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Anticipation!


‘Twas the week before Christmas and I’m starting to get a clue,

How this crazy world will get better, can you shout a big yahoo!?!?

Our house is decorated all nicely, yet there’s not a thing wrapped under our tree.

My hope is that Santa will do it; She comes through each year… exhaustedly!

We’ll pretty well keep to ourselves this year as traveling about is a no-no.

No fear, we’ll make quite merry, and dream of where in ’21 we will go-go!

This week is not for talking travel – not too too much anyway,

It’s about the hope that is coming, and the dawn that brings a new day.

We have to be ready; we have to be focused; we have to know what to do.

Play our part, be open, be kind and accepting, and let love’s light shine through.

Our young children have it so easy; we adults really not so much.

To Emulate the child’s wonder and joy, however, is always just the right touch.

Happy health, Happy home, Happy me, Happy you,

Happy Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Vaccinations (and vacations) too!

If you liked my attempt at poetry, you’re clearly kinder than you are a literary scholar! And just remember what your mother taught you about occasions when you’ve nothing nice to say. Nevertheless, I am always happy to hear from you good folks, so don’t shy away.

Over the coming festive weeks, whether you’re celebrating alone or with just a few friends or family, I hope you’ll try this wonderful Cheese Straw recipe from Susan’s dear Aunt Gerry. Enjoy!

1 Pound grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese; 1 Stick Salted Sweet Cream Butter; 2 Cups Flour; 1 Teaspoon Salt; ½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper; 2 Tablespoons Baking Powder

Mix all ingredients well. Use cookie press with an attachment for long, flat cookies. Press onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for 8 minutes on a low rack, and then for 4 more minutes on the upper rack. Let cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.

Should anyone wish to also liven the holidays with a good Brandy Milk Punch to both ring out some good cheer, and good riddance of this year, let me know, and I’ll share my Dad’s Christmas Day recipe with you offline.

Destination Inspiration: Finland

Wishing you all well!

-Philip