Ted had made tortellini soup for his last day at the gun club. I had lots of my salad left from the night before so he took that plus ice cream to go with Pete's pies for the guys to have lunch. Ted said everyone raved about the salad which I had considered nothing special. I was just glad they enjoyed it!
Meanwhile back at the ranch I got the house in order and started the laundry. I went over my menus and grocery list before finally sitting down. Monday and Tuesday would be relatively calm until Kelly and family arrived.
It was dinnertime on Tuesday when our company finished their long trek. Ted had smoked a brisket so we all sat down to eat and chat about their trip from Michigan. We spent the rest of the evening sorting out our plans for their time here.
Pat, Kelly and Cassie met a colleague of Pat's for lunch and a visit on Christmas Eve. Our plans to eat at 4:00 diminshed as the traffic increased, delaying their arrival back home. So we went to the restaurant at 6:00, looked at some Christmas lights and went to church at 9:00. It was going on 11:00 by the time we got home. We decided to leave the gift giving until Christmas morning. Santa was good to me. I received a new camera, a GPS (because Ford's SYNC doesn't understand me) and a hair dryer brush. The girls bought me make-up and sweaters.
We spent a good part of the morning doing presents and answering phone calls and texts. Once we finished it was time to start dinner that we planned for 3 p.m. Our dinner was very good but by the time we finished cooking, eating and cleaning up It wasn't long before I was fast asleep on the couch and missed going to the movies with the kids. I didn't even hear them leave.
Cassie had friends from Austin coming to get her on Friday and we had invited them for lunch so it was back to the kitchen once again. They arrived right on time and we had a delightful visit and meal. When they left we started taking down the few decorations I had up and prepared them to be put in the garage and attic. Since we needed to move two cars for attic access we left them until the next day.
We then went to the mall to return Kelly's spice rack because Pat and I had both bought her one. We also were looking for something to put the shadowbox in but struck out. I think Kara will have to wait until summer to get it.
Meatballs and spaghetti were on the menu for dinner. They had been in the freezer since last week when I had prepared them for Terry and Carol. I was relieved to have an easy meal to get together. We were down to just the five of us with only Ally here. My sauce and meatballs tasted even better the second time around.
We chose Hundred Step Journey from On Demand for our evenings entertainment. I even stayed awake through the whole movie. It was very predictable but enjoyable. Certainly not a Must See.
Saturday was spent putting the decorations away, doing laundry, loading the RV, packing up the kids' things and eventually church. From there we went to the mall to return the container the shadowbox did not fit in despite the dimensions given. I also returned some slacks to Macy's. We had for dinner what we refer to as Fend For Yourself Day. All the leftovers are put out along with paper plates and you build your meal then pop it in the microwave. It cleans out the refrigerator, keeps from wasting food and saves me from cooking!
Gerre and Barry arrived close to 10 pm to pick up Tucker. He was certainly glad to see them. I gave her three pointsettias to take home. She has a green thumb and will keep them blooming. I am lucky to keep them alive through the holidays.
We left Sunday morning before Chris arrived to take up residence. He will have to wash the sheets himself for his bed. We left a little after 8 am so no time to do laundry before we headed to San Antonio. After not being there for almost three months I am sure he won't mind in exchange for some private time away from the folks.