After the cruise, it was a shock to come back to a dry but cold Oregon. Daytime temperatures dropped to slightly above freezing and frost would remain on the ground, culminating in a snow storm on the Sunday before Christmas. The dry powdery snow was pretty but driving around in it scared me. I regret not taking my camera with me that day!
We went out to see the Christmas lights later that week, managing to choose a time when it wasn't raining very much.
Our Christmas celebrations were very quiet, as Steve has no family here.
After a month of rain, the dead pine tree in the back yard fell over in late January. Thankfully, it just missed the house!