Sunday, December 27, 2015

Happy Holidays.

Tanya calls me every day on Skype.  Luda can go home from hospital on Tuesday, which is good news for all. She recovered very quickly and is walking without pain.

We had "Catholic" Christmas, as Tanya calls it, dinner here.  Lina and Sveta came early and we baked cookies and prepared the meal.  Supper wasn't very English Christmas traditional but there was an overabundance of food, which is traditional everywhere.

Masha was off on a three day school excursion to Kyiv and L'viv.  Andrei had to work, as usual.  When you manage some 70 men doing security work there are always problems and all occur at night.  Tania and her mom came and of course Dasha.  We had enough food for 10, so I sent as much home as people would take.

Yesterday I ate the rest of the cookies so today I had to cook.  I made Enthusiasm Soup aka Refrigerator Soup.  The recipe I learned from my mother-in-law many years ago.

Tomorrow morning I am off to Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky to visit my friends Artur and Oksana for the night, with a stop off at a feedlot near Boryspol to check out Artur's client's feeding problems.  The owner will meet me at the train in Kyiv.  He is supposed to find me some boots.  Size 49 (13). I wish him luck. I am looking forward to the visit more than to the feedlot.


Christmas Cookies

Lina and Sveta, my sou-chefs

Family
Christmas morning view from our balcony
I'd have sung "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" but I understand it is now the official song of the American Republican and Canadian Conservative, Wildrose, and Saskatchewan Parties. 

14 comments:

  1. Not so sure about "White Christmas" and conservatives, but other than that, this all seems good! Hope you have a good 2016. (I couldn't start hibernating without checking in at your place.)

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Happy New Year, Rob. If the weather's nice, come out of your den once in a while and check in.

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  3. Merry Christmas! That's great news about Luda - so glad to hear it went well.

    And thanks for the belly laugh - 'a few snacks' indeed! We can't trace our ancestry back to the Ukraine, but Russian Mennonite on my mom's side is pretty much the same thing. If the table doesn't groan before the meal and all the dinner guests groan after it, you're doing it wrong. ;-)

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    1. Happy New Year, Diane. You give us so many laughs, I am glad to return the favour once in a while

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  4. it was 70 degrees here on Christmas day..but the night after it became cold and rainy....not my favorite type of weather..
    we had a great christmas and glad you did too.

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    1. Happy New Year, Jackiesue. Hope you were not in any of teh bad storms these past days.

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  5. I wouldn't have a clue how to use Skype.

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    1. Nothing to learning how, BBC. Great is you want to see whoever you are talking to. Like kids or grandkids. Have a great 2016. Stay above ground.

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  6. Know you will be glad when Tanya gets home. My wife and I have only been apart for few days in thirty-five years.
    You are right about a white Christmas - we didn't have one. We are having our first real snowfall today: eight to ten inches predicted.
    best wishes
    the Ol'Buzzard

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    1. When Maine doesn't get snow, it is a strange Christmas. Hope you got that snowfall you said was coming, though not so bad as New Mexico. Happy New Year, Ol'Buzzard

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  7. Awesome snacks! Merry Christmas to all!

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    1. Thanks, Jono. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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