Life Lately - December 2023

December 8, 2023


Hello friends.  Happy December. 🌲

Some of you may have noticed I've been missing from my blog for a few weeks.  I thought I would do a catch-up of what's been going on in my life. 

November was a busy month for me because I hosted Thanksgiving this year.  I was busy cleaning the house, planning the menu, food shopping, and cooking Thanksgiving dinner.  Thanksgiving was a big hit in spite of us losing our water heater.  It broke down early in the morning and we had to clean up a big mess in the basement.  I managed everything without having any hot water.  We couldn't get the plumber to come until Saturday morning.  I was so thankful to have hot water again.

We had over my brother and sister-in-law and their four kids.

My daughter made this beautiful charcuterie board.

I made some of the food shown here.  My sister-in-law made a lot of food and we had a lot of food leftover for a few days.  We had a meat and cheese charcuterie board, Italian bread, prosciutto bread, turkey, roast beef, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, mac and cheese, corn, cranberry sauce, and stuffed mushrooms.  We had apple crumble pie, pastries, chocolate pie, and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.

We were also dog-sitting Darcy and Watson for a few days for Thanksgiving weekend.  My daughter usually watches the dogs at the owner's house.  We had a great time with the dogs and it made me miss having a dog. 

On November 26, 2022, Bosco passed away.  I can't believe it's already been a year and we miss Bosco so much. 

In case some of you don't know, I took a trip with my daughter to London.  We left late Wednesday night 11/29/23 and arrived in London on Thursday morning of 11/30/23.  We arrived back home late Sunday night 12/3/23.  It was a quick vacation and I had a great time with my daughter in London.  I hope to share more about the trip when things settle down for me, so stay tuned.

   NOTE:  I'm also sharing in my Instagram stories @brklynhousewife about my London trip.

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  1. I've been enjoying your London pics. How fun for the two of you. I love London! Your Thanksgiving looked so yummy. That's crazy about your hot water heater! Those dogs are so cute! I bet it was fun having them stay. We all miss sweet Bosco!

  2. Oh I bet London was wonderful. It sounds like you had a yummy Thanksgiving but I am so sorry to hear about your hot water heater going that same day. I'm sure that added a bit of unwanted stress to your holiday.

  3. Wow Julie, sorry to hear about your hot water heater going out. Bad timing too. Looks like Thanksgiving was a big success! The fur babies look so cute. I know you really miss Bosco. London is a fun place to visit. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Happy holidays.

  4. How fun to getaway with your daughter to London! I’m sure watching those cute pups did make you miss your Bosco even more. You sure had a feast for Thanksgiving, Julie, and I know you were so thankful to get your hot water back. Happy December!

  5. Time does go fast and I cannot believe Bosco has been gone a year. Looks like your Thanksgiving dinner was a hit and yummy even though you did not have hot water tank. Happy Friday. Have a good weekend. Hugs. Kris

  6. I loved following along on your trip via Instagram. I didn't realize you were with your fun!

  7. Looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving with fabulous food - so happy you could enjoy it despite the water heater!!! London - good for you. Will have to follow you on Insta to see the photos. Have a great holiday season!

  8. The food looks fabulous for thanksgiving Julie,how awful that your hot water went off just when you needed it most! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to London i'm looking forward to hearing more about it. x

  9. Wow, Thanksgiving without hot water! However did you do the dishes? I've seen your pics of London on instagram, what a wonderful trip!

  10. All that food sounds amazing.
    Nice that you had a little getaway with your daughter, and in London. Perfect.


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