Christmas 2012 @ Karnes (dt)
For the tenth consecutive time, a
December Saturday has seen several paths of car lights
heading to Weed Road, turning up the Lane and past the
decorated trees (ten years larger) to scale the driveway,
arriving at the Karneses for another worthy chapter
of the DP8 Christmas Saga that started in 2003.
==> Maipe 2010 Malbec Reserve
==> Maipe 2011 Malbec
==> Beringer White Zinfandel
==> Lamberti Prosecco
==> Celebration beer
==> Scotch, available
==> fire-roasted tomato and pesto cavatelli with fresh shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
(a worthy course, Deb K, and a worthy change of pace)
==> four layer Whoopie Pie Cake, with a marshmallow-butter-cream filling and topping
==> Coccadotts cake of two enormously-tall layers of moist vanilla cake, with a pure white icing generously decorated in the Christmas spirit
==> coffee & tea & after-dinner drinks
food is the stated excuse for our gathering but, in
reality, the friendship and sharing is the core. And it
shows in a number of ways:
|The gift exchange continued
our Grinchy-Santa tradition. We picked our numbers, with
#1 (Ken) picking first; #2 opening the second but able to
steal the earlier gift of someone else, and so on;
finally, after #10 has stolen, or not, #1 has the final
Attention: Judy did not steal, despite promises. Deb K stole a basket, and Ken pilfered some wine.
Topics included: Kens very impending retirement; the Monteverds waiting for a grandchild; Deb Ks job, stress, and new office worker; lack of snow this year, so far; recommendations for furnace repair, plumbers, etc.; Michaels somewhat lengthy opinion of and experience with dermatologists; heart ailments; watching a house while on vacation; trips to DC and grandkids; school (sorry, Chay); how awful retirement has been for Kriss (not); C-D building decisions; Nathans addition and Debs efforts, and more that has flitted beyond my remembering.
Again, thank you, Chay and Deb, Ken and Kriss, Tim and Judy, Michael and Sheila, and Don and Deb for another golden glow of an evening. Merry Christmas.