|This photo is on the highway going northeast from Vancouver. One doesn't usually see the mountains so clearly defined. On a rainy day you cannot see them. On a clear day it is usually too bright to see the mountainous outline.
|I love the wintery looking sun.
|The mountains are beautifully silhouetted today.
We ordered Chinese take out for one dinner and had more than enough for two meals for all of us. I did eat in a restaurant for dinner on one night. I had spaghetti and meatballs instead of the usual fare and it was a nice change. For Christmas Dinner we again ordered take away turkey dinner. The dinner included freshly roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, gravy and toast. My niece and nephew's late mother used to make waffles on Christmas Day so in honour of that we also ordered waffles. My brother did all the running back and forth to the restaurant and the room, which was nice of him!
|These farmlands are between 1 and 1 1/2 hours drive northeast of Vancouver.
After dinner and gift opening on Christmas Day, I took my niece to see the movie "The Hobbit" in 3 D. It was a very good film and I look forward to the sequel. Seeing a movie with my niece on Christmas Day is a tradition. I used to take my mother to the movie on Christmas Day as it was the one day of the year that she would venture to go and see a movie. But she hasn't been able to go to a movie for some years so now I take my niece. My niece loves popcorn and she looks forward to an annual movie with her aunt (and sometimes other members of our family too).
In between all these activities, we also spent a lot of time visiting my mother at her residence and trying to make sure any errands and jobs she needed help with, were done. We put up some decorations and photos for her and generally helped her get organized. If all goes according to plan, my brother will return next month for a shorter visit with her as he picks up a medical lift chair that mom used to use. I will either keep it at my home and use it or try to sell it.
|Seeing mist on the mountains always reminds me of the movie of Diane Fossey, "Gorillas in the Mist".
|We are getting closer to our destination and the sky is breaking clear in a few spots. I love the winter wonderland all around us.
I had a difficult time on this trip. Some of you might remember me having had numerous issues with my right knee. That issues comes and goes but I can usually manage quite well. However, the night before I was to leave for my Christmas trip, I had such enormous pain in my left leg and I could barely walk the next day. The pain and compromised walking continued the entire time I was away. I almost cancelled my trip but I did manage to rally myself and get out of town. Anti-inflammatories and over the counter pain medicine did not help.
When I checked in at the motel, the clerk mentioned that she had a similar knee experience to mine. When her doctor sent her for a leg scan it was discovered that poor blood circulation had blocked her veins. The solution was to put a stent in her veins but she said she still suffers from pain. I do not know if this is my problem but it certainly sounds like it could be. All along I had been thinking my knee problems were caused by arthritis or muscular issues. I really do need to get my doctor to check it all out.
Since I managed to get away on the Christmas trip, I also tried my best to enjoy my time. I had a lot of help from my nephew and my brother in managing with the daily tasks and for that I am very grateful.
|I spotted the moon coming out and managed to capture it before it went behind the clouds.
I am now back home now. I'd like to rest but I have an eye appointment in the morning. I really don't feel like going but it is better to get it out of the way before my many appointments coming in the month of January.
|I love to see the moon wherever I go.
I hope you enjoyed the photos today. Have a marvellous and safe New Year's celebration if I don't visit with you before then.
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