Let’s Play Catch! As in Catch-up! From Christmas Eve to Susan’s Birthday!

We got a dog
but more about Freddy later.
Our Traditional Christmas Eve Family Party was a great success.
We served homemade lasagna and baked mac & cheese,
shrimp cocktail and homemade rye bread and kielbasa,
cocktail turkey meatballs,
cheese and crackers, wine and beer.
Here is a photo of Susan and I before our guests arrived:
 On Christmas Day we went to Susan’s sister-in-laws home.
Susan made her special creamy mushroom casserole:
I got to photograph one of my favorite “model,”
My great-niece, Lauren:
We had left-over shrimp from Christmas Eve so on December 26th
I made a Thai Shrimp Stir-fry;
Gosh was it great!
On December 27th it snowed.

Snow falls
Three in the afternoon
Sparrows flutter at the feeder
Doves peck at the seeds on the ground
In summer I buried a sparrow
Injured by our cat
First I dug a hole in the earth
Placed the dying bird in it
I let the shovel fall too
Into the hole
And it was still
Quiet now
A red cardinal
Rises from the snow
Where in summer I grew
Peppers and eggplants
The sparrows rush away
Upon arrival
Of the cardinal
The BlueJay
I watch, I am

One evening we ate meatloaf;
made with ground turkey and apples and walnuts:

And on another evening
we ate Harira:

And we enjoyed a kale and mushroom pizza:

On December 31st we visited
the breeder and saw our new dog
for the first time.
And we celebrated New Year’s Eve
enjoying stuffed artichokes;
stuffed with kale and garlic and Parmesan cheese:

And roast chicken, asparagus, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce:

I woke New Year’s Day and gave thanks,
greeting the new year with great expectations.

Later in the day we celebrated
enjoying a roast beef dinner,
with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes with ricotta cheese,
and green beans with caramelized onions. 

On Thursday, January 3rd,
we brought Freddy home;
he was barely bigger than my shoe!

Freddy, named in honor my wonderful Dad,
 who passed away a few years ago; Alfred, aka Fred or Freddy!

Here I am on Sunday, January 6,
reading The New York Times
with Freddy; he is a smart dog!

What was cooking in Bruce’s Kitchen this Sunday?

  Susan and I are made a special meal for my son, Daryl;
 he graduated in December from University of Texas Graduate School
 with a Masters in Structural Engineering
 and leaves for Houston in a few days
 to start his new job at Fluor Engineering.
 We are all so proud of him—-but we are going to miss him so much.

Here is a photo of Daryl and his girlfriend, Julia,
taken on Christmas Eve at our party:

 So as a send-off we had cooking no-knead pear bread,
 two different sauces for pasta
 (Susan’s famous tomato sauce and a Pumpkin Parmesan sauce–a Christmas gift from Daryl),
 turkey meatballs stuffed with capers (a fav),
 and ricotta cheesecake with pine nuts and raisins. We’ll also enjoyed salad and wine.

Care for a piece of ricotta cheesecake cake?

Here is a photo of my daughter, Danielle, on Sunday afternoon,
 her Bella, and our Freddy.
 Both are mini labradoodles;
Bella is 35 lbs. and Freddy will be about 18 lbs.

And today, Tuesday, January 8,
is Susan’s birthday.
This morning I gave here a Birthday Card
 from “The Beautiful Card Shop,” an original print of this photo:

. Later, I’ll be making her a Special Birthday Dinner!

Why not visit “The Beautiful Card Shop;” Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! 

One last photo:
Susan and Freddy:

Now I must get back to work!
I have been commissioned to photograph an artist’s paintings
and I have also been commissioned to photograph an e-book cover.

If you are looking for distinctive portrait, nature, or documentary photography,
or someone you know is looking
for photography that helps to create a more artful and beautiful life,
please contact me.


5 thoughts on “Let’s Play Catch! As in Catch-up! From Christmas Eve to Susan’s Birthday!

  1. All the best to you and Susan Bruce! It is so crazy to have gotten back in touch after so long.. I remember when you met Susan.. your little apt and your wonderful photographic posts!What does Nadine think of Freddy? Happy New Year and I am glad that you are getting commissions!Cheers Karen


  2. happy birthday to susan)))) and welcome to freddy))) and on with this new year.i am amazed at all the special meals. i laugh at myself, how i eat, how i manage:) and i can’t imagine being…that well organized. i laugh again. i bought an avocado and cottage cheese today and am very excited by this. imagine this, bruce, i’m going to sprinkle them with mrs. dash! i know, i know, but it will be (for me) exquisite.much love to you and yours into this new year and much inspiration)))xoerin


  3. well, i didn’t think i was hungry but………………….i am now DROOLING.:) so nice to get a glimpse of your holiday… HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SUSAN! can’t wait to see what you’ve cooked up for her!


  4. If you do not live too far from Marci Southard, you might be interested in having me groom freddy–I groom a lot of the pups she sells and only groom doodles–I groom only one per day, in my home and it is a gentle and reassuring process. You can find my contact info on Marci’s website if you are indeed close by. Freddy is so cute!


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