These are pictures from Iowa, Monday, December 27th. A hoarfrost had developed on the trees and plants that was quite striking and beautiful. My family went for a brief walk ‘around the block’ later in the afternoon. I put ‘around the block’ in quotation marks, because I associate blocks with cities and this tiny Iowa town has a population of maybe 600 people. My two sisters are running at me in the last shot. I miss them a lot and wish we lived closer to each other, though we pick up with each other easily enough whenever we reunite.
It was a time of good food & games and music. I received some nice gifts including some books (yay!). I also received the not-so-nice gift of a cold (thanks Dad!), under which I am currently suffering. I came home on Tuesday night and worked on Wednesday and Thursday. I am very glad for the day off today, in which I can blow my nose, read and write blog posts, and laze around until a low-key New Year’s celebration at my cousin’s house tonight.