Christmas eve and my new desk is still messing with me. The keyboard slides around on the glass despite measures to keep it still.
The weather is warm for this time of year but it may snow today. I must drive a long distance to pick up my husband at the airport and he wants me to take along the dog as she loves traveling. Yesterday was his birthday. Tomorrow we’ve dinner for guests and I’ve much to do before leaving for the airport.
Shopping for last-minute items like cream, but also I ran out of gallon zip-top bags. Also prepping anything I can so tomorrow is easier.
Today I found and re-ironed an ancient handmade family tablecloth with lots of linen and lace. It’s on our glass table right now and looks like I’m a great aunt. I love it and have used it before in a different space but I prefer the lean lines and meld of older and contemporary that we have here.
I believe I’ll serve Christmas dinner on a bare glass table with my mother’s china and serviettes from my mother-in-law hand-embroidered with drawings and names of herbs, all expertly ironed. Hors d’oeuvres will be my marinated Kalamata olives, toasted and spiced Marcona almonds and a French and Italian cheese plate. On hand are my mother’s “nut bowl” which I’ll use for crackers, and two Greek olive wood planks from whence they were purchased, for the cheese. Olives and almonds will find another venue, bowls from somewhere.
Dessert will be a trifle with lemon curd and berries, set off by pannettone. I cannot make it until today as I need to place beverages and trifle on the balcony to refrigerate. The capon has been in the refrigerator over 12 hours and is still completely frozen. Mon Dieu!
Must take the dog out now. Duties. I’m glad we’ll get another two minutes of sunshine a day because I really don’t like having to use a flashlight to pick up after her in the dark. Yes, we do the doody thing, because it’s right. That’s another story. Happy Christmas Eve for those of you who celebrate it. Dee