A Quiet Christmas

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 262020

How is everybody doing today? Did Santa Claus bring you everything you wanted for Christmas? If not, maybe it’s because you are not a good little boy or girl. But then again, being naughty has its benefits, too. Right?

We had a quiet Christmas here at home, just the two of us. The morning started out with a group video call from my daughter Tiffany and her family in Arizona and my son Travis and his wife in Alabama. That was a lot of fun, and we got to see all the grandkids and just had a good visit. It’s not the same thing as getting together in person, but we do what we can given the current situation.

I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to work yesterday, so I didn’t. Instead, I spent some time doing an online jigsaw puzzle, chatted with a couple of friends on Facebook, and basically just goofed off. Sometimes it feels good not to do anything.

For most of the years that we were on the road as fulltime RVers, our Christmas tradition was to go to a Chinese restaurant for Christmas dinner. But since we haven’t been to a restaurant since March, we didn’t see any reason to change now. It’s kept us alive and healthy to this point. So instead, we decided to cook some steaks on the grill. Terry had gotten a couple of nice ones at the local meat market, and I wheeled our big stainless steel grill out of the garage and fired it up. The steaks came out perfect and were absolutely delicious.

Terry also made some of her amazing cinnamon rolls, and a couple of hours after dinner we had them for dessert, and that’s exactly what they were, amazing. I took a plate of them across the street to our neighbors Jesse and Jennifer, and a little while later Jennifer sent me a message raving about how good they were.

We ended the day watching the Christmas special of Call the Midwife on PBS. Like I said, a quiet, laid back Christmas.

And while we may be in Florida, the cold front that came through this area had me thinking we were someplace much farther North. The 11:00 o’clock news last night said the temperature had dropped 28 degrees from the same time the day before. I don’t doubt that for a minute.

Terry and I don’t usually exchange Christmas gifts, because when we want something we just go get it. However. I did buy her an AeroGarden kit that included the Bounty Elite Artisan indoor hydroponic gardening system and a separate smaller Sprout system, along with plant food and seed pods. which actually arrived a while before Christmas. People have been asking me how the stuff she planted is doing, so here are a couple of pictures. The first ones, from left to right, are thyme, Genovese basil, and chives.

And these are cilantro, cherry tomatoes, and Italian parsley.

And, last but not least, are the strawberry plants. They have already gotten several flowers on them and are doing great.

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Thought For The Day โ€“ If my wife bought me a Taser for Christmas I would absolutely get curious to see how it feels and taze myself, which is why my wife didn’t buy me a Taser for Christmas.

Nick Russell

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

  6 Responses to “A Quiet Christmas”

  1. Glad you had a Merry Christmas.
    With all the White Stuff and FFFFreeeezing Temps we’re getting I’m sure you prefer Florida.
    It still sounds like you had a busy day.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  2. Robert Ledoux

    I see you made sure that the green stuff didn’t touch the “real” food. :-}

  3. If i bought my wife a Taser for Christmas she would want to try it out on me,……so i didn’t buy her a Taser. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Those strawberry plants are coming along great! (There are not a lot of plants that I recognize ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Terry, your plants look wonderful. Enjoy. Happy New Year to you and Nick. Be safe.
    Lynn Cross.

  6. Robert Ledoux, that was Terry’s plate. No green stuff on mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

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