Sorry I haven't updated recently...my hubby and I spent the weekend in the country, with his folks on the farm. We went over on Thanksgiving day and stayed until this morning. (The kitties were glad to see us when we got home.)
We arrived Thursday at about 1pm, with pecan and apple pies in tow. Hubby's grandfather, mom and dad and us were the only ones here...his brother spent the day at his girlfriend's house with her family.
We had a fried turkey, cornbread stuffing, dumplings, greenbean salad, cranberry jello salad, corn (from the garden), turnip greens, turnips, gravy and pie...I think that was everything..oh wait, there was sourdough bread and rolls, too. I didn't eat anything green...lol. OH and surprise of surprises...my MIL actually complimented me on my apple pie...saying it looked just like the ones you see on TV and that she loved how my pies taste!!! I almost fell over in a dead faint of shock. The pecan pie was a success this year---not like last year's disaster.
After dinner (around 1:30ish) we gathered around and watched football and chatted. It was real nice, even though I missed the chaos that is "my" family's Thanksgiving dinner. And I completely forgot to call my mother's house--luckily I had spoken to my son, sister and mother already. My daughter did not call me (no surprise there) and I didn't hear from my dad or my brother, either.
Friday morning hubby and I got up early and went to the nearby outlet mall. He dropped me off then he braved Wal-Mart. Then we met up again and wandered the mall. We had some success, and are actually about 3/4 done with our Christmas shopping.
Hubby's brother brought his g/f and her daughter over that afternoon, so it was busy there talking, and just having fun. Friday night we played the LOTR version of Monopoly with hubby's brother and his girlfriend--and shock! I actually won. We had a blast.
Saturday was my FIL's birthday. We got him a "Tennessee" (the Volunteers) mug and $20 worth of gift certificates to Cracker Barrel. He also got a cordless drill from his other son, a new wedding ring from his wife and assorted small gifts from his sisters. Another surprise was that his sisters actually came over (there is bad feeling between them and his wife) and stayed for cake and ice cream. My FIL was so touched! He is a very soft-spoken, humble man who does not put himself forward much--and I think he loved being the center of attention.
Later that night, some friends of my hubby's came over and we played "Cranium" which is a hilariously fun game...hubby and I won! We stayed overnight again. It was quite chilly and we really enjoyed our stay.
Once we got home, I went to the grocery store and bought a turkey breast and I roasted it today. I also made stuffing and all the fixin's so we have our turkey leftovers, too.
I hope all of my LJ friends (and everyone else) had a good weekend. Back to work tomorrow...
Oh, and I posted the latest installment of "The Binding..." and you can read it here:Snape's Revenge
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