|osage orange & berry decoration at Shaw House|
|antique pots at Shaw House, including Jugtown pottery|
Both J & I woke up feeling badly one night. Feeling some better by morning, but still a bit under the weather, I took the day at a slower pace. I didn't feel up to vacuuming the house, but instead swept the floors. I read a bit of A Traveller in Time, which was shared by this kindred spirit, & managed to finally finish my quilt, good timing to keep us warm these cold nights. I ventured out to gather eggs, walk to the mailbox, & bring the chickens some of their mealworm treat. The treat was intended to be a Christmas present, but as it had gotten down to 19 with possibly colder temps coming, I decided they could use a few extra calories. As I dole them out a handful or two at a time, there should still be some left for Christmas. Ha... do any of you get your chickens a Christmas present? A small pumpkin bought for decoration for the hayride was given to the chickens another day.
A current favorite salad is our lettuce with pomegranate seeds, feta cheese & toasted pecans, dressed with a vinaigrette made using our berry syrup. With this, I cooked artichokes bought on sale, & had one along with our boiled potatoes. J prepared our turnips, & also had those. One night, J & I took turns reading aloud a Christmas story shared here. We've had intentions of passing long winter nights doing this for several winters, but as our choice of reading material doesn't often converge, this is the first time we've done it. I opened a bottle of port, which we'd both found out we liked on Thanksgiving. Sitting near the woodstove, reading & enjoying a little port made for an enjoyable time. Holiday baking has begun. So far, I've made sesame & peanut butter cookies. I colored my hair at home, & used homemade soap. Water tumblers were emptied into the humidifier on the woodstove.