Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
– Mark Twain
One thing for certain is that I’ll never, ever part with my dreams of experiencing new skills or taking up past ones and trying to do better. I’m on cloud nine, because the big Xmas present this year is a new computer. The old one had a corrupted file that made it impossible for me to convert little movies for the web. I found that playing with codecs was not a good thing. I should have read up more on the subject before diving in like a drunken non-swimmer. But, I held myself accountable and admitted to my error. Anyway, c’est ici, the new HP laptop. I love it. Now I can morph away!
I went to a cookie exchange and had a good time. My culinary skills lack considerably, but I managed to bake six dozen snowy almond cookies. I used the convection feature on my oven and was delightfully surprised that they turned out. It was a fine feeling to know that six dozen cookies can be baked in one fell swoop. Should anyone get invited to a cookie exchange, you would be wise to ask how many people are invited. I had heard that one gal had to bake 13 dozen cookies for one gathering. She was in the kitchen for three days.
Christmas is one week away. My grocery list is manageable. Our traditional meal is standing rib roast and Yorkshire pudding. Yorkshire pudding is one huge or individual popovers drenched in fat. Yes, it’s going down cholesterol alley, but that’s my holiday travel. Other side dishes will be mashed potatoes, au jus,(not a dish but necessary) and Brussel sprouts, and lots of cookies for dessert.