Saturday, November 24, 2007
Back From Over The River And Through The Woods
Now that's more like it ...
It rained the whole way over from paradise to St. Augustine Thursday morning. Even though it made it a bit messy loading the car with tools and luggage, it was welcome after a long,dry hiatus.
The tools were for finishing Dad's greenhouse repair that I had started on a previous visit. The luggage was because we all stay overnight and help Mom and Dad with the yard Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving. It has become our tradition and is more fun than work. This year the kids and Mrs. FC handled it while I worked on the final resheeting of the once hurricane damaged greenhouse.
But before the day after, there was the day ...
Mom uses a healthy dose of sherry in her turkey roasting and of course all that essence of turkey and wine evolves into her wonderful gravy. We usually try to arrive just before eating time, but early enough to "help" by stirring the gravy as it thickens.
This is a point of honor as the stirring is essential and a child knows they are "grown up" if Mom asks them to stir the gravy.
That's my hand, so apparently she thinks I have arrived at adulthood.
Junior's first plate in progress.
On the day after, Mrs. FC and I got up early and did the Black Friday thing. The crowds were light, it was fun, and the discounts were delightful. Perhaps the "Buy Nothing" crowd really did stay home, thereby making it easier for the "Buy Stuff" folks like me to shop.
After shopping, the kids and Mrs. FC tackled the decorating under the watchful eye of Mom and Dad. In the evening when we left, it looked like this ...
It was a very nice couple of days. I slipped away once or twice for a few photos. I want to show you the rare beauty of St. Augustine's backside in some future posts. Going home always makes me nostalgic too, so I shot a few pics of changes in the neighborhood I grew up in. Much of my neighborhood looks the same, which is nice, but if you have some history there, you can't help noticing change.
Those topics and photos will probably show up here this week ... along with whatever I get into this weekend.
Right now, here at PFHQ, it is 54 beautiful degrees and I'm vacillating on how to use this gorgeous day.
There are things to do around here ... work ... but enjoyable stuff on such a day.
On the other hand, it's the big UF vs. FSU game in Gainesville today, and the woods and waters will be empty this afternoon as everyone but me glues their butt to a sofa or actual stadium seat for the only game that matters.
Mrs. FC is going to the game ... no, of course I'm not.
I do hope the Gators win, but my fanhood is not at a level that I would use up a seat for such an event.
It just wouldn't be right.