(The title of this blog is a quotation by Hamilton Wright Mabie)
I love the month of December. Not only because Christmas comes in December, but because Steve and I both celebrate our birthdays in December. Steve’s birthday is actually today (12/8), and mine is on Sunday (12/14). Because we both have birthdays in December, we often celebrate both on the weekend in between. Because I won’t be here for my birthday, we celebrated early with a delicious dinner at Lavelle’s Bistro here in Fairbanks. Lavelle’s is our ’special occasion’ restaurant as it’s quite pricey, but the food has always been good and the ambiance is quite romantic too. We both enjoyed dinner immensely, and afterward we took a drive around the downtown area to look at the Christmas lights on display in Golden Heart Plaza and on some of the stores and businesses.
I took this photo of the two of us before we went out to dinner:
Here is a pano photo of downtown Fairbanks, that I took after dinner:
Because Steve turned 60 this year, I also organized an impromptu gathering at Badger Den Bar & Grill here in North Pole. Several friends came out to celebrate, and to share in a meal and delicious cheese cake (Steve’s request, rather than birthday cake). It was very last minute, and also snowing, so we are both quite happy that they came out. We sang to him and I put one big candle in one of the cheesecakes so he could make a wish. It was an enjoyable night, and I know Steve was happy to have others celebrate with him.
At the beginning of the month, Fairbanks finally had a sizable accumulation of snow. At our house in North Pole, we measured about 7″ of new snow. Most everyone is happy about this, as we didn’t have much before then, and once our temperature plummets into the negatives, there’s the risk of frozen septic systems without the added insulation.