Dennis village.
Last night, we had our annual post Thanksgiving Thanksgiving at the Js, which included excellent food, great company, and a certain Moz driving Jeremy’s GTI.
Today, I had a lovely lunch with Natalie and her nana, and Tim braved the crowds at Wrentham. It’s been a great break! We are heading back to Pennsylvania tomorrow. Back in 3 weeks!
My birthday was on Friday and have been partying it up ever since. We had a great dinner at Lourdas Greek Taverna, which was great. Tim brought me back to the house for cake and presented me with the following:
An amazing gift from Tim, Ross and my parents. Thank you!
On Saturday, we welcomed Ross back to the PH. Tim had a big afternoon, so we were just relaxing when there was a knock at the door. In came M and T, followed by J and C! What a wonderful surprise! I was flustered all night from all the attention. Some highlights:
Above: Ross and Tim, my beautiful cake from Viking, M’s handmade doxology hanging, my 30 tree.
Today, we headed to Baltimore for the Ravens v. Jets tailgate and game. Boy, was it cold! But it was so much fun. We were bundled up and had fantastic seats at the 50 yard line.
We relaxed in A.M. And S’s new Baltimore silo loft and had pizza and a funfetti cake! Yes, that makes three cakes in as many days.
I am so, so fortunate. A lot of people have asked if I am nervous about turning 30. The answer is a resounding no. I am blessed to have such a caring, thoughtful husband who took the time out of his very stressful schedule to ensure I had a special birthday (and makes me feel special on a daily basis), good friends who support us and celebrate with us, and generous family who love us unconditionally. I have a good job that allows me to work with interesting people, a warm and safe PH, a reliable car, a supportive church community, I could go on and on. I have so much to be grateful for during this thanksgiving week.
Tonight, I can’t help but think of the homeless people outside of the stadium. I hope that they can rest somewhere warm and safe tonight.
This weekend has been a bit of a whirlwind. Tim and I have been under the weather, but after some good news, are buoyed by possibilities.
We didn’t do a whole lot yesterday, just a lot of relaxing and outlet shopping. Tonight we went to St. David’s candlelit service in the old Church, which was refreshing and relaxing.
Here’s to a good week ahead.
Today I had an eye appointment with the formidable Dr. F. We were in and out in 45 minutes, which was unusual and appreciated. He said everything looks fine. Tim and I celebrated at Town Hall with a cappuccino. We also saw Josh and it was nice to talk to him.
It was a nice midweek break.
Above: At Town Hall (taken last year…too cold for short sleeves this afternoon!)
This morning, we went for a ride in New Jersey and saw some beautiful horses…
They were curious, sweet, and friendly.
We also saw a not-so-friendly, cranky bull. He snorted at me several times, which is bull-speak for “GO AWAY or I will ram this fence.” So I did. I took a photo of him from a distance:
Our ride was chilly and refreshing. We met a cyclist at the gas station who runs weekend rides. Hopefully we will ride with him soon. We took long naps and are headed to Wegmans tonight. A relaxing weekend–just what we need.
This morning, a patient gave me half a loaf of homemade date-nut bread (the PT got the other half, haha). Tim went to the store to buy the cream cheese and we had it for dessert tonight. The first bite reminded me so much of Grammie…it was both happy and sad. Thinking of her often, especially with my job. I miss her.
On the other hand, Tim has been listening to Christmas music, bursting into song and drafting his Christmas lists. Oh, what fun…
Wow, what a fun weekend!
On Saturday, we went to Lancaster with the B’s. They showed us a great time.
From top: Pumpkins on the way with M ($1.50 per pumpkin, you put your money in a little lockbox); a rest break at Lancaster Brewing; our letterpress Christmas cards from The Heritage Center Museum Print Shop, Lancaster–each card set by hand, amaaazing; Building Character (a warehouse with all local artisans and sellers–can’t wait to go back!)
Tonight, we volunteered for Trunk or Treat at St. D’s. It’s a two hour event for kids; everyone decorates the trunks of cars and hands out candy. There was pizza and scary organ music, too. Below, Lars gets into the spirit:
Have a good week, everyone!