Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas 1

Christmas has gone on and on. I must break it into bite sized chunks. Christmas Day went down well. Nine people dined well, gave out gifts and then had pudding. Milky coffee coloured twin bearer niece cancelled the night before. Five months preggers with twins and you are not feeling well! How dare you! Her bright and bubbling personage was missed. Her half finished sentences and bumbling and blabbing speech were too.

R cooked a splendid feast. Our Hairdresser Friend gave R a tip. Cook the roast vegetables in duck fat. It worked. There was leftovers of everything, except for roast vegetables, much to my disappointment.

Mother asked what temperature we had out aircon on, as it was 36 degrees outside and quite ok inside. It wasn't really ok. It was too warm inside, the aircon was working at maximum and three times I pressed the 'powerful' button to get extra cooling. The oven was pumping out the heat, as were the human Highriser bodies who were very busy.  R and Bone Doctor argued nastily about the air con blowing on the dining table. R snapped and told me to turn the air con off. I refused. Nevertheless, Bone Doctor was wrong and R won a point score. Yes, the air con was blowing on a couple of people. I would have quite happily sat at those seats instead of at the head of the table :-P, and commanded a brother or two to do so also. Ah, they were sitting in those seats. I am not sure how it went so wrong between R and Bone Doctor. After everyone left, R was calling her for everything. Partly perhaps because she scooped up all the silver and gold foil wrapped chocolate dollar coins on the table into her bag to take home, as she did a couple of years ago. Charitably, I suggested maybe she gives them out to poor kiddie patients at her doctor practice. (Three days later, R got cheapskate BD to pay for our dinner. Tale to come)

Photos are important for blog posts. Dog Jack's mum has gone home for Christmas to be with her family in Launceston, so Jack is with us. Within the Highrise, he is great. Out on the street, not so much, as he tries to lift his leg on a bicycle, a car wheel, a building or a motor bike instead of grass and trees, and likes to take on a Rottweiler or two.

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  1. Is there anything guaranteed to generate more difference of opinion no matter the situation, location, environment nor circumstances than air conditioning? I don't think so.

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    1. Victor, in movie theatres, I hear old people complain it is too cold, yet it is usually warm or just right for me. Japan had a conserve energy policy when we were there and had set suburban public transport air con to 24, way too hot for us, but some locals even preferred it 24.

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  2. Bite sized chunks ~ you are killing us Andrew 😜

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    1. Carol, I only said that because I had run out of energy to write further.

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  3. Andrew it was a great party but temperature too high for me but it is summer

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    1. Gosia, I think I heard it was the hottest Christmas Day for a long time.

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  4. I am really glad that Christmas went so well. And squabbles over the air conditioning are minor in the scale of things...

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    1. EC, yes they were quickly over it. Two people trying to be too polite.

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  5. What is Christmas without friction! Do I detect there might be a four legged resident joining the high rise this next year?

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    1. Marie, without friction? Very peaceful. No, looking after Dog Jack occasionally suits us fine.

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  6. I am the last person in the universe to comment on the wisdom of eating hot food at Christmas, but surely 36c or more calls for salads, cold sea food, cold quiches etc. Just as partyish for the guests to look at, but at least the air conditioner won't go into a coma.

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    1. Hels, such is tradition is all I can say. When Mother dies, many things will change, Christmas dinner being one them, I should think.

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  7. There is nothing as good as a Baked Dinner on Christmas Day with the A/C on, fortunately we don't have the problem of cool air falling on us as we can shift our vents to suit where we are within the house.
    Not nice to take all the chocolate to ones purse - rather rude.
    Hope all is well now between the family and R..

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    1. Margaret, you like me, have no doubt being doing for the whole of our lives and are used to it, but I could get unused to it for a platter of oysters etc. Yes, BD was here yesterday and all is well.

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    2. Good all is well. Last Christmas we had a cold lunch, was ok for a change. As you say we are used to a baked meal..

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  8. Nice that the day went relatively well. Scooping up all the chocolate coins is not nice, even if she does give them out to kiddies later. The right thing to do is ask if it's okay to take them and say why. Manners are so important and more so at Christmas lunches when people may already be stressed from preparations etc.
    My kids have been roasting their vegetables in duck fat for years. I keep meaning to try it myself, but just don't do much roasting anymore.

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  9. P.S. think of Aussies 100 years ago, holding on to the English traditions and sweating over a wood fired stove to get all the cooking and baking done for the Christmas feast, with no air conditioning, no electric fans and probably dozens of flies, all cramped into small kitchens and small living rooms.
    We complain, but we have it far easier these days.

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