After all other visitors left, Lise went with us to see the Christmas decorations at Biltmore, the mansion built by George Vanderbilt. Lise and John posed before the tree at the base of the grand staircase.
I told them I’d walk through quickly and wait for them at the next place where seats were provided for visitors. They kept up with me! I just wanted to see how the house was decorated and how things were different from last year. That’s all they wanted, too. The huge, live tree in the grand dining hall was as impressive as always.
We ate dinner, went shopping in a newly reopened Aldi’s, and combed Ingle’s for the foods Lise’s friends requested. Many of you know that Aldi’s is a grocery store based in Germany, with stores all over the world. We like the prices and, at this time of year, the imported Christmas goodies. I thought I had enough energy left to shop at our Southern grocery store, Ingle’s. It was our usual weekly shopping day, and Lise looked for foods to take back to Denmark. I think we would have found things easily in our usual store, but to save time, we went to a different one on the way home. After a while, I sat down on a bench to wait for John and Lise. I was one tired heap, having not factored in our morning walk, the extensive walking through Biltmore, the search for things in a different Aldi’s store, as well as the alternate Ingle’s store. Revived a bit, I came home to do battle with some yeast dough. It was as tight as a rubber band, and I didn’t have time to let it rest. I was very disappointed in the four coffeecakes, as I put them in the refrigerator to be baked the next day. I didn’t kill anyone in my exhausted state, so the day ended peacefully. Amazingly, the coffeecakes turned out much better than expected.