Daily Archives: December 9, 2013

And So It Begins…

Motor Man and I began our Christmas celebrating Saturday.

We were invited to join friends in Richmond for dinner, to see Christmas lights and have dessert at the Jefferson Hotel.

One of our first stops was The James Center, a complex of shops, offices, restaurants, etc.  Right after I took this photo, I was approached by a security guard who informed me that professional photography was not allowed (nothing using an adjustable lens camera). Hundreds of people were taking photos with their cell phones, but I couldn’t take pictures with my camera. I’ve sent an e-mail, asking why it matters if you take photos OUTSIDE with an adjustable lens camera. I’m sure there must be a good reason. So, please enjoy this “bootleg” photo.

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Anyway, on to the restaurant, Pasture, where we had a wonderful meal, and our server even took a photo (with my “professional” camera) of our group .

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From there, our next stop was the historic Jefferson Hotel, where we had dessert.  Motor Man and I had Cinnamon Chocolate cake with White Chocolate Ice Cream.

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This was Motor Man’s and my first visit to the Jefferson. It was built in 1895 and is breathtakingly beautiful, even more so decorated for Christmas.

Santa’s sleigh is made of gingerbread.

gingerbread sleigh side 12-7-2013 8-21-03 AM

The Christmas tree is 28-feet tall.

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Motor Man and I stopped beside it for a photo.

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In this next picture with me are Donna, Shirley and Linda, three of my dearest friends. Allow me to introduce you: Donna and Shirley were classmates of mine in school. Linda and I worked together many years ago and have remained friends. (The three of them live in the same neighborhood and knew each other before either of them knew me.)

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Motor Man and I were delighted to be invited to join our friends for this evening of fun. (Thank you to our hosts.) It was a warm, wonderful way to begin the holiday season.

~These Days Of Mine~