Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas is Over for Another Year

Christmas 2008 turned out to be a wonderful time with lots of laughs, pool, dart and card games (with Ted and Lenore being declared Champs!!) an abundance of food including a 16-layer jello salad and good cheer, many late nights and early mornings, comfortable sleeps for the "old folks" and not so comfy nights for the "youngins", a few hockey games, movies, music, and a mini Mac convention.

Our company left this morning. The house is quiet and almost put back to order. Laundry is being done and I am looking at the tree and wondering how much longer it will last. Senor Ping and I will be eating leftovers for a few days to come and thankfully Allan and Megan have a few more days with us so we won't be so lonesome. Thanks to all our family for contributing to Christmas 2008. Can't wait for 2010!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Its getting closer...

If you think you've got problems!!! (Thanks Trudy)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Almost Ready For Christmas

Christmas 2008 will be celebrated with the Baileys'. In 2006 we were at Ted's and this year we will gather in Eatonia. That means Senor Ping and I have some things to do to get ready. Last week we picked up a "real" Christmas tree. It only took me half a day to get it decorated. The shopping is done (well, almost) and the gifts are wrapped and tucked away. I have stocked the deep freeze with cookies and tarts, picked out a turkey and started planning menus.
I can hardly wait!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Getting the Home Theatre Ready....

Well, Lenore and I went to Medicine Hat on Wednesday to pick up the new tv, a bunch of Christmas lights (led's of course) - they were on sale, the advantage of waiting til the middle of December to set up your lights, and A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE!!! This is the first real tree we have had in 8 years... the last time we hosted the family christmas.

Family-feel invited to bring your favorite Blu-Ray player and disks.... we can hook them up.

Here are pictures of my latest toys arrived just in time for christmas. I would especially like to thank Gary for sending the speakers my way, and Visions for realizing it was in their best interests to replace my old Hitachi on warranty with the new Samsung.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Home Again

We have arrived safe and sound in Eatonia. Our trip home was quite uneventful. We enjoyed 2 days in Laughlin and saw a bit of the "Black Friday" shopping in the outlet mall. It opened at midnight on the 28th but we didn't venture to the mall until later in the day. I have never seen crowds in that mall like I did that day. Usually there is only a handful of shoppers and never a lineup at the cashiers but I got a small taste of the crowds as I did some bargain hunting.

The rest of the trip was smooth sailing. The price of gas seemed to be dropping as we headed north and in some places we paid over $2 per gallon less than we did last spring. In Montana we paid $1.30 per gallon less than when we went south 6 weeks before. This should be good news for the all the snowbirds, even if the dollar has dropped.

Now that we are home it is time to think about Christmas and the Dinner theatre. 23 sleeps until the Baileys' arrive and only 2 months until Opening night for Dearly Beloved!!