Mean one thing. Too much water and problems with drains. It never seems to fail.

Quick menu update. Christmas dinner was only fair. I made a roast capon with lemon, rosemary and garlic. On the side we had a dressing made of sourdough bread, italian sausage, persimmon, apple, celery, onion, sage, rosemary and pepper, plus stock for keeping it moist. We also had roasted winter vegetables – butternut squash, carrots, red onions and sweet potatoes all coated in smoked paprika, olive oil and sea salt before roasting. I used the beet tops and some chard and spinach for sauteed greens with garlic and balsamic vinegar. Mashewd potatoes and gravy from the capon finished it all off. Dessert was chocolate dipped orange peels and something Grace made – blackberries toppped with ginger ice cream and a cream and chocolate sauce. We had Michael and Jennifer to visit since they are moving right now and had nowhere to have their own Christmas. Hopefully they are now mostly in their new place.

Somehow I have been simultaneously trying to manage working on vents in the house, fixing the drains, getting more of the fencing done and getting everyone ready to head to the mountains for a couple of days. Whew!