Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Day after Christmas

December, 26, 2016

Yesterday afternoon, Dolly, Fergie and I headed to our youngest son’s house in Normal for our annual Christmas dinner and after Christmas gift sharing.  In all, there were 20 people there.  We left poor Yuma at home to guard the house.

Earlier in the year, we drew names and we we bought a gift for the person we selected.  Each person sends everyone in the group a list of what they want as a gift.  There is a money limit,.  That way, everyone gets a gift from their list, but don’t know before hand who the person is giving the gift.  There were a ton of presents under and around the tree.


The kitchen was a busy place while the cooks prepared the food.  We had dinner first and there was tons of food.  I think we all over ate on all the delicious food. 


I saw that gravy pot on the stove and quickly turned the handle into the stove.  Wouldn’t want that Keaton to pull it down on himself.


Two of our main cooks slaving over the stove.


Fergie does not like Bonesy sticking his nose into her face while she is resting in Steve’s lap.

After dinner, we handed out the gifts and the mess began. 


Everyone had a good time and our Christmas has come to an end for another year.  Dolly and I are so happy to have such a wonderful and healthy family.

The day after Christmas and it is time for me and Dolly to pack the MH in preparation for tomorrow’s early departure.  Thank goodness we had a very warm and sunny day to do it.  Temperature rose to 53 degrees.  Just wonderful.   Last year, it was freezing cold on packing day.

Pulled the MH out of its parking spot and right up to the garage, so we could get right to the door and also block the 20 mph wind coming out of the southwest.  It rained quite a bit last night so I took an old rug runner we had sitting in the garage to keep the mud out of the MH.


Took our time.  Not really too much to load since it is only me and Yuma on this trip.  One last dash with the remaining items in the morning, and we will be on our way.

See you later.


  1. It was a beautiful day to pack. Tomorrow,you'll be headed for parts west!

    1. Missing you and Fergie already. Take care of the cats for me. Love you.

  2. Sorry Dollie and Fergie can't go with you this year. Wishing you and Yuma safe travels. Always enjoy reading your blog.

    1. Hi Moonfly13. I am a little sad and down leaving Dolly and Fergie at home. Hoping my spirits will pick up when I get out west.

  3. The great American Southwest awaits your explorations Doug.

    1. I'm not looking forward to the six days it will take me to get there.