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Borrego Springs, CA

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A soggy holiday weekend

It’s been wet and overcast for days now, so this weekend was pretty laid back.  I actually spent yesterday afternoon watching the entire Lonesome Dove mini series to the sound of rain on the rooftop.  That’s a pretty boring day for me.  Emma has been so bored that she ripped apart her stuffed duck.  She’s had that for a couple of years, but it’s in the garbage bucket tonight. 

I think even the wild barn owls are tired of this weather.  One of those owls sits under the eave of the community building and coughs up its pellets onto the cement area in front of the door.  These pellets are usually like small compact eggs consisting of indigestible bones and hair.  Well, this morning’s deposit was a only slightly digested mouse.  Yuck!  Bill and Carol saw a barn owl sitting on a post just next to my rig last night.  I wonder if that’s why I’ve had a decrease of mice in the rig this week.  I hope it perches there each night.

At least this afternoon we were all able to share a Christmas Dinner in the community building.  That was definitely the highlight of the day.

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I volunteered to get and cook the ham so I could make my favorite raisin gravy.  Luckily, Bob stepped forward to carve the ham for me so I could work on the gravy.  Raisin gravy is a once a year treat for me, and I sure do enjoy it.

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I was in culinary heaven with side dishes of mashed potatoes, a baked pineapple garnish, green bean casserole, broccoli cheese casserole, hot rolls, cranberry, pecan pie, and a chocolate pudding/angel food cake dish to go along with the ham and gravy.  I don’t talk about food very often, but this feast was delicious!  There wasn’t a thing on that menu that I didn’t like.

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Good food, good company, and good conversation warmed the cockles of my heart.  I hope you all had a heart warming day as well.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

20 comments:

  1. And that raisin gravy was delicious! Thanks for sharing Anahuac NWR and Christmas with us.

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  2. We have just about had our fill of Cabin Fever..Would you believe we watched the whole damn rerun of Lonesome Dove, too?? Hoping for better weather this week...I'm about ready to rip apart my stuffed duck too!! ...but...it's a wonderful life...

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  3. When I finished lunch today I swore off food forever. You just re energized my appetite again with the pictures and description. Merry Christmas.

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  4. What a perfect way to celebrate - good food and good friends. I've never had raisin gravy but it sure sounds good.

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  5. I went shopping with my dgt and granddgt yesterday & hubby watched the Lonesome Dove series...LOL! And he would love to see that barn owl and its pellets -- even the slightly digested mouse! We need that recipe for the raisin gravy:)

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  6. Looks like a great meal and great fellowship...sorry it rained so much.

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  7. Did you know that when your amongst friends, they say Christmas calories Don't count. Hope all you Friends Enjoyed a Merry Christmas.

    It's about time.

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  8. Those were sure some fine eats. Not a single undesirable thing on the menu.

    Thank you so much for inviting us to stay on! The weather hasn't been the cheeriest lately, but Anahuac has a soft spot in my heart now. We think on to Padre Island next, trying to catch some sun. I have started to mildew.

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  9. It all looks so yummy.
    Merry Christmas.

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  10. Maybe the owl would have digested the entire mouse if it had a helping of your raisin gravy on it... ;c)

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  11. Lonesome Dove is one of my favorites. I can't count the number of times I've watched this great western. We have been wet and soggy here for the past several days but not complaining as we need the rain.

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  12. Hang in there Judy and Emma. We are supposed to have sun and warmer weather headed our way early this week. I think we are all sick of this un-Texas like weather. You may have to share that raisin gravy recipe.

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  13. Merry Christmas to you and Emma and the gang!!..looks like you had a great day!

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  14. Great looking dinner with some good friends..

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  15. Never had raisin gravy - I will have to give that a try. Sounds like something my family would love.

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  16. OH NO!!! Emma ripped apart her stuffed duck!!!!! Go get her a Badger, before the Ducks rip them apart in the Rose Bowl game. (Sorry, couldn't resist a shameless plug for our hometown football team, the Oregon Ducks!) Happy New Year to you.

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  17. Sounds like a just-right Christmas.

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  18. Glad you had q great day, Judy. The food sounds wonderful. It does us good to have a feast one in a while. Did Emma get a special treat??

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  19. Looks like a great day..at least you didn't have duck on the menu, but just ate with them instead! ;-)
    And yes, we're all ready for the sun - especially my poor leaky RV!!

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