The good news was that Bernice enjoyed a wonderful Christmas get-together with the Ten Have-Chapman side of the family in the greater Rockford area while we spent Christmas day at Dick and Dorothy's in Douglas, MA, along with Frank, Cathy and Mieke. Friendly, family, tasty food and a warm house in winter. A pretty good way to spend December 25.
|Susie and Mieke|
|dining in the sun room|
|cauliflower soup - Dor is the queen of soups!|
|Cathy wondering how she got involved with such a crazy crew|
|Dick querying Mieke|
|beef (or boeuf) bourguignon, mashies and green beans|
Another tasty meal two days in a row, this time Dorothy's classic meat loaf and mashed potatoes (de rigueur), accompanied by lots of smiling faces (compliments of Mallory, Dick, Susie and Steele, all of whom led the field that evening in happy faces).
|Dorothy and Mallory in the kitchen|
|Dick and Steele sharing a moment of a tale well told|
|Daughter and father|
Two days later we were out again for dinner, this time a simple four-block walk to Andrea's apartment. Joined by Andrea's mom the inimitable Barbara F. and Dick and Dorothy the four of us shared a lively evening of good wine and scrumptious food: slow-cooked chicken with root vegetables. It was a quiet, star-studded night as we strolled the 5 minutes it took us to get back home.
Not a bad way to spend a Christmas week totally unplanned and yet so completely satisfying.
|Barbara and Susie|
|Dick taking a break from papers and grading|
|Dorothy tells a story that captures Dick's smile|