The Day After



I have been a bit absent from the blog-o-sphere as of late.  I would like to tell you that it has been due to excessive social functions, too much fudge, and drowning in gifts.  Though my holidays have been entirely blessed, I am afraid my absence has been due to excessive Netflix, too much reading and way too much cooking.  

I should have taken down the Christmas decor today, but didn't get to it.  When I was a child, nothing was taken down until well past New Year's Eve.  Not sure this was due to Old Christmas in Appalachian families, but in today's time I feel a bit crowded and it must come down.  



It has been cold and is getting even colder.  My sweet English Pointer is here swirled in his blanket.  This photo echoes my sentiments of staying inside, cozy, and warm.  





Christmas Even had me feeling all Julia Child.  Coq Au Vin was on the menu and turned out great.  Yes, a large mess was made, but it was worth it.  



We have been blessed with fun, family time, gifts, and visits with friends.  More of that is to come and I hope you have been blessed with the same.  




Comments

  1. ...today is TOO soon to take things down!

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  2. Happy after Christmas to you, Michelle.
    I know what you mean about not blogging as mine has been sporadic in recent weeks, although a couple were pre-scheduled. We were "on the road" for 3 weeks from after Thanksgiving till the week before Christmas. It wasn't exactly a vacation, but more of an extended road trip that included checking the VA house and getting some minor repairs completed, then learning the closing date would not happen aa expected (extension requested). We did see friends in DC and attend the USAF band holiday concert there as well as attending out granddaughter's 1st birthday party in PA. While in VA he had no internet access at the house, so no time to read fellow bloggers holiday posts (drat).We were able to spend Christmas in our own place for the first time in several years and that was great! Hope your holidays were joyous and that the coming new year holds wonderful surprises in store (all good).

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  3. Christmas is over , now it is time to take all the doors, which always make me sad.. :)

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  4. Glad you had a nice day - and good food! I had today off and got everything down and put away. I even cleaned out some cupboards, so I'm feeling good about that. I love putting it up, but am happy to take it down and get back in order again. :)

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  5. You actually had too much fudge? That amount of fudge has always been a mystery as few have reached that point, you may want to publish how much fudge is too much to maybe one of those scientific journals!

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  6. I know what you mean about being missing from the blogosphere. It takes plenty of time in the search for photo-worthy subjects. Adding in the time to edit photos and post them, and then to visit the blogs of friends, the time just flies by. It takes away from reading and other non-blog pursuits. I think we all need to take a break from time to time to recharge the batteries.

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  7. On Boxing Day all packed away at my place always done it that way.
    Merle...............

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  8. Sounds a bit like here . . .
    Love all the boughs, lights, red . . .
    But when it is time, it is time . . .
    Undoing will happen as soon as I warm up a bit.
    Brutally, unusually, cold here right now . . .
    Happy New Days of 2018 . . . to and for you Michelle . . .

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  9. I thought I wrote the first few lines. As I walked back and forth yesterday I picked up a small thing or two and put them in a central location. Maybe its because they go up so early; at least in the stores.

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  10. Hello, I think I will take my decorations down the day after New Years Day. Your meal sounds delicious. Your furbaby is adorable all wrapped warm in the blanket. Sounds like you had a great Christmas with the family. Enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  11. It sounds like you have many blessing each day, which is as it should be.

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  12. i have such a mess to clean up today...nick has been home and finally back at work so a lot on my schedule around the house...what have you been netflix-ing? i got hooked on shameless a month or so ago and am almost caught up with the cureent episodes...don't you hate having to watch things as they come out once a week? haha...how did we ever do that...enjoyed all the photos...it has been really cold here too...merry christmas!

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  13. Sounds like you had a fun and busy holiday. Glad you enjoyed it.
    I TRY to wait until New Year's Day to take down the tree but don't usually make it that long.

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  14. I'm agreeing with the pooch - bundle up and stay inside. It is very cold here!

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  15. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Putting everything away seems like a big chore that many people would agree is not fun.

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  16. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! The older I get the less I like cooking so much, mainly because of the mess it makes. :-) I didn't have to do much because our daughter is a pastry chef and our son-in-law a n executive chef, and they generally take over at Christmas, which suits me just fine! :-) Love the picture of your dog all swaddled and warm. Hope you stay warm as well.

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  17. I keep my things up past New Year, since I think it's nice to have the decor up for that occasion as well. Wish you a pleasant New Years Celebration.

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  18. Excessive social functions, gifts, and fudge are all wonderful - but so are excessive Netflix, reading and cooking! In Vermont, outside decorations don't come down until the snow is gone (April) - lol. I'm not sure about indoor decorations. Ours will come down after the new year,

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