Friday, December 28, 2012

The Post Christmas Post

Well that sure went by in a blur! One minute I was worrying about Karsten and Diana driving over wintry roads to get here, and the next I was worrying about them driving over wintry roads to go back home. They made it here and back safely, so thankfully all that worrying was for nothing. However, it turns out my concern for our Christmas tree was justified.

Kellen and Anita found a nice tree for us, and I bought some cheap, dog-safe ornaments to put on it. The first day the tree was up I saw Fergus trotting straight to his crate. He only does this when he has something he shouldn't. I went to see what he had and, sure enough, he had nabbed one of the ornaments off the tree. I was a little bit surprised he had been able to get it since I had hung all the ornaments quite high on the tree. When I went into the living room to hang it back up the mystery was solved. He must have jumped up and grabbed it, pulling the tree over as he tugged it off.




It was hard not having Rebekah with us in person for Christmas, but we did spend some time with her via Skype. She had sent over a box filled with goodies, and she got to watch each person open up their gift. She had already opened the gifts we had sent to her. I was happy to see the Woolly Wormhead hat I knit for her fit!




Of course, it wouldn't be an authentic Hammond Christmas without at least one thing going wrong. The first thing that didn't go according to plan was the turkey. It was truly the most dried out, tasteless bird I have ever eaten. Road kill left to bake on the highway in the hot summer sun would been better than what I served my poor family. And this was a turkey that cost so much that when the cashier rang it up the man in line behind me actually gasped.

The turkey was the lead up to the Big Disaster, which happened on Boxing Day morning. Well, actually it happened on Christmas night, but David neglected to mention it to anyone.




The hot water tank broke. The only good thing I can say about this is at least it happened the day Karsten, Diana and Anton were going home rather than the day they arrived. The cost of the new hot water tank certainly put the cost of that turkey into perspective.


Top left to right: Rebekah modelling her new hat and her texting gloves; the Skype gift opening with Rebekah;
I had to beg for everyone to pose for this picture in front of the tree!; Fergus giving David a Christmas hug

In spite of the bad bird on Christmas and the cold water on Boxing Day we had a wonderful time together. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends!

32 comments:

  1. hoooo boy I am glad to see you could still find the good in all that bad...some days it is just like the world is out to get us...

    Merry Christmas and happy new year to you!

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    1. We really did have a nice Christmas, and the turkey was more funny than upsetting. But the hot water heater is another story entirely!

      Happy New year to you, Karen!

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  2. we had a mini flood due to a faulty ball cock on the loo, lots of moping up. Sorry your bird wasn't very good, I'm not a turkey lover always find it on the dry side. Your tree reminds me of the 1st year we were married, and 2 kittens, that tree got stood up so many times that we took it down on Boxing Day. Lets hope all your mishaps are behind you and you have a great 2013

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    1. Oh no! Sorry to hear about your flood. Hopefully it didn't damage anything. I think kittens are actually worse than puppies when it comes to Christmas trees because they can climb. We had a good time in spite of the mishaps, and I hope you did too in spite of your flood. :-)

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  3. OH MY GOODNESS!! Well, for bad luck it happened in mostly good ways, I guess! But how lovely that you could all be together, even if Rebekah had to Skype in. That's a mighty fine-looking family you've got there. And Fergus, oh that Fergus. Good thing he's so adorable. :)

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    1. I do have a fine-looking family, but you wouldn't know it from these pictures. :-) For some reason I hardly took any pictures over the Christmas holiday, and so it was slim pickings when it came time to find something to put up on the blog. I'm glad you made it through your day. I was thinking about you!

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  4. I can't even handle pictures of Fergus! He's so funny. Sorry about your hot water heater. Most of the fights in my house revolve around the repair/cost of them.

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    1. Fergus is funny, but he is also a handful!

      I don't think they make things as well as they used to. This house isn't even 10 years old. There is no way that hot water heater should have disintegrated like it did. Sorry to hear you have had similar trouble.

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  5. Skype Christmas. That's a great idea. Still not ideal, but such an improvement over a long-distance phone call.

    Do water heaters ever go bad during warm weather? I've only needed to replace them during winter months. Maybe it's just me. I don't mean this in a dismissive way, but for the Hammond's this sounds like it was kind of a tame holiday. :) Hopefully this is the start of a new trend towards no disasters (other than the occasional puppy hijinks--Fergus is such a little scalawag!).

    Sorry about the expensive bird. When we have a dry one, I end up having a little more cranberry sauce than usual with it. We bought our turkey late this year and got a great deal: a $45 fresh bird for $18. I was a little worried, but it turned out okay. I think. My wife is a good cook, but tends to overcook meat (to death). I may no longer be a good judge of what's dry and what isn't. :P

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    1. You made me laugh! Yes, it was a rather tame holiday. Tame, but expensive. I hope you are right about it being the start of a new trend. :-)

      Have you had to replace many hot water heaters? Am I being unreasonable in thinking it should have lasted longer that it did? This house was built by the original owners not quite ten years ago, and it seems to me that a hot water heater should last twice that amount of time.

      My cranberry sauce to turkey ratio was very high.

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    2. I've been told that at 10 years one should look at replacing hot water heaters, regardless, because they're simply not trustworthy after that. (Our house is coming up on 10 years old, so we've been looking at all sorts of things.)

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    3. Thanks for that information Kate. I wasn't aware that they are only supposed to last 10 years. You are in a much better position because you can shop around rather than having to rush to replace something right away.

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    4. Kate's answer is good--the newer models should also be getting more energy efficient as time goes by. Although, my brother tells me that high-efficiency gas furnaces don't last nearly as long as the more basic models. The same may be true for water heaters.

      My dad's was well over 20 years old when we replaced it--but that was a long time ago. I've had to replace two myself, but I don't know how old they were (we'd moved into older homes).

      Happy New Year, Kristie!

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    5. I was told the same thing about the high-efficiency gas furnaces. My parents lived in a house for over 35 years and I am sure they never replaced the hot water tank. It was gas, not electric, but I don't know if that makes a difference. They had to have it repaired, but never replaced.

      Happy New Year to you too, Rick!

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  6. Awww.. I was hoping one of us would have a good turkey! John's even talking about throwing out all the dressing. So sorry to hear about the hot water heater. Ours went earlier this year; thankfully, we rent and it was the landlord's bill, not ours. :)

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    1. The thought crossed my mind that our turkeys probably came from the same turkey farm. I think there was something wrong with ours. I have never seen so much fat come off a turkey before. It was practically floating in it when I took it out of the oven. Was yours like that? It would have been a much bigger disappointment for you simply because you had invested so much time preparing yours.

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  7. BUGGER!! I have to admit giggling to the tree though, water tank - not so much!

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    1. The tree incident was hilarious, but yes, the water heater wasn't funny at all. Oh well, we all had a nice time and that's the important thing. It looks like you had a wonderful time, judging by the pictures on your blog!

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  8. We're still in Christmas mode as my sister-in-law is up (she had to work over Christmas). We opted out of turkey altogether, doing a lovely roast beef on Christmas Day and a yummy ham tonight.

    Sorry to hear about the hot water tank - thankfully there wasn't major flooding?

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    1. I like your idea of having roast beef. I might switch to that next year. We get 1/2 a beef every year so I have a freezer full of it, and I know it is good (unlike that turkey!). I hope your second celebration with your sister-in-law was nice!

      And no, thankfully there was no flooding. There is a drain hole in the area where the water tank is, and it was a fairly slow leak.

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  9. We had a hot water tank explosion early this year & it was a nightmare. I feel for you.
    Thankfully you were able to enjoy the holiday with people you love. That makes up for the not so great happenings.

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    1. Explosion?! Yes, that must have been a nightmare. Ours just slowly leaked all night, and we have a drain hole next to the heater so there wasn't any damage to anything around it. How does a hot water tank explode? Did you have insurance to cover any damage?

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  10. Kirstie,
    I'm sorry you had mishaps with the turkey and boiler and Fergus jumping up the tree! How wonderful that through the internet your daughter s=could share some of Christmas with you.
    Sarah x

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    1. We had a few things go wrong, but overall it was a very nice holiday! And Skype sure makes it easier to connect with family who are far away. :-)

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  11. I think it's important to have disasters for the holidays. Otherwise our children will have nothing to talk about.

    No hot water is not fun. One year (my inlaws live out in the country and have a cistern) we were visiting my inlaws and had no water at all and it snowed so we couldn't get out. That was awful too. But we all remember it, and if we're feeling particularly annoying, we remind B's mother about it.

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    1. The only thing that would be worse than no water would be no roof over your heads! I can't imagine being snowed in with no water. I like your point about the disasters giving our kids something to reminisce about. It is so true!

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  12. What a lovely Christmas you had! (Except for the hot water heater and the bad turkey road kill.) I just love that Fergus! He can come to my house any time (though my feline girls would eat him for lunch!) Someday I would love to skype with somone...... maybe you and I should try some time??????

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Do you have a Skype account set up? That's the first step. Once you get that let me know what your user name is and we can try a Skype call. Be forewarned - Skype makes people look rather odd. :-)

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  13. Sounds like a lovely Christmas! I really need to start skyping with my out-of-state family. I fully intended to do that, but my first try was less than stellar.

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    1. Skyping has its good and bad points. The good thing is it is free. Another good thing is you can see the person you are talking to. Of course, this is also one of the bad things, as it makes people look very strange. There can be a bit of a delay when talking on it and that takes some getting used to. But overall I have to say I like it for circumstances like Rebekah living in Korea. I don't think I would use it for regular long distance calls though.

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  14. Love that shot of Fergus and David! Naughty Fergus, I hope that was the only incident with the tree. And ouch re. the hot water tank ... why do these things always happen when one's just paid for Christmas!

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    1. That was the only tree incident. Thankfully the dogs got used to it after the first day. Between your vet bill and my hot water tank bill we both ended up having an expensive Christmas.

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