2021 Life Logs, Day 360: On the Second Day of Christmas
Date: Sunday, December 26, 2021
Weather: Overcast, Windy, Cold; High Temp 37, Low Temp 26 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

On the second day of Christmas, I did what I had planned. Almost nothing. I started a new jigsaw puzzle that I got for Christmas from Heather. It is a 1,000 piece puzzle made from family photos, mostly of my five grandchildren, but also of Heather, Jed, Justin, and Jo. I have another puzzle that I need to complete by January 16th before my next Dining-in Group gathering, but I just really wanted to start the family puzzle today. And so, I did. I’m thinking of working on both puzzles at the same time, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

It felt colder out today that the thermometer indicated because of the wind. Right now it is 3 degrees F outside, but it feels like 24 degrees. I walked with Shadow, but it was the kind of windy winter weather that makes your face feel icy cold. Not an altogether delightful walk, but not really miserable. I also made a trip to Williams Sonoma in Mashpee. The one thing that both Heather and I forgot to buy for Christmas was Christmas crackers. Christmas dinner was just not the same without popping the crackers and getting our paper crowns and little ‘gifts’. I went today to buy some for next year thinking they would be on sale. They were. But there was only one package of twelve. When I go into town to feed the Goldstone kittens and Zuzu the guinea pig tomorrow morning, I will stop in a few other shops and pick more up if they have them. That way we will have a supply and not have another Christmas dinner without Christmas crackers.
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I ended my day by watching my very favorite Christmas movie, White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. I love it because it is just such a good story, plus the Haines sisters remind me so much of my two older sisters. My oldest sister, Margie, was married when I was born, so old enough to be my mother. But she was a glamorous woman who loved nothing better than wearing satin dresses and dancing on table tops. The youngest Haines sister, Judy, reminds me of her. My other sister Patsy was five years younger than Margie. Her 1952 high school graduation picture has always reminded me of Rosemary Clooney with her blonde pageboy. Patsy was not a party girl. She was the level-headed one like Betty Haines in White Christmas. So, watching White Christmas always brings a flood of wonderful memories.

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