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New Year’s Eve 2009

Bob and I spent part of New Year’s Eve in the company of friends. Our friends, Garry and Linda, hosted a New Year’s Eve party. Guests included family members and friends. We enjoyed great conversation, lots of laughs and great-tasting food. The main course was beef on weck, which Linda prepared. The rest of us brought dishes to pass. Bob and I brought a meat, cheese and cracker tray. I’ve included in this blog post photographs of everyone with whom we spent New Year’s Eve.

Our hosts, Garry and Linda

Karen and John

We congregated in three rooms — the living room (shown here), dining room and kitchen.

This is “Honk” (sorry I didn’t catch his real name).

 We tend to meet someone new each year that we are at Linda and Garry’s house for New Year’s Eve. This year we met “Honk” for the first time. “Honk” brought a jug of beer to the party.

This is “Honk’s” wife, Pam.

I met Pam for the first time; however, Bob and Pam knew each other. They graduated high school together. They hadn’t seen each other since high school.

This is Jack and Sandy.
Jack has a great sense of humor; he keeps me and others in stitches of laughter.

Bob and Garry, who work at the same company, have known each other for 25 years.

Garry and Pam conversing

Linda and Rick
Counting myself, there were three Linda’s at our New Year’s Eve gathering.

This was the third year that we have celebrated New Year’s Eve with Garry and Linda. As always, we had a good time. Thank you for inviting us, Garry and Linda!

Christmas Day and the Day After

Bob and I celebrated Christmas with my brother, Jim, and his family at their house on Christmas Day. It’s a little more than a 2-hour drive to Jim’s house. The weather forecast for Christmas Day was not good. Here, in Warren PA, there was a winter weather advisory for freezing rain until 5:00 PM. Jim lives near Kittanning PA, where there was also a winter weather advisory in effect. The winter weather advisory in Kittanning, though, expired at noon. We left our house late morning, hoping to avoid the wintry weather. We were fortunate not to run into any freezing rain either en route Jim’s house or on our way back home in the evening.

My family’s Christmas tree bursting with gifts

Judy (my sister-in-law), carving the turkey
My nephew, Jared, is overseeing the task at hand.

After dinner, Christmas gifts were opened.

My nephew, Mike, and his daughter Anna

My great nephew, Kaleb
Oh boy, a Triceratops!

Jared handed out gifts
(or should I say, Jared tossed gifts)

I snapped a few family portraits.

My nephew, Mike, and his family
(Mike, Kailey, Kaleb and Anna)

My brother, Jim, and his wife Judy

My niece, Emily

We celebrated Christmas with Stacey and her boyfriend, Mike, at our house the day after Christmas.

Stacey and Mike

We enjoyed good food and the wonderful company of family and friends both days. Time spent with family and friends during the holidays is definitely time well spent. Bob and I hope all of our family members and friends, near and far, enjoyed Christmas as much as we did.

Christmas Eve with Friends

Bob and I spent Christmas Eve with friends at their house. We arrived at Bob and Kris’s house around 5:00 PM. Shortly after our arrival we sat down to a delicious dinner that included spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, Italian meatballs and Rigatoni, shrimp cocktail and various desserts.

Christmas Eve dinner was plentiful and delicious.

Throughout the evening we enjoyed good conversation and lots of laughs. I particularly enjoyed sharing stories of grade school and high school capers.

Our friends
Bob and Kris and their sons, Zach and Blaine

 

Our friends have two dogs, Megan and Rocco. Rocco is a recent addition to the family. He is a rumbustious dog. Megan is more docile but can be mischievous. Rocco goes nuts if he cannot find his favorite toy (a bone). Megan hid the bone one day. Our friends looked high and low for that bone but came up empty. About 24 hours later Kris heard a plop behind her. When she turned around there was Megan with Rocco’s bone lying in front of her.

Megan
Zach and Rocco in the background

Rocco saying to me “What?”

Megan and Rocco

Blaine telling Rocco what a good boy he is.

Rocco and his bone

Rocco tossed the bone over his back.

Thank you, Kris and Bob, for inviting us to your house. We enjoyed spending Christmas Eve with you and your family.

In a Pickle

Bob cooked beef heart yesterday afternoon. Bob sliced and pickled the heart after it was cooked. I wasn’t particularly fond of the cooking smells that permeated the house. A lit candle helped to neutralize the cooking odors that filled my house!

The Day After Thanksgiving

Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, was a full, pleasant day. As planned we went to Cynthia and Larry’s house for breakfast. We arrived at their home around 8:30AM. Breakfast, which included broccoli and cheese omelets, sausage links, orange juice, and toast, was delicious. The rest of the morning we hung around the house and visited with Cynthia, Larry and Marian. We played with Weezie too.

Around 12:30PM we went out to lunch. Cynthia and Larry treated us to lunch at the Mikato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. It was Bob and my first experience eating in a Japanese restaurant. Besides the five of us there was only one other couple in the restaurant. All other potential diners must have been taking advantage of Black Friday specials. Larry asked that we be seated at the hibachi table. A waiter took our drink orders. When the waiter returned to our table with our drinks, he took our orders for lunch. Cynthia ordered prime rib; Larry ordered shrimp; and Bob, Marian and I ordered chicken. Our hibachi chef was really fun and personable. He put on an entertaining show as he prepared our meals of meat, rice and vegetables. It was a great lunch all around.

After lunch we took the scenic route back to Cynthia and Larry’s house. We ate dessert (a choice of peanut butter or chocolate fudge, pumpkin roll, pecan pie and cherry pie) and visited some more.

Family Portrait
Marian, Larry, Cynthia, Weezie, Bob and I

Weezie, about to jump through the hoop

Weezie, jumping through the hoop!

We left for the hotel at 4:30PM. We had a great visit, albeit a short one, with Cynthia, Larry and Marian. We are happy that we were able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with them.

Thanksgiving Day Part 2

On November 25th I wrote that we were on our way to New Hampshire to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with Bob’s sister and our brother-in-law.

We arrived at Comfort Inn in Merrimack, New Hampshire around 11:30AM. After checking into our hotel, we relaxed for a little over an hour before driving over to Cynthia and Larry’s house. Soon after arriving at Cynthia and Larry’s house we sat down to Thanksgiving Day dinner. In addition to the four of us, we shared dinner with Larry’s mother (Marian). Dinner was delicious. Cynthia and Larry prepared a bountiful feast of turkey, peas and onions, mashed squash, green beans, stuffing, gravy, corn pudding and cranberry salad. For dessert we had a choice of two kinds of pie — pecan or cherry — and pumpkin roll. We visited for a while after dinner and played with Weezie, Cynthia and Larry’s two-year-old dog. We happened to be at Cynthia and Larry’s house for Thanksgiving two years ago when Weezie first joined the family. Weezie has grown a LOT since 2007!

Weezie, in November 2007

Weezie in November 2009
Looking out the front door

Weezie in November 2009
with favorite toy, Bear

Weezie in November 2009
Isn’t she super cute!

Bob and I left Cynthia and Larry’s house around 6:00PM with plans to return at 8:30 the next morning.

The Honor System

Bob and I picked blueberries yesterday evening. I guess we both were hungry for a bowl of cereal with blueberries and milk. We each had a bowl of cereal, prepared as described, soon after returning home from picking berries.

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