Elisabeth and George Three figured out the perfect way to keep Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle from acting like a lap dog upon their arrival at the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.
They handed over her Christmas present.
Peace on earth for the rest of us that Christmas Eve visit as the dog decided to pay attention to the hint-of-candy-cane-colors bone instead jumping all over the guests, causing us to say “get down” every other minute.
My talented daughter Elisabeth made great use of her creative side this year.
She transformed a six-pace of seltzer into a squadron of cool guys for me. I hardly want to break into their ranks for a refreshing drink. But I will. Oh, I will. In time.
And she knitted a pullover ear-warmer that looks just marvelous on my dear wife Karen, I must say. That will make walking from the car to anywhere more tolerable when the temperatures dip around here, as they inevitably will.
And Karen, while perusing a catalog, spotted the perfect gift for hockey-loving Elisabeth and George Three. They indeed did their popcorn maker built in the shape of the Stanley Cup given each year to the champion of the NHL. And that’s a big supply of popcorn George is hoisting in the time-tested hockey tradition beside the cup.
On Christmas morning, Ellie B was excited to see that there was yet another bag of gifts awaiting.
Showing the spirit and curiosity that’s marked her as our beloved rescue mutt since the day Karen marked her as our’s that day at Paws for the Cause in spring of 2001, she of course chose to investigate on her own.
The toy was nice, yes.
Of most interest was another bone to immediately replace the already gone gift from the night prior, a thinner but wildly long specimen I found in WalMart that measures some three feet long that’s already been buried in the backyard once. And been unearthed to bounce off our walls, leaving Ellie B looking much like a drunken bar patron bouncing off the walls on the way to and from the back door.
Karen and I were alone otherwise to exchange our morning gifts.
I was happy to see that she agreed with my judgment regarding my best for her.
My dear wife appreciated my work aggregating and putting together a photo album of the shots I took with my iPhone 6 during our fantastic five days in Colorado for the Miner family reunion. The pictures featuring her and her four siblings and their offspring and significants I placed up front. The scenic shots from Estes Park, our stops in Denver at the Zoo and Coors field and several trips to Rocky Mountain National Park after those.
At the end I threw in copies of the first and last of the series I wrote here about the trip.
I adored the set of four mugs Karen gifted me to replace my coffee cup the size of my head. That beloved morning companion had developed a crack in the handle, making it a dangerous grab every a.m. Now I have a sturdy new vessel for my morning home-brewed Dunkin’. My dear wife had found the exact manufacturer, size and shape.
I hope you all had a festive holiday in your part of the world.
How did you celebrate your Christmas? What was your favorite gift given? What was your favorite gift received?