Since my blog posts have been somewhat sparse over the past week, I thought it would be a good idea to bring you up-to-date.

Let’s start with Christmas Eve which was last Wednesday. I had procrastinated and put off my holiday baking until the last-minute. No Christmas cookies for me this year, but I felt kind of kneady and baked a batch of Christmas Stollens.

DSC00942There’s nothing like digging in and taming a batch of  sundry ingredients into a smooth batch of kneaded sweet dough.  Thank God for food service gloves! They make hand cleanup so easy.DSC00943

I made a total of twelve stollens, and each one had a different filling.


After the first two came out of the oven, I didn’t have enough powdered sugar to make my the frosting that I drizzle over the baked goodies.  I only had a single cup left in an empty box.  But is was just enough to dust the completed stollens.DSC00945I only had enough aluminum wrap to wrap a single baked goody. Thank goodness the plastic wrap held out! And I’m usually real good at making out my grocery list. Thankfully, I did get all the ingredients I needed for my project.

Christmas afternoon I went to visit my younger brother and his family, and for the evening I moved on to my older brother’s family. Then I came home to my holiday decked home and spent the rest of the evening with Mlle. Renee, who had been waiting all day to open the gifts that Santa Paws had left for her.TreeTrim2

No, I don’t gift wrap Renee’s gifts because while she does like to open gifts, she likes to tear the boxes up even more.  And I didn’t feel like cleaning up torn paper.DSC05510

As it was, she did have to unstuff the Teddy-On-A-Rope before she would play with it.  Which we did over the weekend.

I also added two new decorations to my dual Christmas Trees.

DeckTheTree  and  DSC00952

Monday afternoon was my scheduled appointment with the furnace man to clean and check out the furnace. Bad news, he discovered three cracks in the heat transfer, which meant a system shutdown to prevent any carbon monoxide leakage. I should have expected something like that, since the furnace had served me well for between 25 to 30 years. Luckily, I was able to schedule a replacement for early New Year’s Eve morning. (This was the day the weather wizards had scheduled for the big winter temperature drop from cold to coldest.)

Thankfully, the furnace repair company was staffed with speedy repair elves and before noon they had installed …. not only my new furnace … NewFurnance  but also the hot water tank, too!  HWTank  Hey, the old one was older than the furnace. So all I have to do now is master the new thermostat for the furnace. NewThermostat

So, in a totally warm and cosy house, Mlle. Renee and I welcomed in the new year.2015BallDrop

At least from New York!NYEDOZE


We both missed greeting the New Year’s arrival locally.HappyNewYear




About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on January 1, 2015, in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT! and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Glad you got that furnace fixed! Love the photos of you and Renee napping. ZZZzzzzz.

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