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so this is xmas - adventures of a red-headed stepchild in the house of love
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djmermaid
djmermaid
so this is xmas
ya know, I'm just not all that jolly this year... even though I usually enjoy the season. the holidays, gatherings with friends, giving gifts to the ones I love... those ideas in themselves are actually kinda on the painful side, lately.

and yet... and yet, the essential goodness of taking time to be with people, eating, talking, relaxing, enjoying company and warmth is still there. and that's good.

jovino is generally not a big fan of xmas. I can relate, and this year particularly so. We decided to have an especially low-key year, and it was really quite lovely.

On the 24th, our housemate Usa offered to make us dinner, so we chilled out at home, enjoyed her excellent cooking, and exchanged a few gifts. The next morning we set off to visit Jovino's mom, who lives near Sacramento. We travelled via Amtrak, which took about as long as driving would have but was far more chill. The train was very pleasant and we enjoyed each others' company and the passing landscape.

When we arrived we had a veritable xmas feast. I loves me some roasted turkey, and everything was truly delicious. Jovino's mom made sure there were plenty of veggie dishes and awesome pies - not to forget her signature fudge - so we were all stuffed to the gills. She is a super sweet, friendly and energetic woman and always a real pleasure to be with. She and her husband also made a point of sending us off on our trip home with a huge bag of food, including fresh tangerines, grapefruit and lemons from their backyard trees, tons of yummy xmas dinner lefties, and even frozen peaches and cherries, harvested earlier from the backyard. How rad it must be to have lovely productive fruit trees right outside!

They'd declared *no gifts* so no pressure there. :-)

Instead we ate, chatted, lazed around enjoying hearth and home and took part in a lively and entertaining card game organized by Jovino's stepsister. Later in the evening, we drove out to a town called Franklin, where there is a house with an extensive light display every year. It's put up by a rancher (it takes him almost two months to rig the whole thing) in memory of his daughter, and was lovely, inventive, fun, and incredibly thorough.

This place is truly amazing and I wish we'd thought to bring a camera. It was his last night with the lights on for this year and we got there just in time to see it, though not quite in time to add to the Memory Trees, unfortunately. I'd really have loved to add hearts for both my mom (who died on xmas day in 1993, in Germany) and Allison. Nevertheless I was glad to get to see the beautiful lights, and I thought of them and sent them love. If they are out there, I know they know I am thinking of them, and how much I miss them.

Last night we stayed over and then came back on the train today, after stuffing ourselves once again on xmas dinner lefties for lunch and visiting Old Town Sacramento, which was just as touristy as you might imagine, yet still really genuinely cool. There's a lot of vintage architectural detail - something that I particularly enjoy (as does Jovino) and it was very pleasant wandering around.

Then we took the train home, had a LOVELY and HOTTT "nap" (saynomore!) and now here I am, on the couch writing this, in an old grey silk sweater, with my warm furry clogs and my santa pants (red velour tracksuit with white furry stripes) - all completely perfect for the occasion, if I do say so myself.

Life is good. Yeah, good. :-)

Next, to get ready for Twiggys (we have *2* days!)

I'm feeling: content content
I'm hearing: foompy/hissy/clicky heater (yay!)

8 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
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thecatsmeowww From: thecatsmeowww Date: December 27th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds relaxing :)

Sorry to hear about your mom :(

HUGS!!!
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: December 27th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
silverfae From: silverfae Date: December 28th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I just have to pop in and say that I love your icon. Looks just like my Ymir here.
thecatsmeowww From: thecatsmeowww Date: December 29th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh My.....yes, it does look like Ymir!!! What a beauty. :)
sabotlours From: sabotlours Date: December 27th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Holidays!

A quick question: Did you ever receive the 2nd check for the bunny suit? I was balancing my check book and noticed the check hadn't cleared.

*hugs both of you*
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: December 27th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, and to you! We love our little bunny carvings. :-)

We did get the check and I was pretty sure it'd been cashed, but will check with Jovino.

And we'll see you soon - in just a couple weeks!
jovino From: jovino Date: December 27th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as I remember, it's beed deposited. I have no idea if its cleared or not though. I'll look into it.
silverfae From: silverfae Date: December 28th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww. baby, that's sweet.
I love riding trains. I miss that from Europe.

I'm glad you got cozy and comfy.
I got a short note from Delilah, she has a tribe.net thing now. I was surprised to hear of the changes in her life, and it all sounds lovely. Sure wish I could do her retreat again.
8 smooches or Gimme Some Love!