At long last, here are some Christmas photos and movies I promised to post. First are some displays at the Zoo Lights: flamingos, a turtle, and a fountain. Thanks to Travalon for taking these.
Here is the state Christmas Tree up at the Capital.
This is a beautiful winter sunset over the river:
We saw this crazy inflatable chicken that sort of looks like Trump at a Socialist protest we passed:
The next photos are of my Christmas tree ornament and Travalon's first attempt at glass fusing, a very cute dog. I tried photographing his on both a white and a red background and couldn't decide which I liked better, so I am posting them both.
This next shot is my coworker's Christmas cactus in bloom.
And here is the Christmas cactus I have at home in bloom.
I thought the Christmas tree at the East Side Club was so pretty.
Someone made a smiley face in the snow on this sign Christmas Eve. They must be a lot happier about the snow than I am!
Here are the presents I got for Travalon: a red panda and a miniature guitar that says "The Beatles."
And here are the presents he gave to me: an adorable Peruvian nativity set and a pillow of vintage streetcars in San Francisco.
This gives you an idea about the decorating Mr. Icon and the Brazilian guy did at Rich's house. I took some other pictures, but they weren't as attractive.
Some more flowers: the mini cyclamen OK Cap gave me for my last birthday is blooming again, and we got ourselves a free poinsettia when we bought one for Travalon's mom.
And apparently this blog platform will no longer let me load movies longer than a minute, so I had to put them on YouTube and then link them. First is a house in town that goes all out for Christmas:
And finally, the Holiday Train video! I need to edit this, because the first minute is kind of a waste, unless you enjoy the anticipation, and the last minute is a bit extraneous too. Still, the rest really gives you a great view of the beautiful train.