A Very Quiet Christmas

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 262019

I hope everybody had a very Merry Christmas . How did you spend your holiday? Visiting family? At an RV park Christmas dinner? Did you go out to eat someplace?

We had a very quiet Christmas here at home, just the two of us. We started the day snuggling in bed like we always do, just enjoying each other’s company and not having to be anyplace or do anything in particular.

For breakfast we had some of Miss Terry’s delicious made from scratch cinnamon rolls. Folks, I don’t care where you have ever eaten cinnamon rolls before, or how good you think they were, nothing compares to these. They are thick and loaded with cinnamon and raisins and nuts and frosting and just melt in your mouth!

How good are they? Many years ago we were at the campground at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona one Sunday morning when Terry decided to make some cinnamon rolls. Just as she put them in the oven, our friends Barry and Jan Kessler called to tell us they were at the Escapees RV Club’s Saguaro Co-op in Benson, about 40 miles east of us,and asked what we were up to. I told them Terry had just put cinnamon rolls in the oven, and just about the time she was taking them out, they were knocking on our motorhome’s door. Yeah, they’re that good.

We are both still dealing with our ongoing pain issues and didn’t really feel like doing much, so that’s exactly what we did – not much. After breakfast I spent some time answering emails, then went through the 6,500 words I had written the day before in my new Big Lake book, making some changes and punching things up a bit. Then I talked to my daughter in Arizona and my son in Alabama, wishing them both Merry Christmas and catching up on what was going on in their lives. We had a couple of other phone calls from friends around the country and chatted with them for a few minutes.

Somewhere around 3:30, Terry came in my office and asked what I was up to and I told her not much. She mentioned that she almost felt like taking a nap. Terry never takes a nap in the middle of the day, though I’ve been known to spend some time in my recliner. But I swear, I’m not napping, I’m working out plot points of my head for one of my books. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Anyway, we decided to do something we very seldom do, we got back in bed and napped for an hour or so. I know, lazy, right? Hey, don’t judge us! We are officially old people, we can do what we want, when we want.

As I have mentioned before, quite often we go to a Chinese restaurant for Christmas dinner, and we had talked about doing it this year. But as the day wore on, neither one of us really felt like dressing up and going somewhere. So instead, Terry defrosted some spaghetti sauce she had previously made and fixed us a pasta dinner. While she was doing that I knocked out another 1,800 words in my new book. After dinner, we spent the evening relaxing in our recliners, watching television until bedtime. Like I said, a very quiet Christmas.

Before I close, I want to congratulate our amazing daughter-in-law Geli, who was just named Clinical Director at UAB Medical West hospital in Bessemer (Birmingham), Alabama. Terry and I love this girl as much as if she was our own daughter and we are so very proud of her.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – If you help someone when they are in trouble they will remember you when they are in trouble again.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “A Very Quiet Christmas”

  1. 1. Congratulations to Geli. 2. I understand naps…. never used to but at 84 I don’t seem to have a choice! 3. Cinnamon rolls are my very favorite thing…. is the recipe in Terry’s cookbook? 4. We spent Christmas with a couple of very dear friends. I fixed a prime rib roast (first time). It was good but not perfect. Will try again sometime. Had a really nice visit anyway, and a phone call from my son in Indiana (we’re in Florida) finished the day happily. 5. Do you still send an “author’s newsletter”? If so, can I add my granddaughter to your list?

  2. Norma, Here is a link to the recipe for Terry’s cinnamon rolls https://gypsyjournalrv.com/2011/01/overnight-cinnamon-rolls/

  3. Thank you, Nick, for the link to Terry’s cinnamon roll recipe!

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