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|Christmas 1998 found me in Port Orchard, WA again this year to visit my parents and sisters who enjoy the ever-changing climate of the great northwest...and we got another White Christmas!|
|Again, we left our Christmas tree outside (left) and well, it froze . . . Fortunately we got a live tree this year so it'll get planted...as soon as it thaws. We still had the traditional ceramic tree (fully thawed) and carolers though - here seen through the reflection in the china cabinet (right).|
|Our trip down to Portland was hampered by the recent snow and ice and the trip which normally takes about 2 hours, took 6 (middle)! However, we made it to Portland to visit our Grandparents and then came home, being delayed only briefly by the traffic on the ever-popular Tacoma-Narrows Bridge (left, right).|
Arriving back home, it was apparent that the snow wasn't getting any lighter, so my sisters and I made a Gingerbread house (middle). Actually, I just colored the frosting...
Meanwhile, Mittens decided to try to stay warm after the power went out for two hours...(right). Fortunately my Kodak DC120 digital camera can use batteries...
|The snow inspired me to make a snowman, er - well more like a snowbear with the new experimental face, nose, and food-coloring....so with my sisters' help, our 1998 snowbear was born (left). However, the freezing rain which followed after Christmas resulted in our snowbear having a bit of bad posture (middle, right).|
|Christmas this year found each of our family pets doing fairly well in the gifts department...Pierre (left) got a new fruit and nut treat stick and "NutraPuffs" (don't ask)...Muffin (left center) got new chewable meat treats which he is nuts about...Mittens (right center) got a new foam house-type-thing courtesy of Becky, and some new "Kitty Kisses" (cat treats)...Lady (right), well she got a new bucket of carrots...hmm...delicious.|
|Well, that's all for now for the Christmas 1998 gallery.
Mittens would like to ask you to go visit another part of the site so she can rest...!