Today I made merry in Lawrence with my adopted family. The Huff girls. When your mom and sisters are far away for the holidays it's nice to have a mom and 2 sisters who can stand in at the drop of a hat.
Half of us feasted on the egg salad on toasted rye with avocado, pickled radishes, and arugula. The other half slurped up spoonful after spoonful of spinach and potato soup with gruyere cheese and home-made croutons. But, since we are family we all reached across and grabbed bites from one another.
We discussed my mitten garland and Marti brought fire-breathing dragon mittens she made many moons ago. See the delight on her face? I wish you could have heard the sweet memories those mittens brought back in Jennifer and Nancy. THIS is why people knit. This right here.
We also ate pie. Pear/cranberry with walnut streusel, coconut cream, black bottom pecan, and blueberry rhubarb. If you are going to the Bluebird Diner downtown on Mass street in Lawrence Kansas, you MUST eat pie.
We discussed the sweetness of being a grandmother (great aunt, great grandmother), places to go antiquing, why it's a good idea to bring home your leftovers even if it's only 2 bites worth, and other important things like that.
In doing all of this we crossed 6 things off the Christmas Rules list.
If only I had thought for us to do a Huff family Christmas carol performance then it would have been seven!