On Christmas evening, David and Elizabeth invited us over to their house to have a late Christmas dinner with his family and Elizabeth’s parents. That was very nice, and we enjoyed the evening very much. As we were driving home, Will noticed headlights coming down the driveway behind us. Will’s grandson, Drew, who he had never met, had called earlier, and said he would like to come up for a visit. Earlier that day, he’d flown from Illinois, where he was visiting his mother and siblings. Then, he drove from St. Paul, where he is going to college, up to our place, a four-hour drive. Yep, it was Drew. And earlier than we had figured he’d make it. After all, that’s a long haul from St. Paul.
He was able to stay until Wednesday night and we all had a great visit. He has been researching his family tree and Grandpa was able to fill in quite a few blanks for him. I got to cook for him, which I always enjoy. And, of course, I also sent him home with a few goodies like cookies, salsa, and jam. Now that he’s living closer, not in Alaska or Illinois, we’re hoping to see much more of him.
After all the Holiday excitement, I’ve got to get back to normal. There’s that leftover ham to can, bean soup to make and can plus a turkey that can be roasted, eaten, and also canned. All before my knee surgery on the ninth of January. Ugh! I am not looking forward to being totally useless for a week or more! And I hope that knee turns out better than the last one. (That bugger is still swelling and painful.)
The sun is out today, and it is so nice to see it for a change. We have had rain, cloudy, or overcast days for it seems like ever! But still no snow on the ground and the frost is even out of the ground. Just like spring! That’s so weird! At least the winter is going to be much shorter this year. Last year, it started early and left late.
I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Day. Make a resolution to plant more food! — Jackie