Happy Christmas to You!
I've been out of commission here a few days, not feeling well and resting up. I've also been homebound, thanks to a truck with a rusted out brake line. For the past few days of churning stomaches and heavy thoughts the rain came and came and came. Many inches fell here in Washington county and the sump pump has been working overtime in my dirt floor basement. But this morning while doing chores the rain stopped. The sun came out and it felt like spring. The wind was warm and I was overdressed in a light sweater! I watched the light swirl all over the puddles and sheets of not-yet-melted ice and I couldn't think of a better Christmas Present. A day where all my friends gather together, eat great food, and its warm enough that I can leave for a few hours without worrying about keeping the wood stove going. I am about to light a fire here, just to fight off the damp, but the windows are open in the farmhouse and I am contemplating a morning of baking so I have some gifts to offer my friends tonight at dinner over at Livingston Brook Farm. I think a basket of homemade egg breads, all braided and coated in cinnamon and sugar would be a fine present. And I have a few jars left of my own farm's raspberry jam! There is honey in jars, lamb chops in the freezer, these are fine and wonderful gifts for friends!
I hope all of you are well fed today, warm, with people you love all around you. I hope the wine and liquor flow, your nog is egged, and the slow-cooked beasts on the table share enough for everyone to have seconds! I wish you all kindness and peace, forgiveness and acceptance, and most of all - a sense of good will the rest of this winter and into the hard work of spring. Seed catalogs are already here!
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