I have hit a reading slump lately. I’m still up with the baby once a night or so, and sometimes he has trouble going back down, or I do. So I am tired, and pondering “weak and weary” as Edgar Allen Poe would say, but sadly, not over “many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.” I can’t muster the energy, and I seem to have exhausted the literature on Neanderthals and early humans. I welcome reading suggestions. I did, however, read The Raven several times, and forced some of my children (including one who had expressed interest in the concepts of rhyme and meter) to listen to my read-aloud performance of the poem. It’s a long-time favorite.
We are coming into the “bleak December” as Poe would also call it — rainy, cold, the trees bare, but no snow. The good news is that we’ve been going to play and walk at the new house, and the yard still looks lovely, even in its winter condition, so I’ve been feeling happy about that…well, until I got stung by a wasp while I was sitting on some old stone steps. I have no idea how a wasp was even still out in November but I have the giant welt and red splotches to prove it. Better me than the kids, I guess.
Thanksgiving highs and lows…I made my sister-in-law’s secret family recipe rolls. Since we weren’t celebrating in person, she shared the recipe and then hosted a zoom session to teach how to make them. I thought they came out pretty well! The 12 pound turkey took 2 hours longer to cook than the instructions said it would, and since my husband and I were the only ones eating it — the kids all filled up on rolls — we have a lot of leftovers. My little brother and his fiancee had an 18-lb turkey for just the two of them so they really will be eating turkey for a while. My husband tried a new stuffing recipe and it came out better than the version I’ve made in my past few attempts, so that’s a win.
I did pretty much no black Friday shopping as my credit card number was compromised, and through a long string of unfortunate events, I still do not have a working replacement. I guess on the plus side this is one way to resist the sales!
We went to Longwood Gardens and saw the beautiful Christmas lights, trees, and poinsettias in the green house. The kids fought a lot, which made me quite unhappy, as this was supposed to be a major item on my holiday fun list. But I wound up getting a ticket for just me on an upcoming weekday. I’m considering it an early present to myself. We also went to see the Morris Arboretum’s garden railway, which was just a little jewel of sparkling lights. We trimmed our own tree too — putting all the ornaments at least two feet off the ground so the little guy won’t pull them down. I’m sure he’ll be be trying to eat a lot of needles though!