Though I knew it was coming, I was working all week and so my Christmas decorating occurred on Friday afternoon and evening. I examined the boxes in the eaves of the pond house and discovered lots of Christmas decorations about which I'd completely forgotten. By the end of the evening, I was satisfied that, while not overly decorated, there would be no doubt about what we were celebrating.
|Ridiculously Tiny Tree|
|Joe Cool does Christmas|
|Ridiculously Tiny Tree|
with Toyland Characters
Saturday morning and afternoon I spent cooking the food we'd later enjoy. At 3 PM it began raining, and raining hard. I stirred the chili in one crock-pot and the kielbasa/vegetable soup in the other. I checked the ham in the oven, and I started baking the brownies, and seven layer cookies. Time crawled by as I waited for everyone to arrive. I was all alone at the pond house... no computer, no TV, no books.... while it is nice to have the space to entertain guests, since we have moved out of the house, there are not a whole lot of "time-passing" items still there. So, I kept looking for more things to cook or bake.
Finally, at 6PM they all arrived... Jenn and Benoit from Madison, VA and Mom and John from Adelphi, MD... they all pulled into the driveway at EXACTLY the same time. Before long, Joe arrived from the farmhouse, where he'd been working all day, preparing for the change in weather. Over the next seven hours we enjoyed visiting, eating, laughing, opening gifts to each other, and generally enjoying each others' company.
|Jenn and Ben Modeling a Snuggy|
|Jenn and Ben, Unwrapping Gifts|
|Judy and Mom|
|Joe, Showing off his new Wrist Magnet!|
|Jenn and Ben Looking at a Gift|
Sunday, after church, I arrived back at the pond house to find my sister had arrived from MD and Jenn had heated up left overs from the night before for everyone to eat for lunch.
|Serving the Soup|
|Virginia Choral Society|
"Hey Mom," said she.
"Hey Jenn, where are you?"
"We're here on Water Street, are you here?"
"We are here in The Pub, at the table.....wait, Water Street?"
My brain was trying to wrap around the address and make sense of it. "Jenn, The Pub, at the Coliseum Mall..."
"the Coliseum Mall? ... Ohhhhhhhh..... I thought you meant the Pub in Yorktown..."
So, the long and short of it is that, on this rainy, rainy, "Christmas in Virginia" night, we enjoyed our meal in two different "The Pub's" twenty miles apart!
|Enjoying Dinner at The Pub|
|More Gift Giving|
Sunday night Mom and John returned to the pond house to spend the night. Everyone else had to work Monday morning, so returned to their own homes. Joe and I returned to the old farmhouse. Our plan was to bring Mom and John to the old farmhouse before they set out to return home on Monday morning.
Monday morning we awoke to SNOW....
|Snow on Deck|
"Yes, he always wanted a place like this... just enough land to make a little farm to provide for the family's needs..."
And my mother explained that the land, the ancient farmhouse. the sheds, the "life" of this place is EXACTLY what my grandfather wanted.
We said goodbye to Mom and John just before noon, as the snow was tapering off. Armed with directions back home, they headed down the long driveway to the paved road, their flags flapping from both sides of their car's roof. I had to laugh. My mother would HATE living in a place like this, but she's right, my grandfather would have loved it!
|Flags Flapping as they Make Their Escape!|
|Your Grandfather Would Have Loved This Place|