Monday, December 27, 2021

Saying Goodbye to 2021

It's been pretty quiet at the Dixon house. Trying to keep Jim healthy so we can get the radiation taken care of. 

One Sunday night, a family from our Ward had their second annual donuts and hot cocoa drive thru at their home. They started it last year because of the pandemic. It was a lot of fun even though the house was hard to find down a dirt road in the dark.  They even had a snow machine going.

On one of our many trips to Scottsdale we saw this beautiful tree in bloom in December. 

We also stopped at a McDonald's for lunch in the truck and this guy or gal decided to join us. I have no idea what this bird is. A grackle maybe?

We have a resident silver fox here in our park. Our neighbor took this picture. 

One day when I couldn't stand staying at home any longer, we picked up Mickey and Ginny and headed out for a treat. I had seen a spot on TV about AZ Chimney Cakes and they looked fantastic. 

Chimney cakes are a Hungarian dessert called Kurtoskalacs. This Sweet Bread is freshly baked to order with a crispy crunchy outside and a light fluffy dough inside. They are cylinder shaped with a hollow center, resembling a hot smoking chimney when it comes fresh out of the rotisserie oven. 

Then they are filled with your choice of fabulous flavors.

Christmas Eve day it rained, and rained, and rained, and rained. In fact we had 1 1/2 inches of rain. It wasn't a hard rain most of the time and that soaking rain is exactly what this dessert needed. The Spring flowers ought to be gorgeous.

On Christmas Eve I cooked a ham along with fruits and veggies to go with it. We invited our friends Paul, Key, and Paula. Key called in the afternoon and said he wasn't feeling good so he didn't join us. We had a wonderful time but I only have one picture and that was of the dessert Paul brought. Delicious. 


Christmas day was very quiet watching football and Hallmark movies. 

Sunset picture and clouds sitting on the Superstitions.

Our friend, Jeanne, made sourdough bread today and she shared some with us. She is an excellent baker. The bread was wonderful and her cinnamon rolls are incredible.

We will be celebrating the arrival of 2022 very quietly and full of hope for a world filled with more understanding and patience.


  1. Just catching up on your blog and all the stuff you got going on. Wishing you both a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year,

  2. You had a bit more rain than we did but looks like we are in for some very cold rainy days.
    Wishing you and Jim a very healthy New Year!

  3. Grackle I'd say
    Very cold and snowy. No one coming so Doug took the decorations down. Happy New year.

  4. Wow! You guys had way more rain! Nothing measurable down here! I like your last paragraph,...."quietly and full of hope for a world filled with more understanding and patience."

  5. And a big Amen!
    I’ve got to have one o hose Chimney Cakes…it looks and sounds so yummy! Te skies have been so amazing the past few days…one of my favorite things abut living in AZ. Happy New Year Sandie and Jim. And keep us posted!

  6. Sounds like you had a very nice Christmas. Those Chimney Cakes sound pretty darn good.
    A world filled with more understanding and patience is a wonderful wish.
    Keeping you both in our prayers.

  7. It sounds like a lovely time. I would love to try that baked concoction. Keep safe until Jim gets his treatment and the New Year will look so good.

  8. That tree in bloom at Scottsdale looks lovely.
    Will be celebrating very quietly and full of hope for a world filled with more understanding and patience...... this is the need of the day.
    Have a safe New Year.

  9. I am far behind in leaving comments but I have been sending healing thoughts your way. May a few miracles com your way during this new year.


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