Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas time in the City!

Well, we got our Christmas tree up and decorated...

Heeheehee - that's the Rockefeller Center tree. Ours is a bit smaller and definitely thinner. After all, we live in a crowded one-bedroom apartment. There's not much room to add in a tree!

Nonetheless, our tree is loaded with ornaments that Mom's collected from her travels. To the left of the San Francisco cable car is an ornament from Sorrento, Italy. There's also a hula dancer, an Alaska Eskimo, a Colorado moose, a Texas cowboy, a skier from Vail, Napoleon, Henry the VIII, pink houses from Bermuda and no fewer than 5 Eiffel Towers! And of course, Santa in a New York City taxi cab!

Mica and I got caught cuddling on the couch. We have NEVER done this, but hey, it was cold outside.
Mom couldn't believe her eyes so she kept snapping away. Shhh, we're trying to sleep here!

We've got our creche set up over the fireplace. Mom whitewashed our brick fireplace after the apartment was painted. You'll notice who got his stocking up, and in prime position for filling.

Our neighbor's granddaughter Liola came over on Saturday and she and Mom made our traditional Scottish Shortbread. Except Mom made the first batch with wheat flour and it came out too D-R-Y! I got one piece and the rest went into the bin. Don't mess with tradition! Our family recipe is very simple and very delicious - just flour, butter and sugar. That's it!

On Sunday afternoon, we went over to the playground to play in the snow! Mommy threw my orange ball (thinking that an orange ball would be easy to spot) and it disappeared into the foot of fluffy snow. (We did find it about 30 minutes later!)

I'm light enough I can scamper across the snow like a bunny rabbit! There was a big standard poodle named Duke there that I played with and he brought a tennis ball which was easily swiped!

Here's Duke in action! We had a great time playing together.

This cute little girl was there with her Daddy. She was a quick learner when it came to throwing the ball for me!
But all good things must come to an end! By the time we got home, the long hair on my legs and chest were covered with ice balls so....into a tub of warm water to thaw me out. At least it wasn't a full bath - just my legs. Still - the humiliation of it all!

Counting the days until Christmas!!!


Bobby said...


Sunny,Scooter, (sometimes Jamie) said...

What a pretty tree! Mom has never seen New York City at Christmas time but it looks magical with it's big tree and ice skating rink and all those beautiful store windows that we have only seen in movies.(Mom was there once a very looooong time ago and did get to see the Statue of Liberty)
We digress as we always do.
Don't you find those snow balls annoying Petey?? We bet by the time you got home you were nearly one big snowball!
We wish you a very Merry Christmas Petey and to your dear mum too.
Sunny,Scooter&Shamus aannnnddd Jamie

Clive said...


Your Christmas tree is lovely and we love all your decorations. It's very special to have decorations you have collected over the years.

That shortbread recipe does delicious - we must try and make some but someone gets a bit mad here about how quick things get eaten that she has spent hours making! Two dozen sausage rolls disappeared last night shortly after they had come out of the oven!

Anyway, enjoy your snow - you looked like you were having a great time. You were very close to Mica though on that couch - you wouldn't catch me so close to Tinkerbell!

love and woofs

ps-we sent a little parcel over to you today - we're a bit behind with our Christmas post - the postmistress was particuarly grumpy - she really doesn't get that I'm allowed in her post office - so we hope your parcel reaches you eventually! The NSLM insisted on putting in two little mice for Mica, don't worry not 'real' ones although there was plenty in the pet shop! There is a piece in the IGDB magazine we sent you about Irish Guide Dogs in New York - we thought you might be interested in reading it!

Golden Samantha said...

I think your tree and fireplace look totally lovely and festive! New York looks just so pretty dressed up in a big, fresh snow!!! Petey - you look wonderful in the snow... or... resting the the kitty! My mom gets all excited if our cat and I are lying side by side - it rarely happens hehee! Have more wonderful joy playing with your ball and Duke and others in that gorgeous deep snow!
Hugs xo

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Petey
So glad to read that you're enjoying the run up to Christmas with some real Scottish shortbread! And yes, shortbread with wheat flour is SO WRONG (remember, the rule for making true Scottish food is that you always chose the most unhealthy version of any particular ingredient!!)
Cheers, H.
PS from Gail - a new red coat for Hamish has been ordered from Lands' End, and we're hoping that it arrives in time for Christmas.

Tama-Chan, Benny, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

It sounds like a perfect NYC pre-Christmas. Your decorations are lovely, and good job cuddling with Mica!

Dexter said...

Think of it as a soothing whirlpool massage, not a bath. You don't want the ice on your belly to melt and make cold water, do you?

I bet you loved looking for the balls in the snow. Lots of terrier digging action potential.


Gus said... scammed a Tennis are great!


Lucy-Fur, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

I won't tell about the cross-species napping, if you don't! Looks like you had a great time in the snow!

*kissey face*

doyle and mollie said...

woah everyone has snow and i'm stuck with grass - what a pain and i do mean that quite literally arf arf
have a spendid xmas and my momma says to tell you she thinks yor ornaments look awfully special

Lorenza said...

I saw that tree on the tv, Petey!
Yours are very nice too!
All that snow makes me feel nervous!
Kisses and hugs

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

That is a very pretty tree, Petey, and how nice to remember all the special trips with ornaments. Wish we had gotten snow like that:(

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Petey Dear....I had soooooo much fun in that snowball fight...!!! Next time I'm gonna use a wet suit and snorkel!! And that Mango...dumpin' all that snow....sheeschsch!!!

The tree is ROCK A FELLA Center is hoooooooge!!! We love all the ornaments on your should post that shortbread recipe...mmmmmmmmmmmmm....

Kisses dear boy!!!


Sophie Brador said...

Ah Petey, You and MIca are so cute together. I sure hope he is feeling well these days. I really miss you dude. I bet it would be so much fun to run for tennis balls in the snow with you. I'm sending big smoochies for you and your mom and your kitty brother.


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Isn't snow SOOOO much fun!?!

Mom is drooling thinking about the shortbread...she's made it in the past...maybe she should make it again soon!

PeeEssWoo: I pretended NOT to see the snuggling with THE KHAT!

Noah the Airedale said...

My goodness look at all the snow. We like your tree Petey. We hope you Mica and your mum have an awesome Christmas.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Petey, your tree is just lovely........have you got a Cairneagle terrier ornament on it? You just reminded us to put our ornament from Florida on ours :o)
I'll be back soon, before Christmas, for a kissy under the mistletoe, hehehe *blushing*
Lotsa love and smooches,
Your Rosie-Posie xxxx

TwoSpecialWires said...

Hey, Petey! Thanks for not giving up on us when we were gone (for soooo long) and away from our people. We are happy to be able to come back now and catch up and see all the adventures you've been on. It looks like the days leading up to Christmas were good! And, wow, what a Christmas tree you had! We even saw it on TV. (Too bad it's gone now, but we heard that it was put to good use.... so cool.)

Jake and Fergs xxoo