- November 22nd, 2016
I just got back last night from early Thanksgiving. We had one in Indiana with mom's family and one in Kentucky with dad's. When we were in IN we stayed with an old friend who has a sweet big dog and a 19 year old cat. They sleep together, and it's really cute. We also stopped at Russell Stover outlet on the way up, and I did some Christmas shopping. I bought a present for Mom, one for Dad, one for Aunt Emily, and a box of candy just for the family to share. I also bought some snacky things. One was a Mint Dream, which I love, and those are only at the outlets. Once we got to Indy, Mom got a speeding ticket. She was passing a big truck and didn't see the State Trooper. That will be a mess because half of the info on the ticket is Dad's including the name and DL number, but he wasn't even there. The officer must have gotten those from scanning the license plate or from the registration. He's going to call and get it straightened out.
Dinner on Saturday was fun. All of Mom's siblings and her mother were there, and two of my cousins, and a friend of Mom's youngest brother. He was funny. He brought a random box of stuff in and said it was gifts for everybody. There were two dogs there too. One was my uncle's dog, Mocha, who used to be standoffish but is now sweet. The other was my cousin's dog, Pearl, who is a rescue dog and very sweet. Mocha doesn't like her, so they had to take turns being in the house. We had really good food there, but they forgot to say the blessing which bothered me.
The drive between Bloomington and Avon, both going and coming, seemed sad to me. The little towns we drove through seemed more run down. The old movie theater in Plainfield is up for sale now. It was a single theater, and it couldn't compete with the stadium style multiplexes that are everywhere now. Also, most of the leaves are already down up in Indiana.
I have decided that I-74 is a boring road. There is nothing interesting out the window with all the leaves down and all the farm fields are just dirt right now. We had lots of fun at the Kentucky dinner too. Lobster Mac and Cheese was the highlight of that menu, and a lot of people liked Dad's stuffing. He makes it just like Granddaddy did. There were also noodles, deviled eggs, and chocolate cake, in addition to turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and regular mac and cheese for the kids. There was also banana pudding. I ate too much at that dinner, but it was so good. There were two dogs hanging around at that dinner too. Dixie had to stay in the car, and she got sick while she was in there. She had a rough trip.
Izzy was super cranky on the drive home yesterday. He's molting, and he dropped a long tail feather while at Grandma T's. He would pop at me if I so much as put my finger next to his cage. So different from the drive up where he was happy, chirpy, and animated. I think he was mad at me for leaving him for a couple days.
Today we are just doing laundry and cleaning up the house. I'm going to bring the tree in tomorrow and set it up, and maybe put the lights on too. Mom and I took Dixie to the vet today for a UTI that she got while we traveled, and Mom is making bread now. I finished Bible study and my laundry, but I'm so tired I don't know if I want to do much else today. Mom and I may bring in some of the Christmas crates from the shed.
I'm doing CRC stuff on Friday. Mom has plans to have a small Thanksgiving dinner for just our family and my brother. We are also going to watch the Macy's parade, but I'm not looking forward to it as much this year. I don't know why.