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Christmas is Coming!

60 Degrees (F) in December ? There's something not quite right here!

sunny 52 °F

The remnants of squirrel-gnawed pumpkin can still be seen guarding sentinel on the steps of many Capitol Hill residences. Their days are numbered however as Santa, snowmen and candy cane decorations vie for territory on the front yards and stairs of the local neighbourhood. I've yet to spy a squirrel with a Santa hat but it's early days! Our own front porch is bedecked with colourful lights and an illuminated star. Indoors, we've put up indoor lights and decorated our tree from "Home Depot" with candy canes and colourful baubles. Yet, it still feels strange walking outdoors without a jacket and seeing other residents in shorts! We've experienced the odd chilly day and this week I actually had to scrape the car front window but it still feels unseasonably warm for this time of year.

John has now been over in the US for almost 5 weeks! We shot up to Philadelphia the weekend after he arrived to compete in the Philadelphia Marathon, (John, not me!). 3hrs 59 mins, 48 secs-not bad for a 60 year old! In between running, we took in some sights: the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Philadelphia Art Museum, made iconic by "Rocky" ascending the steps in the eponymous film. Needless to say I felt obligated to follow in his footsteps (at a slightly slower pace!). You haven't experienced "Philly" until you've eaten a Philly Cheese-steak-mmmmm...

We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration at the home of my colleague, Anne and her extended household. John was fascinated by the alternative cooking method for the turkeys - straight into the deep fat fryer set up out on the porch! Fortunately, the house didn't burn down and we enjoyed a delicious dinner followed by a highly competitive game of Trivial Pursuit with the Washington Redskins vs the Dallas Cowboys football match going on in the background, (Redskins won -yeah!).

We're off to New York to see the lights this weekend and the show "Nice work if You Can Get It" (G&I Gershwin)-can hardly wait!

Time to open another window on the Advent Calendar...

Happy Advent Season

Marguerite and John

Posted by mhwedwards 18:27 Archived in USA

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