Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Family Christmas & A White One Too.

Monday before Christmas, it appeared that we might have a little snow - maybe giving us a white Christmas. It kept snowing and snowing until we ended up with around 14 inches. And ten days later, it's still there - probably get us through New Year's.

Son Jim, lives in New Mexico and has been coming home to Kansas for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. I prefer Christmas.

We had our family time together, we eat, laugh, tell stories, watch TV. I fixed a roast for Christmas dinner with all the trimmings - and lots of wine.

Housemate got a new TV, so a bit of time was spent getting that set up by son (oh, thank heavens for the young ones). I like it better because the sound from his TV stays in the living room and while I am watching mine, the sounds don't co-mingle. My bedroom is adjacent to the living room with door between.

Buster, daughter Juno's dog, got doggie biscuits galore this Christmas and after dinner as we were relaxing, all those doggie biscuits he was given as Christmas treats during the day fart "fragranted" the air in my bedroom where she, I and Buster were relaxing watching TV that evening (well, Buster had konked out and think Juno was there off and on too). Here he is "investigating" my new scarf from friend Sarah.

My son gave me a "tailgate mirror" that I will use when I am hitching up my trailer. I do a pretty good job of aiming the hitch in line with the receiver on the trailer, but it's the last few inches that keeps me jumping in and out of the truck to see how much closer I need to get. I won't be able to "practice" with the trailer hitch for quite awhile due to the snow and the ground being pretty muddy afterwards; so, will practice in the driveway with some object to learn how to use the mirror.

Since the house has only 2 bedrooms, I let son use my bedroom and I stayed in my trailer at night. It's the first time I have stayed in it with nighttime temperatures below 20ยบ. I wanted to try it and see if it was something I could do. I do have the trailer hooked up to shore power, so I could use my electric blanket and run an electric heater. I couldn't do it without my electric blanket I have decided, so would need to be hooked up to some kind of power to last me during the night. The funny thing is that I had to bring the electric heater into the house to warm it up so it would run to warm up the trailer. Just wouldn't start when it was so cold. I have a memory foam mattress, and WOW that mattress was ice cold when I'd first get into bed. Did like how fast it warmed up though.

Jim, Juno and I went to town Monday. Jim wanted to wash all the brine off his car and pick up a few things for his return trip home on Wednesday. We snuck a stop to the Mall Cinema to see War Horse, a Steven Spielberg movie. Oh, it was so good to see a good movie, a tissue movie. I'd go see it again.

We celebrated Juno's 43rd birthday (on Friday really) on Tuesday nite with pizza topped with Hatch Green Chile. Hmmm, she picked out a DQ Oreo ice cream cake and ohhh that was good after eating a "hot" pizza. I gave her a tie-dyed Pink Ribbon Tee shirt I had purchased in Truth or Consequences last October at Dukatt '71.

Wednesday morning we said our goodbys to Jimmy.

No plans for seeing the New Year in - probably about like housemate and I do every year, watch the crystal ball drop on Times Square and then hit the sack. I wish all my readers a good, better or best 2011. I like what Benjamin Franklin once said: "Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."


  1. Happy New Year to you Emily! It was so much fun seeing you in October! Hope we can get together in 2012 somewhere on the road! RVSue has been inspiring us to do solar! I think this would be a good investment, considering we are usually on the road 10 months a year. Oh, by the way, Groovy Gritz Cafe is now making great dog biscuits! Our hound herd loves them!

  2. sounds like you may need to check into an electic mattress pad AND an electric blanket! That would keep ya toasty on both sides! Sounds like an excellent Christmas celebration!