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What I did on my Christmas Vacation

I may have been quiet over the holidays but I took a lot of pictures to share.

Anyone who has read any Oregon blogs knows we had a little snow in December. We had three big storms. I was here for the first two (and they were magnificent) but the last one was coming in right as I wanted to be on the road. So it became a bit of a race as I took off the morning the third (and biggest) storm rolled in.

Saturday morning saw me hightailin' it out of town just hours before the storm. And let me tell you what, it didn't look so hot before the storm. I did do a little fishtail when I got on the freeway. *shudder*

Eventually, if felt like I got ahead of the storm and I just had charming farm land to look at.

As I neared the Siskyou pass, I was a little worried about what I was heading into.

I cleared the pass with few challenges and it was smooth sailing from there. The Grapevine, just outside LA had some picturesque snow and fantastic skies.

All the holidays this year were wonderful and very special. I got to spend Thanksgiving with my nephews which was a treat. I don't get to do that often. So it was about 5 days straight of puzzles, giggling, the Wiggles, reading, etc. I loved every minute. We had a wonderful surprise at Christmas when some family was able to come visit from England at the last minute. My aunt is closer in age to me than my Mom so she is really more like an older sister. She married a Brit and moved to a charming English village about 12 years ago (her house has a name. How envious am I?) so we don't get the luxury of just hanging together much anymore.

This Christmas we got 5 whole days. It was great.

Everyone relaxed and enjoyed each other's company. Even all of the dogs (Two of them sharing a bed is a bit rare. But with 6 greyhounds in one house, beds were scarce.). How cute is Kayla's half smile? And she has the biggest, luscious lips of all the dogs. She is the Angelina Joli of greyhounds.

The British relatives were delighted at the winter weather in Arizona. We spent one afternoon out on the back patio yakking all day, noshing on tortilla chips, drinking cervezas (which was finally declared delicious by the Uncle. He admitted that in the sun, the cerveza was what you wanted, not the British ale). We took them out to a fantastic Mexican restaurant. If you are in the Phoenix area, I highly recommend Tradiciones at 16th St. and Roosevelt (actually, the grocery store there is fantastic too!). Terrific food and ambiance and the MOST fun Mariachi!

And finally, a long, over-due shot of the Noro stripe scarf. I wore it about every other day before the holidays. It has warmed up a bit now so all I can do is pet it as I walk by it. I'm a simple girl with simple tastes. And really unruly hair. How is it escaping being wrapped in a wool scarf?



You can start your own American tradition and name your home! Ideas:
1. The Kennel
2. Greyhound Acres
3. Wool Stash Arena
4. Noro Hideaway