Thursday 31 December
We decided to venture out to Karolyn and Jim's house for a party to celebrate the last day of what has not been a very fortunate year. We cheered up immediately when we entered and saw the perfect 50s white Christmas tree with purply-pink lights, and the green one decorated with figures of pirates, bananas, Buddhas, Einsteins, aliens, and other celebrities.
Karolyn had kindly set out a comfy chair and ottoman so Holt could relax, and had even more kindly spread a generous table of homemade specialties like gravlax, "grandma-style" mushroom and roast pepper-olive pizza, fried cheesy olives, and various crudités. We drank punch and prosecco, and toward midnight, sparkling Gruet and blanc des noirs, along with the new layout of sweets: Holt's two sorts of biscotti (orange-almond and coffee-chocolate), and Karolyn's shortbreads, brownies, snowballs, gingersnaps, and rum-soaked fruitcake.
We made it to midnight, and came home happily to a sparkling new year. So thanks, Karolyn and Jim, for starting 2016 so sweetly for us!