We celebrated New Year's quietly. Mama worked a half day and we did the grocery shopping after I went to PT. Our menu was pretty simple: cheesy bacon bites, chips and cheesy beef dip, ham, black-eyed peas, cornbread, Red Zinger punch, and Mama's special mozzarella and prosciutto with basil and balsamic on bread or breadsticks. Gommie and Pop left early, but the kids were intent on staying up til midnight. They played various videogames, but we turned on the tv to watch the ball drop and hear "Shut Up and Dance" and some other songs. It was actually pretty fun, if quiet.
And then we all slept in.
New Year's Day was similarly quiet--all that food, some football, the Rose Bowl Parade, more dominoes and checkers, and crochet. We also introduced Gommie and Pop to "The Great British Bake Off," which they enjoyed enough to watch several episodes over the weekend. We also watched the first "How We Got to Now."
Saturday was a tiny bit more lively. Bud had kung fu, which Gommie and Pop enjoyed watching. Afterwards, we all went for a seafood lunch. Then it was more games, tv, videogames, and crochet.
And today, we hung out for a bit before heading to the new outdoor store in the area. It's huge! And seemingly so out of place here in our part of Connecticut, which isn't exactly outdoorsy. I mean, sure, Texas or rural Pennsylvania; I guess there are more hunters, fishers, campers--and what did the sign say? Liars?--who go through I-95 than I thought. It was very decorated--dozens of taxidermied animals from marlins to beaver to bobcat to deer to mooses--and all manner of gear and gifts. And lovely murals of the shore and woods. We actually bought some freeze dried meals to try for fun--lasagna and teriyaki chicken--and the kids had them for dinner; not much better than a frozen dinner but probably pretty good if you're backpacking on the trail. There were tents, boats, and even quads to crawl on. Eventually, they might open up the single-lane archery range for practice. There's bowling and a restaurant, too, but we didn't stay. We had hamburgers elsewhere. And then, you guessed it--"The Great British Bake Off," dominoes, and checkers. (Mama and I cleaned out a closet to get out the winter things--it's going to be 15F tomorrow night and we needed the mittens and scarves. Finally.)
Gommie and Pop said goodbye to the kids tonight and they leave tomorrow. That was hard. Though I think I was the only one teary. It's hard to have such great grandparents whom we only see a few times a year. These times are nice and long and intensive and special. And I know there are a lot of special memories for all of us. But it was just hard to watch them say goodbye tonight.
I'm consoling myself with the beginning of the end of "Downton Abbey." It's extra-fun to watch because I just keep thinking, we were there!
It's back to our regularly-scheduled life tomorrow, after I take Gommie and Pop to the train station. But more on all that later.
Time for Lady Mary et al.