Merry Christmas!

LOCATION: Housesitting outside of Weaverville, near Asheville, NC

WEATHER: Clear and mild. High about 50

We awoke to this drop-dead beautiful sunrise over the mountains…This is the view from our bedroom:

This has been a very stress-free Christmas season. We didn’t buy any gifts, and weren’t around for any parties.

But, we did hang stockings on the mantel in front of the fireplace. (Later we found that Santa had placed oranges inside!)

Our daughter worked from 7am-3pm at the hotel. I brought her back here for Christmas dinner. She told us tales about customers not demonstrating the Christmas spirit!

DINNER: We enjoyed Christmas dinner at about 4:00. Our chef daughter did the cooking. We had debated the menu for quite awhile, not wanting anything too traditional. Also – not wanting something big with lots of leftovers. So, we settled on seared scallops. Very good. Then, Brussels sprouts baked with goat cheese and bacon as a delicious side. Asparagus grilled on the grill were terrific (compliments of George). Then, the best part was a salad made with smoked salmon, capers, and a yogurt/dill vinaigrette.

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