Tuesday, November 28, 2006

It's Over

We have had a fantastic holiday.
Char and Ralph were here. It takes a lot to drive out here from Denver but I must say that the laughter makes it all worth it. (of course I wasn't the one driving) Here is a "View From The Porch." It was taken early one morning while Ralph was here. The grass was crunchy with frozen mist. It shows some of my equipment that is just about to disappear into machine sheds for the winter.

Some notes on the weekend:Ralph made homemade cranberry sauce. Really good stuff.

Both turkeys were excellent. The cooks decided that the fried one was superior. We also decided that putting the turkey in brine is the way to go.

My kids were here with the grandaughters for 3 days. What a treat.

Pictionary with my three grown children and their spouses almost cost me my life. At the last second I was able to quit laughing long enough to get a breath. I hate that feeling but man we've raised some funny people.

We held a book signing. Ralph and I each have a book out. We signed them for the guests present. We visited about being authors. We decided that since we had personally purchased all of the books that people went home with, there was going to be a limit to this activity.

There were many friends and relatives who graced our humble abode over the past week. We have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. We are Thankful for all of them and count them as blessings.

The weekend is in the past. We have thunderstorms, rain, and 54 degrees upon rising, on the way to the mid 60's. Thursdays high is going to be in the mid 20's with the low about 10 degrees. It will soon be time to make friends with someone living south of here.

20 comments:

Kendra Lynn said...

That sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)
Isn't it great to have family surround you on those great holidays?

Kendra

Britmum said...

Hey Cliff we have lots of extra room at the inn over her in Phoenix. We could always do with a farmer in town. Although we are being told that it will be in the 50s here next week. What the heck?

Glad that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. Your turkey sounded delish. You will have to have a recipe blog too.

Take care xx

LZ Blogger said...

Cliff ~ Looks like you had a LOT to be HAPPY FOR on Thanksgiving! You last sentence reminds me of a guy I talked to in Minneapolis... he said; "We work retirement a little different up here... we tie a snow shovel to the front of our car ~ start driving south and the first place that someone asks us, what that THING IS on the front of our car... that's where we retire!" ~ jb///

Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said...

The pictures were GREAT! Not as good as being there, but almost. I just love that type of laughter!!! Thanx for sharing. :)

Felecia said...

Who knew that Pictionary could be such a workout, eh? Kudos on bringing up a family who prefers to make the holidays a festive gathering, instead of just another monotonous task.

Gette said...

The laughter-inducing activity at our house was a game of "Butt Quarters." Some families have more class than others...

JUST A MOM said...

Your allways great fun, I love stopping and feelign like I have family. Thanks again for sharing.

poopie said...

You gave me a big grin with this post. Sounds absolutely lovely!

Anonymous said...

I can't think of anything nicer than time with family making sweet memories.
It restores the soul.

Rachel said...

Ralph looks right at home there in the kitchen. Thanks for the pictures Cliff. I wish I had been there too. But would I have to get up so early??

Such pretty grandchildren you have Cliff. The little one sure has grown since the last pictures I saw of her. They must be feeding her well!!

Jim said...

You're welcome in Texas, Cliff. Here with us for a while till you can locate too!

Bring your golf clubs. Try to have an open mind. You'll be glad you came.

I don't see why lz blogger ever left the warm. Leaving California I can understand but he should have come south.

My snow shovel is being recycled up there someplace. I told you that last December.

Marilyn can help get the new dog bed, bath, and groom place just down the road started. I think it is too expensive for Adi.
..

Anonymous said...

As usual Cliff, I leave here with a warm glow in my chest... Nah... I don't think it's heartburn.

Rhodent said...

Knowing that you and Ralphie and your brides were together for Thanksgiving put a big smile on my face! I would have loved to have seen you all together with those cute rugs rats and their parents!

Rhodent said...

P.S. Any chance a bit of $ could purchase signed copies of your books?

Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Cliff
It was a great time THANKS. All the way out there I was saying things like, "I can't believe we are driving 600 miles for a free dinner". All the way home I was saying, "I can't believe we are driving 600 miles just to go back to work."
Our thanks to you, Marilyn, the kids, and all that visited for yet another great visit.
Ralph

Paul said...

You write very well. You have a knack for making the ordinary extraordinary.

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

aww, that baby is getting so big already..

looks like a good time, and I want whatever he is stirring in that pot..looks mighty tastey, and I do love cranberries;)

Paul said...

I had to come back real quick like. I added "Here come the judge!" to that list on my blog. Tell all your friends.

GEL said...

Laughter and love is more important than the delicious food, I think. Thanks for sharing another delightful slice of your life. Happy times eminate. Loved the photos! As someone else here said similarly, I leave here feeling warm and welcomed.

Miki said...

Looks like a great holiday all around! I loved the book signing event, they seem to be getting popular in your neck of the woods. Glad that you were surrounded by the love of family and friends, that is the best way to spend a day, not just a HOLIday!