Friend Tom sent this one....
...with original artwork inside. I'm lucky to have friends with a full spectrum of talents.
I put my Christmas Card processing off each year and don't get after it
as quickly as I once did....this weekend it was time. 1/3 of them on
Friday morning, the next 20 in the evening and the last 20 or so this
evening. This stack dropped off this morning on the way home from coffee at Diamond's. For those of you not on the Naughty List, they should be arriving soon.
According to tradition, Christmas Tree hunting begins (or includes) a stop at King's Place in Miesville, even if it happens to be out of the way, of which it was this year. I had the Umpire Burger this year, a break from my traditional Bleu Burger. The horseradish had my sinuses draining into my boots....but I'd do it again.
We decided to try a new place this year.....Mark's Christmas Trees in rural Red Wing. Circled is where our tree grew up.....
We got it home and I trimmed the lower branches off so that it would fit in our stand. It was so nice out, I had to take a break on the garage porch swing for a bit of respite, coming very close to dozing. The low southern sun comes in nicely under the overhang.
Where it will spend the rest of its days....decoration begun and complete once Ben gets home.
After the last of the Christmas Cards were written out last night, Peg suggested a film that she knew I'd like. Peg of course was correct, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was very much enjoyed, the scenery fantastic and had me looking up the Channel Islands because I just needed to know.....and had forgotten where in The Channel they were.
This morning, off to Diamond's early for another rousing session of coffee, a muffin and more great discussion and dialogue. We actually did manage to solve some problems and were sure to leave at least a few for next week's gathering.
On the way home, I was in the mood to stop at Duff's.....
I sampled (a stick and a half) the Smokey Beef while on the move before presenting this group at home to the rest of the family. Since we're speaking of food, you should know that sauerkraut production is in full swing in our kitchen; 3 batches, 3 flavors, one of these has way more kick than anything your grandmother used to crock.
I got out.....last weekend a few miles that really only warmed up the machine. Today, a real ride, almost 30 miles worth. Here I'm coming down our nearby Minimum Maintenance Road. I was foiled, almost making the top, too steep and not enough traction, those last couple hundred yards crab-steering. My new high mileage rear tire just doesn't have the required lugs that I should have for snow travel.
Pleasant doesn't do this justice....
I stopped in front of Old Frontenac's Villa Maria, soon to be a very busy place according to plans.
Like last week, another stop at the Frontenac Beach. I'm more patient than these ice fishermen are. I can wait....I was standing a ways away, zoomed in.
They're out there quite a ways .....further than it looks. When the ice is ready, I'll be out there too.
Some decent mileage was added today but it won't impact the 2018 pie chart. Instead, these are head start miles for the grand 2019 riding season to come, the chart stays as is.