Why wasn't I available? Well, I have a job, a brother who needs my time and some wee folk wanting to do our traditional activities.
When Bugg was here for Advent she noticed my bare tree and said she wanted to help decorate it like last year, so she came on Friday evening and we decorated the tree.
Then it was time to turn out the gingerbread houses. I thought she would play on the computer while I put the houses together, as they are tedious.
No, she wanted to assemble and she did. How absolutely marvelous to have an accomplice in house building. That's a part of the whole tradition that I don't enjoy, and have mostly done single handedly these many (25+) years.
Now, perhaps there were a few houses that looked like the crooked man that walked a crooked mile, but that concrete icing kept them together, and when they were covered in candy, who knew?
As an act of mercy to parents for endless sugar sampling, I took them out to feed and chase chickens and look at the creek and, oh of course, swing a bit.
Uncle Jimi continues to improve, losing one thing after another that he's connected to. He is still facing much rehab and difficulty stabilizing all levels all the time. Wow, six weeks.
For years, he was the calendar and flashlight man. Everyone over eighteen received a calendar with important family dates filled in. Those under eighteen received a flashlight. He believes he's feeling up to some calendar creating, so I bought the supplies this evening after spending WAY TOO MUCH TIME on the phone trying to activate that new phone. I was glad to see him wanting something to do.
That stirs a little flashlight memory. The first year he went the flashlight route he bought Rae Rae something girly. She was the first girl in a long string of boys and several boys followed. Lands, she was devastated. She wanted a flashlight like the boys. From then on, girl or boy, they all got a flashlight and they were always the favored gift of Christmas Eve at Granny's. I think they are all kind of sad when they turn eighteen and get a calendar.